The Tears of the Prophet Muhammad for Imam Hussein
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Mu’awiyah Ibn Abi Sufyan and his son Yazid are the notorious and perverted figures of Islamic history. Mu’awiyah was the first person to change the simple lifestyles of Islamic rulers. In his twenty years of rule over Sham (today’s Syria), in addition to his royal life, he created his own despotism, and caused many religious and moral deviations in the Islamic society. Mu’awiyah, contrary to the will of the Prophet Muhammad who wanted to maintain the unity of the Ummah of Islam and follow the family of the Prophet (pbut), he stood against Imam Ali (pbuh) and Imam Hasan (pbuh) and entered war and committed many crimes in this regard.
As an example, in an invasion against the legitimate government of Imam Ali (pbuh), he subsequently sent small units to the corners of the land under the rule of Imam and officially ordered to kill the people! Burn them! Loot them! And take them as captive! And ruin the cities. The order of Mu’awiyah did not have anything except death, destruction, fear and terror for people. In one of the brutal raids of Mu’awiyah militia, 30,000 innocent men and women were massacred.
After the martyrdom of Imam Ali (pbuh), the Islamic state was placed in the hands of his son Imam Hasan (pbuh). Imam Hasan also signed a peace treaty with Mu’awiyah after several campaigns with Mu’awiyah militia, due to special circumstances created in Islamic lands and in order to prevent further gaps in the Ummah of Islam. One of his peace accords with Mu’awiyah was that Mu’awiyah had no right to determine his successor.
Mu’awiyah martyred Imam Hasan (pbuh), the son of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), and introduced his son Yazid, who, unlike his father, was not even bound up with ethical and religious principles, and a perpetual, corrupted, tyrant as his successor and caliph of Muslims , after his death, took over the rule of Shaam and claimed the caliphate on Islamic countries.
The era of Yazid autocracy in Islamic lands lasted only 3 years and several months; but he committed a great deal of human crimes during this short period, each of which is sufficient to show his corrupt, documentary and bloody character and his family.
Among the crimes of Yazid Ibn Mu’awiyah are three major crimes:
1. The Bloody Catastrophe of Karbala: The most important crime committed by Yazid at the beginning of his rule was the bloody Karbala incident in the year of 61 AH(680 AD) and the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (pbuh) and his sons, relatives and companions and the capture of women and children. The privacy of the Prophet (pbuh) is in the hands of Yazid. In this crime, companions of Imam Husayn (pbuh), including children and women, were barred from access to the water of the Euphrates for three days, and all the companions of the Imam, even his 6-month-old child, with a thirsty tongue and under the burning sun of Karbala, were martyred by Yazid’s soldiers. They beheaded their holy heads and eventually Yazidi armored troops rode their horses on their clean bodies.
2. Massive Massacre of the People of Medina: in the month of Dhul-Hijjah, the year 63 AH two years after the bloody massacre of Karbala, when the Islamic Umma became aware of Yazid’s evil nature, they rebelled against Yazid and his corrupt and oppressive government in Medina. Yazid also ordered the 5,000-soldier army under the command of a cruel man named Moslem bin Uqba to suppress the uprising. After the siege of the city of Medina and the breaking of the people›s resistance, Muslims bin Uqba provided the lives and property of the people of this city with up to three days for his troops to carry out any crimes they want in the city. In this crime, more than 10,000 people were massacred and more than 1,000 women were raped and the property of the people of Medina was looted and the survivors were forced to sign their bondage documents of themselves and their parents for Yazid!
3. Burning Ka’bah: Yazid’s Army moved to the city after plundering of Medina to fight with people of Mecca. The Yazid militia besieged Mecca and burned the cathedral, the Ka’bah, the house of God and the secure sanctuary of God and as a result, the curtains and ceiling of the Ka’bah which are a sacred place for all Muslims, were burned down. This siege and conflict ended with the news as to death of Yazid. Some believe that the reason for Yazid’s death was that Yazid was dancing in drunkenness, and he dropped to ground in this way and died!
Even today, Yazid followers known as ISIS in the world are equally committing the same crimes that Mu’awiyah and Yazid had committed before, and were proud of doing them. It is worthy that every chivalrous human by the study of history knows the intellectual and practical roots of these corrupt, perverted and bloodthirsty sects, and that these bloody and corrupt groups have, from the outset, been the subject of the Islamic society and they continue to be to this day.
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I owe my movement to Hossein Ibn Ali (pbuh), and I have not brought anything new to the people of India.
2. Charles Dickens (English writer):
If Imam Husayn (pbuh) meant to fight in the way of his worldly demands, then I do not understand why his sisters and women and his children were with him. Therefore, the reason is such that he sacrificed himself only for the sake of Islam.
3. Gabriel Angry:
The event of Karbala, instead of intimidating the supporters of Husayn (pbuh) and Ali (pbuh), provoked the courage of Shiites and aroused them to take revenge.
4. Thomas Mann, German Thinker:
If we make a comparison between the sacrifices of Jesus and Husayn (pbuh), definitely Husayn’s sacrifice will be more precious and worthwhile. Because Christ, on the day was ready to be sacrificed, did not have a woman and child with him, and they did not think about what fate they would have after him but Imam Husayn (pbuh) had a wife and children, and some of them were young children and needed a father.
5. Kurt Frischler, Great German Historian:
Imam Husayn (pbuh) stepped higher than the limits of his sacrifice and sacrificed his children too… Husayn’s resolute decision for absolute sacrifice was not due to obstinacy, nor the effect of lush and desire and he followed wisdom and he was determined to sacrifice himself fully so that he would not be forced to reconcile with Yazid bin Mu’awiyah and live contrary to his supreme ideology and ambition. We know that Hossein (pbuh) had prepared himself for being killed. And he decided to sacrifice himself, so why did he not stop to be killed and why did he constantly rode a horse and fought with sword … Husayn (pbuh) believed that stopping to be killed is away from manliness and jihad in the way of belief and cause. In the view of Husayn (pbuh), stopping there and surrendering to destiny so that others approach him to kill him is suicide. A brave and faithful man does not commit suicide.
6. Thomas Carlyle, Great English Scientist:
The best lesson we can learn from the tragedy of Karbala is that Hossein and his followers had firm faith in God. They made it clear by their deeds that numerical supremacy does not matter where the right and wrong face each other. The victory of Husayn (pbuh) surprises me despite their minority.
7. Thomas Masaryk (European Pastor):
Even though our priests remind people of the sacrifices of Christ, the passion that we find in followers of Husayn (pbuh) will not be found in the followers of Christ. It seems that the suffering of Christ against the suffering of Husayn is like a thread of straw against a massive sphere.
8. Antoine Barra (Syrian Christian Scholar):
If I say that Husayn (pbuh) is the light of Islam, I have said very little. If I say that he is the armor of Islam, I have said very little. The best sentence I can say is that he is the conscience of all religions throughout all history.
9. Washington Irving (American Historian):
It was possible for Imam Husayn to save his life by submitting to the will of Yazid, but the responsibility of being a Muslim leader did not allow him to recognize Yazid as a caliph. He soon prepared for accepting any inconvenience and pressure in order to release Islam from the clutches of Umayyad, under the burning sun of a dry land and on trampled ribs … the soul of Hossein is immortal; O my gladiator and the example of bravery and my martyr, Hossein!
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10. Professor Edward Brown (British Orientalist):
Is there a heart that does not experience grief when we talk about Karbala? Even non-Muslims can not deny the spiritual purity that this Islamic war was done under its control … Anyone who has a slight sense in his character, can not be unaffected by this sad sadness.
11. Morris Dukeberry (French Thinker):
Husayn sacrificed his life and property and his children for the honor and esteem of people and the magnanimity of the rank of Islam and did not go under the burden of Yazid’s colonialism and adventure, so let’s also put his way into the hands of the subordinate modern Yazidis, and prefer a kind of salvation and death with dignity, because a dignified death is better than a life with abjection.
12. Professor Marbin (German Philosopher and Orientalist):
I believe that the secret of the survival and progress of Islam and the evolution of Muslims is due to the martyrdom of Hossein and those tragic events, and I am sure that the wise policy of Muslims and the implementation of its life programs has been due to mournful ceremonies for Husayn. As long as this method and trait exist among Muslims, they will never despise and do not fall under anyone’s bondage.
13. Sir Percy Sykes (English Orientalist):
Indeed, the courage and bravery that these few individuals have shown from themselves has been to a degree that, in all centuries, anyone who heard it opened up involuntarily their tongue for admiring them. These few and brave men will have an enduring and indelible name forever.
14. Kurt Frischler (Famous German historian and Author of the book “Imam Hossein and Iran”):
Husayn’s firm decision for absolute sacrifice was not due to obstinacy, nor was it because of lust and desire; he was determined by following reason that he would fully sacrifice himself in order not to be compelled to compromise with Yazid Ibn Mu’awiyah, contrary to his noble belief and ambition.
15. Bursu Tomdas Tundoul:
The martyrdom of Husayn (pbuh) has given me a profound and painful impression since I was a child. I know the importance of this great historical memory. These sacrifices of the world, such as the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (pbuh), have promoted the level of mankind, and its memory is worthy to remain and be reminded forever.
16. James Frederick:
The lesson of Imam Husayn (pbuh) and every other martyr hero is that there are eternal principles of justice, compassion and affection that are unchangeable in the world. It also suggests that whenever someone confronts these eternal traits and humans insist on it, the principles will always remain stable and alive in the world.
17. Reno Joseph (French Orientalist and author of the book “Islam and Muslims”):
Shiites did not advance their religion with the sword, but with the force of propaganda and invitation, and their efforts to hold a mourning ceremony have caused almost two-thirds of the Muslims, from magus and other religions to also join them in the mourning of Husayn (pbuh).
18. Morris de Cobra (French Thinker):
Hossein’s followers of Hossein’s know because of his mourning that they should not accept the subversive of colonialism and exploitation, because their slogan was that they should not be subjected to cruelty and oppression.
19. Thomas Carlyle (Great English Professor):
The best lesson we can learn from the tragedy of Karbala is that Hossein and his followers had firm faith in God. They made it clear that numerical supremacy does not matter where the right and wrong confront each other. Husayn›s victory, despite their minority, makes me amazed.
20. Mahatma Gandhi (Leader of the Great Revolution of India):
I have carefully read the life of Imam Husayn (pbuh), the great martyr of Islam, and paid enough attention to the pages of Karbala, it has become clear to me that if India wants to become a victorious country, they must follow the instructions of Imam Husayn (pbuh).
21. Monsieur Koban:
The tragedy of Karbala and the hardships that have been inflicted on Husayn Ibn Ali (pbuh) after centuries, and very distant parts of world have the sense of compassion and provokes the coldest and most indifferent readers.
22. German Monsieur Harbin:
If the words of Husayn are properly observed, it will be clear that the purpose of Husayn was to prevent oppression, and a great power of heart and selflessness has been spent for its great purpose. Even in the last moments of his life, his child became a victim of truth, and in this way astonished the thoughts of the philosophers and the great men of the world.
He writes in his travelogue: The tragic story of Imam Husayn (pbuh) and his followers involves the minds of half the Muslim world. The passing of many centuries, each of which has its disasters and sadness, has not dealt this sad event and did not relieve the feeling that reminds the event … Even the enemies of Husayn, pitied by seeing his tolerance and selflessness of his fellows. The recorded events of the tenth anniversary of Muharram are so devastating and full of human affections that affects people and passes it through from one generation to another.
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• O God! To whom will you entrust me, to a relative who tries to break his love attachment with, or to a stranger who treats me with anger, or to those who humiliate me, while you are my God and my destiny is in your hands!
• O God! who My gratitude is so small to him, but he does not deprive me of his blessings, and my sins are numerous before him; but he does not disgrace me, he constantly sees me committing sins, but he never drives me away from his kingdom!
• O God! Who, in my childhood, protected me from mishaps and you made provisions to care for me when I was old, and you did not leave me without livelihood.
• O God! Your graces and blessings to me are uncountable, and I do not have the power and strength of being thankful for them.
• O God! You treat me with goodness, and I answer you with ugly and sinful acts.
• O God! You saved me with the blessing of faith in you, before I know how to thank your blessings.
• O God! I confess to my mistakes, so forgive me! I am guilty, I am the one who made the mistake. I did things because of ignorance. It was me who hurried to sin, I did wrong things, and I trusted in other than you, and I am the one who, while aware and knowing the sin, Ive done it, I promised you to become free of sins, I did not fulfill my promises, I’vm the one who broke his promise with you, I’m the one who confesses to his crimes.
• O He Who is not injured by the sins of His servants, and Who can surely do without their obedience, and Who inspires those of them to do good, out of His aid and mercy.
• O God! When you commanded me and ordered me, I rebelled and did not obey you, and when you forbade me from doing bad things, I did what you did not want. It’s me now who has no reason for his wrongdoing that gives me the power to ask for help. Now, with which part of my body do I stand in front of you? With my ear or with my eyes or with my tongue or legs? Are not all the parts of my body the bounties you gave me and I disobeyed you with all of them and did sins?
• My God! I ask you for something that if you give it to me, nothing else will harm me, and if you deprive me of that request, anything else that you grant me is no good for me: O God! “I want You to liberate me from the fire of hell!»
• O my God! I m needy despite my richness; so how can I not be needy in my neediness.
• My God! How close you are to me and I’m far from you! And how kind you are to me. So what has placed a veil between me and you?
• O My God! Through the variety of signs and changes of phases, I found that your desire for me is to manifest yourself to me in everything, so that I do not neglect anything about you.
• O God! Whenever my sins silenced me, your generosity opened my tongue, and whenever my bad traits discouraged me, your endless kindness made me greedy!
• O my God, as for he whose good deeds are wrongdoings; how can his wrongdoings not be wrongdoings?
• O my God, my hesitation in (following) Your traces will result in unlikely visitation; so, (please) join me to You through a service that takes me to You.
• How can You be figured out through that whose existence relies on You? Can any thing other than You hold a (kind of) manifestation that You lack and thus it may act as an appearance for You?
• When have You ever been absent so that You may need something to point to You? When have You ever been far-off so that traces may lead to You?
• Blind be the eye that does not see you as his guard! And how harmful are the deeds of a servant who does not benefit from your love!
• I ask you for your meeting and I will testify to your existence with the help of your honorable existence. Help me with your light and guide to your clean essence.
• O God! Liberate me from the burden of my soul’s abjection and before the time of my death, deliver me from the contamination of doubt. I seek your help, help me. I trust in you, do not leave me alone. I call your name, do not disappoint me. I am eager to see you, do not deprive me. Only to Your side do I resort; so, do not set me aside. At Your door only do I stand; so, do not drive me away.
• It is You Who has shone the lights of his beauty unto the hearts of his lovers, so that they got to know You and believed in your unity.
• You have removed love for anything other than yourself, so that they would not be friends with anything except you, and when the world is frightening them, you are their companion.
• What can one who misses You find? What can one who finds You miss?
• Definitely, failing is he who has accepted anyone other than You as substitute. Definitely, loser is he who have desired for anyone other than You.
• How can I have hope to anyone other than you, while you have not broken the course of your goodness, and how I need to seek help from anyone other than you, while you have not changed your habit of generosity!
• O He Who has made His lovers the sweet taste of entertainment; therefore, they have stood up before Him flattering Him!
• You remember your servants before others remember them and you initiate any forgiveness before worshipers approach you for help, and you are gracious and forgiving, before believers ask you.
• O my God, verily, my hope for You does not cease despite that I may disobey You. Similarly, my fear from You does not leave me even if I obey You.
•O my God, how can I fail while You are my hope? How can I be humiliated whilst I depend upon You?
•O God! How do I not wear a cloak of poverty, while placing me in the place of the poor? And how do I call myself a poor human, while you have made me rich with your generosity?
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Imam Husayn’s Precious Statements during the Event Of Karbala About The Goals Of His Uprising
1. Hazrat Seyyed Al-Shohada (pbuh) said in answer to the one who was asking him to swear allegiance to Yazid: “No! I swear by Allah! I will not be submissive like a contemptible man! And I do not shoulder your oppression like slaves!”
2. Allah does not like us to be in humiliation and degradation, and the Messenger of Allah and the believers don’t like it, and the virtuous ones we were raised in their presence, and the honorable minds, and the enduring souls will by no means go under the brunt of oppression, they do not like us to prefer the obedience of the hateful and evil humans to the punishment of the honorable ones!
3. If there is no religion for you, and your mindset is such that you are not afraid of Resurrection too; then (at least) be a free man in the worldly life!
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4. O servants of God! Fear God and beware of the fleeting world that if the whole world were to be given to one person or a person were to stay in this world forever, the Prophets were worthier to stay, and seeking their pleasure would be better, and such a judgment would be more pleasing to them.
5. Death is better than accepting disgrace, and acceptance of disgrace is better than acceptance of the fire (of God’s fury).
Select Sentences of Imam Husayn (pbuh) On the Way from Medina to Karbala
1. I am not leaving Medina because of selfishness or pleasure, and not for corruption and oppression, but only for the purpose of reforming the Ummah of my ancestor (the Prophet Muhammad pbuh), and I do so to practice enjoining good and forbidding wrong.
2. May there be no salvation for the people who preferred people’s satisfaction to God’s anger.
3. The Imam and the leader of the Muslims is the one who acts upon the Book of Allah, and follows the path of justice, and follows the right, and obeys God’s command with all his being.
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On the morning of the third day of Sha’ban, the fourth Hijri year, Ali (pbuh), Prophet Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law along with Fatima Zahra (pbuh), the daughter of the Messenger of Allah, drew their second newly-born child into their embrace. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) named him Hussain (pbuh) by God’s command, a name which means good and pleasant; before him, the Prophet had named his older brother Hasan (pbuh). His mother, Hazrat Zahra, is one of the paramount women in Paradise, who, for the sake of her vast wisdom and knowledgeable status, moral virtues and purity, was a special and recognized woman for everyone, and God has talked in the Quran about her dignity and high position.
Ali (pbuh), her honorable husband, the first Muslim, the most well-known learned man in religion, successor (wasi) of the Prophet (pbuh), is the bravest and most eloquent Arab speaker who has a unique record of sacrifices and defending the religion of God throughout the emergence and expansion of Islam; to the point that the Prophet (pbuh), by God’s command, has spoken about and praised him on many occasions, and eventually introduced him as his own successor.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), was very affectionate to Husayn and loved him and there are numerous praises narrated from him in praise of Husayn (pbuh). For example, the Prophet Muhammad said: «Hossein is from me, and I am from him. God loves those who love him» and it has been quoted from the Prophet (pbuh): «Hassan and Husayn are two of my sweetest flowers in this world.» And it is also narrated from him say: «Hassan and Husayn (pbuh), while in their youth, are among the most distinguished residents of Paradise.» What made Husayn (pbuh) deserve such a love and kindness from the Prophet (pbuh) was that his Holiness was full of human traits and moral perfections, and in one sentence, he manifested an example of a perfect man.
But the happy days of Husayn’s childhood were very short-lived. He was about seven years that the Messenger of Allah made all the Muslims and the Islamic world grief-stricken. After the passing away of the Prophet (pbuh), seditions began to deviate the direction of Islamic society, and this trend continued until 61 A.H. and Yazid Ibn Mu’awiyah, a bloodthirsty, bacchanal and drunkard man, took over Islamic rule and forced Imam Husayn into swearing allegiance to him, but Imam Husayn (pbuh) did not accept to swear allegiance to Yazid and rebelled against Yazid›s ruthless and corrupt government and migrated from Medina to Mecca and from there to Kufa. In the vicinity of Kufa in Karbala, he faced Yazid’s ruthless army, and eventually Imam Husayn (pbuh) and his brothers and children were martyred with a thirsty mouth on the battlefield, and they were beheaded by filthy hands of Yazidis.