Who is Imam Husain(PBUH)?

Imam Husain (A.S) is an eternal hero in the history of the world. Thousands of books have been written about him in the past by authors from different religions and countries. Poets have also written elegies about his martyrdom as well as poems praising excellence of character of Imam Husain (A.S).

According to rahyafte (the missionaries and converts website):

Name: Husain
Title: Sayyed ush Shohada
Byname: Aba Abdellah
Father’s name: Ali ibne Abitaleb(A.S)
Mother’s name: Fatima binte Mohammad(S.A)
Place of birth: Madina (Hijaz)Arabia
Date of birth: 3rd Sha’baan 4 A.H
Date of Assuming Imamat: 50A.H
Period of Imamat: 11 years
Companions: 72 companions martyred in Karbala.
18 companions were from his family.
Ruler/Usurper: Moaviah, Yazid
Age: 57 years
Date of Martyrdom: 10th Moharram 61 A.H
Place of Martyrdom: Karbala

Imam Husain (A.S) is an eternal hero in the history of the world. Thousands of books have been written about him in the past by authors from different religions and countries. Poets have also written elegies about his martyrdom as well as poems praising excellence of character of Imam Husain (A.S).
The Almighty God has denounced Banu Umayah in the holy Quran as the cursed tree (Shajarat al Mal’oona), 17: 60 so also the holy messenger (S.A) on many occasions.
The tragedy of Imam Husain (A.S) in Karbala is remembered & mourned to this day as if he is martyred recently. He is an excellent model for all people who like to attain perfection as human beings.

Some sayings of Imam Husain (A.S) to Illuminate Your Mind

1. Wisdom never attains perfection except by following the truth (obeying the commandments of God). Biharul Anwar, Vol. 75, P. 127
2. One who loves you prevents you from all evils, while your enemy persuades you to commit wrong and evil. Bihar al_anwar vol28 p128
3. One who annoys God to please people, God leaves him to the people.Mustadrak alwasāʾil, Vol. 12, P. 209
4. a) They asked Imam Husain (A.S): What is poverty? He replied1.Avarice 2.Despair
b) They asked: What is richness? He replied: To be happy with what suffices you and to have few desires. Maani akhbaar, p. 401
5. One who accepts your gift has really helped you in attaining generosity. Biharul Anwar, Vol. 71, P. 352
6. Do not seek help from any person except one who is religious, or generous or of noble descent (parentage).Tuhaf alUqul, P. 251 

7. Don’t speak about your brother (in faith) behind his back except what you like to be spoken about you behind your back. Biharul Anwar, Vol. 44, P. 127
8. Act in this world like a person who knows that he will definitely be rewarded for good deeds and punished for sin and crimes. Biharul Anwar, Vol. 2, P. 116
9. People are slave of this world and their religion is just like saliva or taste on the tongue. They revolve around religion as long as their materialistic needs are well provided; but when they face difficulties, tests & trials, very few people prove to be steadfast. Biharul Anwar, Vol. 78, P. 117
10. Some people worship God coveting his rewards. This is worship of merchants Some people worship God, fearing His punishments. This is worship of slaves. Some people worship God, thanking His blessings. This is worship of the free superior persons. Biharul Anwar, Vol. 2, P. 110


An example for mankind to follow

a) Prophet Mohammad (S.A) has said:” Indeed Husain is the lamp for guidance (in the darkness of satanic misguidance) & the Ark for salvation from Hell.

انَّ الحُسین مِصباح الهُدی و سَفینة النجاة

The example of my Ahle-bayt is like Noah’s Ark, one who gets on it is saved &the one who deserts it is damned & drowned though with the majority.
Note: Those who were drowned were in Majority whereas the Minority were saved because they followed Nooh (A.S).Hence majority is not a Criterion of right & truth. Those who supported Nooh & Imam Husain (A.S) shall be eternally in paradise although in Minority & those who supported Yazid in the battle of Karbala and all those who think that Yazid was right and argue in favour of Yazid although in Majority will be shoved into Hell.like the deserters of Noah (A.S) who were in Majority.
The real criterion of victory in the Sight of God is obedience to Him to deserve eternal paradise.

b) O God! You Yourself initiate all blessings prior to worshippers’ invocation & You are the Magnanimous Bestower before the supplicants implore You. And You are the Munificent, Who borrows from us what You have Yourself given us bountifully. O my God! Call me with Your Mercy till I reach You & absorb me in Your Grace till I occupy my place with You.


a) “O The satisfied peaceful Soul return to your Lord pleased with His Goodwill. So enter among My (beloved) servants and enter My paradise. (Surahe Fajr: 27, 28, 29)

یا ایَّتُها النَفس المُطمُئنه اِرجعی الی رَبِّک راضیه مرضیه فَادخلی فی عِبادی وادخلی جَنَّتی

The above Aayaat are in reference to Imam Husain (A.S).
b) Imam Husain(A.S) told Hazrate Zainab (S.A): “My dear Sister, do not let Satan defeat your Patience. All inhabitants of the earth and heavens taste death, but God the Almighty, Who created all creations with His Creative Power, is ever alive. He shall one day resurrect &revive all the dead people (for the Day of Recompense) just as He created them in the beginning out of nothing…

A few explanations about Imam Husain (A.S)

1. The holy messenger of God had mentioned the names of all the twelve Imams as informed by Gabriel from God. He had also informed that Imam Hasan & Imam Husain (A.S) are two chiefs of all the Youth in Paradise.” Therefore, their enemies and those who love and follow their enemies will not be with him in Heaven. True Victory is the Victory in the sight of God. The Imams act according to the intention of God and do nothing to displease Him.  Yahya(A.S)and Zacharia (A.S)were killed by their enemies, hence like Imam Husain (A.S), they shall be in Paradise. So Imam Husain (A.S) was victorious in the battle of Karbala. God says” Don’t consider those who are martyred in the way of God as dead but they are really alive and are provided sustenance from their Lord (3:169).
The name of Imam Husain (A.S) can never be erased from the heart of his lovers. Eventually, God will definitely avenge his martyrdom through Imam Mahdi (A.F) the promised saviour.
2. Imam Husain (A.S) was invited by a majority of citizens of Kufa, so he left for Kufa with his family, children, kith& kin & his faithful lovers & followers, as a duty to teach the True Islam as revealed by God to His best and last messenger Mohammad (S.A); True Islam was deviated by those who preferred the charms of this world, power and pelf, to God’s promised Paradise in the Hereafter. They preferred today’s egg to a full grown leghorn hen in future which lays 300 eggs per year.
Zainab (S.A) through her fiery speech and logical words played a key role in keeping the tragedy of Karbala & the True Islam alive to this day. She quoted the Aayat from the holy Quran “Let not those who disbelieve think that Our granting them respite is better for their souls; We grant them respite (مهلت) that they may add to their sins and they shall have a disgraceful punishment. (3:178).
Those who give preference to charms of this enticing world for a short span of lifetime are blind to blessings and perfect bliss & happiness of a never-ending lifetime. God never breaches His promise.
3. Hazrate Zainab (S.A) has said:” I have seen nothing but beauty in Imam Husain’s performance”(of all duties).Imam Husain (A.S) was unparalleled and excellent in his test &trial by God; whereas performance of Yazid & his supporters was tyrannical towards Ahlebayt of the holy Messenger (S.A) and God has declared in the Holy Quran:’Indeed those who vex God and His Messenger are denounced by God in the world here & in the Hereafter and God has disgraceful punishment ready for them. Those who are responsible for vexation to faithful men &women undeservedly, they are certainly guilty of false accusation and manifest sin.” (33:57-58).
After the martyrdom of Imam Husain (A.S) along with his beloved son AliAkbar (A.S)&his 6 months old baby AliAsghar(A.S),Yazid declared, “I have taken revenge against Bani Hashem since my Grandfather AbuSufyan was defeated in the battle of Badr by Mohammad(S.A) &Ali (A.S).”This statement exposes the faith of Yazid (L.A).

Imam Husain’s revolution is everlasting as he rose against all satanic qualities which deviate men from the straight path of God. e.g. 1) Pride & Ambition for worldly power & position by hypocrites 2) Avarice & love for worldly possessions without caring for the Hereafter 3) Prejudice against those who obey God by following His Messengers & Imams (not Satan) 4)Wrath and anger against mankind instead of guiding them.


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