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Rapt in ocean of Black

As far as I looked there was crowd of people around me some were standing and some were sitting on the ground with their small children waiting anxiously for the juloos to come out. The crowd around me was carrying people of every age from infants to old ones. Their faces were filled with grief and their hands were on their chest and their lips were producing just one sound “Ya Hussain” ! `. I also sat on a footpath nearby and started listening to Hadis as the speaker (zakir) was preaching the masaib of Imam Hussain.  As I listened to it the tears automatically rolled down my cheeks and at that very moment I realized what an attraction this name carries within.

The importance of the history of Imam Hussein’s (peace be upon him) life, which has turned into the most tragic epic of human history, is not only because waves of the strongest human emotions are raised on an annual basis during the commemoration ceremonies held for this great personality, but rather there is nothing in his movement other than pure religious devotion and humanistic qualities. The gatherings held in his commemoration do not need any form of introduction or marketing; thus, they are without parallel in their field. .

In an effort to save Islam and guide fellow Muslims to the right path, Imam Hussain (as) made the ultimate sacrifice. He, along with his family and faithful companions were savagely tortured and slain by the tyrant Yazid, son of Muawiya, whose sole purpose was to rule the Muslim empire through any means necessary, including horrendous acts of violence, massacres, propaganda and corruption.

Year after year, the tragedy of Karbala is recounted to us, making our grief fresh and softening our hearts, as we continue to mourn the loss of our Prophet’s beloved family. However, what we often lose sight of is that in addition to our tears, Imam Hussain, as well as the Imam of our time are counting on our actions. The horrid crimes and injustices that took place in the era of Imam Hussein continue to remain rampant today.

Indian political and spiritual leader, Mahatma Gandhi once said

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

Thomas Carlyle has relayed this about the Tragedy of Karbala:

“The best lesson which we get from the tragedy of Karbala is that Husain and his companions were the rigid believers of God. They illustrated that numerical superiority does not count when it comes to truth and falsehood. The victory of Husayn despite his minority marvels me!”

We may not have the same status as the Ahlulbayt, but we have them as our role models. If we continue to strive for the truth and unite against the injustices of our time, we will achieve the mission of carrying on Imam Husain’s message.

According to Imam Hussain

“People are slaves to the world, and as long as they live favorable and comfortable lives, they are loyal to religious principles. However, at hard times, the times of trial, true religious people are scarce.”

Though Imam Hussain gave his life almost 1300 years ago, but his indestructible soul rules the hearts of people even today. It is Hussein’s sacrifice that has kept Islam alive or else in this world there would be no one left to take Islam’s name.

Insaan ko bedaar tou ho lenay do

Har qoum pukary ge humary hain Hussain

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