The Battle of Karbala 2

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200px-No_image_available.svg Imam HusseinThe sword of brave Abbas flashed with such power That Gabriel sought protection from his Lord The son of Sa'd there faced his final hour 'Midst shieldless corpses scattered-by the sword. As lions spring to gain the river banks, Abbas swam through the waves of serried ranks.The guards of the Euphrates lost their heads And like the river's current flowed away. Black-hearted foes were tossed into its beds; Their life-breath burst like bubbles in its spray. Abbas, dry-lipped, took water for his...

The Battle of Karbala 1

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200px-No_image_available.svg Imam HusseinA Marthiyaa of Anis, translated into English verse by David Matthews, Rupa Co. The sun had run his journey o'er the night; Unveiled, the Dawn revealed her glorious face. The King who rides the heavens saw her light And called his brave companions to their place. 'The time has come at last; to God give praise; Arise! In fitting prayer your voices raise.Brave hearts! For strife and slaughter dawns this day; Here the blood of Muhammad's race will flow.' Zahra's darling, honoured, seeks the fray...

Karbala', an Enduring Paradigm of Islamic Revivalism

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200px-No_image_available.svg Imam HusseinThe martyrdom of Imam Husayn ibn 'Ali ('a) and his companions in Karbala' proved to be the beginning of the downfall of the Banu Umayyah dynasty which had usurped the Islamic khilafah by deceit, repression, and corruption of the Muslim community. Though the Imam ('a) was martyred with his family and companions, and apparently his murderers seemed to emerge winners from the conflict, it was the martyr of Karbala' who was the real victor. The mourning ceremonies that have been held through the...

The Excellences of the Imam Husayn in Sunni Hadith Tradition

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200px-No_image_available.svg Imam HusseinHUMAN history may be seen as a record of the eternal struggle between right and wrong, virtue and vice, good and evil, and righteousness and wickedness. This struggle was decreed by God when Adam, an earthly creature, was sent to earth to engage in this eternal battle. It is through this struggle that human beings can earn their eternal bliss in the Gardens of Paradise, or their eternal punishment in the Fire. In the history of nations this struggle often attains universal significance as that...

Merits of Imam Husayn

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200px-No_image_available.svg Imam HusseinWe should now like to quote some traditions relating to Imam Husayn from Ibn Athir's book entitled Usd ul Ghabah.A man asked Abdullah bin Umar: "What will be the position if the blood of a mosquito touches the dress of a man?" Abdullah bin Umar said: "Look here! This Iraqi enquires about the blood of a mosquito, although these very Iraqis killed the son of the Prophet of Allah and I myself have heard the Holy Prophet saying: "Hasan and Husayn are my two fragrant flowers in the world".The Holy...

The Role of Imam Husain in Reviving Islam

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200px-No_image_available.svg Imam HusseinOn the third day of the blessed month of Sha'ban, the fourth year after Hijrah and a year after the birth of Imam Hasan (A.S.), the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) was given the news of the birth of Imam Husain (A.S.). He hurried to the house of Imam Ali and Fatima al-Zahra '."O Asma '. " he ordered Asma ', the daughter of Umays , "bring me my son."She took the newborn to him. The infant was wrapped in a piece of cloth. The face of the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) lit up upon seeing his grandson. He...

PROTECTING RELIGION

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200px-No_image_available.svg Imam HusseinThe day of Ashura is a glorious day for truth and freedom. Ashura is a model for every day of our lives, and the martyres of that day are the forerunners and teachers for all the martyrs in the way of truth.One of the self sacrificing yound men of that day was called Wahab. He too gave his life for his Imam (a.s) and for the true teachings of the Qur'an, and provided a lesson on martyrdom to all sincere youths of all times and places. Wahab was in his tent when his mother entered. She was...

The Martyrs of Karbala and Kufa

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200px-No_image_available.svg Imam Hussein1 Abu-Bakr ibne Ali ibne Abi Taleb: He was called 'Muhammad-e-Azghar' or Abdullah from Laila daughter of Masu'ud, son of Hanzala, son of Manath, son of Tameem.2 Abi Bakr: Son of the Second Imam Hassan, son of Ali.3. Abdul Hatoof Ansari: Accompanied by his brother.4. Sa'ad: Both sons of Hur. Both from Kufa who joined the Holy Imam at Kerbala.5. Adhan: Son of Omayya-al Abdi. From Basra son of Abi Obaida, whose father had been the companion of the Holy Prophet.6. Aslam: The slave who was...

(The Journey of Imam Hussain (a.s

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200px-No_image_available.svg Imam HusseinTaken from Kitab-al Irshad by Shaykh Al-MufidImam Hussain (as) sets out on his JourneyAl Hussain, the blessings of God be on him, set out from Mecca to Iraq on the day of Muslim's (attempted) rising in Kufa, that is the day of Tarwiya, after staying in Mecca for the rest of Shaban, the month of Rmadhan, Shawwal and Dhu al Qada and eight days of Dhu- al-Hijja in the year 60 A.H. (680).During his stay in Mecca, peace be on him, a number of Hijazis and Basrans had gathered around him, joining...

The Reasons of the Revolution

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200px-No_image_available.svg Imam HusseinImam Hussein (A.S.) did not possess the necessary force that would enable him to win; he did not even rely on those who wrote to him from Kaufa. For he declared his revolution before he received their letters and delegates.Al-Hijaz too did not give him enough support to be able to stand against the Ummayads. Therefore he decided to leave to Iraq for the sole reason of preventing any blood shedding in the Holy City of Mekkah.Moreover, he knew that he was destined to die, yet he went on.Why then...
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