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KARBALA
AND THE MEANING OF ASHURA

Karbala
And Look at Iraq today!
"Servant of God," he answered, "wise decisions are not hidden from me. yet the commands of God, the Exalted, cannot be resisted. By God, (my enemies) will not leave me till they have torn the very heart from the depths of my guts. If they do that, God will cause them to be dominated and humiliated until they become the most humiliated of the factions among nations."
The Journey of Imam Husain
Taken from Kitab-al Irshad by Shaykh Al-Mufid

“People who want to please anyone but God will not be successful.”

Karbala - A Short Chain of Events ~
Ramzan Sabir (references)
LAMENTATIONS

Sermon of Lady Zaynab in the court of Yazid
From: Bala-ghatun Nisa' - by Abul Fazl Ahmad bin Abi Tahir, (208- 280 A.H.).
and Chapter 32 of:
A Probe into the History of Ashura
by Dr. Ibrahim Ayati


Karbala and Ashura ~ Ali Hussain Jalali
a brief yet documented narrative of events that took place in Medinah, Mecca, Karba-la’, Kufah, and Syria, and began in Rajab, 60 A.H. (680 CE) and ended in Muharram 61. These events represented the ever greatest revolution against tyranny and oppression.... DETAILED ACCOUNT



Summary: "One feels constrained to mention here that this and other such traditions were forged by camp-followers of the Umayyads, after the martyrdom of Imam Husayn, as a part of their campaign to turn the 10th of Muharram into a day of rejoicing." (Read whole article for context.)


EXTENSIVE RESOURCES FOUND ON WIKIPEDIA

THE BATTLE OF KARBALA
With Extensive Resources
and References to Sunni Versions

List of Shi`a Books




Upon her (AS) death she said: "By God I am alive while I have nothing but contempt for this world. I detest your men. After I tried to show them who their real enemy was and they did not listen, I put them aside." "How ugly are the sharp edges of swords when they are broken and then play with people's efforts and struggles which so many have undertaken, destroying the fortifications, breaking spears, making devious decisions and standing on the precipice of material and personal self-desires. What a terrible future they are preparing for by causing the wrath of God and thereby bringing about permanent torment for themselves." ... "God says, ' If citizens are faithful and avoid wrong deeds, We will give blessings from heaven and earth to them. But they deny the truths so we captivated them for their deeds. From those who oppressed, the results of their actions will be returned to themselves. They cannot change the traditions of history. ' ... "It is then that the destroyer of rights will lose and those who will come in the future will find and realize the terrible results of what the ancestors have done. So you should be satisfied with your daily affairs and live in peace prior to the storm and terrible revolts." For then, the sharp swords of the dominations of the oppressors, anarchy and the rule of tyrants will overcome you. The oppressors will enslave you. No public assets except a small quantity will remain.. They will cultivate with force what you have planted with love. At that time you will only sigh for there will be nothing that you can do because you were blind and could not see the truth. They will oblige you because you have turned your faces from the right way and you did not accept it."


The Right Path is a book about Islam written by Sayyid Abd al-Husayn Sharaf al-Din al-Musawi.
In 1331 AH (ca 1913), the author visited Egypt and met Shaykh Salim al-Bishri, the head of Al-Azhar University. The outcome of their discussions and long correspondence resulted in this book, which is highly recognized and circulated in the Muslim world, having been translated into twenty languages. Shi'a view the book as being one of the best known books in Islamic studies due to its objective approach, depth, concise language and the strength of its arguments.


Questions on Jurisprudence - (Masa'il Fiqhiyya) ~
By al-Imam 'Abd al-Husayn Sharaf al-Din al-Musawi

Imam Husain And His Martyrdom ~
By Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Further Reading

To find out more about Imam Husayn [a], his position in Islam, his noble family,
their sacrifice in the deserts of Karbala, and its universal relevance, see the following resources:

Tahrif ~
Investigating Distortions in Islamic Texts

CURRENT EVENTS
Jafariya News

WHAT IS AZADARI?

Refuting Common Objections to Azadari



OTHER SOURCES

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Part of a series on
Shī‘ah Islam

Beliefs & Practices

Succession of Ali
Imamate of the Family
Mourning of Muharram
Light of Aql · Ismah
Intercession · Clergy
The Occultation

Views

The Qur'an · Sahaba
Mu'awiya I · Abu Bakr · Umar

Holy Days

Ashura · Arba'een · Mawlid
Eid ul-Fitr · Eid al-Adha
Eid al-Ghadeer · Eid al-Mubahila

History

Twelver · Ismāʿīlī · Zaidi
The verse of purification
Mubahala · Two things
Khumm · Fatimah's house
First Fitna · Second Fitna
The Battle of Karbala
Persecution


Ahl al-Kisa

Muhammad · Ali · Fatimah
Hasan · Husayn

The Four Companions

Salman al-Farsi
Miqdad ibn Aswad
Abu Dharr al-Ghifari
Ammar ibn Yasir


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A series of articles on


Imam of Islam
Husayn


Life
Family tree ·
Battle of Karbala


Remembrance
Maqtal Al-Husayn · Mourning of Muharram · Day of Ashura · Arba'een · Imam Husayn Shrine · Hussainia · Majlis-e-Aza · Marsia · Noha · Soaz · Ta'zieh · Tabuik · Hosay


Perspectives
The Twelve Imams · The Fourteen Infallibles