The Nurtured

The leaders and followers of every institution have key roles in the success and failures of those institutions. These primary groups are the ones who can bring about the success or failure of the movement. Likewise, divine movements led by Allah’s messengers, illustrates how strong individuals and forces are trained for [...]

The Delight of Pilgrimage

Millions of people march every year to visit the shrine of Imam Hossein (PBUH) in Karbala to mark the fortieth day after his martyrdom. The Infallible Imams (PBUT) has repeatedly emphasized the practice of a pilgrimage to Karbala. Apart from the general spiritual and ethical benefits that lie in visiting of [...]

The Legend of Patience and Gratitude

Imam Hossein (PBUH) never acted under the influence of anger, and he never distanced from moderation and gratitude. One of signs of his benignity and gratitude that shows how he had triumphed against the factors of anger and hatred was the watering of the army of Hurr. When the army of [...]

Master of Appreciation

Appreciation is a Hussein-like tradition. These are virtues of Hussein, caressing the good (people), appreciating the good (acts), and valuing acts of love and honesty. In a battlefield where thirst has sucked up every drop of the lives, it was Hussein (PBUH) whom despite all his wounds and losses, and the [...]

A Prostration on Soil, An Ascend Into the Heavens

Ibn Abi al-Hadid1, one of the Sunni scholars, describes Imam Hossein (PBUH) as such: “the master and leader of the people who have not accepted indignity, the one who taught people magnanimity and choosing death under the shadows of the swords in preference to submission. Abi ‘Abdullah, Hossein bin Ali bin [...]

The Description of the Mourning

The Ziarat Nahie Moqaddase is one of the most well-known Ziarats of Imam Hossein (PBUH) which is known to have come from Imam of the Time, Imam Mahdi (PBUH); and includes concepts such as love, wisdom, grieving and seeking intercession. This Ziarat illustrates the tragedy of Kerbala and places the reader [...]

The Secret of Eternity

As the 40th day after the Martyrdom - Arba’een – of Imam Hussain (PBUH) approaches, and provides a cause for many people to once again look back in bewilderment at the epic movement, one cannot help but wonder how the commemoration of such a movement continues to be revered and repeated [...]

Man of God, zealous, brave…

On the day of Tasu’a, the army of Shaam completely besieged Imam Hussain (PBUH) and his companions, and they got prepared to start the battle. Abbas (PBUH) realized their intention from the loud noise, so he went to Imam Hussain (PBUH) and said,” O brother! The army (of Umar Sa’ad) is [...]

Karbala and Better Understanding of History of Islam(1)

On every Ashura, the 10th day of the Muslim calendar month of Muharram (which fell on December 6th of 680 AD), many Muslims all across the world commemorate Hussain's (PBUH) great sacrifice, but tragically the central message of Karbala appears to evade the broader Muslim thinking today. Especially the series of [...]

The Day of Happening

On the early morning of the tenth day (Ashura), the Master of Martyrs (PBUH) organized his companions whom were thirty two cavalry and forty infantry. He placed “Zuheir” on the right side of the troops and “Habib” on the left side; he assigned his brother “Abbas” as the flag bearer. The [...]

Compensating Kindness

Sayyid Murtada in his book “Uyun al-Mu’jizat” has narrated from Imam Sadiq (PBUH) that he said: “The people of Kufa went to Amir al-Mu’minin, Imam Ali (PBUH) and complained about drought and having no rain. They said to the Imam (PBUH),” Ask Allah to send us rain”. Amir al-Mu’minin (PBUH) said [...]

The Everlasting Light

One of the important matters regarding the movement of Imam Hussain (PBUH) which has been discussed over and over among the intellectuals as well as ordinary people is the question that “Was Imam Hussain (PBUH) defeated or did he achieve victory in Karbala?” At the surface level, the incident came to [...]

The Sun in Blood

And then Hussain (PBUH) called upon the enemies to fight him and said,” Martyrdom is better than getting humiliated, and humiliation is better than entering the Hellfire. One of the narrators says,” I had never seen a man who had lost his children and companions and had suffered so much pain [...]

Embraced by Swords

Five decades after Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH&HP) demise, Muslims living in birthplaces of Islam, Mecca and Medina, or those who lived in the capitals of government such as Damascus or Kufa(1), considered sole obedience to the caliph -regardless of his characteristics or values – in all aspects of their religion an obligatory [...]

The Pervasive Rising

It was the last days of the life of Mu’awiyah. With his vicious plots, he chose his corrupt son Yazid as his heir (1), and a dark future was the prospect of the Islamic society. After this incident, Imam Hussain (PBUH) first reproached Mu’awiyah with serious and aggressive letters. Furthermore he [...]

Ahl al-Bayt (PBUT) and the Month of Muharram

"My son! Convey my greetings to my followers and tell them that: my father passed away while he was lonely, so weep on him; and that he was martyred, so shed tears over him …” (Imam Hussain (PBUH) addressing his son Imam Sajjad (PBUH) on his last moments)(1) The Ahl al-Bayt [...]

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