Lessons from Karbala & Hussein

The three qualities in human nature make him invincible as well as most vulnerable i.e. his character, language and moral conduct. Those who control these eternal errors, rule the world as said Imam Hussein.
On 8th January, the world will commemorate and mourn over champion of human liberty and free will; for his immortal sacrifice made some fourteen hundred year back. In the battle field of Karbala in Iraq Hussein challenged the strong tyrant emperor Yazid of Damascus and embraced the martyrdom. Hussein is the man, famous for his benevolence, good moral conduct and character. So much that even in India millions of non-Muslims counts him as one of their deity. Hussainiyas can be mistaken as a Temple, if anyone counts the devotees from all sect, race and religion.

Accompanied by some hundred men devoted to his cause, he reached Karbala where thirty two thousand strong legion. They are destined be doomed, forecasted a man in Medina on his march. Surely, he was to die and he was aware of it but he was confident enough to say that this may leave the word terror free and a better place for humanity.
He left Media with some members of his clan including children and women. The other members joined him on his way. One of them was Zuhair bin Qain. He was one of the close ally to the Umayyad dynasty and a critique to the family of Hussein. One day he saw a small caravan passing by. The leader of the caravan greeted him open heartedly and asked him to join his mission. You know who I am, asked Zuhair. After some exchange of words Zuhair was the most impressed fellow and one from the first batch to sacrifice his life against the tyrant army. Zuhair, in praise of his leader says, 'I never found a man of his status so humble. He never used to summon anyone. Instead the prince used to visit the person himself. At his home he was the most courteous. Even in his most difficult times he was kind enough to welcome his guests and serve them more then his capabilities.'
Another was Hur bin Yazid Rehayi, himself from Damascus and the commander of the Yazid. He was in Karbala to check the movement of Hussein. Later he changed his flanks; he came to know the difference in motives where on one side there stood the mighty proud army, and on the other a small to be doomed band of seventy. Moreover these poorly equipped people were hungry and short of water for three days.
Someone asked Hur about his decision to pick a suicidal way; he replied, 'the character of Hussein makes me to do so. We are going to prove that swords may have won the battles but our blood will surpass them. The day will come when our innocent blood will inspire the entire humanity to join the suppressed and defy the oppressor.'

It is said that a night before the battle he asked his men to leave him alone to face his fate. They need my head so why you all should be wasted. Saying this he lit off the lamp, in order to make his men ease off their hesitation and leave if they wanted. None of them left although more then half were not even fully aware of him before his march.
We had not joined you for any reward or material gain. We were just impressed of your conduct and character and were fully aware of our destiny, they replied. Hussein made his last wish. Restore the basic rights of the general people. Let the world free of terror, suppression and might. His barehanded men were crushed and his head was severed when he was offering his last prayer. He died but lives long in the hearts of masses but the oppressor Yazid is cursed for the act of terrorism.
The life of Hussein has the lesson for us all that the great men are not the property of any one group whereas they belong to entire Humanity. They live not for themselves or act in self interest but for common good. They may die but never compromise with their principles. Also he teaches us that tyranny and terrorism never lasts long only survives love and the memory of good. And overall, only lives Humanity.

No faith better then Love

Should religion break hearts or fill them with love and affection for others?We seem to have moulded laws only for narrow interests. We use religion to propagate hatred against the very human beings for whom these laws were framed. We manipulate situations.We polarise human sentiments to divide people. Really, religion seems to be a tool of destruction. But our own age teaches us wisdom, if we would only learn it.An Englishmen came to Gandhiji and said, I read the Bhagvad Gita and I liked it. Gandhiji replied that he liked it, too and read it daily. The man then said, “But I found it better than the Bible.” Gandhiji answered: “But I read the Bible also and I like it too.” The man said: “I find the Gita is better and want to switch my faith to Hinduism.” Gandhiji said: “I think you haven’t read the Bible properly. You are not yet a good Christian, how can you become a good Hindu? You better go back and try to be a good Christian. The day you do it successfully you will be a good human being, too. And that day the religious wall within your heart will begin to shrink and you will not only be a good Christian but also a good Hindu, a good Muslim, and a good Jew too.”So the difference is only within our heart. Otherwise, we are one species, defined by the common term “humanity”. The proof of this is the feeling that rises in our heart whenever we find any disaster or calamity has hurt human beings in any part of the world. We shouldn’t lose our faith. But blind faith is disastrous, so let us be rational and not lend our ear to demagogues or religious contractors. They take us away from faith in God and love for each other to irrational and illogical hatred and make us encroach unjustly on the faith of our fellow human beings.

The bargain for Paradise

Religion is not about empty ritual but about faith. Nor can it be a compulsion on any one. But it’s curious how true devotion always seems to pay you back. One of my favourite stories about this concerns Bahlol of Baghdad, known as Bahlol Diwana.One day Bahlol was by the riverside making a sandcastle, like children do. Zubaiyda, wife of Caliph Haroon-al-Rashid happened to pass by. She was kind hearted enough to ask, "Bahlol! What are you doing?""Constructing a home for Paradise," replied Bahlol."Please would you sell this house to me?""Yes, I can, but for 100 dinars."Since Zubaiyda wanted to help Bahlol in any way she could, she immediately paid him the amount.Bahlol asked, "Don't you need a receipt?"“Just write it up and send it to me later,” replied Zubaiyda.When the Caliph came to know about it, he laughed at his wife. Meanwhile Bahlol distributed that money among the poor as he usually did.That very night Zubaiyda had a dream. She saw a big garden, the like of which she had never seen before. In it was a splendid palace, rich with jewels and decorated sumptuously A river flowed by, its banks blooming with flowers. Zubaiyda was given a receipt, written in gold, and was told that this was the Garden that she had bought from Bahlol. Zubaiyda woke up and told Haroon about it. Early in the morning, Haroon summoned Bahlol and asked to buy a house, too. Bahlol laughed aloud. “Sorry, they are out of stock now. And even if I had one, I regret to say that I may not have given it to you, because Zubaiyda bought it without seeing (the reward). Whereas, you want to buy one now because you see gain in it.” Haroon felt ashamed but now it was too late.It can be said that real rewards come through faith, not greed. God seems to best admire those services rendered without any motive but goodwill.

Almighty loves the act of Sacrifice

Almighty says; submit yourself to the welfare of the mankind. Almighty loves the submission of will and to sacrifice all that a person loves without any condition.
In a dream Abraham saw himself sacrificing his son. It was mere a dream but Abraham considered it a command from his lord. Although Ismail was replaced by a sheep but his devotion was considered of a high degree. So high that it is declared a Sunnat and is to be replicated till the day of judgement.
We people often claim about day to day donations and so called charity. In reality what we do? Donate our useless things or the petty amounts! For a naked poor we have the useless clothes. Even for a hungry fellow we have a food that have been kept for our pets or to throw it away. So it is ridiculous to say; Almighty is not showering the blessings although we are generous.
Hazrat Ali, the Muslim caliph was sitting by Fatima on her death bed. Fatima you have never asked for anything in your life said Ali. At least provide me an opportunity to serve you once in a life. Can you bring me a pomegranate said Fatima.
Ali left the home and stiff search he managed to get a piece of pomegranate from a fruit seller. On his way back home he saw an ailing person. Ali stopped for a while and asked for his wish.He too made the same wish.Ali parted the piece and served him the one. Finishing it the fellow asked for a more. Ali again made two pieces and served the one to the sick fellow but he wasn't satisfied yet. In the end Ali returned home empty handed but he had no sign of failure on his face. It was the only wish Fatima had made to him and it was he who had forced her to ask for a boon. He had failed to fulfill his own words but he was satisfied. For him the poor sick fellow was in more need for pomegranate as he had never tasted it. So was Ali and his acts raised him to the highest place of humanity.

The point to say is that a the best sacrifice is one that you love the most. Almighty is pleased when the most valuable or important thing is given away in the way of Allah.Condition is that the submission or the donation should be generous and there shall be no intention of rewards. Almighty is there to look after. He know all your needs so never expect any quick gains. Once you are in a real need you will accordingly be rewarded.

The Grace of Mercy

Showing mercy towards others is one of the acts that Allah like the most. After all, human is destined to err and their faults should be forgiven with ease. Fault doesn't lye in erring but in repeating it. Those who err are human and those who repeat are fools but those who forgive generously are the greats.

There are many instances in the history of mankind where we find that the worst enemies have been forgiven. Who can forget the mercy shown by victorious Prophet Muhammad against the pagans of Mecca, even though they had forced him to live his home and live in exile.
There is another story related to one of the member of Prophet's Family. One dark night Imam Zainul Abidin, found a person in refuge behind the shrubs. By appearance he seemed to be a person deserted from the battlefield. Who is there, asked the Imam. Without waiting for a response he offered the man with water and food, which he carried with him. Come to my place dear and take rest, as you seem to be tired. In the morning we will meet again and then we will talk about your miseries. The men silently followed him. Imam welcomed him with courtesy and offered him the clothes to change and a bed to sleep.
The man could not sleep the whole night. In the morning he tried to escape the place unnoticed. He failed as he saw Imam was already awakened and was completing his morning prayers. Where are you going Sanaan, asked the Imam? The man fell to his feet. O Maula! You recognized this betrayer and the man of sins, asked Sanaan. Yes, last night only, replied the Imam. Sanaan I know you are the one who had killed my brother Akbar at the battlefield of Karbela. I also recognize as one of the worst enemy for the day of Ashoura. Then why didn't you kill me, asked Sanaan ibn Anas. You were in trouble Sanaan and I found you in my refuge so how can I kill you? Moreover Sanaan I have been taught to be kind towards the human. You were my enemy in Karbela and now I find no reason to kill a person who himself seem to be ailing of his sins, addeda the Imam.

Sanaan you can leave after having a breakfast with me. For your crime it is Allah who has to decide now. I may have forgiven had the crime was committed against me. Your victim is not in this world so let Allah judge your acts. Don't you remember the words of holy Prophet about showing mercy? He used to say that forgiving a person for his sins has thousand rewards in the form of grace from Allah, said the Imam.
The following citation may be the best example of forgiving and having mercy towards human being, even though he is your enemy.

Helping others in Need...

Benevolence and charity are the pillars of humanity. Eternally men are social and It is the duty of every human to take care of the other. Through this mutual cooperation the human race can achieve perfection. The Holy Scriptures says that the share of poor and needy persons has been fixed in the wealth of riches. This just due should be transferred without any hesitation otherwise the system will fail and result in hindrances in the way of overall human development.
Once a person said to Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad; that what a good there is in giving to person who is not of worth. Benevolence is like a torrential rain which showers on fields as well as the wasteland without any discrimination, replied Imam Hussein. So why should we make such differences. If a person is in need he should be helped even though he may be your worst enemy, he added.
Prophet Muhammad used to say that there is no worship greater then charity and benevolence. And if we have no time asked one of his companions, he replied; At least one can pick the stones from the public streets so that they may not get hurt.

Saf'wan reports that he was accompanying Imam Hussein when a person came to him. He was in some sort of problem and Hussein ordered me to solve it. I left with him and returned after some time. Allah had made it all right I said. By offering your little time you have earned the benefit of more then thousand prayers said the Imam to me says Saf'wan.
There is another instance when a person went to Imam Hasan for a help who readily agreed for. On the way he found his elder brother Hussein and enquired the person for not asking help from him. He was in I'tikaf (a prayer in which person affray himself from the social life for a limited period), so I thought it better not to disturb him. By God he may have not found a better opportunity to help you said Imam Hasan. For, he thinks that helping a needy person worthy then in I'tikaf for hundred days.
By the following citations one can understand that an act of benevolence is better than thousand worships. Even Allah loves such attitude of human beings.

Why we respect Salaar Masood Ghazi?

There should be tolerance for other religions and there is no place for communal drifts in the religious practices.There are two type of people in this world; first those who believe in God and second the non believers.Second community comprise of unsocial and anti human elements.Specially when it come to religion. No religion permits attack on religious sentiments of others.Let me describe a historical facts in this regard.Prophet Muhammad(s.a) always prohibited his men to encroach the religious liberties of others. It can be noted when we see that he never tried to convert the Nasranees after the battle of Khyber; instead of their defeat they were allowed to cohabit with fellow Muslims. I also remember the story of Syed Salaar Masood Ghazi in this context.He was the the nephew of most notorious Mahmoud of Ghazni.On a call for help from a Syed of Sambhal to save his daughter from prince Jai Singh Chauhan;who forcibly wanted to marry Syed's beautiful daughter, Salaar Masood invaded India.After his victory over Kathers in the battle of Meerut he found some people weeping, gathered near a broken structure.What's the matter he asked? His men replied; this was a place of worship for them and was damaged during the war.He was annoyed to know this. He said we were here to save our pride not to demolish any one's religious sentiments, said Salaar.He ordered to rebuilt the temple. Ironically his maternal uncle Mahmoud is one of the most hated men among Hindus of India. Despite of his relation with Mahmoud, Hindus bow there head in the name of Salar Masood alias Bale Mian ( as he died unmarried at the battle of Behraich later). Mela Nauchandi at Meerut, neza fares at Sambhal and Pooranpur(Amroha),and Urs at his mazar in Behraich are organised to commemorate him. Hindus pray at his memorial at Nauchndi ground in Meerut and when his Urs is organised at Behraich, more Hindu devotees attend the place. Salaar Masood lost his life in India during his expedition but he won the hearts of lot of Indian Hindus and till date his is centre of there devotion.
People doesn't bow to a tyrant but towards the kind victorious commander. This is the power of love. The man who may have been one of the most hated figures in Indian history is one of the most beloved. He is often treated as the lovable Sufi Saints who brought the message of love and peace to India.