قتل حسین اصل میں مرگ یزید ہے
اسلام زندہ ہوتا ہے ہر کربلا کے بعد
10th Muharram is celebrated in the whole Islamic world as a sad day. On the same date in 61 Hijri year, maternal grandson of Prophet Hadhrat Muhammad (pbuh), Hadhrat Imam Hussain (R.A) was martyred in Karbala (کربلا) Iraq by Yazeed’s companion Shimar.
Shahadat of Imam Hussain put a new spirit in Islam and the whole world, even the non-Muslims give tribute to Imam Hussain for his great sacrifice. Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) knew about this event and prophesised in his sayings about it. Yazeed was the son of Hadhrat Ameer Muavia (R.A). He was not a practising Muslim at all. After the death of his father, he took the charge as Khalifa (خلیفہ) and sent message to Imam Hussain and his companions that he wants them to accept his power. However like many other Muslims they did not accept his khilafat (خلافت). People of Koofa (کوفہ) invited Hadhrat Imam Hussain (R.A) to come so that they could select him as the next Khalifa. Hadhrat Imam Hussain (R.A) and his companions including Hadhrat Abdullah bin Umer (R.A) and Hadhrat Abdullah bin Zubair (R.A) decided to go there so that they could help them by fighting against the unjust ruler.
Yazeed appointed Ibn-e-Ziad as Governor of Koofa so that he could handle the movement of Hadhrat Imam Hussain (R.A). Imam had sent Hadhrat Muslim bin Aqeel (R.A) to check the situation of Koofa before coming himself. He was warmly welcomed by the people of Koofa. Later, Ibn-e-Ziad played a game and martered Hadhrat Muslim bin Aqeel (R.A) and his host Hadhrat Hani (R.A). He threw their cut faces in the streets of Koofa. People of Koofa were coward by nature. They got afraid and decided not to support Imam Hussain (R.A).
However Imam had decided to go in any case although his companion Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbas (R.A) advised him not to go as people of Koofa were untrustworthy. But Imam had a thought that he must have gone to protect Islam. So he left for Koofa with his family members and companions. They put their tants at Karbala near River Farat (فرات) on 2nd Muharram according to the available history. Yazeed sent Shimar with a big army to fight with Imam’s people. He wanted to start on 9th Muharram’s night, but Imam said that he wanted one night for praying to Allah. It was decided that the battle would start on 10th Muharram.
In the dark, Imam thanked his family members and companions (including females) for being with him. he allowed all of them to leave in the dark so that they could save their lives, but none of them agreed on that. Next morning the battle started. Imam’s compaions fought in a brave manner. However they were very few in number as compared with Yazeed’s army so they lost their lives one by one, and then only people from the honoured House of Prophet (اھل بیت) remained. Hadhrat Imam’s elder son Hadhrat Ali Akbar (R.A) went to fight and killed many soldiers. He got wounded and asked his father for water. Yazeed had cut the water supply to the people of Imam. So Imam put his toungue in his son’s mouth. He got up again to fight against the bad. Finally he lost his life. Then son of Hadhrat Imam Hassan (R.A) Qasim who was just 9 at that time went to fight. he also lost his life.
Yazeed’s people also killed 6 month old Hadhrat Ali Asghar (R.A) who was very thirsty. Imam’s another son Hadhrat Zain-al-Abideen was sick at that time. He also wanted to fight but Imam did not allow him and went into the battle field himself. He fought bravely and finally got martyred when he was praying. Hadhrat Imam Hussain (R.A) wrote a new history in Islam and is remembered by millions of believers whereas Yazeed got the worst recognition and actually lost the game. We love Hadhrat Imam Hussain (R.A), who taught us faith and courage.
(Ref: Dr. Tahir ul Qadri’s speach)