Imam Hussain is not only belonged to Shia Muslim people but also people from different religions such as christian people admire Imam Hussain and cry for him when they heard the story of Ashura.
Christian people in front of the holy shrine of Imam Hussain in Karbala, Iraq.
Imam Hussain was the prophet Muhammad’s grandson who was killed on the day of Ashura at Karbala. He and all 72 of his men including his six-old-son were killed and beheaded one by one and all of their women and children were captured on Ashura day. Thus, each year people worldwide commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain and mourn for him on Ashura and Arbaeen.
Arbaeen is the 40th day following Ashura. It’s a day in which the world’s biggest peaceful gathering was held annually at Karbala by people from many different countries, with different languages. All nations flock to Karbala to mourn for Imam Hussain’s martyrdom and make a pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Imam Hussain on Arbaeen. Some Imam Hussain’s lovers walk for 80 kilometers from Najaf to Karbala and some provide free food, drink and accommodation for them on this way.
Is Imam Hussain the person who mentioned in the following verses of Bible:
Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:30)
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, (Revelation 5:9)
Read more from Bible at here
Day of Ashura is a day Imam Husayn and all 72 of his companions were killed to revive the religion of God from utter distortion, therefor people who believe in the unique God and have different religions across the world mark the day of Ashura in every year.
You can see Sunni Muslim people and christian people along with Shia Muslim people who commemorate the day of Ashura.
Christian people in the holy shrine of Imam Husayn on the day of Ashura at Karbala, Iraq.
Arbaeen is the 40 days following the day of Ashura and this year, Arbaeen 2016 will fall on the November 21 in Iraq.
Every year Muslim people leave their usual lives in their countries to walk 80 Km toward the holy shrine of Imam Husayn who was martyred at Karbala.
Arbaeen is the world’s largest annual peaceful gathering held by Muslim people around the world. It is an amazing spiritual journey in which you do not have to concern about food, water or accommodations. Everything is prepared for the pilgrims of Imam Husayn by non-government Muslim people for free on the way to Karbala. You can experience a true love in the real life by all the Muslim people around you especially by the Iraqi Shia people. They do it as they are the followers of Imam Husayn who gave all he had for the God’s sake.
This year, I am going to walk from Najaf to Karbala by my whole family In-Sha-Allah and If God helped me I will publish some photos of this fantastic journey on my Instagram page: @husayn.ashura
Ashura 2016 in Iran is commemorated by Shiite Muslim people in Iran and other countries.
Ashura is a day on which the prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Husayn and all 72 of his companions gave all he had to reform the Islamic community of the prophet Muhammad. They all were violently killed on the day of Ashura at Karbala and their women and children were all captured but they revived Islam by their blood till now.
Shia muslim people marked the day of Ashura 2016 at the holy shrine of Lady Fatima Masumah in Qom, Iran
Shia Iranian girls and women who are following Lady Zeinab, all covered with Chador and with a complete Hijab commemorated the martyrdom anniversary of the holy prophet Muhammad’s grandson and the third Shiite Imam, Imam Hussain by taking part in processions and ceremonies held on the day of Ashura 2016 in Iran.
Yesterday, on the day of Ashura, Nigerian forces open fire at Shia mourners, killing 20 innocent people who were participated in Ashura processions to mark the martyrdom anniversary of the prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain (PBUH)
Shia Muslims were also arrested in Kashmir during Ashura processions on Oct. 12, 2016.
Day of ashura 2016 in Kashmir, Shia Mulsims dressed in black with a headband containing t he name of Imam Hussain and Imam ALi (PBUH) were arrested.
Today is Ashura, the 10th day of Muharram.
Millions of Shia Muslims worldwide dressed in black commemorated the martyrdom anniversary of the holy prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain (PBUH) and all 72 of his companions who were all martyred on the day of Ashura, in Karbala
day of Ashura 2016 in Karbala Read More…
Shia people mark the day of Tasua in front of the holy shrine of Imam Hussain and Hadrat Abbas in Karbala, Iraq
Today is the 9th day of Muharram , a day called Tasua in which all people mourn for the last man left for Imam Hussain (PBUH). A man who Imam Hussain cry for when he killed on the day of Ashura at Karbala. He was Hadrat Abbas, the Imam Ali’s son and Imam Hussain’s younger brother who was martyred on the way back to the tents while he was bringing water for the thirsty women and children. Read More…
The second night of Muharram Mourning was held at the official house of Imam Khamenei which is called “Imam Khomeini Hussainiyeh” and Imam Khamenei , the grand leader of Islamic community attended it.
Today, Iranian Shia Muslims marked the international day of Hazrat Ali Asghar, Imam Hussain’s six-month-old son who was martyred violently on the day of Ashura in Karbala. Each year in Muharram, women with their infants participate in the great mourning ceremonies to commemorate his martyrdom.
Each year during the first ten days of Muharram, Muslim people worldwide dressed in black, gathering in mourning ceremonies for the martyrdom anniversary of the prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain. In Iran, the ceremonies are held in mosques, the holy shrines and even in the universities in which students can participate easily. Listening to the speech, mourning for the Imam Hussain, praying for the reappearance of Imam Mahdi are the main parts of a usual mourning ceremony. Nazri food are also usually distributed among mourners at the end of a ceremony.
Muharram 2016: listening to the speech in a mosque at a university of Tehran, Iran
Women participating in the mourning ceremonies Read More…
In the previous post, I made an image about why Imam Hussain (PBUH) rose up as stated in his will, but that was not the only reason for Imam Hussain to revolt.
The holy shrine of Imam Hussain (PBUH) in Karbala, Iraq. A photo taken in Muharram 2016
There are three main causes explained in Martyr Mortaza Motahhari’s book written according to the Islamic quotes for why Imam Hussain rose up against Yazid’s government and why Ashura happened.
1-Imam Hussain rejected to pledge allegiance to the immoral and non-Muslim man such as Yazid who wanted to be a ruler of Muslim community despite the threatens made by Yazid’s government because swearing allegiance to Yazid indicated not only accepting Yazid as a ruler but also accepting the wrong way of succession determination was being established for the first time by Yazid’s father in the Muslim community. The thing that was not permitted in Islam and both Shia and Sunni sects.
2-About 100,000 people of Kufa sent 18,000 letters to Imam Hussain and invited him to come to Iraq and re-establish an Islamic government, although they forgot their invitation and leave Imam Hussain to be alone against the 30,000 people of Yazid’s Army and even they helped the Army! This invitation cause Imam to have no choice other than to accept their request
3- Reforming the Muslim community and promoting virtue and preventing vice was the third and the main reason for Ashura uprising. Imam Hussain had found about his cousin, Moslem (the son of Aghil), martyrdom on the way to Kufa, therefor Imam could have refused the invitation sent by the people of Kufa and come back to Mecca, but he did not stop going to Kufa until Yazid’s Army stop him and his companions in a land called Karbala. Imam Hussain himslef stated this main reason openly in his will to his brother before traveling to Kufa. You can see a part of Imam Hussain will in the following image:
“I did not rise up for the cause of wickedness, amusement, corruption or oppression, but I rose up to reform the Muslim community of my grandfather [Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)]. I want to promote virtue and prevent vice.”
اني لم اخرج اشرا و لا بطرا و لامفسدا و لاظالما انما خرجت لطلب الاصلاح
في امة جدي و اريد ان امر با لمعروف و انهي عن المنكر
Bihar Al-Anvar: V.44, P. 329
-Read more explanation in this book (The Truth Hussain’s (A.S) Revolt) which I found on the internet and It is an English translation and abstract of the original book written by martyar Mortaza Mutahhari, an Islamic philosopher who Imam Khomeini invited all the people to read his books.