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Life of Imam Hussain (as)
Transcript of Life of Imam Hussain (as)
Virtues of Imam Hussain (as)
He is the grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw).
His father is none other than Imam Ali (as)
and his mother is, the greatest of Ladies, Bibi Fatimah Zahra (as).
Who was Imam Hussain (as)?
He was born in Madina on the 3rd/5th of Shaban 4AH.
and was raised under the care of these noble people
Iman Hussain(as)had several brothers and sisters, most famous of them are:-
His eldest brother was Imam Hassan (as)
Gazie Abbas who was his standard bearer at Kerbala
And his sister was Bibi Zainab (as) who stood by him in Kerbala.
He is the father of the 4th Imam, Imam Zain ul Abadeen (as).
All the other Imams are his descendants.
Sorrow for Imam Hussain (as)
He suffered the loss of his Grand Father, The Holy Prophet Muhammed (saw)
6 months later the death of his Mother
Bibi Fatimah Zahra (as)
Then the Murder of his Father,Imam Ali (as)
slain whilst reading Namaz
Followed by the poisoning of
his Brother Imam Hassan (as)
Then he witnessed his brothers, sons, friends and family members
slain and slaughtered before his eyes, on the fields of Kerbala.
Even his 6 month old baby Ali Askar was killed with a three pronged arrow whilst he held him in his arms.
Martadom of Imam Hussain (as)
He was the third of twelve infallible Imams
He was one of the five wrapped in the cloak of Hadith e Kasar.
He was one of the five people who met the Christians of Najnan in the debate of Mabella
And one of the two masters of the youth in Paradise
He is the chief of martyrs
Azadar-e-Hussain has been exclusively used for the remembrance of Imam Hussain (as)
The term Majilis means a meeting/gathering to lament and remember. To mourn,recite and read. To cry and to weep.
Azadar-e-Hussain is seen by the Imams, not just as a rememberance of what happened in Kerbala, but as a renewal of your commitment to ALLAH, to his commands and his laws, to his Quran and his Hadiths.
The first Majilis was recited in the market place of Kufa, by the holy lady whos shawl had been snatched off her head. The Great lady Hazrat Bibi Zainab (as)
Imam Jaffa Sadiq (as) once said to Iffaan "Do not think it is just you here at this majilis that hear your speeches and poems. No, Allah's nearest angels are here listening to you, they are weeping and lamenting with you".
That day he endured suffering so much so that it caused his back to bend and his hair turn grey.
10th Muharram 61AH
Yazid ibn Muawiya wanted Imam Hussain (as) killed because he refused to bare alliance to him and accept him as the rightful leader of Islam
Imam Hussain (as) left Mecca for Kufa with his family because he wanted to protect its sanctity. En route he was stopped at a place called Kerbala on the banks of the Euphrates by Yazid's army, then led by commander Hur.
Imam Hussain (as) had been forced to camp a great distance away from the river, and on the 7th day, Ibn Ziyad, the governor of Kufa ordered food and water to be stopped from entering the Imam's camp
Yazid's army had swelled in numbers to about 80,000 and was now lead by Umar ibn Saad. Whereas, Imam Hussain (as) had just a handful of men, boys, women and children with him.
Then, on the tenth day of Muharram, at midday whilst Imam Hussain was prostrating in Namaz, Shimr ibn Dhiljawshan climbed down from his horse and, with his sword, cut the Imam's throat. His Head was cut from his body and placed on a spear along with the other Martyrs of Kerbala and paraded all the way to Damascus, where it was presented to Yazid.
Imam Husain, by challenging Yazid and in the process laying down his life, changed the world and re-shaped human destiny forever. Yazid, and indeed all future despots, were put on notice that they would not be tolerated, and that truth and justice would be upheld and would ultimately succeed, regardless of the costs
He gave a practical embodiment to the rational concept of justice. He successfully placed the spirit (savage, war-making qualities in man) and the appetite (greed for material things and lust for power) under the command of reason (‘Aql). In Karbala, he formulated a new code of life to safeguard the peace and security of human society for all times to come.
Imam Husain chose not to flee or hide from Yazid, because that would not have exposed Yazid’s corruption of Islam and would have served to legitimise his unjust rule. He knew that by rejecting Yazid’s demands, he would most likely be killed. However, he also did not want to die like any other martyr. He wanted his death to serve as a starting point for a revolution that would strengthen justice and oppose tyranny for all times to come.