Why Commemorate the Massacre?
In The Name Of Allah, The Most Compassionate, The Merciful.
O Allah! Send your blessings to the head of your Messengers and the
Last of your Prophets Muhammad (S.A.W.),
and his pure and cleansed progeny.
The commemoration of Imam Hussain's (A.S.) martyrdom has been
observed by the followers of Ahlul Bayt (members of the House of the
Prophet (S.A.W.)) for
centuries; yet many Muslims resent it, thinking that it increases the
division of the Muslims. To my understanding this argument is
unfounded for the following reasons:
- Imam Hussain (A.S.) and his opponent Yazeed are on the opposite ends of
the Heavenly Scale. There is no Muslim School that doubts the purity and
qualification of the Imam (A.S.). Righteous Muslims also know that Imam
Hussain isa dear grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.), and that he
is a leader of
the youth of the paradise. On the other hand, Yazeed is un-acceptable to any
Muslim, and every Muslim condemns him, and will continue to do so, for his
transgression and for the crimes he commited againts the Ahl al Bayt. With
such a clear distinction there should be no confusion among the Muslims on
account of the commemoration of this great Imam. No Muslim party should be
angered by hearing the truth about the great Imam and his opponent Yazeed!
- Imam Hussain (A.S.) and the rest of the Ahl al Bayt did not receive in
their lives the fairness and respect due to them on the part of the Muslims,
while the rest of the Companions of the Prophet ( saw ) received of that as
much as they deserved ( or more ). The members of the House of the Messenger
were denied even the right to live or feel safe. The Muslims, should therefore
try to correct the mistake of history by un-covering the virtues of these
- To keep the names of these people alive is in the interest of the
Muslims. The Messenger of God, Mohammad ( saw ), said when he was returning
from his valedictory pilgrimage, while at Ghadir Khum:
I am about to be called ( by the Lord to depart from this
World) and respond (to His call). I am leaving for You
the Two Valuables (one of them is bigger than the other) :
The Book of God and the members of my House. Beware how you
shall treat the two after me, because they will not part with
each other untill they join me on the Day of Judgement!
- Mustadrak of al Hakim, vol 3 p 109
- Sahih of Tirmizi, vol 2 p 307
- Musnad of Ahmed Hanbal, vol 3 p 14, 217
- Khasais of al Nasai, p 30
- Sahih of Muslim, vol 4 p 1286 hadith 5920
- ... and many many more
Thus honoring their memories and informing people about them would
be in accord with the advice of the Messenger (S.A.W.), and would provide
the Muslims with what they need of Guidance.
The History of this great Martyr is a school for the seekers of the
truth. Every Muslim can learn a great deal from the supreme sacrifice and
the courage of the Imam. The Muslims are still living under similar conditions
now as before. Corruption is still prevalent in our society, and tyrants, like
Yazeed, are no rarity in Muslims and non-Muslim countries, but we don't have
men like Imam Hussain. Fortunately, this commemoration is providing the
Muslim World with some of his excellent students.
Imam Hussain - Leader of Martyrs
The Late Muhammad Jawad Chirri
Contributed by Br. Ali Abbas