Arba’een opens gates of heaven for seekers of truth
We offer heartfelt condolences to all our listeners on a very doleful day, It is the 20th of the month of Safar, the climax to the mourning for the Immortal Martyr of Karbala on the 40th day following the heart-wrenching tragedy of Ashura on the 10th of Muharram.
Before we present you a special feature in this regard, here is a passage reflecting part of the great task shouldered by the person whom we commemorate today.
“He met with deadly dangers, acted justly and fairly, made use of everything belonging to him to pay full attention to give sincere advice, took pains, made every effort and put his heart, mind, soul and life at the disposal of Thy mission (O God) to liberate the people from the yoke of ignorance and evil of bewilderment.”
The passage that you heard is echoing all over the globe these days as over a hundred million of the Planet’s population (over twenty million stationed in a single place), is reciting it with tears rolling down their eyes.
To whom do these words refer? How did he grant freedom from ignorance to masses of people? In which single place has such a huge multitude assembled? What is the significance of these days that he is being remembered by so many people around the world?
The following phrases, which are part of the above-mentioned passage, make the identity of this great man clear to us, as well as his glorious achievement to remain immortal after death by the Will of the Almighty Creator, and the fate of those who had ganged up against him to inflict the maximum pain upon him before decapitating him while he was still alive.
“Peace upon Husain, the oppressed, the martyr. Peace upon the one surrounded by a tightening circle of sorrow and grief; killed by a horde of savages.”
It is obvious that the one being saluted with such devotion is none other than the grandson of the Almighty’s Last and Greatest Messenger to all mankind, Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny).
It is well known fact that Imam Husain (AS) by refusing to acknowledge the Godless rule of Yazid, the ruler of the usurper Omayyad regime, chose to sacrifice his life in an unequal armed combat, as well as that of his sons, brothers, nephews, and loyal companions in an unequal combat in Karbala, in Iraq, in the year 61 AH (680 AD) on the Day of Ashura.
We are also aware that his killers very well knew about his lofty merits, and his connection with the Prophet of Islam – in view of the fact that some of them had actually seen him in the lap of the Seal of Messengers and his introduction to the ummah, along with his elder brother Imam Hasan (AS), as “Leaders of the Youth of Paradise.”
Yet these wretched souls damned themselves and chose to fall into the eternal inferno in the pursuit of worldly gains that they never achieved, as is evident by the following passage.
“But an evildoer(s), deceived with empty hopes of mean and worthless worldly gains, had pressed heavily on him, and sold out his (their)share (of bliss) for the meanest and lowest bargain; betrayed his (their) "Day of Judgment" for a vulgar return, took pride in insolence, and fell into the fathom…”
Thus, the fate of those who hurt the Prophet of Islam by martyring his grandson and dragging as captives to the court of the tyrant, the noble ladies and children of the Ahl al-Bayt, brought upon themselves the wrath of God.
Similar is the fate of the dastardly Takfiri terrorists of our days, who indulge in vitriolic propaganda against pilgrims to the shrine of the Chief of Martyrs and threaten to blow up with bombs devout men, women, and children, converging from all directions upon Karbala for the anniversary of Arba’een – 20th Safar, the traditional 40th day following the heartrending tragedy of Ashura.
Nonetheless, those, wherever they might be on the face of earth (in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas), who, thanks to the liberating message of the Prophet’s Grandson, have thrown off the yokes of ignorance and bewilderment, are the least intimidated by Satan and his slaves.
Clad in black, and chanting “Ya Husain (AS)” the roaring sea of the faithful is pouring into Karbala from all parts of globe, and is expected to reach 25 million people today, the Day of Arba’een. They include women, children, toddlers in prams, the elderly in wheelchairs, and even physically handicapped persons moving slowly but surely on their disabled feet with whatever strength that is left in their worn out bodies.
They are treading the footsteps of the very first pilgrim to Karbala, the Jaber ibn Abdullah al-Ansari, the Prophet’s companion, who on hearing of the martyrdom of Imam Husain (AS), had set off for Iraq from his hometown Medina, and despite his old age, reached the grave of the Chief of Martyrs on the 40th day after Ashura, along with his servant Atiyya ibn Sa’d.
This is the Eternal Saga of Imam Husain (AS), pilgrimage to whose shrine on the Day of Arba’een is indeed passport to paradise, as promised by the Prophet and testified by many a hadith – narrated by all denominations of Muslims, including Shi’a and Sunni.
This is the reason that among the pilgrims there are many Sunni Muslims, who whole-heartedly recite the special salutation for the Immortal Martyr of Karbala, part of which reads:
“I know and bear witness that you were a Divinely-inspired light in the sublime loins and in the pure wombs, never touched you the dirt of ignorance, nor ever obscurity concealed you in its folds; I bear witness that you are the pillar of the religion - support of the Muslims, refuge of the faithful.”
The eyes of the world are glued to this greatest ever annual congregation, which is remarkably disciplined, cognizant of the Omnipresent Creator, obedient to the instructions of the Prophet, brimming with love for the Ahl al-Bayt, punctual in performing the obligatory 5-times-a-day ritual prayers, observing hygienic rules, and overflowing with fraternal affection for fellow pilgrims, for whose rest and refreshments, the general public, under supervision of the Iraqi and Iranian governments, is vying with each other to provide necessary amenities.
There are the lessons to be learnt here for the Saudi regime, which is in illegal occupation of the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, and which every year indulges in mismanagement on a massive scale of the annual Hajj pilgrimage y misbehaving with the “Guests of God”.
Today there is no trace of the graves of the Omayyads, let alone their palaces, and Insha Allah (God Willing) tomorrow there will no sign of the Saudis and all other Wahhabi heretics, while Imam Husain (AS) rules the hearts of the faithful all over the world, till the reappearance of his direct descendent the Promised Imam Mahdi al-Qa’em (AS), who will establish the global government of peace, prosperity, and justice by ridding Planet Earth of all vestiges of oppression and corruption. Amen