An Everlasting Stand

  • Beloved grandson of Holy Prophet PBUH, son of Hazrat Ali (A.S) and leader of all youth females in Paradise “Hazrat Bibi Fatima Zahra (S.A)” “Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS)”
    A revolution with goals most sublime, a victory most profound and at its core a pronouncement of reform over conquest.
    Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet of Islam, and his ‘everlasting stand’
    A supreme sacrifice that was to transcend beyond the barriers of caste, creed and religion was put in motion when Imam Hussain rose to restore freedom, peace, equality and justice; qualities which the Divine Message had perfected but were constantly undermined by those who hijacked religion and acted in its name. In a will which he wrote before leaving Madinah, Hussain wrote;

    ‘I have risen as I seek to reform the community of my grandfather. I wish to bid the good and forbid the evil.’

    On the tenth of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic Calendar, Hussain stood bravely with around seventy-two companions and his family members on the plains of Karbala, in present day Iraq, confronted by an army in excess of thirty-thousand.

    On the night preceding the great sacrifice, Hussain urged his companions to part his company as they had already shown their loyalty and obedience but they remained steadfast and chose to stay.
    Even facing imminent death?
    They had seen, they had heard, and they had tasted death in the presence of Hussain! The values of truth, freedom, justice, and the meaning of life itself!
    In the face of such a huge army they stood by and were ready to exhort!
    They charged towards righteousness through the midst of arrows and spears all over
    The famous couplet of Hussain! Death in honor is preferable to life in humiliation
    Reverberated throughout this entire camp, all included, from the women, the youthful soldiers to the elders of above ninety years of age.
    The small camp was destroyed, all men brutally massacred, the woman and children taken captive
    And displayed around the cities, The tragedy of Karbala .
    A narrative whose admirers have since multiplied across the four corners of the globe – encompassing followers of different faiths and races. In this way, Hussain became victorious over his enemy in the most profound of ways and wrote with his pure blood the most glorious of all epics of heroism and determinism.
    The day Imam Hussain was martyred on the plains of Karbala was the day he was reborn, for the revolution he incited set loose the everlasting cry for righteousness and justice, which has been instilled in the hearts of the Muslims for 1400 years.

    Today – present we the ummah, should learn from Hussain’s legacy, the legend.
    To every seeker of wisdom and strength, the perfect model for every oppressed community.
    The overcoming of evils and tyranny, 
    By commemorating the death of Imam Hussain we send a message to the world that our stand in defense of righteous values is indeed an ‘Everlasting Stand’.