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Why I love Imam Hussain

Yesterday was ‘Chehlum’, the fortieth day after the observance of Muharram, an event that is closer to my heart even more than Eid. I have been born and brought up in a family that has a great affinity with Imam Hussain and his cause.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2009 14:37 IST
Syed Hassan Kasim

Yesterday was ‘Chehlum’, the fortieth day after the observance of Muharram, an event that is closer to my heart even more than Eid. I have been born and brought up in a family that has a great affinity with Imam Hussain and his cause. It has some sort of emotional attachment or appeal for all Muslims. The martyrdom of Imam Hussain bin Ali bin Abi Talib is a true example of non-violent resistance against a dictator or a tyrant or an unjust system where the poor are getting poorer day by day.

The commemoration of Muharram in India has a historical importance with people from all the major religions and castes once taking part in the mourning to remember the sufferings of Imam Hussain against the tyrant Yazid bin Muawiyah.(in 61 AH, around October 20, 680 CE), by the Euphrates.

Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, the great Sufi saint in the 12th century praised Imam Hussain in the following quartet.

Shah ast Hussain, Baadshaan ast Hussain

Deen ast Hussain, Deen panaah ast Hussain

Sar daad, na daad dast dar dast e Yazeed

Haqqa ke banaye La ilaah ast Hussain.

(Hussain is the king, indeed he is the king of kings.

Hussain is faith and also the protector of faith.

He gave his head but not his hand of allegiance in the hand of Yazid

Indeed he was the founder of the concept of one God.)

The so-called custodians of Islam or the radicals who are killing innocents in the name of Islam have forgotten Imam Hussain and the basic tenets of Islam just as the zealots who massacred people in Gujarat in the name of a peaceful religion like Hinduism forgot the tolerance taught by Lord Rama.

It is most important today to tell the people about the sacrifice of Imam Hussain and his mission which will let them realise that those who commit barbaric acts of terrorism and call themselves Muslims are just terrorists and the majority of the world's Muslims think these acts go against the ideals and principles of Islam.