Imam al-Husayn and Karbala
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Karbala, the Chain of Events
Imam Husayn and His Martyrdom
The month of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, brings with it the memory of the sacrifice of Imam Husayn. This short text reflects the deep admiration of its author towards Imam Husayn [a] and an insight into the tragedy of Karbala.
The month of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, brings with it the memory of the sacrifice of Imam Husayn (a), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (s), and his noble family and friends.
'Ashura - Misrepresentations and Distortions part 1
This is the first part of a translation of a series of four sermons delivered by the author during the month of Muharram of 1389 H. (March 1969) on the topic of the meaning and significance of 'Ashura and the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a) at Karbala. The Persian appeared under the title Hamaseh-ye Husayni (Tehran: Intisharat-e Sadra, 2nd impression, 1362 H).
Forty Hadith on Azadari
A collection of forty traditions on A'zadari
A Probe into the History of Ashura'
A history of the events leading to and including the tragedy of Karbala, and its aftermath.
The Victory of Truth: The Life of Zaynab bint Ali
Biography of the daughter of Imam 'Ali (a), her early life, and her important role in the events of Karbala, Kufa and Sham
A detailed and authentic account of the tragedy of Karbala and the sacrifice of Imam Husayn (a).
Nafasul Mahmum, Relating to the heart rending tragedy of Karbala'
A historical account, using original sources, of the Tragedy of Karbala', from the time of the birth of Imam Husayn (as) till the time of Mukhtar's revolt.
The Route of Imam Husayn from Makkah to Karbala
The map shows the Route that Imam Husayn (A.S) took when he left Makkah for Iraq. The date was 8th Zilhijja 60 Hijri (10.9.680 AD). With him there were about 50 people including women and children of his family and friends.
Biography of the companion who took revenge on the killers of Imam Husayn (a).
The Excellences of Imam Husayn in Sunni Hadith Tradition
The life of Imam Husayn has acquired special significance in Muslim piety and has a universal significance in all of Muslim tradition.
The Revolution of Imam al-Husayn (a)
The impact of Karbala on the consciousness of Muslim society. Ziyara (pilgrimage), lamentation poetry, remembering Imam Husayn (a), and weeping.
The Fast of 'Ashura
A discussion about the spuriousness of traditions found in Sunni hadith literature encouraging Muslims to fast on the 'Ashura, the 10th of Muharram.
The Sermon of Mina, Al- 'Imam al Husayn's Everlasting Message to Religious Leaders
The Sermon of Mina, Al- 'Imam al Husayn's Everlasting Message to Religious Leaders
In the year 60/680, al-'Imam al-Husayn (A) stayed for about three months at Makkah in the course of his movement against the succession of Yazid, the degenerate son of Mu'awiah, to the Caliphate. Yazid had assumed the leadership of the Islamic world on Mu'awiah's death in Rajab 60/ March 680. his way of life was representative of the common among the youth of the Umayyad aristocracy during 'Jahiliyyah'.
The History and Philosophy of Aza’ of Imam Husayn (a)
Over one thousand three hundred and fifty years ago, on the 10th of Muharram, just before 'asr, a man stood on a sand-dune at Karbala’. He was bleeding from several wounds on his body. He had lost everything. Since early morning he had carried several dead bodies into his camp. He had even buried his infant child.
The World Finally Speaks At Karbala Tribunals
This text presents the heartbreaking historical facts of the tragedy of Husayn ibn 'Ali (as) for the first time in a courtroom setting and proposes the idea of establishing an international court tribunal to try his killers and the perpetrators of the massacre of Karbala. The author, Dr. Hatem Abu Shahba, presents a mock trial where the evidences in the form of historical documents, statements, and authentic facts are presented to allow for a fair verdict, with the hope that this idea can become a reality one day.
The Battle of Karbala
A Marthiyaa of Anis, translated into English verse by David Matthews, Rupa Co.
The Battle of Karbala
The sun had run his journey o'er the night;
Unveiled, the Dawn revealed her glorious face.
The King who rides the heavens saw her light
And called his brave companions to their place.
'The time has come at last; to God give praise;
Arise! In fitting prayer your voices raise.
Brave hearts! For strife and slaughter dawns this day;
Karbala and Ashura
A brief yet documented narrative of events that took place in Medinah, Mecca, Karbāla’, Kufah, and Syria, and began in Rajab, 60 A.H. (680 CE) and ended in Muharram 61.
Arabic Accounts of al-Husayn's Martyrdom
An attempt to reconstruct the tradition of historical writing about the martyrdom of the Imam al‑Husayn.
The Journey of Tears
This text has been written primarily to bring forth awareness in youths to understand the University of Imam Husayn (a.s.) from a broader perspective. It also provides a detailed account of Imam Husayn (a.s.)'s journey.
Arbaeen of Imam Husayn
What follows in this piece is a brief look at the “Arba‘een” [the commemoration of 40 days after the tragic events of Karbala] of Imam al-Husayn, peace be upon him. The article concludes with the Arabic text of Ziyarat Arba‘een with full English translation and a brief exposition on certain passages of this powerful and moving visitation. Insha-Allah, a more comprehensive understanding of this ziyarat will be presented in the future.
In this book, the reader will find chapters covering the whole life account of al-Abbas in addition to a brief presentation of the historical circumstances that led him to be on the top in the list of the heroes of humanity in general and Islam in particular.
This text is basically a collection of articles published in different periodicals over the years and a radio speech, but they were arranged by the author himself in this present book form and published originally in Urdu.
The Tragedy of Karbala'
How the commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a) and the events of Karbala is a source of unity among Muslims and not a cause of division and details of the events.
The Torch of Perpetual Guidance, an Exposé on Ziyarat Ashura of al-Imam al-Husayn b. Ali
This text is a gateway to understanding the essence and ettiquete of Ziyarat and Du'a, primarily Ziyarat-e-Ashura, which has then been singled verse by verse, and has been explained in detail.
Karbala and Beyond
This book contains a brief yet documented narrative of an incident that took place in Karbala’’, Iraq, in 61 A.H. (After Hijra, or Hegira)/680 A.D. It has stamped the history of the Muslim nation ever since, and it will continue to do so till the reappearance of the Awaited One, the Mahdi from among the offspring of Prophet Muhammad. It refers to a revolution against tyranny and oppression led by Imam al-Husayn son of Imam Ali ibn [son of] Abu [father of] Talib and grandson of Prophet Muhammad.
The Uprising of Ashura and Responses to Doubts
A detailed account of the life of Imam Husayn (a) and his personality, the tragedy of Karbala and the sacrifice of the Imam (a) and his companions, and a detailed analysis of Shi’i behaviours, like mourning and crying to refute the doubts of being un-Islamic.
'Ashura - Misrepresentations and Distortions part 2
This is the second part of a translation of a series of four sermons delivered by the author during the month of Muharram of 1389 H. (March 1969) on the topic of the meaning and significance of 'Ashura and the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a) at Karbala. The Persian appeared under the title Hamaseh-ye Husayni (Tehran: Intisharat-e Sadra, 2nd impression, 1362 H). First part, sermons one and two: http://beta.al-islam.org/al-tawhid/vol13-no3/ashura-misrepresentations-d...
The truth about Al-Husayn’s Revolt
The text is a transcript of a sermon/lecture the late author had delivered in gatherings held in Tehran for the annual commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Husayn. Original title: Haqiqatun Nahdhal Husayniya
Two Poems about 'Ashura'
If I was in Karbala on this night
the last night before the end,
I would witness Heaven and Hell
spread out before me,
Heaven blocked from Furat,
Heaven prostrating to God,
Hell surrounding Furat,
and forgetting their God.
I would witness in the tents of Husayn
Oil lamps illuminating faces weeping in prayer.
I would witness the last Isha salat of
Battle of Harrah
An analytical look at the historic account of the invasion and horrific plunder of the holy city of Medina in the year 63 AH by the army of Yazid b. Mu'awiyah.
The Sacred Effusion Volume 1
A unique and original piece of research on the sacred supplication of Ziyarat Ashura of Imam Husayn (as). The reader will come to appreciate the core reality of the ziyarah being: "to deflect from other than the visited one". The reflections in this publication centre around this theme: if we truly intend Imam al-Husayn (as) then we must realize that he is the very epitome of Islam. The more we revive Islamic values individually and socially, the closer we come to Imam al-Husayn (as) and therefore our ziyarat gains true meaning.
The Radiance of Imam Husayn
The following is a translation of the text Lamaat Al Husayn, the Radiance of Husayn, quotes and sayings of the Eminent Lord of the Martyrs, Husayn ibn ‘Ali, peace be upon them.
Imam Husayn's Revolution: An Analytical Review
This survey of the unique revolution of Imam Husayn (as) is analytical in essence, its purpose is to give a qualitative rather than quantative account. The following account is only a person's viewpoint which is not necessarily the complete answer, nevertheless, it is based on the most popular and trustworthy authorities on the subject.
Remembering Karbala Once Again
Selected elegies (Marsias) of Meer Anis and Mirza Dabeer
Ziyaratu Ashura: An Analytical Study of the Reports of the Pilgrimage to Imam al-Husayn (a.s.) on the Day of Ashura
Personalities: What Non-Muslims Say About Husayn, The Third Successor of Prophet Muhammad
What is 'Ashoora?
Even in the lifetime of the Prophet of Islam, there were people whose tongues professed faith in Islam but whose hearts lay elsewhere. These people were called “Munafiqeen” (hypocrites) by the Holy Quran. The reasons that these people joined the ranks of Muslims were manifold, some of which were as follows:
Ashura’, the Tenth of Muharram
A Journey, a Poem about Karbala’
It was peak of the mischief and virtues in chains;
Just laws were sacked with rules insane;
As the tyrants on the rise, and mass confused,
offered lust with lies, and faith abused.
Thus the signs indicated, and time dictated.
Some souls elevated as Husayn(as) navigated;
a seed of the Prophet (P) and the sight of his Parents (as);
that time in deluge, he was ark so apparent.
In the Name of God, for the sake of Islam;
for the freedom of life and soul of Islam;
Karbala and the Imam Husayn in Persian and Indo-Muslim literature
The importance of elegies on Imam Husayn as literary works, and an explanation of some of their major themes and imagery.
Habib b. Mudhahir
Biography of the devoted friend of Imam Husayn (a).
Sorrow and Sufferings
A Collection of Poems on the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a), and 'what others have to say about Imam Husayn (a)'.
Karbala an Enduring Paradigm of Islamic Revivalism
The impact of the mourning of Imam Husayn (a) in Islamic history
Martyrdom of Imam Husayn and the Muslim and Jewish Calendars
Is the commemoration of the tragedy of Karbala a bid'ah (innovation)? The command to observe the 10th of Muharram as a day of mourning in the Old Testament.
Editorial about Muharram
An editorial of Tawhid Journal covering: Significance of the month of Muharram, responsibility of the Dhakir, duty of enjoining Good and forbidding evil and Contextualizing the Struggle with the Current State of Muslims.
Words of Wisdom from Imam Husayn (as) Powerpoint Presentation
A collection of ahadith (traditions) of Imam Husayn (as)
Historical and Jurisprudential Issues Pertinent to the Ziyaratu Ashura
As a prelude to the study of the chains of transmission of Ziyaratu 'Ashura' and in order to clarify the subject, several themes surrounding it will be discussed.
Early Shi'ite scholars classified traditions into two: the reliable and the unreliable. Those traditions that were corroborated by circumstantial evidence were considered reliable and authoritative. Those that were not, were considered unreliable.
Events and Circumstances Surrounding the Martyrdom of al-Husain b. Ali
This account is based principally on the account of Abu Mikhnaf (d. 132 A.H.) as it has been preserved in the writings of al‑Tabari. It discusses the events that culminated in the murder of the Prophet's grandson.
Our Husayn (a), Mourning him and his Karbala
The Martyr of Karbala
An essay focusing on the elements of revolution and martyrdom of the tragedy of Karbala.
An Everlasting Instruction, Imam al-Husayn’s Journey to Makka
Elegy (Marthiya) on Husayn: Arabic and Persian
The place of marthiya in literary and religious tradition, with translations of some examples of elegies on Imam Husayn (a).
The Quran And Mourning for Hussain
This booklet answers why we will not allow the suppression of the commemoration of Hussain’s martyrdom, for Hussain (pbuh) was the epitome of love and devotion to Allah.
'Ashura Lectures 1990
An analysis into the Martydom of Imam Hussain through looking into Yawm al-Tarwiya
The Imam Husayn's Concepts of Religion and Leadership
Meaning and purpose of religion, necessity of leadership, functions of the Imam, and a study of some of the events of Karbala.
The Social and Spiritual Significance of Urdu Marthiya
An analysis into the social and spiritual aspects of of Urdu Marthiya
The Event of Taff, The Earliest Historical Account of the Tragedy of Karbala’
This revised edition is the research and editing of [Abu Mikhnaf’s] work by Shaikh Muhammad Hadi al-Yusufi al-Gharawi.
The term ‘Dhakiri’ (dh-aa-ki-ree), whatever its dictionary meaning or etymological derivation, has always been understood to relate to the remembrance of the tragedy of Karbala’ in 61 A.H. With all its cultural variations and linguistics differences it has a central religious content.
Multimedia A`amaal for the Day of `Ashura
The simple layout makes the presentation ideal for use while performing the A`amaal of the Day of `Ashura within an English-speaking community.
Ziyarat of Ashura PowerPoint Presentation
PowerPoint presentation of Ziyarat of Ashura’. Includes Arabic script and English translation.
The Track of Blood: A poem on Imam Husayn [a]
English poem in commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a).
Misbah-uz-Zulam, Roots of the Karbala’ Tragedy
This book discusses the causes of the tragedy of Karbala’ and it will also throw light on numerous other matters, which are yet unknown to the vast majority of Muslims.
The research and analysis on the Uprising of Imam Husayn (as) from Hijaz to Iraq.
This book throws lights on the great personality of Lady Zaynab (s.a.), daughter of Imam Ali (a.s.) and Fatimah az-Zahra (s.a.), granddaughter of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S) and sister of Imam Husayn (a.s.) and describes her great role in the uprising of Imam al-Husayn (a.s.) especially after his martyrdom, it recalls how she stood firmly against oppression and tyranny denouncing the great injustices and the forgeries made by the tyrant that called himself a Muslim caliph, Yazid ibn Mu’awuiyyah (‘lan).