“Take Me in Your Arms O Hussain (AS)”
O My Master, O Aba Abdillah Al Hussain (AS), I will move towards Najaf and visit the sacred shrine of your father The Commander of the Faithful – Imam Ali Ibn Abu Talib (AS) and then come to visit your sacred shrine in Kerbala, Inshallah on 28th February 2017. I beseech Allah by the status that you enjoy with Him and in the position that you enjoy with Him.
To send blessings on Muhammad and on the children of Muhammad and keep me with you in this world and in the Hereafter.
Peace be upon you, O son of the Messenger of Allah. Peace be upon you, O son of the Prophet of Allah. Peace be upon you, O son of Ameer al-Mu’mineen Ali ibn Abu Talib (AS) (the commander of the believers).Peace be upon you, O son of al-Husayn the shaheed (martyr). Peace be upon you, O shaheed.Peace be upon you, O the oppressed one and son of the oppressed one.
Curse of Allah be on those who killed you. Curse of Allah be on those who persecuted you. Curse of Allah be on those who heard this even but rested satisfied.
Who is Hussain (AS)?
The leader of the small band of men who were martyred in Kerbala was none other than Hussain (As), son of Ali ibn Abu Talib (AS) and grandson of the Holy Prophet (SAW). He was the son of Fatima (SA) for whom the Holy Prophet (SAW) said, “Hussain O Minni Wa Ana Minal Hussain – Hussain is from me and I am from Hussain. May God love whoever loves Hussain”
Why should I answer the call of Imam Hussain (AS) to visit Kerbala?
Allah, in the Holy Quran has acknowledged Hussain’s(AS) sacred existence via several verses that were revealed when the Imam (AS) was still a child. An example constitutes Allah commanding all Muslims to love closely related to His Apostle, “Say: I do not ask of you any reward for it but love for my near relatives?” (Holy Quran 42:32). When the Prophet’s(SAW) companions inquired from him about these near relatives,’the Prophet (SAW) responded, “They are Ali, Fatima and their two children, Hasan and Hussain.”
Imam Hussain (AS) And The Beggars:
Imam Hussain (AS), son of Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (AS), was a famous Imam (Leader) of Islam. He was a grandson of Prophet Muhammad. Hussain’s mother was Lady Fatima (SA), daughter of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon them all.)
Hussain (AS) had great love for honesty, truth and justice. He was a man of great courage. He proved his courage and love of Allah at Kerbala. In Kerbala he made the greatest sacrifice. His sacrifice for the sake of Islam at Kerbala is world famous. (You can check more about Imam Hussain (AS) Kerbala battle in my previous blog) later on.
Hussain (AS) was also very well known for his kindness, charity and love for the poor. He lived in Madina. Madina is a city in Hijaz (now in Saudi Arabia). One day riding a horse, he passed through one of the streets of Madina. On one side of the street some beggars had gathered in a circle. They were eating food that they had begged during the day. The beggars saw Hussain (AS) passing. They saluted him. Hussain (AS) replied cheerfully. The beggars invited Hussain (AS) to join them and eat with them. Hussain (AS) came down from his horse and sat with them. He very politely explained to the beggars that he was from the house of Muhammad (SAW), the Prophet. Therefore, it was forbidden to him to take anything that has been given in alms (sadqah/charity). Had not alms been forbidden to him he would most willingly have shared their food.
As an alternative, so that they all could sit and eat together, Hussain (AS) invited all of them to his house and eat with him there. All the beggars agreed. They went along with Hussain (AS) to his house and took food with him.
1. One should always behave with kindness and love for others – particularly the poor.
2. Not to hurt but always try to respect the lawful wishes of others is a sign of noble character.
The Holy Qur’an teaches:
“And that there is nothing for man except what he tried,
His efforts shall be seen. And rewarded to fullest extent.”
(Surah An-Najm – Chapter 53 : verse 39-41)
Labbaik Ya Hussain!! Labbaik Ya Hussain!!
Remember, Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (AS) said:
“Knowledge and wisdom are really the privilege of a faithful Muslim. If you have lost them, get them back even though you may have to get them from the apostates.”
Wish you all a Good Day!
-Esoofi Abd’il Qader