Karbala and universal truths

Mahatma Gandhi said…

“I learnt from Hussain how to achieve victory while being oppressed.”

“My faith is that the progress of Islam does not depend on the use of sword by its believers, but the result of the supreme sacrifice of Hussain.”

Imam Hussain(a.s) Inspires Me To Resist Oppression In All Form.
I remind  Imam Hussain with his troops gave his everything  in order to carry the message of Allah forward. All we have to do is stand on the shoulders of those giants and continue carrying it in our lives.

Too many people miss the lessons that the story of Karbala offers us. They miss the story of Muslims standing up in the face of an oppressor, even when the oppressor is the “established” and accepted authority. We miss the lesson that our allegiance is to what is good and right and not to the institutions, traditions, or expectations of our communities. We miss those lessons and it shows.

It shows in the corruption of our government, the abuse in our families, the oppression in our traditions, and the double standards in our communities.

People who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Reflecting on the history of our ummah is something that we should all do. And one of the most pivotal moments in that history is the martyrdom of Imam Hussain. Whether you are a secular historian or a religious scholar, there is no doubt that what happened on that day is something that should never be forgotten.

If you don’t know what happened on the day we all call Ashura on the dusty plain of Karbala, then it’s your duty to find out. It’s your duty to shed a tear for what happened and what we continue to do to each other.

Shed a tear for all of our brothers and sisters all over the world who suffer similar or worse fates. But, don’t let it end there. Carry the light of the hope and faith of Imam Hussain (a.s.) and all the members of his household into your real life. Recall that on that day both parties called themselves Muslims. And recall the fact that the party that won the day, ultimately lost the battle. 

If you understand the events of that day then you can stand up for yourself and others. You can face trials without fear. You can have comfort when doing what’s right costs you dearly. If you remember what happened on that 10th day of Muharram then you can understand when others say Every day is Ashura and every land is Karbala.
The reason for this universality of Imam Hussain (a.s) is because the lessons of Karbala are not bound by religious beliefs and practices but tie into the very fabric of morals and ethics.
Can anyone be insensible to the tragedy of the family of the Prophet (SAW) being starved and deprived of water in a burning desert and then massacred while striving to uphold truth and justice in a capricious world?
Can anyone remain unmoved by the killing and beheading of a six-month-old child? Can anyone absolve Yazid and his band of murderers of the grave injustices done to the women of the Prophet’s (SAW) household as they were marched thousands of miles as if slaves in a Roman triumph?
As poet Josh Malihabadi wrote:

Insaan ko bedaar to ho lene do,
har qaum pukaraygi hamare hain Hussain

(Just let humanity awaken,
Every tribe will claim Hussain as their own)


The message of Karbala reaches across to lovers of truth everywhere and serves to strengthen Islam as it has for eons. There have been killings and terrorist attacks but the processions continue, the mourners mourn and the eulogies sound out.
Imam Hussain’s (a.s.) supreme sacrifice saved Islam then and it will for all time.

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