Imam al-Husayn and Karbala - History & Politics


Karbala, the Chain of Events

Highlights of Karbala, History of Mu'awiyah and Yazid, events of 'Ashura, and lessons from Karbala.

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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.

'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.

Forty Hadith on Azadari

A collection of forty traditions on A'zadari

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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

Maqtal al-Husayn

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.

Mukhtar al-Thaqafy

Biography of the companion who took revenge on the killers of Imam Husayn (a).

Kamal al-Sayyid 9,897 0

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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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.

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Story of the Holy Ka’aba And its People

A detailed history of the Ka'ba, and each of the 14 Ma'sumin (Infallibles)

S.M.R. Shabbar 6,045 0

Understanding Karbala

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 publ

Arabic Accounts of al-Husayn's Martyrdom

An attempt to reconstruct the tradition of historical writing about the martyrdom of the Imam al‑Husayn.


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

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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 t

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.

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 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.

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

'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.

Two Poems about 'Ashura'

The Night before Ashura’

If I was in Karbala on this night

Zehra Naqvi 4,729 0

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 (a).

Personalities: What Non-Muslims Say About Husayn, The Third Successor of Prophet Muhammad

A brief text on what non-Muslims have said about Imam Ali (as), the first Shi'a Imam.

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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).

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.

Yusuf Fadhl 3,781 0

Remembering Karbala Once Again

Selected elegies (Marsias) of Meer Anis and Mirza Dabeer

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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,

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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.

Ashura’, the Tenth of Muharram

A historical analysis of what led to the tragedy of Karbala'.

The Hidden Truth about Karbala

The battle at Karbala is a well-known tragedy in human history. It is not fiction or legend but a historical fact.

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.

Abu Mikhnaf 3,410 0

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).

Kamal al-Sayyid 3,280 0

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

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.

Jafar Ali Asil 3,024 0

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 Cu

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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.

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.

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.

The Martyr of Karbala

An essay focusing on the elements of revolution and martyrdom of the tragedy of Karbala.


The research and analysis on the Uprising of Imam Husayn (as) from Hijaz to Iraq.

Words of Wisdom from Imam Husayn (as) Powerpoint Presentation

A collection of ahadith (traditions) of Imam Husayn (as)

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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).

'Ashura Lectures 1990

An analysis into the Martydom of Imam Hussain through looking into Yawm al­-Tarwiya

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.

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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.

Ziyarat of Ashura PowerPoint Presentation

PowerPoint presentation of Ziyarat of Ashura’. Includes Arabic script and English translation.

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The Social and Spiritual Significance of Urdu Marthiya

An analysis into the social and spiritual aspects of of Urdu Marthiya

Karrar Husain 2,062 0

The Track of Blood: A poem on Imam Husayn [a]

English poem in commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a).

The Role of Women in Karbala

The Role of Women in Karbala`

A lecture delivered at Hannans Rd Public School, on 1/6/1997 (25/1/1418)

Sheikh Mansour Leghaei

Lohoof (Sighs of sorrow)

“Al-Lohoof ala Qatla al-Tofuf” is a heart-rending but detailed and authentic account of the tragedy of Karbala and the sacrifice of Imam Husayn (a.s.), it was written by renowned Shia scholar, Sayy

Ashura’ Encyclopedia

Ashura’ Encyclopedia
By Javad Muhaddithy

The Battle of Karbala, A Marthiyaa of Anis

The Battle of Karbala

A Marthiyaa of Anis, translated into English verse by David Matthews, Rupa Co.

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Lady Zaynab

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 Hu

Badr Shahin 1,743 0

The Journey of Imam Husayn

The Journey of Imam Husayn (as)
Sheikh Al Mufid

Shaykh al-Mufid 1,586 0

Husayn, the Saviour of Islam

The book presents the lifetime of Imam Husayn (as) from birth to martyrdom, and concentrates his life with his mother; the mistress of the world's women, and his father and brother, and his role in

Bright Moon: A Collection of Poems of Imam Husayn (as)

Most of people know Imam Husayn (as) as the Imam who lived 57 years, 10 years of which were of his leadership and Imamate or think to know only the last 10 days of his life.

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Our Husayn, Mourning him and his Karbala

Our Husayn (a), Mourning him and his Karbala

By al-'Allama al-Sheikh al-Ameeni

The Philosophy of Martyrdom

The Philosophy of Martyrdom

by Grand Ayatollah Makarim Shirazi

In the Name of Allah

Imam Husayn: The Heir of Prophet Abraham

This article outlines the importance of prophet Abraham, who played an outstanding role in establishing the monotheistic tradition, hence, he is considered to be the founder of all Abrahamic religi

The Connection between Imam Mahdi and Imam Husayn, Part 1

This paper is the first part of a series of three papers on the subject, initially conceived as part of a series of lectures delivered by the author in London, at the Islamic Centre of England in M

Spiritual Dimensions of Mourning for Imam Husayn (a) Part 1

Part 1: The Divine Plan for Human Salvation

Heroic Manifestations of Ashura

This article describes Imam Husayn's bravery and steadfastness as seen in his encounters with the enemy, his sermons to all people, and on the battlefield.

The Role of the Women of Ashura

This article offers an account of the women's unwavering support of Imam Husayn and his cause before Ashura, in the Battle of Karbala, and after the massacre.

The Connection between Imam Mahdi and imam Husayn, Part 3

This paper is the third part of a series of three papers on the subject, initially conceived as part of a series of lectures delivered by the author in London, at the Islamic Centre of England in M

The Connection between Imam Mahdi and Imam Husayn, Part 2

This paper is the second part of a series of three papers on the subject, initially conceived as part of a series of lectures delivered by the author in London, at the Islamic Centre of England in

Spiritual Dimensions of Mourning for Imam Husayn (a) Part 3

Part 3: How True Mourning Can Lead to the Goodly Life

The Virtues of Imam Husayn (a) and His Companions

This paper presents some of the most prominent and finest of the Imam Husayn’s and his companions’ virtues, namely, ardent love for Allah (swt), great honor, and unwavering patience.

Spiritual Dimensions of Mourning for Imam Husayn (a) Part 2

Part 2: The Role of Hardship and Suffering in the Spiritual Progress

The Martyrdom of Banu Hashim in Karbala as described by Ibn Nama' Al-Hilli

Introducing the book and its author, this article offers a description on the martyrdom of several members of the Banu Hashim; moreover, the description portrays some inaccuracies available in seve

The Cause of the Ashura Uprising: A Qur’anic Perspective

This article demonstrates that the actions on the Day of Ashura are a direct reflection of several Qur'anic principles, like obedience and submission only to God, being free, using the Prophet's w

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The Journey Of Imam Hussain (a)

This presentation contains the details of Imam Husain (a)'s journey from Medina to Karbala.

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Reflections on Ashura-oriented Literature

This paper seeks to describe genera within Shi‘a poetry pertaining to the tragic experience of Imam Husayn and his family members and companions on the plains of Karbala.

Excerpts of Poetry of Imam Husayn Powerpoint Presentation

Power point based on beautiful poetry of Imam Husayn (as), excerpts taken from the book Bright Moon: A Collection of Poems of Imam Husayn (as):

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Thirst! Alas for Thirst!

Thirst! Alas for Thirst!

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