“Every day is Ashura Every Land is Karbala”
What does it mean? Does it mean we should observe every day as Ashura and mourn over the Ashura tragedies, everywhere to shape every land like Karbala. May be some of us would agree the view. But I am certain to reject the view on the basis that Imam Hussain (a.s) once replied to a letter of Yazeed (l.a).
“Mera Jaisa Hussain (a.s) teray Jaisay yazeed (l.a) ki bayat kabi nahi kar sakta hai”
This reply clearly indicates that whenever you find a character like Yazeed (l.a), then character like Hussain (a.s) should up rise and over throw the system like Yazeedyat. The Karbala and Ashura was not a battle between Imam Hussain (a.s) and Yazeed (l.a) only but the battle between Hussainyat and Yazeedyat, battle between right hood and falsehood, battle between Taghooti Nizam and Islami Nizam, battle between Halaal and Haraam.
Lesson of Kabbala was not limited to 61 hijri but is still the guideline for oppressed people against oppressors. May it be Kashmir, Myanmar, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, Bahrain etc. to confront the oppression with the man’s best possessions even at the cost of life and beloved brothers, sisters, sons, daughters like Imam Hussain (a.s).
Thus, what is it in our hearts and minds that stops us from learning and benefiting from the everyday lessons of Karbala? Are the lessons and sacrifices from that event only valuable and dear to us for these 10 days, or for this Month?
Maybe it is because the perspective we hear it from today’s so called Zakireen. Many times we find speakers giving the idea that we feel sorry for Imam Hussain (a.s) and his holy family, and the reason we should be more careful about our actions in these ten days, or month of Muharram, is because we are sad and always remembering what happened, as if our family member passed away. This is definitely a good view, because we are sorrowful, especially on the day of Ashura, as we try and remember all day long that many years ago, on this same day, the tragic events that took place on the battlefield.
I prefer to take a different view on the book of lessons (Karbala) in order to try and better my actions all year long, every day. Muharram and the events in Karbala are our foundation as Shias. I always wonder why should an event that took place on one day play such a huge role in our lives? Surely this can play a huge role but not for oppressors but for oppressed. You see the great revolutions of the world as output of this event. Karbala was the inspiration for all those who had no way to confront the oppression.
M K Gandhi:
“I learnt from Hussain how to achieve victory while being oppressed.”
“My faith is that the progress of Islam does not depend on the use of sword by its believers, but the result of the supreme sacrifice of Hussain.”
“If India wants to be a successful country, it must follow in the footsteps of Imam Hussain(a.s).
“If I had an army like the 72 soldiers of Hussain, I would have won freedom for India in 24 hours.”
Maany so called modern Muslims today would say, “Such a sad story will not help me live a positive life today. It is so sad and depressing.” My reply to those people is.
How can I not be motivated by a man who gives up his everything for the sake of his religion, who is so in love and at peace with his Almighty Allah that his life had no doubt, and he was full of certainty for every action he took? Many of us could use certainty in our lives. We are in dire need to be at peace with our Allah and not at war and doubt. How did Imam Hussain (a.s) become so intrigued and devoted? Could it be from the fact that he gave so much importance to his prayers? Or maybe because his every thought was, “How can I save the political system of Islam?”
There is a character in this story for every age group. How beautiful a story is Ashura that , young kids, teenagers, and adults can all learn from it!
One more beautiful lesson is that one should always ponder about, the lesson which teaches us to live with character, with pride of our religion, and most importantly, a lesson which makes us realize that we have a duty. We are not here to eat, drink, sleep, and party only. We are not here to only make money, get married, and have kids. By all means, do those things in the right way as prescribed, but learn a lesson from the lady who told the story to the world. Realize that no matter what calamities happen to us, no matter we lose our children, our father, a baby and all beloved ones.
“As from Allah we come, and to we shall return.”
Bibi Zainab (s.l.a) taught us exactly that. No matter what will happen to us, stand tall, and be strong. As a woman, who is considered to be more emotional, she held back from mourning the deaths of her family members so that she could take care of her deceased.
How a beautiful lesson is this for the girls from Bibi Zainab (s.l.a) that she covered her face with her hair when she had no choice, and here our mothers, sisters are today, so easily loosening scarves, wearing figure revealing clothes, and showing arm and even bangs just so we can be fitted in.
When will we learn the lesson of realizing our duty, that we need to promote justice and tell the story of Islam to everyone we meet, every day through our words from daily Zakireen.
Lastly let us pledge to make this month decorated with the lessons of Karbala, from every ring to round to make it more beautiful practically.
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