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Salamun alaykum,

The reply to the following question was kindly provided by Dr Liyakatali
Takim.

Regards

Abbas Jaffer
Moderator, 'Aalim Network

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QUESTION:

Salaam alaikum

After Imam Hussain's(A.S.) martyrdom , how did Islam change for the
majority of the Muslims, did they still follow Yazid and his companions,
or did they realize that Imam Hussain(A.S) was the true calipha?  Why do
people say Imam Hussain(A.S.) sacrificed himself for us?  Does that mean
if he didnt go to Karbala and had finished his hajj trip Islam wouldn't be
here today? 

ANSWER:

Salaamun 'alaykum,

The supreme sacrifices of Imam Husayn (AS) had the net effect of producing
a revolution in the minds of many dormant Muslims. Many asked themselves
as to how they could remain indifferent when many of the sunah of the
Prophet (AS) were being trampled on and when Allah's injunctions were
being neglected? 

There were 2 main revolts which challenged the Umayyad regime soon after
the events in Kerbala - the Tawwabun movement led by Sulayman b. Surad and
Mukhtar's revolt against those who had perpetrated the crimes in Kerbala. 

There were other revolts also like those of Abd Allah b. Zubayr's fight
against Yazid and later on the challenge of Zayd .b Ali. 

Imam Husayn's sacrifices should not be judged solely by the ensuing
revolts. Rather, there were many who questioned their consciences as to
how the Qur'an and the sunan had been neglected by the Umayyads and how
they did not react to the situation

Had it not been for Imam Husayn's sacrifices, the original Islam brought
by the Prophet (SAW) would not have reached us. The differentiating line
between haqq and batil would have remained obscure. 

For a good source on the effect that Imam Husayn's sacrifices had on the
minds of the Muslims, see: Jafri, The Origins and early Development of Shi'a 
Islam.

With salaams and du'as

Liyakatali Takim



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