In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
The Crucial Option
When we recall in our minds, hearts, and imagination the night of the tenth day of Muharram, to the desert of Karbalaa, that little gathering being besieged by tens of thousands of soldiers, we realize that we are facing two groups of people:
A vulnerable and besieged small group of people, their leader and prince is Abu Abdullah Al-Hussein (A.S.) accompanied with a group of young Hashemite men, Hashemite women, and some companions of men and women.
On the other side, a mass group of tens of thousands of people, leaded by each of Yazid, Obeidullah bin Ziad and Umar bin Saad, all surrounding that small group.
In view of this, and trying to consider the two groups taking into account the hereafter before and much more than this vanishing life, we can thus wonder:
Couldn’t we find ourselves one day, you and me, at any hour and at any moment, facing a situation which requires us to settle our options, either to be with these, or to be with those?!
His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (May God keep him)
Redolence of Leadership
Rouh Allah's Call
Dear all: Do not be afraid to sacrifice and to spend the money and the Spirit for the sake of God, the Islam and the Muslim people, for this is prophet Mohammad’s Sunnah (peace and blessings be upon him, his household and guardians). Thus, our blood isn’t more expensive than the blood of the martyrs of Karbalaa at all.
Imam Khomeini (may his secret be sacred)
A Story and A Lesson
One day during the thirty-three days in the morning, "Abdel-Qader" was still sleeping at "Rabat". He opened his big eyes, forgetting that he has to wear his eye glasses, and stared, but did not see anything at first. Then, after he wore it he starred again, so he found a rounded face before him telling him:
- Abdel-Qader, its Morning Prayer time, you have to pray.
- And you Haidar how did you wake up? It is not your habit.
- Actually, I dreamt of Abu Al-Fadel Al-Abbas’ arms, as if they were shaking me, it’s amazing.
- Don’t we have any thing else to do but to pray? Abdel-Qader smiled slyly. - Yes, the most important thing is to pray, do you have any doubt that we have been created for it?
- ... And for firing the missiles from this multiple rocket launcher placed in front of you, "Abdel-Qader" added.
They both laughed and went to perform ablution (wudoo’) and pray. While they haven’t yet finished their prayer, they heard the sound of the fax and a paper falling from it on the ground. Abdel-Qader took it and read: "Ten rockets at a base ... at nine o’clock and then ten more after a quarter of an hour.
They left by their mobile artillery trying to hide with the morning’s dim lights which can protect them from the reconnaissance planes, and then arrived to a place far from the village, stopped the multiple rocket launcher and fired the first salvo. While the dust hasn’t yet subsided, they heard the observer saying: empty your zone the fighter is raiding both of you.
Haidar jumped from above the mobile artillery, took from it a motorcycle, and told Abdel-Qader:
- Let us go, on the motorcycle will be much faster, we do not have much time.
- Go alone, I must move the mobile artillery to those trees to hide it, there is still ten missiles remaining in it and we should fire them after a quarter of an hour, this is necessary.
Haidar was barely moving away a few meters from the mobile artillery when he heard a huge explosion; he turned around and found pieces of metal flying in space.
After the war ended, Haidar went back with his brethrens to carry Abdel-Qadder dead body. He was searching between the rocks. He then went back in mind again to that dream when he saw an arm that according to him was with no doubt what woke him up to the Morning Prayer on that day when Abdel-Qadder’s brethrens destroyed the base from twenty artilleries just for his smiling eyes from behind those eyeglasses.
The Basic Issue
Hussein... How Strange
Imam Hussein’s grandson, Imam Khamenei, (may God keep him) says:
I have looked deeply well inside the history of Islam and did not find any battle such as the battle of Karbalaa. Any one who wants can check that there isn’t in any of the previously bloody battles more strangeness and more loneliness than those found in the battle of Karbalaa. This uprising, even though it is a result of the strength of loyalty, it is however important by itself i.e. Hussein’s strangeness (peace be upon him).
During the incidents of early Islam and the invasions of Prophet (peace be upon him and his family) and the wars of the Commander of the Faithful (A.S.), the state was participating aside with the soldiers in the war being backed by the prayers of the mothers, the hopes of the sisters, and the support of the great leadership of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his family) or of that of the Commander of the Faithful, and they were sacrificing themselves in front of them, and this is not difficult... How many of us are just awaiting and hoping to see a signal from the ultimate savior of humankind and the just leader of humanity Al-Imam Al-Mahdi to sacrifice himself.
As for what happened at Karbalaa, Imam Hussein (A.S.), the basis of the cause and the core of Islam, was in the field of battle knowing that he and his companions are going to martyr. He didn’t have any expectation of any person in this wide world; he was feeling strange and lonely... In fact, he wasn’t having any slightest expectation of those who were outside the field... Expectation had been limited to his gathering only who were all conceded to martyr with him. He also knew that after they will martyr, no one will hold any gathering for reciting “Surah Al-Fatiha” over their souls (depending on the clear balance). It also goes without saying, since Yazid was dominating everything, that heir women were to be captured, and theie children were to be having no mercy at all… Thus, if not of faith, loyalty and that Godly gleam inside the heart of Hussein (A.S.) - which in turn enthused the hearts of the elite believers all around him, that battle would not have achieved its aims and goals and thus succeeded ever. Have a look at its greatness being represented in the saying: "No day will come as your day, O Abu Abdullah".
The commander's Jurisprudence
Umm ul-Banin , “the mother of all martyrs”
Umm ul-Banin, God blesses her, had four sons from the Commander of the Faithful (A.S.). Those heroes were martyred while supporting their brother Imam Al-Hussein (A.S.) at Karbalaa on the tenth day the so-called Ashura.
The eldest and who was considered best among them was: "Al-Abbas" (A.S.), nicknamed "Abu Al-Fadel". He was the last among them to be killed; they fought with and before him and were all killed.
Abbas (A.S.) had children, unlike his three brothers. He was very handsome, what made him be also nicknamed "Qamar Bani Hashim" the Arabic meaning for “Moon of the Hashemites; the prettiest man among the Hashemite men”... He was brave and tall, the banner of Imam Al-Hussein (A.S.) was with him when he martyred. He was also nicknamed "As-Saqqa, the Provider of Water", because he was able to bring the water from the enemy to his brother Al-Hussein (A.S.) and his family but he was unfortunately killed before being able to deliver the water to them.
The heroism of the sons of Umm ul-Banin and their condolences to Imam Al-Hussein (A.S.), and the way by which they were killed, has been mentioned as follows:
When Al-Abbas (A.S.) saw lots of his family and of Hussein’s companions killed (A.S.), comparing to their little amount in count, he told his three siblings, Abdullah, Jafar and Uthman:
"My siblings, go and fight, you are same as myself, safeguard your master i.e. Imam Hussein until you martyr with him, and by doing so you will convey the message of guidance, faith and honorable life for God and for his Prophet".
Therefore, Abdullah who was twenty-five years old fought and was killed after strong fighting.
Then afterwards, Jafar bin Ali (A.S.) who was nine years old fought as heroes until he was killed.
Then Osman bin Ali (A.S.) who was twenty-one years old fought strongly until he was killed.
Imam Al-Hussein (A.S.) was typically carrying them from the battlefield into the tent on that day. However, he (A.S.) did not carry the body of Al-Abbas (A.S.) but kept him rather still at the place where he was killed.
When their mother -Umm ul-Banin- heard at the city of Medina that they were martyred she cried them bitterly, but yet she has cried on Al-Hussein (A.S.) much more, quoted from a famous story.
This honorable attitude of Umm ul-Banin (may Allah bless her) indicates that she has highly acknowledged Imam Hussein (A.S.)...
Peace be upon you, O who are such a pride for all the mothers of martyrs, O the one who has really well supported Imam Hussein (A.S.).
Occasions of the month of “Dhu al-Qi'dah”
* Muharram 1: The ceremony of Ashura starts.
* Muharram 10: The martyrdom of Imam Al-Hussein (A.S.), his family and his companions 61 A.H.
* Muharram 13: Burying the Martyrs of Al-Taf 61 A.H.
* Muharram 25: The martyrdom of Imam Ali Ibn Al-Hussein peace be upon them 94 A.H.
* Muharram 28: Converting Al-Qibla from Jerusalem to Al-Kaaba 2 A.H.
* January 1: New Year (CE).
* January 10: Birth of Jesus Christ (A.S.) (for Eastern people).