THE MESSAGE OF KARBALA
By Akhtar Malik: 9 Nov 2013
The Quranic way of life is a life of action and dynamism. Quran condemns a life of isolation, stagnation and solitude. It is only through dynamism that human society progresses and attains its objective of peace and prosperity in this world and eternal blessings in life hereinafter. During the early period of Islam there was no concept of monasteries. Mysticism is an alien concept and infiltrated in Islam at very late stage. It is binding on Muslims to work hard and excel in every field of knowledge, education, research, science, economics, administration, diplomacy and statecraft. Islam is essentially a ‘Deen’ of ‘Amal’ and lays lot of stress on action. Any society that abstains from action and dynamism will eventually die its own death.
Hazrat Imam Hussein (A.S) had inherited a very exalted spiritual position. He is son of Hazrat Ali (A.S) who is ‘Baab ul Ilm’ (the door of knowledge) and Hazar Fatima (R.A) who is the ‘Syeda’ of all women in the world and in ‘Jannah’, and he is grandson of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) whose personality is second to Allah only in this universe. Had he wanted to, he could have made Madina as his spiritual base and the Muslims from the whole world would have pledged their allegiance to him as a Saint. But Hussein (A.S) was aware of the basic teachings of Islam and knew what Islam wants from its followers. He knew that if the Muslim Society of his time was to be purged from the ills, he must rise and stand up against the forces of exploitation and tyranny. He therefore proceeded to Karbala, with a total disregard to safety, comfort of his person and that of his family.
The ‘Yazeedi’ forces of today have made the life of innocent people miserable. They have usurped all the resources and have deprived the poor people from bread, water, health, education, jobs and safety of their lives. Karbala gives us a clear message that if the poor people want to get their basic rights, they must rise and stand up against these tyrannic forces without any fear, as Hussein (A.S) did 14 centuries back. This is the only way to break this lethal inertia that is taking our society to devastation with every passing day.