The uniqueness of Imam Hussain a.s is above all greatnesses : Saqib Akbar


There is no doubt that Hazrat Imam Hussain (a.s) has some characteristics in common with some other great personalities, but there are so many aspects of the uniqueness of Imam Hussain (a.s.). The saddest incident of Karbala, which make him the most unique and distinguished from all the great personalities. Imam Hussain (a.s) is one of the holy five and is one of the people whose love Allah has enjoined on the Prophet’s Ummah.

Under the shadow of purification of the cloak, when the verse of purification was revealed, Imam Hussain (a.s) was also among them, who was considered as an example of Ahl al-Bayt (a.s) in this verse. In the event of Mubahlah, when five persons including the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) came out from Najran for Mubahlah by divine order, Imam Hussain (AS) was held in his lap by the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and he was an example of the Prophets. He was declared the chief of the youth of Jannah along with Imam Hasan (a).

In spite of sharing in so many greatness and heights, some individualities are worth mentioning regarding Imam Hussain (a.s). Let us mention a few of them.

On the occasion of the birth of Imam Hussain (a.s.), the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) picked him up in his arms, and he (a.s.) began to cry. When the reason was asked, he said that Gabriel informed me that my son will be killed by the members of my Ummah. Jibraeel brought you the soil of the killing place of Imam Hussain (a.s), which he (pbuh) handed over to Hazrat Umm al-Momineen Umm Salama (a.s) in a bottle and said that when my Hussain is martyred, this soil will turn into blood.

The news of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (a.s) continued to be given in different ways, until Amirul Momineen (a.s) Imam Ali (a.s) passed through the land of Karbala on his way to Sufin and said that this is the killing ground of lovers. You even said that this would be the place for their tents, this would be the place for their animals to be tethered, and this would be the place for their goods. Such details have not been previously described about any other personality.

The incident of Karbala itself is a very different incident, however, there are many surprising, tragic and impressive incidents happening in the world, but the details of the incident of Karbala that have been described in history, hadiths and traditions are surprising. There are details of Imam Hussain’s departure from Madinah, his arrival in Makkah, his departure from Makkah on 8 Dhu al-Hijjah, 60 Hijri and Kufa, and the events between Makkah and Kufa and the details of the halts at various places, the details of those who were left on the way and the details of the people he met.

The sermons of Imam Hussain (a.s.) at different places and then the arrival of Hur Riyahi’s army near Kufa and the prohibition of Imam Hussain (a.s.) from advancing towards Kufa by the ruler of Kufa and the command of Imam Hussain (a.s.) to move towards Karbala and encamp his caravan there, the details of all these events are present in the history and traditions. Similarly, the events from two Muharram to Sham e Ghariban, the departure of Isra’s caravan to Kufa and then to Syria, as well as the event that happened in Syria, all these details have been preserved by history.

The martyrdom of Imam Hussain (a.s.) and the incident of Karbala have been remembered and remembered, there is no example. Even Maulana Abul Kalam Azad writes in his book Shaheed Azam: “It can be said without any exaggeration that the human race has not shed so many tears over a tragic accident in the world, as they have shed over this accident.”

Thirteen hundred Muharrams have passed within thirteen hundred years and every Muharram reminded me of this incident. Because of the bloody accident of Imam Hussain (RA), the world has shed a flood of tears, mourning and sorrow for every single drop of the blood that was shed in the desert of Karbala. There have not been as many books written about any other death or war as those written on the death of Imam Hussain.

Many scholars are in agreement that if there is a major distortion in the Islamic government and the rulers take the path of defection, then the rise of Imam Hussain (a.s) is a model and authentic argument for us to rise against them. So Maulana Maududi writes.

“If the government is in the hands of Muslims and is being run in an un-Islamic way, then Muslims will be in serious confusion. “The nation is Muslim, the government is in the hands of Muslims, but it is being run in an un-Islamic way.  The process of celebrating the memory of Imam Hussain (AS) among Muslims became so extensive that such buildings started to be constructed all over the world that started to be allocated for the remembrance of Hussain (AS) and the narration of the incident of Karbala and this process continues at a fast pace even today.

These buildings are constructed from one room to grand palaces. In the Arab world and Iran, these buildings are called “Hussainia”.And with us, “Imam Bargah” and Imam mean only Imam Hussain. Perhaps there are millions of such buildings in more than a hundred countries of the world. There are millions of people who dedicate a room of their house as Hussainia. Its example cannot be found in any other person and any other event in the world. An individual may have one or more buildings in his memory, but it is surprising that so many, if not countless, buildings are dedicated to a single entity throughout the world.

The incident of Karbala has greatly influenced poets and writers. Even in the world of poetry and literature, some genres of speech have been reserved for Imam Hussain (AS). Although in principle these genres were not exposed only for Imam Hussain (AS), but today, if not explained, the first impression from the words of Salam and obituary the Marsiya is related to Imam Hussain (AS) and the incident of Karbala. All over the world there are poetry meetings in the memory of Imam Hussain. We use the term “musalmah” for such seats and from this every poet understands that this is a poetic seat in memory of Imam Hussain (a.s).

A branch of Urdu literature has come into existence under the name of Rasa’i literature, a separate series of rhetoric and literary books has been established under the title of Karbala Civilization. The gatherings, funeral processions, mourning, water sables for Imam Hussain (AS) are seen everywhere during Muharram Al-Haram. All these are the memories of love connected with the incident of Karbala.

Imam Hussain (A.S.) has lit such lamps in the hearts, whose light becomes a means of distinguishing between truth and falsehood.

The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had already prophesied: “In the killing of Hussain, the hearts of the believers will never be cold.” By the way, we have a ritual to celebrate the death of the deceased. But there is no series in the world of big personalities, including prophets, saints and other religious leaders, celebrating Chehlam every year. Yes, Chehlam of Imam Hussain is being celebrated for centuries. In modern times, the commemoration of this day has created a new revolution, which has gripped the world. The story is unfinished, many more seats are needed to write on this topic

( By : Syed Saqib Akbar )

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