The Significance of the Shahadat of Imam Hussain
Imam Hussain رضي الله عنه)) is special because he is part of the Ahlul Bayt (People of the House), and is the beloved grandson of Prophet Muhammad (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم). It is said that when Imam Hussain (رضي الله عنه) was born to Bibi Fatimah and Ali Ibn Abi Talib, the Prophet Muhammad (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم ) gave the Azaan in his right ear and the Iqaamah in his left ear and made dua for him. Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم) loved Imam Hussain so much that he said, “Hussain is from me, and I am from Hussain. Allah befriends those who befriends Hussain, and He is the enemy of those who bear enmity to him.” Imam Hussain’s رضي الله عنه) ) shahadah is significant because he sacrificed his life in the way of Allah (SWT), for Islam, and for us. Without Imam Hussain’s revolution, we would be represented by the Umayyad in the minds of mankind till this present time.
Imam Hussain رضي الله عنه)) is the second son of Ali رضي الله عنه) ) and Bibi Fatima, and is the grandson of Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم ). Imam Hussain, Imam Hassan, Imam Aliرضي الله عنه) ) , Bibi Fatimah, and Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم ) are the Panj Tan Pak or the Ahlul Bayt. This means they are the people of the house. Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم ) blessed and purified them and their descendants. Imam Hussain is the third Holy Imam, and him and Imam Hassan will be the Imams for the youth of paradise. Imam Hussain is also very generous. Shu’aid bin Abdul-Rahman is reported to have said: On the way to Taf (Battle of Karbala’) a mark was seen on the back of Hussain bin Ali (رضي الله عنه). Imam Zainul-Abideenرضي الله عنه) ) was asked about it. “It is the trace,” he replied, “of the bag which he puts on his back carrying food to the house of the widows, orphans, and the poor.” Imam Hussainرضي الله عنه) ) was also a very brave man. Even though he knew he would be killed, he insisted in standing his ground and starting his uprising till the inevitable end.
We should love Imam Hussainرضي الله عنه) ) because it is our obligation and duty to love Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم ) and his family. In Ayat-e-Muwaddah it states, “Say: I do not ask of you any reward, but love for my near relatives (Ahlul Bayt)” (42:23). The Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم) then told the companions that it is the Ahlul Bat they should love: Fatimah, Ali, and their two sons, and repeated this three times. Prophet Muhammad (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم) told the believers, “Verily, Allah has dedicated my wage (of prophethood) to love for my Ahlul Bayt, and I shall question you about it on the Day of Judgement.” This is so important that Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم) will ask us if we love his family, so do you really want to disobey and disappoint him? Not only that, but think about how much Imam Hussain did for the Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم ) and how much Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم ) loved him in return.
We should also love Imam Hussainرضي الله عنه) ) because he has taught us many things from his life: from telling us the true way in showing love for Allah to having good qualities of a Muslim. Imam Hussainرضي الله )عنه ) sacrificed his life for us, the least we can do is love him and follow his teachings. In my opinion, if you do not love Imam Hussain, how can you be a good Muslim especially after Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم) told us to love his Ahlul Bayt. You are directly disobeying Rasulullah’s (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم) orders! After all, Imam Hussain sacrificed his life for us and Islam. If he hadn’t sacrificed his life, we would have become a corrupt Muslim community.
Imam Hussainرضي الله عنه) ) was killed because he fought against Yazid to expose his corruption of Islam. Imam Hussain knew he would be killed, so he wanted to be a starting point of the revolution to strengthen justice and oppose tyranny. Hussainرضي الله عنه) ) was killed because he opposed the false claims and corrupt ways of Yazid. This helped the believers see the true colors of Yazid, ending his rule shortly thereafter. Imam Hussain did this to help the Muslim community exit from ignorance and embrace the truth. Hussainرضي الله) عنه ) was killed to change the world and re-shape human destiny forever. Undoubtedly, if Imam Hussain did not sacrifice his life, our world would be different. By doing this, the message of Imam Hussainرضي الله عنه) ) was spread through his family members and the truth of Islam could not be stopped. There are many lessons we, as the Ummah of Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم ), can learn from Imam Hussain’s Shahadat.
One important lesson I’ve learned is that it is the moral responsibility of anyone confronted with evil and injustice to try and speak up against the oppression they see for the triumph of good. We can also learn that one act of sacrifice can create a huge impact just like how Imam Hussain’s shahadat changed human history forever. There is another lesson to be learned too. If you do something in the way of Allah (SWT), it will create good and tranquility. I also learned that good always prevails over evil. Finally, we can learn that because of Imam Hussainرضي الله عنه) ), we have a better world today. He stood up for the truth with justice.
As I finish writing this essay, I feel extreme gratitude and love towards Imam Hussain because of the sacrifice he has made to help us. Can you believe that, even though Imam Hussainرضي الله عنه) ) knew he was going to be killed, he still went ahead and put his full effort into stopping injustice? This is so courageous and brave; it is just unbelievable. I would never be able to do this. Imam Hussain had great Iman, more than any of us, and I will follow the order of Allah (SWT) and the Prophet (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم ) closely. I will love Allah, Imam Hussainرضي الله عنه) ) , the Sahaba, and the Ahlul Bayt forever.
-Written by: Ayyan Chaudhry- 7B Islamic Foundation Sunday School