Welcome to the 8th episode of our special 10-part series for the month of Moharram titled “In the School of Imam Husain (AS)”.
Today is the 8th of Moharram, the day on which in Karbala, thirst became acute especially for the children in the encampment of the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny), after the Omayyad forces’ had cut all access to the River Euphrates the day before and whatever water had been stored had been exhausted. The Imam ordered the digging of a well some 19 steps from the encampment, and out gushed sweet water from the ground which enabled all to quench their thirst and store some water before the well ran dry. On hearing this news in Kufa, Obaidullah ibn Ziyad, the tyrannical governor of Iraq who was an avowed enemy of the household of the Prophet of Islam, wrote to the commander of his forces, Omar ibn Sa’d, to make sure that the Imam should not have access to any source of water and should be reduced to acute thirst, until he acknowledges the illegal rule of the libertine Yazid over the Muslim Ummah.
It is proper cognizance of God Almighty that leads to complete reliance on the Will of the All-Merciful and All-Wise. This was manifested in Karbala by Imam Husain (AS) who saw nothing but the ubiquitous presence of God the Unseen everywhere and who wished nothing except what God likes. The Prophet’s 6thInfallible Heir, Imam Ja’far Sadeq (AS) has said: Recite Surah Fajr in the ritual prayer, whether obligatory or recommended, and pay special attention to it; for it is the Surah related to my ancestor Imam Husain ibn Ali (AS).
On being asked on the connection between this Surah and Imam Husain the Martyr of Karbala, he said: Don’t you know, God says at the end of Surah Fajr:“O soul at peace! Return to your Lord, pleased, pleasing! Then enter among My servants! And enter My paradise!”
Imam Husain (AS) is the soul at peace who was pleased with God and God was pleased with him. As a matter of, all the Ahl al-Bayt or Blessed Progeny of the Prophet of Islam are pleased with God with whatever God has Willed and Decreed. Before leaving his hometown Medina for Mecca, following the illegal demand of the self-styled caliph of the usurper Omayyad regime to his Godless rule, Imam Husain (AS) paid pilgrimage to the tomb of maternal grandfather, the Prophet of Islam, and after performing the ritual prayer, he raised his hands and supplicated: O My Lord! By the right of this tomb and the one who reposes in it, guide me on the path that pleases you and Your Prophet.
Throughout his journey that lasted several; months and first took him to Mecca before the rendeznous with his martyrdom in Karbala in Iraq, Imam Husain (AS) thought of nothing but the contentment of God Almighty. He was resigned to the Will of God in all affairs, come what may, including death. A person wrote a letter to him and asked: what is good in this world and the hereafter? The Imam replied: whoever seeks the contentment of God even if people are unpleased, God decrees his acts concerning people easy, while whoever disobeys God in order to please the people, the Almighty will leave his fate to the people.
The famous Arabic poet Farzadaq says: I met Imam Husain (AS) near Mecca, and he asked me about the conditions of Kufa in Iraq. I said: my master, people’s hearts are with you but their swords are against you.
The Imam replied: You are right; everything is in the power of God; we thank him and are content with whatever Divine Providence has willed for us. Among the supplications of Imam Husain (AS) to God Almighty is:
"O Allah! Exalted is Your station, great is Your power, and stupendous Your might! You have no need of the creatures, Your supremacy is all-embracing, and You have the power to do whatever You wish. Your mercy is near, Your promise is true, Your blessings are plenteous, and Your tests are beautiful."
Even in the last moment of his life, when in acute thirsty and covered with wounds from head to toe, while his cowardly assassin was trying to decapitate him, Imam Husain (AS) said: My Lord I am pleased with what You are pleased, with and I submit to your command.
Karbala is thus the manifestation of human contentment with God’s Will. In the School of Imam Husain (AS), whatever takes place in the world is materialization of Divine signs and laws. That is the reason, the blood of martyrs triumphed over naked sword, and continues to act like a catalyst to inspire reformatory and revolutionary movement in every era and geographical region, for the betterment of society on the lofty bases of the values preached by Imam Husain (AS), that is, complete devotion to God, quest for justice, and refusal to yield to tyranny. The same spirit beat in the heart of his indomitable sister, Hazrat Zainab (peace upon her), who institutionalized, internationalized, and immortalized the message of the Martyr of Karbala, through her sermons despite being paraded as prisoner. Now we understand the meaning of her words when she said in the aftermath of history most heart-wrenching tragedy: “I didn’t see anything but the Beauty of God.” Earlier on the day of Ashura, Zainab (peace upon her), she had dressed her two children Own and Muhammad new clothes, put swords in their hands and prepared them for martyrdom in combat in defence of Islam and its humanitarian values. The two brothers fought bravely, before being martyred. When their bodies were brought to the camp and everybody wailed, Zainab (peace upon her), was down in prostration to God Almighty, thanking Him for the having accepted her offerings in Karbala.
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