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Ashura; The Immortal Saga of the Martyr of Karbala

Today is Ashura or the 10th of Moharram, the day on which the most bloodcurdling tragedy occurred in history. It is the day that renews our allegiance with the ideals of that great man, who made blood triumph over swords.

It is the day when for the sake of safeguarding Islam and all humanitarian values, the greatest sacrifice was offered by the grandson of the Almighty’s Last and Greatest Messenger, Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny). The epic of Imam Husain (AS), which interacts with human conscience, has ever since continued to inspire the conscientious in every age and place, to usher in reformative movements and revolutions, among which the Islamic Revolution that triumphed in 1979 under the Martyr of Karbala’s devoted servant Imam Khomeini (God bless him) holds pride of place in reviving in modern times the genuine teachings of Islam.

 “Indeed, anyone joining me (in Karbala) will attain martyrdom, while anyone who does not join me will not attain victory.”

This is what Imam Husain (AS) remarked, as the bloodthirsty hordes of Yazid closed in upon him in Karbala from all directions, eventually cutting his access to the waters of the River Euphrates on the assumption that thirst and hunger would make the grandson of the Prophet of Islam, yield to their illogical demand of giving pledge of allegiance to the Godless rule of the self-styled caliph, Yazid ibn Mu’awiyya. They were totally wrong. It is not that they did not know whom they were opposing! In his own words on the Day of Ashura, Imam Husain (AS) said:

“Am I not the son of your Prophet's daughter – Hazrat Fatema Zahra (SA)? Is not my father – Commander of the Faithful Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb – the “wasi” (vicegerent or testamentary legatee) of your Prophet and his cousin and the first person, who expressed belief in Allah and confirmed what was brought by His Prophet? Is the Doyen of Martyrs Hamza ibn Abdul Muttalib not the uncle of my father? Is the martyr Ja’far ibn Abi Taleb whom God has given two wings to fly with the angels in paradise, not my uncle? Have you not heard that the Prophet has said about me and my brother – Imam Hasan (AS): “These two sons of mine are the chiefs of the young men of Paradise?”

They sheepishly acknowledged whatever he said, yet persisted in putting pressures of all sorts upon him in the vain hope that his surrender – or death – would bring them rewards in the form of wealth, land grants, political posts, or the governorship of the rich province of Rayy – (extending in those days from the Alborz Mountain Range north of modern Tehran to Kashan and Isfahan.

The Imam continued in his address: “By Allah I will not pledge allegiance to these people like weak and mean persons and will not flee the battlefield like slaves while fighting against the rascals. I seek refuge in Allah from the mischief of you people and of every arrogant person who does not believe in the Day of Judgment.”

The hard-hearted hordes, however, failed to heed his wise words that real victory lies in martyrdom in the way of Allah. It means those who would kill him; severe his head; mount it in on a lance, parade it through the streets of Kufa and Damascus, with his children and womenfolk bound in ropes and chains walking behind; will not get anything in return. 

A day earlier on the 9th of Muharram the Imam had held parleys with Omar ibn Sa’d, the Commander of the Omayyad forces and the son of Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas, who was supposed to be a senior companion of the Prophet. Imam Husain (AS) asked him the reason for the hostility but did not receive any convincing answers from that weak and cowardly person, who made several lame excuses, initially saying he feared his own life if he disobeyed the libertine Yazid’s tyrannical governor of Iraq, Obaidollah ibn Ziyad. When the Imam invited him towards lasting felicities, with the promise of paradise in afterlife, the short-sighted Omar said the Omayyads had promised to reward him with governorship of Rayy in Iran, for doing their bidding. After a lengthy discussion which had no effect on Ibn Sa’d, the Imam got up saying: “You are not destined to taste even a single grain of the wheat of Rayy.”

How true. A few years later, Omar ibn Sa’d perished like a miserable dog, killed by his own conscientious brother-in-law (that is, wife’s brother), Mukhtar ibn Abi Obayda who avenged the innocent blood of Imam Husain (AS) by bringing to justice the principal perpetrators of the heartrending tragedy of Karbala.

It is important to note that Imam Husain (AS) was not killed by Sabeans or their progeny posing as Muslims, and neither were his killers, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Zoroastrians, Magian, Buddhists, or their Islamicized offspring. Those who cruelly martyred him, and violated the letter and spirit of Islam by parading the Prophet’s noble womenfolk and children as captives through the streets of Kufa and Damascus, were actually the sons of the polytheists of Arabia, masquerading as Muslims. In other, words they were the issue of those very same pagans of Mecca, who had plotted to kill Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) on the crucial night of Hijra, but had failed, because of the heroism of Imam Husain’s (AS) father, Imam Ali (AS), who had slept on his cousin’s bed to ensure that their intended victim would migrate undetected to Medina – where they would continue to fail despite imposing battles (sometimes in alliance with the Israelites) on the Almighty’s Last and Greatest Messengers, because of the valour of the same Imam Ali (AS).

Imam Husain (AS), who fulfilled the Great Sacrifice that had ransomed Prophet Ishmael in antiquity, thus stands for all times as the “Beacon of Light and the Ark of Salvation” – to the words of his grandfather.

As the Heir of the missions of the prophets of the past – such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus – and as the Legatee of his grandfather, father and elder brother, he was the divinely-designated Imam of mankind of his age.

It means Imam Husain (AS) was not one of those caliphs thrust upon Muslims by a comrade; or supposedly nominated on deathbed by a questionable predecessor (without any evidence or legal authority); or chosen by a council of dubious persons.

His authority was God-given. This is the reason eternal victory belongs to the Martyr of Karbala, while those who oppose him in every age and place, discourage pilgrimage to his holy shrine, destroy the holy shrines of his brother, son, grandson and great-grandson in Medina’s Baqi, persecute his followers, cannibalistically eat their organs raw, and massacre Hajj pilgrims in the most inviolable of all places, may rule for a certain period, but will eventually be wiped out – as was the case of Yazid and the Omayyads.

We end this brief radio programme with another immortal phrase from Imam Husain (AS) which serves as food for thought for all humanity.

     “If you do not have faith, at least be freemen in your worldly affairs.”

منابع: http://parstoday.com/en/radio/uncategorised-i30046-the_immortal_saga_of_the_martyr_of_karbala
ارسال کننده: مدیر پورتال
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