Imam Hussein's Companions, from the Past to the Present (1)
The uprising of Imam Hussein (AS) was based on morality and seeking of truth, freedom and justice. That's why it has spread all over the world and remained fresh through centuries.
Once Prophet Jesus (AS) said to the disciples, "Who are my helpers for Allah's sake?" They answered, "We are Allah's helpers."
On that particular day God knew that in future a group of people would come who introduce themselves as "Helpers of Hussein". They would be so firm in helping Hussein that the angels would be astounded.
In the year 61 AH, two opposite currents stood against one another. Yazid had assembled whatever he could to suffocate the call of justice-seeking and pave the way for his tyrannical goals.
Imam Hussein was the epitome of faith in God and the seekers of truth have created beautiful pictures of epic with following the footsteps of Imam Hussein.
In the morning of Ashura 72 people stood against the 30,000 strong hordes of Yazid. Though small in number, the companions of Hussein were the embodiment of faith, loyalty, valour, steadfastness and all other human virtues. Burair ibn Khuzair was one of the companions who started joking with his friend Abdu-rRahman Abdu Rabih to amuse him. But the latter said that it is not the time for joking as it is the serious moment of combat. Burair, however, told him, "My clan knows that, neither in my youth nor in my old age, have I been a humorous person; yet God knows that today I am so exhilarated that I am going to meet my Lord."
The loyal companions of Imam Hussein were the center of faith and their hearts were brim with the love of God. Thus, they had no fear whatsoever. All of them courted martyrdom at the battlefield.
Imam Khomeini, explaining the impact of Ashura and Imam Hussein's uprising on the Islamic Revolution in 1979, said, "Had there not been Ashura and its explosive heat and fervor, it is not clear if there would have occurred such a movement with no precedence and organization."
From the very first days of the Islamic Revolution, the real victors of the movement were the people who initiated it with the name and memory of Hussein. As if they were taking lessons of Ashura every moment. The grassroots uprising in Iran took the epic of Ashura as the role model to be loyal to the leader and not leave him even for a single moment.
This is the particular feature of Imam Hussein's uprising that instills thriving, gushing and life in anyone who is attached to it. The more familiar a community becomes with the culture of Ashura the more vivid and flourishing it will be. In view of this, the Islamic Revolution brought up humans who acted as pioneers of novel ideas and lifestyle. That's why Imam Khomeini said, "The main conquest of the revolution was the development that occurred in the Iranian human."
Imam Khomeini, like Jesus and Imam Hussein, breathed fresh spirit in the corpse of the Iranian nation who had been disgraced under the boots of internal despotism and external hegemony. Inspired by Imam Hussein, Imam Khomeini turned the Islamic Revolution into the miracle of the century.
The sapling of the Islamic Revolution had not yet thrived that the Ba'athist regime of Saddam, on the order of his masters in Washington and Tel Aviv, launched an all-out war to overthrow the fledgling Islamic system. This time the youths and elderly rushed to the warfronts to defend the Islamic values and the country as they had learnt their lesson from the great Martyr of Karbala. The 8-year US-imposed war ended with the martyrdom of over 200,000 Iranian youths who were the personification of sincerity, faith, courage and loyalty. Following the footsteps of Imam Hussein awakened and enlightened the Iranian nation. The 13-year-old Hussein Fahmideh was a reminiscent of Imam Hassan's son in Karbala Qassem. Five Iraqi tanks were coming towards Iranian combatants in Khorramshahr. Hussein Fahmideh tied several grenades around his waist and took a few others in his hand. He was shot in the leg but didn't stop. He delved through the shots and lay under the first tank, exploded it and courted martyrdom while his body was cut into pieces. The dispirited enemy troops, thinking that the Iranians had started a new attack, left the tanks and fled the area. As a result, the siege was broken and the auxiliary forces came to help their brothers. Imam Khomeini issued a message on this occasion, "Our leader is that 13-year-old teen who, with his small heart whose value is greater than hundreds of tongues and pens, cast himself under the enemy's tank and destroyed it and drank the elixir of martyrdom."
The history of the Islamic Revolution is full of devoted and brave youths, like Mohammad Ibrahim Hemmat, Mahdi Zain-edDin, Hasan Baqeri, Mahdi Bakeri, Hussein Kharrazi and so on, who became the commander of hearts with their selfless struggle and consciously choosing of martyrdom. Like Imam Hussein, they were impatiently waiting for meeting God.
Imam Khomeini described Imam Hussein's companions beautifully, "On the day of Ashura as the Master of Martyrs (Greetings of God upon him) was approaching martyrdom his face was more and more glowing. His youths were competing for martyrdom. All of them knew that a few hours later they would be martyred. They knew what they had come for. They were aware that they had come to fulfill the divine duty and preserve Islam."