Imām Alī ibn Mūsā al-Rezā (A.S.) said:
“Whoever avoids attending to his worldly affairs on the tenth of Muharram, Allāh will fulfill all the wishes and desires of this world as well as the hereafter. Whoever considers this day to be a day of mourning, sorrow and weeping for himself, Allāh the Glorified will make the day of Qiyāmah to be a day of rejoicing for him and his eyes will be cooled in Paradise on account of us. And whoever considers the tenth of Muharram to be a day of prosperity and buys something for his house (considering it a good omen), then Allāh will not give him affluence in that thing. And on the day of Qiyāmah he will be made to arise along with Yazid, Ubaydullāh bin Ziyād and Umar ibn Sa’ad (may Allāh’s curse be on all of them) and will be thrown into the lowest abyss of hell..”
[Reference: Nafasul Mahmum, Section 2, Hadith 16]
After the death of their father,
Muhammad and Ibrahim were put into prison.
Later, they escaped and walked hurriedly away
In one place they did not stay.
A kind lady who was fetching water
Saw them hiding behind a tree
Took them home and gave them food
“Don’t worry,” she said. “At the moment you are free.”
At night Muhammad saw his father in his dream
Next day, he cried bitterly with his brother, Ibrahim.
Harith, the kind lady’s husband, found the two innocent ones
Angrily and without any love killed them at once.
Captured by a beast, the older child said
Kill me first o man I can’t see my brother dead.
For I have always taken care of my brother
From the instructions given to me by my mother
With their last prayers performed at the River Furat
Martyred were the sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel
Their small bodies floated away clutching one another
Straight to paradise they will go together.
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Came out to battle for our pride,
Knowing that the journey to Heaven would be their very next ride.
On the blistering sands, under the scorching sun,
Stood the mighty Hussein, a soldier second to none,
With the fragrance of musk, it had to be said,
The skies of Karbala were already turning red.
Every ally wanted the honour of being first,
To drink the honey of paradise and quench their
As each one’s body fell on the sand and mud,
It was Ashura, the day the skies wept blood.
A marriage in the tent during this grieving hour,
Abdullah knew that the time was not far,
In the attire of a groom, He set out to fight,
Realizing the loss, Sakina cried throughout that
Abbas did not even drink a sip from the river,
But was hit by arrows from the trees’ rear,
Hussein’s final support ascended to the heavens,
It was now only Hussein and those inhumane devils.
But, Ali Akbar, the very valiant youngster the world has seen,
Was hit in the heart during the pinnacle of His teens,
The face of the Prophet (SA) with blood was smeared,
Hussein’s tears completely drenched His beard.
Asgar, the courageous six month old prince,
Fought for Islam’s pride without hesitance,
Until that heartless satan let his arrow fly,
Young Ali Asgar’s blood was taken by the sky.
Hussein ibn Ali, the Noble Son, and The Greatest Martyr,
Stood ready to fight with absolutely no fear,
Until a teary eyed Jibrael descended from the Heavens,
Allah’s wish is Your sacrifice Oh Highborn Eminence.
Hussein happily welcomed Allah’s Missive,
Bowed down to Sajdah for the future billions,
Zainab, cried aloud at the sight of Her mind’s eye,
Upon witnessing Her imperial brother peacefully die.
In one of his speeches, Imam Hussein (AS) said that the authorities in Kufa had given him only two options – humiliation or death. He carried on to say ‘And we do not accept humiliation’. A tradition reported by Imam Sadiq (AS) records that, other than not accepting humiliation, Allah Almighty has given to believers a choice in all matters.
A WIDER UNDERSTANDING OF DEATH
Few people desire death. The Holy Quran challenges the Jews for not welcoming death in view of their alleged special relationship with Allah (SWT) Imam Hussein(AS) extended our comprehension of death by drawing attention to the three points below:
Death is written for everyone and no soul may escape it. He said: Death is an adornment of life as a necklace is an adornment of a beautiful woman.
Death with dignity is preferable to a life lived in humiliation.
Dying for the cause of Islam is martyrdom and a great honour. In his farewell to relatives in Madina, Imam Hussein (AS) said: "Whoever joins us will be martyred, those who remain behind will miss the victory."
SUPPORT THE TRUTH
Imam Hussein(AS) announced: ‘Don’t you see that Truth has been replaced by falsehood. We must be prepared to sacrifice everything that is precious in support of Truth!’ Truth is the essence of Islam and fortifies the values emphasized in the Holy Quran. Hazrat Ali Akbar asked his father Imam Hussein (AS). "Are we not supporting the Truth?" Imam (AS) replied in the affirmative Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS) said: "Then, it makes no difference if death comes to us or if we approach death."
FIDELITY AND LOYALTY
Fidelity is a characteristic admired by all. If friends meet in times of comfort and wealth but leave when hardship and difficulty strike, it is clear that their friendship is not true. On the day of Ashura, Imam Hussein (AS) told John, a servant of the renowned companion Hazrat Abu Dhar (AS) You have accompanied us all the way but now you may go. John replied: It is not fair that I benefit from your company and hospitality but abandon you in your hardship? His attitude exemplifies fidelity, loyalty and true friendship.
TO PLEASE ALLAH
The objective of all believers should be the pleasure of Allah Almighty. Imam Hussein (AS) said in one of his speeches that the only objective of the Prophet’s household is to please Allah.
PATIENCE IN ADVERSITY
Allah tells us in the Holy Quran that only those who remain patient will receive reward without measure. Imam Hussein(AS) brought up to understand the Quran that is why he was happy to remain patience in hardship and endurance and to await his Lords reward. His patience wasn’t out of weakness or helplessness but a demonstration of his steadfastness and bravery. Those who saw Imam Hussein(AS) on the Day of Ashura reported: We have never seen a man remaining as composed as Imam Hussein a.s. whereas his relatives and children were slaughtered before his eyes.
THE USE OF LAWFUL MEANS
Imam Hussein(AS) tried to stop Umar ibn Saâd from pursuing his evil objectives. He said to him: You are promised government of Ray (Tehran today) yet you will never eat the wheat of that area. Ibn Saad responded: Its barley will suffice!! Realizing that he couldn’t change Ibn Saâds mind, Imam Hussein (AS) said: Those who use unlawful means to achieve their objectives never attain them.