In the name of God of Hussein
I had decided to write few lines about these days (Ashura)… but the grief stopped me…
I wanted to write about Hussein and his greatness … but tears stopped me…
I wanted to write about Abbas and his exceptional bravery, but my hands, being ashamed of his mutilated hands, stopped me…
How could one depict all this gracefulness?
How could one write about all that beauty?
How could one witness all that patience and resistance and keep calm?
This greatness is unbelievable… This resistance and sacrifice… This strong faith…
Only the greatness of Ashura can depict such a beautiful scene in only half a day.
The secret of Hussein’s immortality is the goodness, patience, loyalty, and bravery in the desert of Karbala.
What have you been through during these days?
How patient you were… What hardships you have endured … What sufferings have you borne…
Peace be upon your wounded body and your agonized heart…
How courageous you took care of what you had been trusted with!
How shining you were beneath those clouds of doubt and hesitation!
How brave you were in your eloquent remarks.
God bless you, you courageous woman of Karbala!
Greetings to you…
Say hello to the most purified people on my behalf…
Greetings to you, the little daughter of father! Greetings to the numerous injuries on your feet…
Greetings to you, Rogahye, for finding your father’s beheaded body in two pieces; head on the sword, and body in the desert…
Greetings to you, Hussein! You, embodiment of love and freedom!
Greetings to you, Hussein! And to the purified souls of those who stood by you!
Greetings to you, Ali-Akbar! And to your steadfast youth hood!
Greetings to you, Ali Asghar! And to your thirst!
Greetings to you, Abulfazl, and to your exceptional bravery… Greetings to your loyalty, you great man!
Greetings to you, Zeinab!
Greeting to you… Greetings…
By: Rahimeh Sadat Zargar
Translated by: Sadroddin Musawi
Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) did not give allegiance to Yazid.
This is the generic message that most of us have been taught as kids, whether at Sunday school, at our own homes, or even at those Muharram classes for kids during the first 10 nights. Then we go on to learn, "Every day is Ashura, and every land is Karbala."
Really? How can that be? But Imam Hussein is not being martyred every day. Lady Zeinab and Lady Sakina (peace be upon them) are not being beaten and deprived of their Hijabs every day. Yazid is not usurping the rights of Islam every day. Or is he?
When it comes to Islam, be it historical events or the thought-provoking laws of jurisprudence, there is more to understand and learn than what the eye sees or what the ear hears.
When Imam Hussein called out Hal min nasirin yansurna ("Is there anyone to help us?") he was quite aware that his family members were no more. As we all should know by now, this call was being made to us.
And we all should also know by now, Islam is a religion for all times and all ages, until the end of time. So what is the wisdom behind our dear Imam Jafar Sadiq (peace be upon him) saying, "Every day is Ashura, and every land is Karbala"?
- imam khomeini:
- We have been hurt more by America than by all others.
- American domination carries with it the entire miseries of the oppressed nations.
- America is the number-one-enemy of the oppressed and deprived peoples of the world.
- America says 'we have interests in the Region.' Why should it have interests in our Region and why should the interests of the Muslims belong to America!?
- Muslim nations hate foreigners generally, Americans, especially.
- Let the world know that any trouble that Iranian nation and Muslim nations have is caused by foreigners, by America.
- The most important and painful problem that Islamic nations and non-Islamic nations of the dominated states face concerns America.
- All of our distresses are caused by America.
- Our entire misery is by the hand of America.
- America wants you for your oil, wants you as a market, to take away the oil and sell you junk!
- The real enemies of the Quran, Islam and its holy Prophet (SAW) are the superpowers, especially America.
- America, this natural criminal that has set the world on fire and its colleague, world Zionism, to reach their objectives commit crimes that pens and tongues are ashamed to describe.
- Our entire troubles come from America and Israel.
- Let the president of America realize that he is the most hateful individual to our nation.
- The feelings of the Iranian nation concern American government, not American nation.
Imam Sadjad (A.S) delivered another sermon in the precincts of Medina for the people who had come to see the sorrowful caravan of captives. This sermon, too, deeply affected people so that a year after Ashura tragedy people of Medina revolted against Bani Umayyah. Their revolution is known as Harrah Uprising.
Purposeful and Saddening Tears
Imam Sadjad (A.S) used to shed tears on every occasion to commemorate the martyrs of Karbala. Today, all the lamentations that have formed the culture of Karbala come from his incessant efforts. When they asked the Imam about his crying he said: “Woe on to you! Prophet Jacob (PBUH) had twelve sons; however, when Allah took away one of them, grief overtook him so much that his hair was whitened, his back was bent, and he lost his vision due to excessive crying, even though his son was actually alive. But I witnessed with my own eyes how my father, my brother, and seventeen of my family members were killed. So how do you expect my sadness to be relieved or my lamentation to be over?"[i]
Supporting Anti-Oppressor Uprisings
Translated by: Sadroddin Musawi
[i] Lahouf, Seyed bin Tavous, p. 380
Millions of Shia Muslims in Iran and across the globe are holding mourning rituals in commemoration of the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shia Imam, Imam Hussein (PBUH).
Millions of black-clad mourners in Iran and many Muslim countries are holding mourning ceremonies to pay homage to Imam Hussein (PBUH), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and to a number of his loyal companions who were brutally killed while fighting for justice in Karbala, Iraq, around 1,300 years ago.
Muslims in Iran have also been commemorating the occasion during the days leading up to Ashura, the tenth day of the first month of the lunar calendar year, Muharram.
Many devout Muslims across the world are also holding ceremonies to mourn the event which is one of the most important occasions on the Shia calendar.
Ashura, which falls on December 6 this year, marks the day when the forces of the second Umayyad caliph Yazid martyred Imam Hussein (PBUH) and 72 of his companions in Karbala.
Iranian mourners usually congregate at mosques for lamenting, poetic recitations of the tragic event or Ta’zieh, performed in the memory of the Imam Hussein (PBUH)’s martyrdom.
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