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The Birth of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him)

A Glimpse into the Life of the Master of Martyrs

The third of Sha'ban on the fourth year of the Hegira was a blessed day. It was the day that witnessed the glorious birth of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) in Medina. His father was Ali, the noblest man after Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his Household), and his mother was Fatima, the Messenger's beloved daughter.

God revealed the Imam's name to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his Household). The name “Hussein” had not been known among the Arabs before Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) was named. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his Household) recited the Athan in his right ear and the Iqama in his left one, and a tight bond joined the grandfather to his grandson.

Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) grew up under the care of Prophet Muhammad for six years during which he learned from his grandfather’s extensive knowledge and gained his high morals.

After the death of his grandfather, Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) was taught by his great father, Imam Ali (peace be upon him). He followed his example in the protection of religion and administration of the affairs of the Islamic Nation.

Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) fought in the Battle of the Camel, the Battle of Siffin, and the Battle of Nahrawan alongside his father. After the death of Imam Ali (peace be upon him), he remained by his brother’s side and witnessed all the events that occurred during the Imamate of Imam Hassan (peace be upon him), especially the treaty with Mu’awiyah. He stayed with Imam Hassan (peace be upon him) all throughout the time of Imam Hassan’s Imamate which lasted for ten years.

Imam Hassan (peace be upon him) was poisoned and Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) continued the duty of the Imams. He strove to awaken the Islamic Nation to face the Umayyad plot which culminated with Yazid assuming full command and forcing people to pledge allegiance to him after the death of Mu’awiyah in the year 60 of Hegira. Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) would never pledge allegiance to a dissolute and oppressive ruler such as Yazid, and thus he left for Mecca and then made his way to Kufa. However, he was intercepted on the way and he stopped in a land named Karbala. He was accompanied by his family members and companions.

On the day of the tenth of Muharram, the tragic battle of Karbala occurred. It would later represent a resounding call to the conscience of the Islamic Nation, undermining the thrones of tyrants throughout the ages. The tragic martyrdom of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) was a great shock to Muslims and it awakened them from their slumber. It returned every matter to its rightful place. Yazid and the Caliphs who came after him were to the Islamic Nation no more than criminals and usurpers of the Caliphate and did not represent Islam.

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