Tragedy of Karbala

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Ali Gul Leghari- Johi
Each year, the 1st month of Islamic calendar brings tears sorrows and grief in the hearts of Muslims. Unlike other religions, who always love to enjoy their new year, Muslims of the world mourns on a tragic event that occurred in 680 AD, known as tragedy of Karbala that took place in Iraq on the bank of the river Euphrates. It seemed in those days to be trivial and insignificant from the historical point of view. A large army which had been led by the Umayyad dynasty took control a group of people numbering only 72 and put them under pressure so that they might accept of allegiance to the caliph of the time and submit to his authority. As the companions of Hazrat Imam Hussain A.S constituting this small group did not swear allegiance and did they surrender, a severe battle took place. A much larger number of army from the forces of Yazid , the Umayyad caliph, whom Hazrat Imam Hussain had refused to take oath of allegiance . Hazrat Hussain A.S and all his true companions were martyred, including Hazrat Imam Hussain’s six-month-old infant son, Ali al-Asghar ibn Hussain, and the women and children taken as prisoners after keeping them away from supply of drinking water for 3 days continuously. Karbala is the cruelest tragedy in the human history that has ever been seen. But, it surprisingly opened the eyes of muslims and showed them the true path of Islamic fundamentals which were almost crushed by the Umayyad rulers. It triggered their consciousness, ignorant or learned alike. For sincere Muslims, Karbala proved a conclusive success. The tragic event became a revolution between Haq and Batil to always remind Muslims to follow the Islam in its true sense. It also gave a lesson of steadfastness, commitment, loyalty, faith and difference between right and the wrong. The most important lesson from the tragedy of Karbala is that Haq refused to bow before Batil and in the process offered the supreme sacrifice of life. It was offered without flinching so that honour, dignity and legitimacy are protected and ultimately restored. This lesson must be steeped in our individual as well as congregated lives and revived by all Muslims, particularly today. Adapting the principles for granted without living them will ultimately count us in the class of Munafqin. This is a most horrible condition to be in for Allah has condemned such people to hellfire to live therein for good.

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