Proclaim Good and Forbid Evil, always and at all costs!
By Shakeel Syed
you do not march forth, Allah will chastise you grievously and will
replace you by another people, while you will in no way be able to harm
Him. Allah has power over everything". 9:39
No people can live successfully, fruitfully and triumphantly without
strong memory of their past. 10th of Moharram is one such occasion.
Muslims attempt to recall the tragic event around the 60th year after
Prophet Muhammad migrated from Makkah to Madinah. This time it was his
family led by his noble grandson Imam Hussain (peace & blessings be
upon all of them).
Reciting Divine words, reflecting Prophetic advises and studying history
enables us crystallize our insights. However, when we attempt to
draw the imagery of Karbala, no heart could be so hard as not to be
pierced with piteous feeling while replaying the Day of Ashura. Words
can simply not do justice to the sacrifices made on that day. They
kept their heads high, faces bathed in blood and tears, looking one upon
another. Others stood in dolorous pain, looking up to the highest
heavens, fixing their eyes upon it, crying out, asking help from the
Only Helper; while others made lamentations in the manner of dirge.
Today we try to recall their pain, suffering and sacrifices, as they
happened, to inspire ourselves and to understand the concept of
sacrifice for a noble cause.
Regrettably, sacrifice as is generally understood today, is to give up
something that should not have been touched in the first place. Selfless
and unasked giving is a rarity and unheard of. Giving one's entire self
and off springs for His pleasure is unimaginable. Muslims must
spiritually survive from the unparallel yesterdays of Prophet's progeny.
We have been largely overwhelmed by a culture that has emptied our
memories, made us apologetic for who we are, and stripped us along the
way of the sheerest hope of self-definition. We alone are presumed past
less and are left to repair our self-esteem. Imperative it is for us
today, to define ourselves by our ongoing tribulations and those who
mete them out to us. Otherwise, we cannot be collectively successful if
we have no idea or, worse, have the wrong idea of who we were and who we
The intent of this writing is to stimulate, not to sate -- to pose the
question and to invite reflection -- to cause ourselves to act for an
almost forgotten legacy of the sacrifices made by our beloved Prophet
(peace and blessings be upon him) and his progeny.
O Allah! Bestow upon us the courage to enjoin, proclaim and enforce Good
and patience and perseverance to forbid and stop Evil for and by all.
Shakeel Syed lives in Los Angeles and is a freelance
writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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