Lesson from Kerbala 1

1. Importance of Amr Bil Maroof (Enjoining Good) and Nahi Anil Munkar (Forbidding Evil)

The event teaches us; not to waiver from the right path & not to panic while discharging obligations. One has to have conviction on the hereafter & focus ones mind on permanent consequences in the hereafter.

This has to be done irrespective of how big or strong the enemy is & irrespective of the consequences, but with the knowledge of what Shariat ( www.Islamic-laws.com) requires us to do under those circumstances.

One should never give up, for eg despite strength of Media or other social widespread ills, we need to continue to believe that we can overcome & continue to fight ,rather than give up saying that the enemy is strong & we cannot achieve anything by ourselves. One can at least begin with ones own family & then the surrounding environment. Know & Discharge your duties with whatever is in your capacity & leave the results to Allah (swt)


2. Taqleed & resorting to an Alim, & not making your own verdicts on Islamic issues

Once there is conviction on the leader & his knowledge, his word is obeyed without any objections/reservation.The importance of knowing fiqh(Islamic practical laws) is seen from the event when Imams sister asks for edict from the Imam of the time, even while the tents are burning.


3. Selection of spouse & Islamic upbringing of children

This is seen from 2 events . First Imam   chooses lady Ummul Banin as wife for a progeny like Hazrat Abbas(as) & secondly when Imam addresses the Yazidi troops telling them that its the fault of their forefathers & upbringing  which has made them fight against him.


4.Husband- wife relations It teaches that the wife is to be a source of peace for husband…thus Imam’s statement that I don’t like a house devoid of Rabab & Sakina. The wife should not stop her husband from discharging his duties to HIM. Lady Rabab did not stop Imam even when he took their child towards death. Sometimes women don’t even allow their husbands to go to haj without them. Women should support & encourage their men in discharging their duties to HIM(swt) & others.


5.Importance of knowledge (ilm).so that life can be led as per HIS will. The purpose of Imams sacrifice is mentioned in four words in Ziarat Arbaeen where we say that “I give witness that the entire purpose of the total sacrifice was “saving people (bande) from ignorance (jihalat)”


6.The event teaches Ikhlas ie do your duties for HIS sake only, without any Riya (show off), thus belief (Aqaed)in hereafter /Qayamat must be very strong(Yakeen), only then one can sacrifice material things/pleasure for permanent benefits in hereafter.


7.It teaches us to have control over emotions while acting for HIS sake. At the same time it does not prevent us from expressing our emotions,but without compromising on the actions required for HIS sake.


8.Importance of Hijab & Reservation from all non mehram, whether they are close family friends or non mehram family members. This is seen from many events after 10th Muharrum


9.The 4th Imam (as) said that his follower should; avoid Music, should not shave his beard & should not indulge in gambling/chess or drink liquor, as these were the traits of Yazid & it reminds him of the day he was standing in court.


10.Importance of Namaz as even during the battle this was remembered. Praying on time & in Congregation (Jamat ) Importance of Quran as even the severed head of the Imam was reciting the Quran.


11. Azadari & Namaz are very important & complimentary to each other .They have no conflict as 4th Imam was the Greatest Azadar & the Greatest Abid, at the same time.!


12 The event teaches us to be in Submission to HIS will ..at all times, in all states. Imam (as) even offered a sajda(prostration) of thanks when every conceivable difficulty was upon him.

We too need to find out what is HIS will in all situations, Accept it …..& Act upon it. so that we can be counted amongst the Imams companions & participate in the Army of the Living Imam(atfs) upon his return.



7 Responses to “Lesson from Kerbala 1”

  1. Annonymous Says:

    resorting to an Alim – How can one resort to an alim. No two alims agree on one common issue. Let us take a very simple example. Celebration of Eid ul Adha. During Eid ul Fitr I can understand that one had no glasses on and could not sight the moon but for eid ul adha there the moon is sighted 10 days ahead and yet you do not agree. In my opinion Alims are a sure source of divisiveness, they will always be and will remain so till Qiyamat. I am eagerly waiting for Qiyamat to see how you alims are going to answer to Allah, the mighty, the exalted.

    Why do you say “wife relations It teaches that the wife is to be a source of peace for husband” and there is no obligation for the husband or is the husband supposed to be a source of torture for the wife?

    I can actually comment on each and every point and I must declare that the alims are merely political entities trying to preserve their jobs, take premium salaries and divide the muslim community be it shia or sunni. Remember during the time of Prophet Mohammed PBUH there was only one religion nd that was ISLAM, only Muhammed PBUH was the prophet and only one QURAN in which not a single alphabet has changed and all 72 factions including Ismaili follow the teachings of the same Quran. Imam Hussain resrrected the same Islam that Prophet Mohmammed brought as a message from Allah. Let us uphold the message of Imam Hussain as one muslim community and let us strive to uphold his level of ethics in our own life.

    In the year 2000 I was in Daresalaam and a moomima told me one thing. She was not an elite educated scholar with tons of degrees but she upheld the principles of Islam. She said ” Moharram brings to us a refresher course ” like in any profession we have to update our knowledge and ” Ashura should be your every day life” Kerbala was the battleground for ethics and moralitiy, Ashure was an honors program to incorporate in our lives the values and ethics that Imam Hussain demonstrated to the world at large how not to be oppressed and keep the struggle going and to speak up against any oppression and bear it sincerely and with patience for Inshallah victory is in the hands of Allah and HE alone will reward you for your good deeds.

    I always wondered why is our Alims turning us into sad and depressed community. I believe I have an answer to that. To keep the community in such a fear and give them an excuse to not take accountability of their doings. Let me illustrate this by saying I know that I am doing something wrong but I will ask Sestani or an alim in my mosque and he will tell me what is right. Therefore, if Allah asks me in Qiyamat why did you do so and so I will have an answer to tell him that so and so guided me. Good Luck with that.

    Each one is accountable for his/her deeds. Wake up Imam Hussain did not give up his life so that we would all mourn and cry for 10-40 days and then go about doing mischief as usual. I am convinced that he may be embarrassed to what we do about Mohorram in general and Ashura in particular.

    With this note I have to say Happy New Year to all the Muslims of the world. Our new year starts with the month in which the grandson of our beloved prophet with his sacrifices sealed the deal on Allah’s religion, Islam. May Allah guide us all to be more tolerant of one another, make Ashura our guide line for every day of our life and show some compassion and happiness that we are very fortunate to have Mohorram as our first month in the calander where the religion of Islam is flourishing to this day 1400 years later and the Quran has remained intact due to the sacrifices of Imam Hussain and His family members where each and every one showed courage and loyalty and patience and perserverence and prayers. The three P’s talked about in the Holy Quran are Patience, Perserverence and Prayer.

    • moralsandethics Says:

      Don’t Criticize if you don’t know on the subject or matter.

      Who said No 2 Aalim or scholars agree on common issues ?
      We are 100 of examples which supports that’s. for eg.
      1. Praying No of Units of Salat
      2. Method of Praying
      3. Method of Abulation
      4. Alcohol is Haram
      5. PIG is Impure etc…

      Secondly, there will be some differences among the scholars in every filed as per their studies. It’s not only in ISLAMIC LAWS but in every filed of Sciences there will be differences. For eg. Scholars of Bio-Technology, Nano-Technology, Physiology etc..

      Why Differences ?
      You are correct that Holy prophet brought one QURAN but you have to understand that to learn the teaching of that books you should have a teacher and Holy prophet (s.a.w) & Ahle biat (a.s)where the Teacher & guide of that book. BUT Those teaching we have in black & white (In writing) flowing from 1400 years to us. Now in such a vast gap many unfortunate events have occurred and writing were lost & distorted.
      Scholars try there best efforts to reach the conclusion by their years of knowledge about the following studies:
      (1) Arabic literature : i.e. nahw, sarf, lughat, maani, bayan, badee. Because Quran and Hadith are in Arabic.
      (2) Tafsire Quran
      (3) Ilme Hadith: knowledge about traditions. From the aspect of conditions of narrator, Hadith is divided into four class: Sahee, Husn, Musaq and Zaeef.
      (4) Ilm -e Rijal – A man cannot attain the position of a Mujhtahid unless he studies and excels in Ilme Rejaal. Ilme Rejaal is the study of the narrators of the traditions. One has to study all the companions of the Aimmah’s (a.s.) He studies their Imaan (faith), character, whether Imam’s have praised them, they were truthful or liars, cowards, brave, worshipers of the world or worshipers of Allah.Unless a Mujthaid finds him in accordance to the standards mentioned by Ali (a.s.) and other Aimmah’s he doesnot take a Hadeth from them.
      (5) Ilme usule Fiqh: The common elements forming basis of deduction require the institution of a special science for their study and processing to meet the requirements of fiqh. This science is called Ilmul usulil fiqh (science of principles of fiqh). Ilmul usul is defined as science dealing with common elements in the procedure of deducing Islamic laws.

      Also for the above the following are the 4 sources:
      The laws of fiqh are derived from four sources i.e. Quran, Sunnat, Ijma (Consensus), Aql (intellect).
      However it ultimately narrows down to just two sources i.e. Quran and the Sunnat. This is because religion comprises of the directive of Allah and His laws and except for Quran and the Sunnat there is no third source for divine directives and laws.

      Reply to your objection of not following the Scholar and saying a common man can understand what is right & what is wrong.

      1. As In Islam Quran is the main source we should be able to understand the book but without teach it’s im-possible and it if wasn’t like that then there would not have been today so may sects , all claiming to be true and taking Quran as source. Hence to understand we had to take the support of the tradition (Tafsir) to which also as I said earlier we should have the knowledge to distinguish correct against false traditions & deduce law. Which also a common man can’t do.

      So there is always advantage of following a Scholar (i.e doing Taqlid) Because:
      (i) A person who is not a specialist / expert in given field, finds taqlid to be very convenient.
      (ii) Consulting expert of that field leads to progress and development as it saves him time & efforts.
      (iii) It saves men from innumerable mistakes and blunders
      (iv) In the absence of Taqlid he would free peril from all the sides e.g. one can imagine the condition of sick if he had not visited doctor for treatment or if the student had not referred to the teacher but would have derived results from his own study or if everyone in the office would work as they fancied. In short if the common masses had not referred to the specialist and had acted in the light of their own deficient knowledge then the state of things today would have been frustrating
      (v) Man’s intellect demands that he subscribes to the opinion of an expert in cases wherein he lacks the requisite expertise. This alone can spell prosperity for man.

      It is not always reasonable to follow others and to hold uncritical faith in their opinions, we can distinguish four possible forms that imitation could take:
      (a) That of an ignorant person by an ignorant person
      (b) That of a learned person by a more learned person
      (c) That of an ignorant person by a learned person
      (d) that of a learned person by less learned person.

      It is quite clear that the first three forms of imitation are unreasonable and can serve no purpose. However fourth kind is obviously not only reasonable but necessary and a matter of common sense.
      In every day life we follow and imitate others in many things. Some one who wishes to build a house explains the basis idea of what he wants to his builder and then submits to his advice. A litigant consults a lawyer for presenting his case in court.
      In most cases the advice is taken voluntarily but some times the citizen may be required by law to seek expert advice and act upon it e.g. before he is allowed to take some particularly dangerous drug, or in case of legal dispute they are required to take their grievances before a judge and abide by his decision. The practice of taqlid is an example of the same kind, the person who is not an expert in jurisprudence is legally required to follow the instructions of the expert i.e. Mujtahid (Scholar).

      Conclusion : It is always beneficial for human to following a scholar in every field which we all do and derive benefit from and same is the case with ISLAM.

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  5. syed Says:

    Mr. Anonymous : Please understand what an Alim is, before commenting. Get back to the basics of who are ulamaa and Fu’haa. You also wrote you can write on every point. Yes, You can, bcoz people with empty head only make noise. I am sorry for my harsh words, but I am not restricting what you deserved.

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