The First Characteristic of a Fironic System
The Holy Quran presented the reality of the Fironic system. We cannot deny that the Firon also had a well-established system of governance which was providing the necessities of life to the people. They were getting food, water, doing business in market, there was a system of mobilization in form of horses, camels and ships; people were getting jobs, they were earning money, and they were getting married and were having children. All these things were happening in the Fironic system, but when the Quran painted the picture of this Fironic system it said:
وَإِذْ نَجَّيْنَاكُمْ مِنْ آلِ فِرْعَوْنَ يَسُومُونَكُمْ سُوءَ الْعَذَابِ
"And we delivered you from the system of Firon, which was taking you towards punishment" (Surah al-Baqarah, 2: 49)
This means, remember that system in which you were living your lives, and remember that we gave you freedom and salvation from that system which was taking you all towards hell. This Holy Quran is our religious book which has discussed this incident for us to seriously think and ponder over the system in which we are living our lives, to check and see where this system is taking us towards.
The Quran is warning us to check and see which train you have boarded or which boat you are sailing in. Maybe this boat is taking you into a hurricane. This system of government which is governing our lives could be taking us towards the fire of hell. At times the people sailing in a boat would be very religious and pious, but the boat is sailing towards a storm. Now all of them will end up into this storm in spite of their piety and worships. Irrespective of whether you are good or bad, if the system itself is moving towards destruction, your end will be the same as that of the system.
Where are these worldly systems moving towards, these systems of Yazidiat and why did Imam Hussain (as) start an uprising to eradicate this system? This was because though the people living under this governance of Yazid were religious, they were offering their prayers, fasting and performing their Hajj rituals, but this system was going towards hell. Their Prayers and Hajj would not save them from this system which was taking them towards destruction.
There was a dire need to demolish this liberal system of Yazidiat, to get freedom from this system and to make people aware about the evil facts of this system. This is why he started his uprising, gave sacrifices of his children, family and companions. He took the women along with him so that he can tell the world that this is not the system to which we will agree to live our lives. This was the first characteristic of the Fironic system whereby it takes the entire nation (Ummah) towards eternal destruction (Hell).