THE MESSAGE OF KARBALA
By Akhtar Malik : 7 Nov 2013
The message of Karbala is the message of ultimate sacrifice and universal peace. Durable peace cannot be ensured without sacrifice. The enemies of peace have many weapons to use against humanity. Apart from aggression, tyranny and killings through blatant use of arms and ammunition, they also use the weapons of wealth, greed, hate, lust for power and exploitation. Man by nature is prone to be influenced and affected by such attractions. This weakness of human nature is very skillfully exploited by the enemies of peace to serve their own interests. Those who fall prey to them are used as tools of war, violence and anarchy in the world.
The only formidable obstacle in the way of enemies of peace is the strength of character of men who confront them. When a person is strong in character he can parry all sorts of invitations to lusts. A man of strong character can never bend and bow before the threats and is always ready to sacrifice even the most precious of his assets.
Hazrat Imam Hussein (A.S) displayed the strength of his character in the battlefield of Karbala. Had he desired so, he could have got the best luxuries of life from the rulers and powerful elite of that time. But he stood firmly on the golden principles of Islam and offered the biggest sacrifice ever in the history of mankind.
Karbala gives a clear message to people, to come out of the shackles of lust for power, wealth, properties, business empires, bank balances and nepotism, if they want a durable peace in human society.