The Martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain (AS) born in 620 AD to a family renowned for their values of love, equality and peace.
He exemplified these morals -- taught to him by his grandfather Muhammad SAWW, the last prophet of Islam. Being born into the household of Muhammad, the... Show More >>The Martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain (AS) born in 620 AD to a family renowned for their values of love, equality and peace.
He exemplified these morals -- taught to him by his grandfather Muhammad SAWW, the last prophet of Islam. Being born into the household of Muhammad, the people flocked towards Hussain for his teachings, generosity and wisdom.
He served the people as a leader -- promoting and upholding many universal principles. Hussain valued equality, justice, and honour, and was known for his truthfulness and selflessness. Not long after the passing of Prophet Muhammad (s), the leadership of the vast Arab Empire had fallen into major disrepute and corruption. The morality that Muhammad had spent his life instilling into society was slowly being eradicated as the new tyrannical ruler, Yazid, seized power.
Hussain witnessed how the fundamental human rights of his fellow citizens was being usurped, and knew something had to be done.
Yazid, from the Ummayad dynasty, knew nothing of morality or humanity, and ruled with an iron fist. He demanded Hussain pay him an oath of allegiance, to lend credibility to his tyrannical rule.
It was now that Hussain faced his dilemma... Should he give his oath of allegiance to an oppressive tyrant -- stand aside and allow injustice to overcome morality? Or should he take a stand and risk great personal loss? The timeless words of his grandfather echoed in his heart and Hussain knew what to do: \"The greatest stand is to speak the word of truth in the face of a tyrant.\"
Hussain, his family and his companions were alone with no support. Yet Hussain was a man of principles -- he would never give up his mission and bow to tyranny. Yazid ordered an army of over 30,000 to block Hussain from moving any further east. Hussain\'s caravan was forced to stop in the middle of the scorching desert of Karbala, Iraq. The end was drawing close. The next day, under the blazing sun and searing heat, Yazid\'s battle drums were sounded and orders were given to the army to attack and kill Hussain at any cost. Hussain\'s army of approximately 72 or 100 men stood in front of an army of 30,000; the odds were impossible. One by one, Hussain\'s men, family and children sacrificed themselves, until he stood alone on the desert plains...
That night, Hussain assembled his companions and pleaded with them to leave him and save themselves. They refused to leave their leader, declaring that they would prefer to stay and die with him on the path of truth and justice. They took comfort in defending a noble cause. Wounded, fatigued and without support, Hussain issued a rallying cry that shook the fabric of society; a cry that implored future generations and one which still echoes in the hearts of the oppressed and those seeking justice until today: \"Is there anybody to help us?\" Shortly afterwards, the heartless enemy army encircled Hussain and he was ruthlessly killed and beheaded. It was the tenth day of the first month of the Islamic New Year, the 10th of Muharram 680 AD, Ashura day. for more info please visit: http://www.al-islam.org/kaaba14/6.htm
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