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Message of Muharram by Shaykh Muhammad Bin Yahya Al Husainy Al Ninowy
18 November, 2013 Monday 14 Muharram, 1435
"Among the believers are Men, who delivered their promise to Allah" ( meaning : Ayah 23/Surat Al-Ahzab).
If history has taught us anything, it has certainly delivered a message with unequivocal resonance; Haqq and freedom are not something that is given. Haqq and Freedom are things people take, and people are as free and on the Haqq as they want to be.
Islam, the religion of Haqq, justice and freedom cameito a place and time where oppression was the rule, slavery was a tool to humiliate the weak, killings a way to solve problems. A society fueled by feuds, raging by violence, and merely being born in the wrong family could mean eternal slavery, oppression, and stripping of any and all rights. The Beloved Prophet, sallallahualayhiwaaalihiwasallam, emerged as the voice denouncing those ways while striving to ensure justice and equality.
By endangering himself, he –sallallahualayhiwaaalihiwasallam, gave us one of the most precious monotheistic gifts, namely the collective duty of self criticism.
Speak the truth though against yourself. Support the Haqq, denounce the Batel. Stand with the Haqq, abdondon the Batel.
Stand up to oppressors and tyrants, no matter of the price.
The Seerah of the Beloved Prophet, sallallahualayhiwaaalihiwasallam, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of Haqq over Batel, of Justice over Tyranny, of Freedom over Slavery. If the Beloved Prophet, sallallahualayhiwaaalihiwasallam, has taught us anything, then among the many, he taught us an important lesson. One that the Qur’an amplified numerously: It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather a profoundly faithful few, who are keen to uphold the truth and sacrifice for it.
To be the example of a candle that burns itself illuminating the way for others, to give the ultimate sacrifice to enlighten the path of the truth, as the truth and only the truth shall set you free. In a very famous Hadith, the Beloved Prophet, sallallahualayhiwaaalihiwasallam, says: “ Husayn is from me and I am from Husayn”. The meaning entailed by this Hadith is not that I am Husayn’s grandfather, as this is an obvious fact. The meaning sheds light that Husayn is like me, Husayn’s line is similar to my line, Husayn’s message is my message, Husayn is from me and I am from Husayn. The Ayahs and Ahadith about AhlulBayt including their Master Al-Imam Al-Husayn are numerous, that most of you know.
We are already in Muharram, and in a few days, the day of Ashura comes. A day where the Beloved of the Beloved demonstrated the highest of nobility, and offered the ultimate of sacrifices. It is no wonder, knowing that he is the grandsone of our Beloved Prophet, the son of Amirul-Muminin Ali, brother of Al-Imam Al-Hasan, and a beloved son to Master, the Lady of AhlulJannahSayyidatinawaMawlatuna Fatimah-Azzahra, sallallahualasayyidina Muhammad waaalihiwasallam.
There was a noble reason that demanded the martyrdom of Imam Husayn. The simple and obvious reason is simply to preserve Islam. Islam, Haqq, Truth, Justice, Equality and Freedom are all precious values that demanded precious sacrifice. That, to my mind, is the supreme significance of martyrdom. But the highest honor must still lie with the symbol, who faced fearful odds and refused to surrender to evil. Rather than allow a stigma to attach to sacred things, they paid with their own lives the penalty of honor and Haqq. The begining of the batter offered by our beloved Imam Husayn was when he went from city to city, hunted about from place to place, but making no compromise with evil. Then was offered the choice of an effectual but dangerous attempt at clearing the house of God, or living at ease for himself while closing an eye on the ongoing destruction of Islam and its values. He chose the path of danger with duty and honor, and never swerved from it giving up his life freely in the absolute bravest of ways ever known to Mankind.
That briefly is the story. What is the lesson? There is of course the physical suffering in martyrdom, and all sorrow and suffering claim our sympathy, ---- the dearest, nearest, purest, closest to our hearts, souls and minds. The one who the Beloved Prophet, sallallahualayhiwaaalihiwasallam,s himself used to interrupt his speeches to pick him up, delay his prostration to honor and not bother him, the one whose face not only is honorable, but it is the face where The Prophet’s honorable lips, face, and body touched, loved, and valued. It is that very same honorable face, that Yazid bin Mu’awiyah humiliated, slaughtered, put on the spears, and kicked……..There are no words that can describe the pain profoundly felt in every Free Human’s mind, soul, and heart.
But there is a greater suffering than physical suffering. That is when a valiant soul seems to stand against the world; when the noblest motives of Islam are reviled and mocked; when truth seems to suffer an eclipse. It may even seem that the martyr has but to say a word of compliance, do a little deed of non-resistance; and much sorrow and suffering would be saved; and the insidious whisper comes: "Truth after all will never die."
But the whole battle is for man's keeping hold of Haqq and Freedom. And that can only be done by the highest examples of man's conduct - spiritual striving and suffering enduring firmness of faith and purpose, patience and courage where ordinary mortals would give in or be cowed down, the sacrifice of ordinary motives to supreme truth in scorn of consequence. The martyr bears witness, and the witness redeems what would otherwise be called failure. It so happened with Al-Imam Al-Husayn, the Master of the youth of AhlulJannah. For all were touched by the story of his martyrdom, and it gave the deathblow to the tyrant politics of Yazid bin Mu’awiyah and all the oppression it stood for. And Imam Al-Husayn being alive, more alive than ever, not only externally but living profoundly deep in our hearts, in our souls, and in our minds, has still the power to ignite the light of truth in the heart of all free, to send a message to the courageous not to bow down to evil, and to teach people not to surrender to tyranny. There are those who until today believe that forgeries, fancy words, and booklets can mask the shining truth. Persistent attempts to distance Al-Imam Al-Husayn and his Sirah away from AhlusSunnah are ongoing, and more intense, and serious than ever. This Yazidi line, regardless of what banner or name they choose to brand themselves with, can no longer fool the intellectual Muslim. Their scare tactics, labeling, and "intellectual terrorism" are weapons of the past, and no longer effective for those who see. While we must pray for their guidance, we shall never fall as victims to their misguidance.
In the upcoming very sad days in our lives, and the life of every free human being, I urge myself and you to:
His story purifies our emotions. We can best honor his memory by allowing it to teach us courage and constancy.
The sacrifice of Imam Husayn comes after the Sacrifice of his father, sayyidunaAmirul’Muminin Ali bin AbiTaleb, and the sacrifice of Imam Hasan, and the line of sacrifice and martyrs among AhlulBayt is still a line enlightening the way for generations to come. They are like stars; you will not succeed in reaching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.
Al-Imam Al-Husayn’s message was simple and clear: Is life so dear or so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty Allah! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me Haqq, or give me death! It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
Muhammad Bin Yahya Bin Muhammad Al-Ninowy
May Allah forgive him.