Editorial: The battle of Karbala

An aerial view taken on December 1, 2015 shows Iraqi Shiite pilgrims gathering at the shrines of Immam Abbas ibn Ali (front) and Imam Hussein (background) during the Arbaeen religious festival which marks the 40th day after Ashura, commemorating the seventh century killing of Prophet Mohammed's grandson, Imam Hussein, in the holy city of Karbala, 80 kilometres south of the capital Baghdad. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED SAWAF


History has many accounts and versions regarding the chain of even that led to the battle of Karbala, but with one and only one lesson—that it was a battle between the good and the evil. On one side was Hussian (R.A), the grandson of the most beloved person on earth (Prophet Mohammad—S.A.W), who represented the virtue, and on the other side was Yazid—the head of impiety.

Had Hussian (R.A) not stood up against the forces of evil, it would have been mandatory for every Muslim across the regions and generations till the Day of Judgment to obey and accept the rule of impiety.

Imam Hussain (R .A) was advised by his well wishers not to visit the Kofa as the people who invited him were not trustworthy. They had deceived his father Hazrat Ali (R A) too. But Imam Hussain went ahead with his resolve and ultimately got martyrdom along with his family in the desert of Karbala.

Any silence from the family of the Prophet (S.A.W) on Yazid’s investiture would have a defining effect on the very thought of Islamic politics and Sharia’t laws.

No individual or party would have any right—religious or otherwise—to voice their concern on the wrongdoings of the people in power and authority.

Hussian (R.A), by sacrificing his life, family and every other thing, has shown the way for the Muslim Ummah and generations to come that there should be no compromise with the forces of evil. To fight them out is a prophetic duty of every Muslim.


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