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Despite the latest wave of suicide attacks in Iraq, millions of Shia Muslim pilgrims continue to flood to the shrine of Hussein in Karbala.
My utmost gratitude to the editor of the the Newstatesman.
This article explains why half of middle east follow this great person and what he stood for.
There should be more articles like this to explain the "magnetism" of Al Hussain as
Of course, if the Australian fellow decides to live amongst his Shia brethren and then changes his mind and converts back to Roman Catholicism, he faces a death sentence.
Thankyou to the NS for publishing this enlightening article. I hope we can see more articles like this in the mainstream, that dare to address the correct motivations behind our passion for Imam Hussain.(A.S)
What a lovely article, explaining why we do what we do as Shias.
The protest demonstration/ procession at Arba'aeen in Karbala is possibly the largest congregations of humans anywhere in the world. And yet, no record keeper will look this way.
The organization of this procession is selfless - 15 minutes after the bomb blast, the road was clear and people were moving about the place like nothing had happened. The cause that moves them is bigger - much bigger.
Thank you Syed Mahdi, for putting together such a piece.
What an amazing article! I for one can say without doubt that when I was standing in between the Shrines of Imam Hussein (as) and Hazrat Abbass(as) it felt like heaven on earth! And I would go to great lengths to be there again. The event of Kerbala and Imam Hussein are a miracle which will never diminish. Even after 1400 years when the atrocities that were carried out on Imam Hussein and his family still manage to bring tears to the eyes of Muslims and sometimes non muslims too. Imagine...crying for someone we never even met...and yet each time we hear about Imam Hussein (as) and Kerbala tears just begin to flow. Please do not mistake these for Tears of Pity...they are actually tears of our undying love for Imam Hussein (as) and the fact that we could not be there with him to help him fight against injustice and evil!! All Anti Muslims please notice that even our Imam did not begin the battle...it was actually the army of Yazeed who were present in their thousands to fight against an army of about 70 people??? It has been said that Islam was established by the sword...but if your were to read the history of Islam you would know that not one battle was started by our Prophet. WE NEVER WERE TERRORISTS AND NEVER WILL BE. Those suicide bombers are not following Islam as it should be followed. As for Katrina, my Imam has taught me to ignore people like you...so that is exactly what I will do. I thank the New Statesman for publishing this article and also Syed Mahdi for writing it. May the almighty reward you accordingly.
Thank you for this moving and inspirational account from the "inside". I hope it provokes curiosity and removes apathy from understanding who our beloved Imam Hussein was, what his message was truly about and how it can be applied today to free people from the depths of oppression.
I was extremely fortunate Al hamdolillah to be in Karbala during Ashura and I can totally relate to the emotions and the spirituality that has been captured in this article. The effect Karbala has even on non muslims can be summed up by the feeling of awe and mysticism felt by American soldiers when they had entered Karbala with the whole city in darkness except for the shrine of Imam Hussain a.s and Hazrat Abbas a.s which were the sole beacon of light in the darkness of Karbala.
The message of Karbala is universal. It is about standing up against tyranny and injustice. It is about the highest standards of Akhlaq ( good manners and morality ), tolerance, patience under the most extreme circumstances, Un conditional love and of giving and not expecting back.
Values which are alien to the so called Wahabi 'guardians' of Islam today. They have hijacked Islam and their agenda is to shed innocent blood if their misguided ideology is not followed. For them Shias, Sunnis, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists all are considered fair game.
I thank The New Statesman for trying to bring the true face of Islam into the mainstream and thank you Sayed Modaressi for such an inspiring article.
A must read artlce, the sacrifice of Imam Husain touches the heart of every one-past and present and it will continue to do so as Truth always stands clear from Error.
It is only Shia Islam that can provide the flatform upon which Justice can perfectly rest.
Assalamu alal Husain, wa ala Auladil Husain, wa ala As-habil Husain, wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh
It is not only courage and challenge but love of Imam Hussein that is driving people in millions to Karbala in spite of their bombings. But that love is bigger than life and death. It is eternal and undefeated love. Something worths dying for. I always view myself as well as all Shiites as lovers who are in love with the holy Ahlulbayt household. This unbounded love is their enemy. We are full of love and they are full of hate and they know quite well that love is always victorious over hate. Again it is not only courage but faith, strong faith in the cause of Imam Hussein. As we were heading to Karbala, there was not the slightest fear in our minds. Bombings are but a trivial matter that does not worth thinking of.
If anyone wants to experience Heaven then let me direct them towards Karbala, Najaf, Samarra & Kadhmain - Truly Heaven can be experienced on this very Earth - If only people knew :o)
The love of Imam Hussein is the love of perfection. He was a perfect man and a super human being. Beside being the prophet’s grandson, he was an Imam, a loving husband, a kind father, a devoted brother, a faithful friend and a merciful fighter who pitied his enemy and cried on them, at the same time he was courageous, tough and solid at the most tragic moments.
To this days the shia's are killed allover the world via bomb blast and many Wahabis consider shia as non muslims, so they try to kill Shia's
Great article. I wish I could be in Karbala right now by the shrines of Imam Hussain (a.s) and Hazrath Abbas (a.s).
Ecellent, eloquent, clear and a well written peice. Captures the nectar of Hussein that is truly universal and beyond race, gender, religion and culture.
An excellent article depicting a true picture of what Islam is about and what a great sacrifice our Great Holy Imam Husein(AS)and his family gave to save our religion.
A very well written article. Please keep it up. A great oppurtunity to inform the world of the truth about the true shia islam. My the Almighty bless you.
Well done Newstatesman for putting this well written article foreword. This very important event deserves much coverage. The message of Imam Hussain a.s is ever relevant to the times of today as they were then. With articles such as this one people will have a better understanding of what Islam really stands for. Thank you.
As a "Christian Westerner" I find this really weird! Fascinating, though - interesting article.
A great article. Very informative and to the point. It is about time that we spoke up as a Muslim community to show our true values to the world, and what greater way to demonstrate this than by the example of Imam Hussain.
I hope some day a clear distinction is made in the eyes of the general public between real muslims and those those wahabi/salafi terrorists that try and plant bombs in these peaceful processions, and some day I pray that peace will reach all of us soon.
Thank you for this article Sayed.
Salams...Adhamaalah ujurana ujurakum....may our parents be ransom for ImamHussain a.s.ws. We will walk from around the globe and walk bare foot...with all thanks to our Lord we had the chance to visit Kerbala 3 years in a row, and MashAllah I completely echo the words of this article...Our call is to you only Ya Hussain
Karbala is the philosphy of Allah's oneness (Ahid) Imam Hussain (AS) bowed his head in front of Allah but not to death on Ashura day. To Understand Imam Hussain (AS)and his followers need a stable and state of mind. Ya Hussain (AS)
Syed gave a lecture about the benefits of visiting Kerbala on Arbaeen. This inspired me to visit Kerbala last year. That was the most amazing and eye opening experience, and re energised my faith. Further,articles like this will bring the muslim ummah closer as huseins message was for mankind. Unfortunately, rejectors such as sallafis will never accept it and continue to live in darkness. Lastly,my sincere thanks to Syed for this article and the new statesman for its publication.
The sacrifice of Imam Husain touches the hardest of hearts
Very nice article. May Allah send all of Imam Hussain's shias for his ziyarat.
Thank you New Statesman for publishing this article. It is very well written and heartfelt. Considering Arbaeen in Kerbala is the largest annual mass gathering in the world, it gets very little coverage in the Western Media. The little coverage it does get is usually written by Non-Muslims and definitely Non-Shias; so it is refreshing to see a piece written about Shias by a Shia. It goes a long way to explain why we do what we do and why despite constantly being the victims of terrorism around the world– in Yemen, Pakistan and Iraq – we will never forget the message of Imaam Hussain and continue to flock in our millions to pay respect to him.
Wonderful article! Brought tears to my eyes.
I would suggest ignore Katrina she is what statistics describes as an outlier and they are meant to be ignored as they contribute nothing to the facts and produce no good but if taken into consideration tend to misguide.
O' Imam when will I be blessed to kiss your shrine? Wait is now unbearable.
NS Thanks for the article. Please do not let it be the last.
Great blog. Looking forward to reading more of the same...
Alahuma sali aala Muhammadin wa aall-e Muhammad
Great article! thank you for sharing.
Surely there exists in the heart of Mumin, with respect to the martyrdom of Husayn, a flame that never subsides /extinguishes
The Heat of Husaini Love
The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said:
Surely, there exists in the hearts of the Mu' mineen, with respect to the martyrdom of Husain (A.S.), a heat that never subsides.
Mustadrak al-Wasail, vol. 10,pg. 318
THE BLOOD OF HUSSAYN (AS),
THE PATIENCE OF ZAYNAB(AS),
THE MASSACRE OF KERBALA,
Long live the banner of Islam which was saved by the holy blood of the Martyrs in Kerbala
O Allah! Bless us with the love of Hussain a.s
O Allah! Bless us with the ziarat of Hussain as
Death with dignity is better than life of humiliation Imam Husayn
May Allah make everday of ours Ashura and every land Karbala, and fill us with Husseiny Spirit, fight oppression, live like martyrs and die like lovers by the side of the Awaited Saviour (A), ameen.
May Allah hasten the re appearance of our 12th Imam, Imam Mehdi, and we pray to Allah to give us the faith to be alongside the Imam when he establishes justice in the world...Ameen
Shia's are not classed as Muslims. The holy Quran specifically states one should not harm himself. To feel ones sorrow doesn't mean cause yourself pain and let little children hurt themselves.
Ditto for Petal!
I did not know that muslimhood is bestowed or sanctioned and classified! I would be enlightened to know by whom? Certainly not by the followers of the killers of Prophet's family!
By this logic could non-muslims, if needed, be classified as Muslims? Pardoxically, it reminds of Karbala.
Be honest no words to say i wish i had gone to to Karbala for Arbaeen please imam call me and my family to visit Karbala and all the momaneens ameen.
Subahanallah Wal Hamdulilah Wa La illah-ha-ilalah Wallah Hu Akbar
Alahuma sali aala Muhammadin wa aall-e Muhammad. This is truly an inspiring article and event to all the citizens of the world. It depicts the battle between truth and falsehood. This comes to show that those who are with the truth and have patience are surely successful.
Hazrat Rasule khuda s.a.v : "Aye Fatima! Roze Qayamat har aankh royegi siwa uske jo Husain (A) ke gum me royi ho. Yaqeenan wo aankh muskurayegi
. Imam Reza(a) : Beshaq shahdate Husain (A) ki hararat momenin k dilo'nme hogi jo kabhi bhi kam nahi hogi (Mustadrak Wasa'il v10 p318)
Allah! Bless us with the love of Hussain a.s
O Allah! Bless us with the ziarat of Hussain as
Mola HUM sab ko Panjatan Pak (a.s) 12 imaam (a.s) 14 masoomeen (a.s) or BIBI FATIMA (s.a) k Sadqaay main sada apnay hifzo amaan main rakhay !Syed Zahra (s.a) k sada Saaya rahay HUM sab per. Ghazi (a.s)Sarkar k Hifazat main Rahain sada ...Tamaam Maoon aur Behanoon k Parday Salamat Rahain Bibi Zainab (s.a) K Sadqay main ....jo bhi BIMAR hain un ko Allah Bimar-e-Karballa (a.s) Ka sadqay may SHAFA ata karain ...koi ghum na dekhain aap sab seway GHUM-HUSSAIN (a.s) kay .....
Thank you New Statesman for publishing this great article from Sayed Al Modaressi
Indeed Imam Husain watered the dry gardens of freedom with his blood. Imam Husain's supreme sacrifice is unparalleled in history. To his cry of Hal Min Naasirin Yansuruna we answer vociferously LABBAIK YA HUSAIN
This is a great article that can reach and touch the hearts of the wider community, who previously would have had little or no exposure to the true message of Karbala. I thank and congratulate the team at New Statesman for publishing this article and I look forward to reading similar articles covering this fascinating topic. The events of Karbarla can only inspire all muslims and non-muslims of the importance of identifing and standing against the tyrants of today. Imam Hussain peace be upon him demonstrates to us the qualities that we need to aspire to.
Petal, not every shia harms themselves. If you had carefully read all the comments that some of the brothers and sisters have made then you would understand who shia's are and what they stand for.
Petal, does your daddy owns Islam or have any connection to the Syed's tribe(Banu Hashim.)If not then you have no right to say or even criticize. Thank you & have a good day.
We Shia have a strange thing embedded in us since birth whenever we hear about Hazrat Ali (a.s) it brings a strange happiness inside , not possible to put it in words. May be its a gift from Almighty.And whenever Hazrat Husain (a.s) is mentioned it brings strange kind of passion and respect which cant be expressed again a gift from Allah.
But along with all those things that we do on those days we should not forget those personalities for the rest of the year. The personality of Hazrat Husain (a.s) should not only be remembered for Ashura alone but all that he stood for througout his life, Whatever he taught throughout his life Husain should be discovered right from his childhood days how he conducted himself.
Even while throughout his journey from Mecca to Kerbala in all those sermons Husain praised Allah encouraged people to do good and prohibited them from evil ,even in those pressing times,he fullfilled his responsibility.
And everybody knows Husain's (a.s) call at the end on 10th'
'Is there anybody who can help me'
Husain gave this call by facing all the four direction with a purpose.
This call was for all of us for eternity now we have to judge ourselves wether we are under the banner of Husain(a.s) or under the banner of Yazeed(l.a).Our actions will give us the answer no hypocracy involved otherwise we will be deceiving ourselves.
If we don't ponder and reflect this all will be just rituals and nothing else.
Congratulations on New Statesmen in covering a major event ignored by many which would help explain alot of what is going on in the world today!
Thank you Sayid for this inspiring article. It truely depicts the essence of why shias go to Karbala even through the most difficult of times. Inshallah we will see more of these articles, as it is very important to spread the message of Karbala and to emphasise the importance of struggle, sacrifice and standing by the truth in Islam!
Thankyou for this article.
It is indeed nice to articles about our faith and beliefs.
Katarina, the crusades were centuries ago! have you invented a time machine?
A wonderfully written piece that reflects the ethos of Islam. Its good to see that the New Statesman appreciates the significance of the Abraeen.
Excellent article, keep it up. This is the truth indeed and true love and justice. Hopefully the whole world can learn from this as many famous historical personalities have.
Excellent Article - very refreshing to read such articles and has definately encouraged me to go to Karbala with my family soon by the will of God.
All peoples of the world need to understand Imam Hussain (as) and Karbala, well done to the New Statesman for putting it's readers in touch with his universal example of truth, justice and resistance against tyranny.
All praises to the Creator. This article is proof that the revolution of Imam Hussain(as)is still very much alive.
The purpose of Imam Hussain's sacrifice in his own words was to 'ENJOIN THE GOOD AND FORBID THE EVIL'. In achieving this aim he demonstrated a number of values which are relevant in all eras. Some of these include: Intolerance to Cruelty and Oppression, Honour and Dignity, Giving in the way of God, Emancipation, Patience and Sacrifice.He spent everything he had in the way of God, his knowledge through his sermons, his wealth, his children,companions and his life.His message is as relevant today as it was 13 centuries ago.
Thanks to Sayed for an excellent article I particularly found the para on Imam Hussain as the spritual inheritor or heir to the great prophets - Abraham, Moses and Jesus as a unifying one.
Thanks to NS for enabling a wider audience for this great man's sacrifice.
Now does the world realise what Imam Hussain [AS] did for saving Islam,the religion of his grandfather,Prophet Mohammad?
Kudos to New Statesman for giving this moving article.Keep up the good work and Allah will surely bless you.
What a great articles of our Imam Hussein and his followers. The name "KERBALA" always makes me cry. Insahallah I shall one day go to Kerbala. Its always been my dream to visit Shrines of our brave Imams.
For those of you who have been for Hajj you will appreciate the remarkable logistical management for the 2.5M pilgrims every year by the "custodians" and who have been practicing tweeking this for years - the transportation of people, the sourcing of food and water, the sanitation needs etc etc
Now imagine all this for 4 o 5 times as many people by a team who have just been given the responsibility. I salute the Government of Maliki and the local government of Kerbala for their magnificent management of these events.