Hussain ibn Ali was a 7th century revolutionary leader who made the ultimate sacrifice for social justice in the face of corruption and tyranny. He gave everything he had, including his life, for the honour of those around him.
Hussain ibn Ali was born in 620 AD to a family famed for their values of love, honour and peace. Raised by his grandfather Muhammad (the last prophet of Islam), Hussain was known for his integrity, generosity of spirit and blindness to colour and social class. It was for this reason that people flocked to him and his family.
Hussain was a man of integrity and honour.
Despite cultural expectations of him as a ‘prince’ of his tribe and a prominent figure in the Islamic Empire, Hussain would shun the grandeur of his status in favour of breaking bread with the poor and needy. He broke all cultural moulds, brought people together and helped where he could.
Not long after the passing of Muhammad, the leadership of the vast Islamic Empire had fallen into the hands of the corrupt. The good values that Muhammad had spent his life instilling into society was slowly eradicated as the new ruler, Yazid, from the Ummayad dynasty was determined to gain complete control.
Hussain made a stand for social justice.
Hussain witnessed the basic rights and dignity of his people being violated, and good values from his society being drained. Yazid ruled with an iron fist, and demanded Hussain pay him allegiance to lend credibility to his own rule.
Hussain had to make a decision… Should he give his oath of allegiance to a tyrant – and stand aside as the people were being oppressed? Or make a stand and risk his own life? The timeless words of his grandfather Muhammad echoed in his heart, and Hussain knew what he had to do:
“The greatest stand is to speak the word of truth in the face of a tyrant.”
Hussain made the ultimate sacrifice.
Hussain chose to stand against Yazid and was forced to leave his home city under the threat of assassination. Alongwith his family and companions, Hussain made his way towards the East seeking to gain support for his uprising and avoid any violence. It was on this journey Hussain, his family and companions were forced to stop by an army of over 30,000, on the hot plains of a land called Karbala.
In 680 AD, after three days of no water and food in the scorching heat, Hussain stood and fell valiantly to defend those around him being oppressed and whilst standing for his principles. What makes Hussain’s stand extraordinary is that he chose to stand against a mammoth army despite having only 72 companions with him.
Hussain’s legacy continues to inspire.
Through this tragic end but heroic act of sacrifice, Hussain was ultimately victorious. His death became the catalyst for revolutionary change and led to the collapse of Yazid’s tyrannic rule. Hussain stood by his principles till the very end, and his legacy continues to inspire millions around the world.
From civil rights leaders to volunteers at local charities – people across the world are inspired by his selflessness, courage and determination.
O Merciful Allah! You Who have created all Your creatures! You Who love them all !
O Merciful Allah! You have created all these blessings for human beings, all of whom receive their sustenance from you.
You have created us to be happy in this world and to live in bliss in the Hereafter.
O Merciful Allah! You were especially kind to us when You sent us Prophets and selected Imams or leaders to guide us to the right path and teach us the proper way of living, for us to be happy in the world and in the Hereafter.
O Lovely Allah! You like all Your creatures to do good deeds and wish those who do bad deeds to come to their senses and return to You and to move along the straight path.
O Merciful Allah! You have told us to be kind to each other and to strive for the relief of the poor and deprived, and not to trouble anyone. You have commanded us to be the helpers of the oppressed and to support them. You have instructed us to be enemies of the tyrants and oppressors and to strive against them.
O Holy Allah! Make us aware of our duties and help us to perform them and be among Your most righteous servants.