Blog Post 12
October 19, 2018
“I have risen up
solely to seek the reform
of the Ummah
of my Grandfather,
Killing and beheading the innocent
did not begin with ISIS.
For Muslims, it began with the battles against Islam and Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and his family, continued with the unjust rule of Yazid ibn Muawiya who ordered the mass killings, executions and beheadings of Imam Husayn, peace be upon him, his family and companions, and goes on with Bani Hashim staged a play for a kingdom. There was no news from the skies neither was there any revelation
- The Holy Qur’an 42:23
Dr. Ali Shariati, in his book Red Shi’ism, explains what the title and Imam Husayn’s, peace be upon him, Islamic Stand means. It is:
“The flame of the spirit of revolution,
In his 1982 speech, Imam Khomeini said:
“Imam Husayn (a.s.)* taught us all how to stand up and resist cruelty and the government of tyranny. Although he knew that the path he had chosen would cost him his life and the lives of his disciples and kinfolk and they would all be sacrificed for Islam, he also knew the consequences that without his uprising Yazid and his men would distort Islam and present it to the people in a perverted form because they did not believe in Islam from the beginning and they resented the rightful authorities and were jealous of them. By this sacrifice, the Master of Martyrs actually defeated the antagonists for in a very short time people realized what a calamity and tragic event had taken place and their awareness of it upset the rule of the Umayyads.
“Imam Husayn’s (a.s.) example taught us all that his is the true path in all history. Do not mind the inadequacy of numbers. It is the quality that counts not quantity. It is the quality of the jihad of numbers that triumphs.
“Imam Husayn (a.s.), his family and disciples taught us our duty and task – to offer our lives in the battlefield and to propagate the faith when away from it. The sermons of Imam Sajjad (a.s.) and those of Lady Zainab, the sister of Imam Husayn (a.s.), have done as much or nearly as much to propagate the movement of Imam Husayn (a.s.) and are equivalent to it before Allah. They made us understand that neither men nor women should fear the rule of tyranny.
“We must fathom
the depth of this martyrdom
and its influence on the world
to this day.”
In another speech, Imam Khomeini said:
“Ashura is the revolution of the advocates for justice. It rose amongst the few in number and great in faith and love to face the oppressors, people of palaces and arrogant thieves and its law is that this approach addresses the life of this nation at all times and all the lands.
“All the Prophets came in order to reform society. All of them were of firm belief in this issue - that the individual must give his all for society. So Imam Husayn (a.s.) revolted according to this driving factor and sacrificed himself and his followers.
“The revolution of Ashura exploded at the hands of the Master of Martyrs and by sacrificing his own blood and the blood of his dear ones saved Islam and justice and condemned the rule of the Umayyads and demolished its rules and its foundations.
“This phrase – every day is Ashura and every land is Karbala – what a great phrase it is - our nation should live by this word every day. Today is Ashura and we need to stand in the face of injustice, and here also is Karbala, and it is not confined to a piece of land, is not limited to a range of individuals. Karbala is not confined to seventy warriors and the land of Karbala. All the land must play this role and fulfill its duty.
“Almighty Allah’s Divine Light shines
and it will go on shining
and shall enlighten the world.”
“Remember Ashura to humiliate the ruling group
- Dr. Ali Shariati
“Shias do not accept the path chosen by history. They deny the leaders who ruled the Muslims throughout history and deceived the majority of the people through their succession to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, and then their supposed support of Islam and fight against paganism. Shias turn their backs on the opulent mosques and magnificent palaces of the caliphs of Islam and turn to the lonely, mud house of Lady Fatimah, peace be upon her. Shias, who represent the oppressed, justice-seeking class, find in this house whatever and whoever they have been seeking.” - Dr. Ali Shariati
Study the lives of:
Lady Fatimah bint Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon her, her father and their family, “the heir of the Prophet (s.a.w.)**, the manifestation of the ‘rights of the oppressed’ and the symbol of the first objection, a strong and clear embodiment of the ‘seeking of justice.’”
Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib, peace be upon him, “the manifestation of a justice which serves the oppressed, a sublime embodiment of the truth who is sacrificed at the altar of anti-human regimes which lie hidden in the layers of the formal religion of the rulers.”
Imam Hasan ibn Ali ibn Abi Talib, peace be upon him, “the manifestation of the last resistance of the garrison of ‘Imamate Islam,’ who confronts the first garrison of ‘Islamic rule.’”
Imam Husayn ibn Ali ibn Abi Talib, peace be upon him, who “bears witness to those who have been martyred by the oppressors throughout history, heir of all the leaders fighting for freedom and equality and the seekers of justice, from Adam to himself, forever the messenger of martyrdom, the manifestation of the blood revolution.”
Lady Zainab bint Ali ibn Abi Talib who “bears witness to all of the defenceless prisoners in the system of executioners, the messenger left after martyrdom and the manifestation of the message of revolution.” - Dr. Ali Shariati
Dr. Shariati advises:
1.Choose a central organization of the Islamic movement through the marjaia (religious leadership).
2. Choose energy, order, discipline and direction through a responsible leader.
3. Choose imamate and justice.
4. Spend on the socio-political struggle, education and teaching.
5. Mourn to continue the constant historical struggle of the Shias against usurpation, treachery, cruelty and the sources of fraud, lying and degeneration and to keep the martyrs’ memories alive.
6. Aggressively mobilize against existing conditions where the taghut try to show everything to be in accordance with the Will of Allah, the Divine Law and the satisfaction of Allah.
7. Have faith in the ultimate downfall of tyrants and ruling powers who use satanic forces to oppress us.
8. Engage in reform and revolution.
You’re either in the Party of Allah
- Taken from The Holy Qur’an 58:19 & 22
“Surely there exists in the hearts of the Mu’mineen
- Prophet Muhammad, Peace and Blessings of Allah
be upon him and his family
“Whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger,
they are among those whom Allah has favored
of the Prophets, the upholders of truth, the martyrs and the righteous.
They are the best of company!”
- The Holy Qur’an 4:69
Stand up for Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala and the oppressed. Be in the Party of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, the best of company. Do not accept injustice and humiliation. Follow the Islamic Path and Revolution of Imam Husayn, peace be upon him and his supporters, family and children.
“For me, death is nothing but happiness
and living under a tyrant is nothing but hell.
You have offered us two choices:
humiliation or death.
We reject humiliation.”
- Imam Husayn, Peace be upon him
* Alayhis Salaam (Peace be upon him)
** Salla Allahu alayhi wa ala alihi wa salaam (Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him and his family); See The Holy Qur’an 33:56
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Ashura meant to reform society and maintain justice: Imam Khomeini. http://en.imam-khomeini.ir/en/NewsPrint.aspx?ID=6689.
Imam Khomeini.Three Speeches About Muharram and Ashura. http://www.alseraj.net/maktaba/kotob/english/FourteenInfallibles/TheAshuraUprising/khomeini/english/ashura/p1ch1.html.
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