Welcome to the last episode of our special 10-part series for the month of Moharram titled “In the School of Imam Husain (AS)”.
Today is the 10th of Moharram, the fateful day of Ashura on the eve of which in Karbala, in 61 AH, when the Omayyad commander Omar ibn Sa’d renewed the demand for pledge of allegiance to Yazid’s Godless rule or risk an immediate attack, a night’s respite for prayer and supplication to God Almighty was sought by the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny). As a matter of fact, Imam Husain (AS) gave respite to the enemy forces to contemplate on their blasphemous decision to gang up against the blessed Ahl al-Bayt. On the morrow, the brave Horr ar-Riyahi, along with a few conscientious persons came over to the Imam’s side. Earlier the previous night, Shimr Zi’l-Jowshan, announced that he had brought a letter of security for the Imam’s brother, the valiant standard-bearer, Hazrat Abbas (AS), the latter spurned the offer, saying he will never leave the Imam’s side till the last drop of his blood. Thus, Ashura is the day Imam Husain (AS), along with 72-odd steadfast companions including sons, brothers, nephews, kinsmen, and friends, courted martyrdom in fierce combat, in order save Islam and all humanitarian values. On the morning of this fateful day, Omar ibn Sa'd, who had been promised the governorship of Rayy in northern Iran if he killed the Prophet’s grandson, shot the first arrow, which was followed by a volley from the enemies. The Imam and his followers refused to yield and fighting bravely the 30,000 troops against all odds, died one by one in manly combat. Among the martyrs was Hazrat Abbas (AS), who lost both his hands while trying to bring water to the thirsty camp from the besieged River Euphrates. The Imam also saw the tragic martyrdom before his eyes, of not only his 18-year son, Ali Akbar, who bore a striking resemblance to the Prophet, but also his six-month infant son, Ali Asghar, whose throat was savagely targeted by an arrow when the Imam took the child and asked the stone-hearted enemies to at least provide water for the innocent baby. After cruelly martyring Imam Husain and beheading him while alive, the cowardly enemies looted the camp and took as prisoners, the womenfolk and children of their own Prophet.
Resistance and endurance for the sake of God in order to establish justice and confront falsehood, is one of the highest human qualities. Imam Husain (AS) and his companions gave a practical demonstration of this quality in Karbala. Among the brave companions of the Imam was Nafe’ bin Hilal, who after braving a shower of arrows attacked the Yazidi’s and after dispensing with several of the Omayyads, he was martyred. Then there was the aged 75-year old Habib ibn Mazaher, who smilingly faced death after fiercely attacking the enemy forces. There was Muslim ibn Awsaja, another aged man, who displayed brilliant swordsmanship before being killed. There was Showdhab, there was Abis, there was the black African former slave Jown, and there was Wahb Kalbi, the Christian who newly embraced Islam after meeting the Prophet’s grandson in Karbala. These martyrs continue to be immortal heroes for all people of conscience, since the Tragedy of Karbala unmasked hypocrisy and became a rallying point for justice and freedom. It serves till this day as a catalyst for reforms and revolutions, and steadfastness against oppression and colonialist designs, as demonstrated by Islamic Resistance movements all over the world.
In view of these facts, our weeping, mourning and lamentation for Imam Husain (AS) is not out of sorrow, but because of the magnitude of the tragedy that befell the Prophet’s Household, and which naturally brings tears to even the hardest of hearts. The sufferings of the womenfolk and children of the Prophet’s household in Karbala, and the continuation of their plight on their way to Kufa and Damascus, present one of the most tragic scenes in the history of the world. With his martyrdom, Imam Husain (AS) taught us that whenever the bases of religion is endangered, one should not spare any type of self-sacrifice. He feared nothing for achieving his objective and no obstacle made him disappointed of fighting the enemy. Thus the Imam’s self-sacrifice became a model for all faithful people to rise against the tyrants whenever the divine values were endangered and by this they preserve the religious values against dangers.
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