Know Your Imam: Husayn ibn Ali

August 28, 2006

Imam Husayn ibn ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, the second son of Fatimah, daughter of Muhammad, was the grandson of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him and his family peace) and the Imam of the Muslims after his brother, Hassan ibn Ali.

He was born on the 3rd of Sha’ban in the year 4 A.H. (10/01/626 C.E.) His mother was the best of all women, and his father was the best of men after the Prophet. When he was born, the Prophet came to the house of his daughter, took the baby in his arms, and said the athan (call to prayer) in one ear and the iqama (announcement to stand for prayer) in the other. The people around him then saw tears trickle down from his eyes, and Fatimah asked him why he was crying.

The Prophet announced that he would achieve martyrdom and that an entire nation would mourn him till the Day of Judgment.

It is reported that the Prophet said of Imam Husayn: “Husayn is from me, and I am from Husayn.”

Some sayings of Imam Husayn:

Death with dignity is better than life with humiliation.”

O Allah! You know that all there was from us was not in competition to seek power, nor to gain refuse of the world, but it was nothing other than to present the signs and essence of Your religion, and to promote reform in Your land, (so that) oppressed members of your servants find safety and security, and Your laws, orders and obligations are acted upon.”

Muhammad Iqbal wrote of Imam Husayn:

“Imam Husayn uprooted despotism forever till the Day of Resurrection. He watered the dry garden of freedom with the surging wave of his blood, and indeed he awakened the sleeping Muslim nation. If Imam Husayn had aimed at acquiring a worldly empire, he would not have travelled the way he did. Husayn weltered in blood and dust for the sake of truth. Verily he, therefore, became the bed-rock of the Muslim creed; la ilaha illa-Allah (There is no god but Allah).”

Peace be upon you, O Husayn. Today we remember your birth, but it is your death that set this Ummah free. O Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, send peace upon Imam Husayn and all the righteous members of his house, upon their followers, and upon all believers.

One comment

  1. Allah homa saleh ala Muhammad wa aleh Muhammad!

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