Imam Husain’s uprising – manifestation of the Holy Qur’an (2)
Welcome to the second episode of our daily series titled: “Imam Husain’s uprising – manifestation of the Holy Qur’an”.
As we said yesterday, Imam Husain (AS) is the supreme symbol of sacrifice in the way of God, and his uprising that culminated in Karbala on the Day of Ashura, in 61 AH, continues to be the flagship of the holy Qur’an for all times, as we read in the Ziyarah or standard form of salutation to Imam Husain (AS): I testify that you were the correct and perfect reciter of the Qur’an.
Now we have more interesting facts as follows:
The Holy Qur’an emphasizes the pursuit of knowledge based on faith in order remove ignorance from the human society. Imam Husain (AS) as the grandson and 3rd Infallible Heir of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA), proclaims that negligence and inattention are the worst diseases afflicting individuals and societies..
Negligence is the root of all personal and social disorders. The unaware and indifferent person does not think of anything but blind pursuit of material life and pleasures of the flesh. The Holy Qur’an considers negligence as the main cause of ruin and destruction, as God Almighty says in ayah 179 of Surah al-A’raaf:
“Certainly We have created for hell many of the jinn and humans: they have hearts with which they do not understand, they have eyes with which they do not see, they have ears with which they do not hear. They are like cattle; rather they are more astray. It is they who are the heedless.”
Imam Husain (AS) thus strove to awaken people in the light of the holy Qur’an, inviting them to the path of God and self-dignity rather than bowing to tyrants. He called the holy Qur’an the Everlasting Miracle and a clear guidance on the basis of reason, by emphasizing part of ayah 157 of Surah An’aam:
“There has already come to you a manifest proof from your Lord”
In the light of the teachings of the holy Qur’an, in order to ensure proper progress and order in the society, the first condition is that the Islamic ruler should be a person of firm faith in God and strive to practically implement Divine Laws in society. As God Almighty says in ayah 105 of Surah an-Nisa’:
“Indeed We have sent down to you the Book with the truth, so that you may judge between the people by what Allah has shown you; do not be an advocate for the traitors,”
The truly Islamic ruler is the one who is obedient to the laws of God and the instruction of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA). In other words a faithless and corrupt person cannot be considered the ruler of an Islamic society, even if he has nominated, selected or elected.
Thus, in accordance with the teachings of the holy Qur’an, Imam Husain (AS) declared several times that Yazid and his regime do not fulfill the Islamic conditions, which means the rule of the Omayyads has no legitimacy. Yazid was a drunkard and debauchee, in stark violation of the laws of God. He had no pretentions to Islam and was following all Satanic ways, by allowing the forbidden and prohibiting the lawful.
Imam Husain (AS), inspired by the holy Qur’an, guided people towards faith and virtue. From the very beginning, his mission was to salvage Islam and all humanitarian values. He was the criterion for sifting truth from falsehood.
He told his brother, Mohammad ibn Hanafiya: By God, I will not acknowledge the rule of Yazid Ibn Mu'aviyah. He then wrote a will and stated clearly the goal, destination and path of his mission, and before moving to Karbala referred to ayah 88 of Surah al-Houd:
“And my success lies only with Allah: in Him I have put my trust, and to Him I turn penitently.”
Thus, the Imam kept the truth in mind and showed the way toward God for all generations, through his grand sacrifice.