A Moment for Thought
After reading the heart breaking incident of Karbala one cannot help but ponder over the source of inspiration which helped Imam Hussain RadiyAllahu Anhu to offer such extreme sacrifice and be steadfast during it. For this we need to understand the reason of the arrival of RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam. Allah Ta’ala states:
‘It is He Who has sent His Noble Messenger with guidance and the true religion, in order to prevail over all other religions – even if the polytheists get annoyed.’
From the above verse we learn that the reason for the arrival of RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam was to make Islam dominant over all other systems. It was to accomplish this mission that RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam put up with the atrocities of the unbelievers. He endured a social boycott, left his home town, had his blessed tooth severed for the same reason. It was for the same purpose that Hazrat Bilal RadiyAllahu Anhu suffered silently the barbaric punishment of his infidel masters. The same reason led to the martyrdom of thousands of companions of RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
After RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, the same mission was carried forward by Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique RadiyAllahu Anhu then Hazrat Farooq e Aazam RadiyAllahu Anhu then Hazrat Usman Gani RadiyAllahu Anhu then Hazrat Ali RadiyAllahu Anhu. Now the responsibility lied with Imam Hussain. He did not give in to a dictator but stood firm against him. No matter what the apparent result of the war was, in principle Imam Hussain was indeed victorious.
We too need to offer our sacrifices, in every way possible, to uphold the values of Islam and stand firm against corruption and evil.