Imam Hussain’s sacrifice set an example as ‘The Right is the Might’ by Adeelzaidi


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									        Imam Hussain’s sacrifice set an example as ‘The Right is the Might’

The battle of Karbala marks the greatest sacrifice for the sake of God in the human history.
Since the last fourteen hundred centuries, this battle reflects the war of the good versus the
evil, the virtuous versus the wicked, the right versus the wrong, and the war of Imam Hussain
a.s that was the head of virtue versus Yazid, the head of impiety. Imam Hussain’s victory in
saving his religion Islam and truth has truly marked an eminent example of the whole mankind
here and after.

Imam Hussain a.s life was also not an ordinary one. Being the son of Imam Ali a.s, he was
trained and raised by the greatest protector of Islam. He had learned courage and bravery from
his father Imam Ali and also showcased his power right at the childhood by taking part in three
wars during his father's Caliphate. In the battle of Jamal, Imam Hussain was in charge
commanding the left side of the army of Amir al-Mu'minin. He also achieved the first victory for
the army of Imam Ali in the battle of Siffin, where he and his companions freed the Furat,
Euphrates River.

But topping to all the battle of Karbala was the real tragic event in the history of Islam. The
Tragedy of Karbala was no ordinary tragedy and Imam Hussain was no ordinary revolutionary
for he was the grandson of the holy Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. For oppressed communities
worldwide regardless of religion, gender or race, the tragedy of Karbala forms a model, a
benchmark. Karbala signifies a lesson that human beings should never submit to tyranny,
oppression and falsehood.

As the Imam of the time and true representative of his grandfather Prophet Muhammad, Imam
Hussain a.s stood up against the tyrant of the time to safeguard and protect the religion Islam
and guide fellow Muslims towards the right path. On the other hand, the staying power of the
rulers (Mu'awiya and his son Yazid) depended solely on the might of the sword. They used
brute force to rule over the Muslim empire even by all possible illicit means. His great sacrifice
is not just appreciated and remembered by the Muslims; however there are many great non
Muslim scholars and leaders who have written their tribute towards Imam Hussain a.s and his

Charles Dickens, a famous English novelist quoted:

“If Husain had fought to quench his worldly desires...then I do not understand why his sister,
wife, and children accompanied him. It stands to reason therefore, that he sacrificed purely for
Mahatma Gandhi, an Indian political and spiritual leader writes:

“I learned from Hussein how to achieve victory while being oppressed.”

Allama Iqbal, a Famous Urdu Poet writes:

"Imam Hussein uprooted despotism forever, till the day of Resurrection. He watered the dry
gardens of freedom with a surging wave of his blood, and indeed he awakened the sleeping
Muslim nation. If Imam Hussein (a.s) had aimed at acquiring the worldly empire, he would not
have traveled the way he did. Hussein weltered in blood and dust for the sake of truth. Verily,
therefore he becomes the foundation of Muslim creed. ‘La Ilaha Illallah’, meaning there is no
deity but Allah (God).”

However, before the battle of Karbala, the world knew only the rule that “The Might is the
Right”. But the day of Ashura introduced even more powerful rule to this world; “The Right is
the Might”. The tragedy of Karbala is a reminder not only for Muslims, but for mankind to rise
up to seek positive reform in the face of resignation.

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