Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What is Spiritual Healing and How Healing Works?

We Can Never Thank Enough

If we are lucky and enjoying good health, no complications, we are not suffering in hospital - then if we think about it, and if we have any idea about our own biology, the tremendously complex systems that is part of our physical being - then we may well understand that fact that we are actually immersed in an ocean of mercy from God. How is that? Because there are countless instances in our body where a very tiny thing if gone wrong can make us instantly paralyzed, can take away our ability to move any muscle or ability to speak or to move our finger tips.

And when we think about it deeply then we may come to understand the meaning of the sacred formula in Islam, 'la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah' - which closely translate as 'there is no transformation/ movement and power except by God." That indeed is the truth.

How much do we really know about our own wondrous body?

Here are some astounding fact about our body which hopefully may bring us to that place of wonderment about our own place in creation and appreciate more the Tremendous Creator who created this marvel of marvels.

An adult human being is made up of 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (7 octillion) atoms. For perspective, there’s a ‘measly’ 300,000,000,000 (300 billion) stars in our galaxy.

Our brain’s connected neurons look similar to the structure of the universe. In a way, our brains are modeled after the universe.  In a lifetime, your brain's long-term memory can hold as many as 1 quadrillion (1 million billion) separate bits of information. New brain connections are created every time you form a memory.

With the 60,000 miles of blood vessels inside the average human body, you could circumnavigate Earth two and a half times. In one day, your blood travels 12,000 miles around your body. That’s four times the distance across the US from coast-to-coast. 

If uncoiled, the DNA in all the cells in your body would stretch 10 billion miles, from here to Pluto and back.

Our nose can remember 50,000 different scents. The human eye can distinguish about 10 million different colors. If the human eye was a digital camera it would have 576 megapixels.

Your body produces 25 million new cells each second. Every 13 seconds, you produce more cells than there are people in the United States. Human beings shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour.

When awake, the human brain produces enough electricity to power a small lightbulb. Every day, your heart creates enough energy to drive a truck for 20 miles (32 km).

Along with the five traditional senses of sound, sight, touch, smell and taste, humans have 15 “other senses.” These include balance, temperature, pain and time as well as internal senses for suffocation, thirst, and fullness.

The muscles that control your eyes contract about 100,000 times a day (that's the equivalent of giving your legs a workout by walking 50 miles).

There's more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world.

Your heart beats over 100,000 times per day. Your heart can keep beating even if it is separated from the body because it has its own electrical impulse. Your heart will pump nearly 1.5 million barrels of blood during your lifetime, enough to fill 200 train tank cars.

Nerve impulses travel to and from the brain at speeds of up to 250 miles per hour, faster than a Formula 1 racecar.

So thats just a tiny glance using some basic data about our body. But data and information can not capture the marvel of this body alone. If we compare what we know vs. what we do not know, it will be like a drop against an ocean. Even after so much discovery and advances about biological science our knowledge is still very superficial.

A Gross Example of our Ignorance

Check out this video by a company called Squatty Potty. Its a promotion of their product, but it utilizes a very simple science about our biology. In this video you will come to understand that we as human race are so ignorant still when it comes to doing very basic tasks, be it eating, sleeping or eliminating.

The video is not a hoax. The fact that since the introduction of western toilet human being is inundated with colon related diseases. Now of course it can never be attributed to just one factor, but it can not be denied that toilet posture, according to medical doctors is a major cause of hemorrhoids (bleeding), constipation, colitis or colon related diseases, appendicitis, irritable bowel syndrome and worst of all colon cancer. These diseases were not so common as they are in recent time. if you watch this small video of only 3 minutes you will come to at least partially I hope to understand our state of ignorance.

Unprecedented Level of Diseases

We are made to be well, not diseased. Our default condition of our body is to be sound and disease free. And yet if we look around us in the contemporary world we will come to notice that diseases are consuming us at a very rapid pace. You can name 100 types cancers for, for every part of your body - this is unprecedented, never in human history have we witnessed such a sorry state of affairs specially with so much opportunity, advancement, comfortable living etc.

Diabetes: In USA in 2013, the number of people who have diabetes were 24.4 million (this number will become 29.7 by 2035 projected), in 2013 in India this was 65.1 million and 98.4 million in China, both of which to become 109 and 142.7 million by 2035.

When it comes to cancer, just to give an example, its estimated that 1 out of every 8 women will develop breast cancer in their life time. This is absolutely crazy. Check Cancer Facts for details.

When it comes to our state of mind, study show that in the last decade mental illness in US has increased by 50%, over quarter of all Americans have a mental disorder. According to Reuters 168 million Europeans suffer from mental disease. CDC claims that over 10 million Americans every year contemplate or plan to commit suicide.

90% of children who visit a psychiatrist seeking help end up with a drug prescription. 9 of 13 school shooters were on or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs. 42,000 deaths a year occur related to psychiatric drugs, how many cures

What can be attributed to this strange phenomena that in terms of material comfort we are become more and more advanced and yet our emotional, mental and physical well being is just become worse. Every now and then you can hear this person or that is diagnosed with cancer, more and more hospitals, diagnostic center, more pharmaceuticals drugs, more clinics are just mushrooming.

If you investigate carefully and ask those who know, really know the reality of today's world you will come to know that this unprecedented level of diseases and suffering is a compound effect of the following factors:

  • Our mind-blowing ignorance - we have forgotten to do even the most basic things in life, like eating, sleeping and eliminating
  • our complete ignorance of ethical living, we have removed God from every possible scenario and hence violating every single immutable divine laws
  • our mindless consumption of food and drink that lacks proper nutrition, rather which are filled with dangerous toxins and chemicals

Alex Carberry's Talk Titled "Honey I Healed the Kinds"

This particular video of Alex Carberry, a herbalist and healer from England in this speech have very eloquently summarised three important aspect that affects our well-being. Before we can delve into healing, we need to understand why we are sick, what basic things as human being we are failing to do in this particular time of ours.

This article on what is Spiritual Healing and How Healing works will continue to second part and if necessary third. I am sharing here the presentation that goes along with it. If you have any question, please feel free to email me: sadiq(at)

The presentation below covers a number of topics including Quranic Healing, Effect of our Own Voice and Healing and much more and I hope to share them in next articles as well.


+ Direct download this presentation as PDF

# Related Materials:
* Quranic Healing - El Gilani Method (EGM) - a summary
* Jinniology - the Science of Non-Human Entity
* Experience of Healing Jinn by Sheikh Syed Mubarak Ali Gilani

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Light on Light ~ The Ruba’iya’t of Omar Khayya’m

Weaving mystical metaphors

Ideas Divine - GOD Awakens

In this Soul of mine

Persian carpets of Light - Life - Love

Untying lies - fly through

Jewelled doors opening Paradise

Resonance NOW Realization,

Rolls - Royce of reasoned

Words glide silently

As the Mind seeking finds

Itself - showering stars

Of Illumination

Above penetrates Below

so, Creation

Remembrance - JOY - Elevation

~ Translation by Charles Mugleston

The Hebe Theatre Company
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

In Search of the Khidr of this Age by Imran N. Hosein

And at the junction of two oceans (Majm’aa al-Bahrain),
upon the rock,
they found a servant from among the specially chosen servants
to whom the Divine Authority had given mercy
and had taught him direct knowledge (ilm ladunni).

Behold, the Divine Authority is Hu
Who encompasses both past and present in His infinite knowledge,
and no sentient being can attain a single thing of His secret Knowledge
except for what He wills.

~ Message of the Qur'an, the final transmission and forever open communication


Praise be to Allah Most Wise, and peace and blessings on the beloved Messenger of Allah (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) who lamented that Musa (‘alaihi al-Salām) did not show more patience with Khidr (‘alaihi al-Salām), the supreme teacher and guide of Ākhir al-Zamān, for had Musa done so, we would have learnt more from Khidr through Sūrah al-Kahf of the blessed Qur’ān.

The world today is akin to the skin of a banana which has been tossed into a garbage-bin and is rotting. Those who have hearts that can penetrate that reality of the world today, are a people who consequently feel lost in what has become for them, an alien world that has been reduced to barren dust:

“... and, verily, [in time] We shall reduce all that is on it (i.e., the earth) to barren dust!”

(Surah al-Kahf, 18:8)
They feel disgusted (i.e., fed-up) with this world. They long for a way out of a lonely tiresome barren life devoid of peace, contentment and true happiness. They long for raindrops from heaven that will quench the thirst in their restless hearts – a thirst for Truth and for inner peace.

The few who are disgusted with the world today look with pain and increasing frustration at the rest of mankind who consider this to be the best world ever, who marvel at all the great technological advancements of the modern age and equate such with progress, and whose greatest joy is to visit the glittering shopping malls of tinsel-town in order to spend more and more paper, plastic and electronic money while shopping for rotting banana skins:

Say: "Shall we tell you who are the greatest losers in whatever they may do?

"[It is] they whose labour has gone astray in [the pursuit of no more than] this world's life, and who none the less think that they are doing good works:

(Surah al-Kahf, 18:103-4)

It is to such people – the few who feel lost in today’s strange world – that Sūrah al-Kahf (18th Chapter of the Qur'an, the Final Testament) speaks, perchance that they may hear. It conveys to them a message that ‘they need to turn around and retrace their steps in life while searching for that rock on which sits the supreme guide of the age’.

 [Moses] exclaimed: "That [rock was the place] which we were seeking!, And the two turned back, retracing their footsteps (to the rock). . .

(Surah al-Kahf, 18:64)

Only that guide can explain the reality of the world today, and only that guide can provide such guidance as would show the way to escape from the dangers that await them wherever they turn. Allah Most High has personally warned of the awesome dangers to faith that will permeate the world in the end-time when He declared, in a Hadīth al-Qudsi recorded in Sahīh al-Bukhārī, that 999 out of every 1000 (in Ākhir al-Zamān) will enter into the hellfire.


The teacher par excellence of Ākhir al-Zamān can be recognized because he sits on a rock and is therefore as firm as a rock in his thought. He is not a drifter sitting on drifting sands whose viewpoint drifts in whichever direction the wind is blowing in London, NY, Paris etc.

Said [the servant]: "Would you believe it? When we made a stop at the rock (for a rest) ...

(and there on the rock) they found a servant of mine (i.e., Khidr)

(Surah al-Kahf, 18:63 and 65)

If, for example, the model of conduct of Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) does not allow for men and women to shake hands or to embrace and kiss each other when greeting each other socially, and if Dajjāl has fashioned a new universal religion and way of life which makes it necessary or permissible for men and women to do so, the Khidr of such a age (and those who follow him) would stand firm as a rock in refusing to conform with such a sinful departure from the Sunnah of the blessed Prophet. Those, on the other hand, who sit on shifting sand, will constantly adapt themselves to conform in their conduct with whatever Dajjāl requires of them even if this requires them to betray Nabi Muhammad (sallalhu ‘alaihi wa sallam).

The teacher of the End-time can be found at Majm’aa al-Bahrain (i.e., the place where the two oceans meet:

AND LO! [In the course of his wanderings,] Moses said to his servant: "I shall not give up until I reach the place where the two oceans meet, even if I [have to] spend untold years [in my quest]!"

(Surah al-Kahf, 18:60)

The two oceans are the ocean of knowledge externally acquired and the ocean of knowledge internally received); and because He integrates these two oceans of knowledge into a harmonious whole, his knowledge is creative and dynamic (opposite of static and mechanical). He does not memorize this Kitāb (book) and that Kitāb and the other Kitāb, and then spend the rest of his life repeating by rote the same thing over and over again like a parrot. Rather fresh knowledge and original thought flows from him like raindrops falling on a barren soil. He teaches, and lo! even the barren earth becomes lush green – and that is how he got the name Khidr which means green (Sahīh Bukhārī).

Just as he brings the dead earth back to life, so too does he bring dead hearts back to life while giving meaning and purpose to life. He is a supreme shepherd who can recognize the wolves of this age, and who knows how to protect the sheep from the wolves – especially the wolves in the Zionist-controlled banking system and petro-dollar monetary system.

The teacher can be recognized because he has two distinct qualities.

So they found one of Our servants, on whom We had bestowed Kindness and Mercy from Ourselves and whom We had taught Knowledge (directly) from Our own Presence.

(Surah al-Kahf, 18:65)

Firstly, he is always a man (never a woman) of supreme kindness and compassion, and secondly, he is blessed with internal intuitive spiritual insight in consequence of receiving knowledge directly from Allah. That spiritual insight gives him the capacity to recognize and to interpret knowledge which has come from above in an external form (the ‘boat’, the ‘boy’ and the ‘wall which was crumbling’) which requires interpretation in order for its internal reality to be penetrated and thus correctly understood.
Knowledge that has come from Allah Most High is located first of all in the blessed Qur’ān which is comprised of Ayāt (verses) which are Mukhkamāt (plain and clear), and others which are Mutashabihāt (i.e., which must be interpreted). Sūrah al-Kahf sends a message that the Ayāt Mutashabihāt of the Qur’ān have to be interpreted in order for mankind to penetrate the reality of the world in Ākhir al-Zamān.

After Khidr had explained to Musa that which had been incorrectly understood, he declared toMusa, “this is the t’awīl (interpretation) of that which you had no patience to understand.” Sūrah al-Kahf has here conveyed the important information that the interpretation of religious symbolism is not possible without knowledge received directly from Allah Most High.

The teacher of Ākhir al-Zamān who sits on a rock, is capable – by Allah’s leave – of looking ahead to see events which are yet to unfold in the historical process. Such insight into the future is beyond the capacity of conventional thought – hence Musa (‘alaihi al-Salām), who represents Banū Isrāīl, was completely unaware of the fact that a King would come to seize the boats, or that the boy would grow up so dangerously misguided that he would be a threat to his parent’s faith.

The knowledge which allows for insight into future events would be critically important in Ākhir al-Zamān when the world-order of Gog and Magog (which is the present Judeo-Christian Zionist world-order) would seek to dispossess the masses of mankind of their wealth and property in order to reduce them to such poverty and destitution as would equate to slavery. Such conditions of slavery would be necessary if Dajjāl is to ever succeed in establishing his rule over the world.

Such knowledge would also allow the believers to understand Dajjāl’s strategy with which he seeks to corrupt the youth in Ākhir al-Zamān, and then use them to destroy the faith of their parents and other elders. The believers would know to respond appropriately by cutting-off ties when the dangerously misguided young in Ākhir al-Zamān (who can include their own sons, daughters and grand-children) pose a future threat to Imān (faith) of their parents, grand-parents and other elders.

"In the last days (of the world) there will appear young people with foolish thoughts and ideas. They will give good talks, but they will go out of Islam as an arrow goes out of its game, their faith will not exceed their throats. So, wherever you find them, kill them, for there will be a reward for their killers on the Day of Resurrection." - Bukhari

The knowledge and spiritual insight of a teacher and guide such a Khidr (‘alaihi al-Salām), permits him to not only see into the future – by Allah’s leave – but to also see into the past and to thus uncover what has been, or may have been, carefully concealed. Thus was it that Musa’s (‘alaihi al-Salām) conventional knowledge and powers of understanding could not make sense of a wall being charitably rebuilt in a town that was so inhospitable. The implication of this kind of knowledge or insight in Ākhir al-Zamān, is that it makes it possible for such a guide to re-read and to reinterpret history quite differently from what has been recorded as history.

The Face of the Real Teacher remain hidden or unknown until the student is ready to recognize him through the inner faculties, eyes of the Heart. But they do exist. Earth must carry Khalifa of Allah, representative of God at all time, else it would cease to exist. May we find that Teacher, may we are helped towards this sacred and brave endeavor. So be it, Ameen


That teacher and guide does not search for, screen and select his students – not in Ākhir al-Zamān- rather, the students must search for the teacher, and when they find him, they must seek permission from him to keep his company so that they may learn from him.

Sūrah al-Kahf warns the would-be students that the methodology of study used by such a teacher is different from that which is normally employed when students are taught. The student may not question and enter into arguments while challenging this teacher, other than to humbly and politely seek further clarification or explanation. The student does not debate with this teacher. Rather the student waits with patience for an understanding of what was taught, or for what the teacher has to offer as further explanation and clarification.

The teacher is not infallible. If the student is not convinced that the teacher is rightly-guided then he should leave him and seek another teacher. But the student may not argue and debate with this teacher.


This teacher does not put up with those who have no patience to acquire knowledge from him – knowledge which otherwise would remain permanently beyond their reach. If an impatient student persists in expressing differences of opinion with this teacher, that student will eventually be dismissed from his company.

This is where (and when) we part from each other – you and I!

(Surah al-Kahf, 18:78)

by Sheikh Imran N. Hosein via KN-OW Blog | First published in 6 Nov 2014

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Through striving to shed much needed light on REAL, contemporary issues across FOUR critical, pervasive areas of our lives, we aim to drive action and empowerment through analysis, commentary and discourse that employs divine wisdom grounded in scientific fact.

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Munajat for Ahl al-Bayt (The Holy Family of Prophet Muhammad)

O Allah help us to remember the Ahl al-Bayt
and give us the capacity to recognize and learn about their virtuous lives.

O Allah help us to follow the Ahl al-Bayt who will never separate from Your Message (the Qur'an) until they meet Your beloved Prophet Muhammad at the Kawthar. +

O Allah purify us as You have purified the Ahl al-Bayt.
O Allah purify us as You have purified the Ahl al-Bayt.
O Allah purify us as You have purified the Ahl al-Bayt.

O Allah help us to live a life of the Ahl al-Bayt, the upholders and revivers of the deen of Islam.

O Allah help us to live a life of the Ahl al-Bayt, a life devoid of excess, devoid of the unreal, devoid of every vanity and uselessness, and instead a life of truth, justice, mercy, love, freedom and peace;

A life full of passion for truth and nothing else;

A life full of a sense of justice and ever detesting and protesting injustice;

A life full of mercy, love and compassion for all of Your creation;

A life full of inner and deeper peace within one's self and for that of the other;

A life full of freedom from attachment and concern of this lower world;

A life of beauteous love for the only Source of Love (Al-Wadud) and the beloved (habib) of the Supreme Lover.

Peace and blessings be upon our leader Muhammad and his holy family. Allahumma salli ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa Aale Muhammad. Ameen

The Arabic word Munajat means supplication, intimate conversation.

credit: an creations
Position of the Holy Family in Spiritual Traditions

* To understand the position of the family of the Prophet or Ahl al-Bayt, please read this valuable article. The introduction of the article speaks about the way of God regarding the elect Adam, Noah, the family of Abraham and the family of 'Imran. It further states that they were a single progeny, one from the other (Quran 3:33).

+ "I am leaving for you two precious and weighty things that if you adhere to both of them, you shall not go astray after me. They are, the Book of Allah, and my progeny, that is, my Ahl al-Bayt (the Holy Family). The Merciful has informed me that these two shall not separate from each other till they come to me by the Kawthar (Lake-Fount of Paradise)."

The Prophet also said, "Behold! People of my household (Ahl al-Bayt) are like the Ark of Noah. Whoever embarked in it was saved, and whoever turned away from it perished."(al-Mustadrak, by al-Hakim)

Tradition of the Mantle

Its worth mentioning here the Hadith of al-Kisa (Hadith of the Mantle).

The House of Prophet Muhammad for all Muslims is 'the household of prophethood and the frequenting place of angels'.

In Islamic tradition, one important event symbolizes the status of the Ahl al-Bayt with respect to the human as well as spiritual dimensions and their closeness  to the Prophet. This is the tradition or episode of al-Kisa' (the mantle, or cloak) which the Prophet spread over himself and his family. Classical tradition was almost unanimous in interpreting this verse as referring to his daughter Fatima al-Zahra' (the Radiant), her husband and cousin,' Ali, and their two sons Hasan and Husayn.

Related on the authority of 'Abd Allah b. Jafar b. Abi Talib, we read about this event:

As the Apostle of God saw mercy descending, he demanded: 'Call them for me, call them for me!' Safiyya asked: 'Who should we call, O Messenger of God?' He answered: 'Call the people of my household: 'Ali, Fatima, Hasan, and Husayn.' When they were brought, he spread a mantle over them; then lifting his hands to heaven said: 'O God, these are the people of my House; bless, O God, Muhammad and the people of the House of Muhammad!' God then sent down the verse: Surely God wishes to remove all impurities from you, O People of the House, and sanctify you with a thorough sanctification. (The Qur'an 33:33).

In still another version of the kisa' tradition, the continuity of the Prophet's family with those of earlier prophets is clearly indicated. Wathila b. al-Asqa', on whose authority this tradition in most of its variants is related, reports the following prayer uttered by the Prophet:

O God, as you have bestowed your blessings, mercy, forgiveness, and pleasure upon Abraham and the family of Abraham, so they ['Ali, Fatima, Hasan and Husayn] are of me and I am of them! Bestow, therefore, your blessings, mercy, forgiveness and pleasure upon me and them.'

This prayer echoes a prayer which Muslims repeat daily: O God, bless Muhammad and the people of the House of Muhammad, as you have blessed Abraham and the people of the House of Abraham among all beings.

This supplication of peace and blessings upon the Ahl al-Bayt as essential part of salaat is a testimony of the sanctity of the holy family.

No Transaction except Love

Say, [O Muhammad], "I do not ask you for it (this Prophetic mission and transmission) any reward to you except (your) love (mawaddata) of my near ones (qurba). And whoever earns good, We give him an increase of good; surely Allah is Forgiving, Grateful."  ~ The Qur'an 42:23

Imam al-Hasan Ibn Ali said the following in a discourse which he delivered on the martyrdom of Imam Ali:

"... I am among Ahl al-Bayt whom Allah has made their love obligatory for any Muslim when He revealed to His Prophet: "Say: I don't ask you any wage except love in Al-Qurba and if anyone earns any good We shall give Him an increase of good (Quran 42:23)." Thus earn the good deed through loving us Ahl al-Bayt." (al-Mustadrak, by al-Hakim, al-Sawa'iq al-Muhriqah, al-Bazzar, al-Tabaran)

It is narrated from Ibn Abbas who said: "The good deed in the verse: 'And if anyone earns any good We shall give Him an increase of good' is the love of family (Aal) of the Muhammad." (Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal)


# References:
* The Excellences of the Imam Husayn in Sunni Hadith Tradition
* Hadith al-Kisa
* Divine Love and Supplication of the Ahl al-Bayt
* Holy Qur'an and Ahl al-Bay 

Grateful to Tasmi Q., Allah bless her for editorial contribution.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The Eternal Karbala and Remembering Imam Husayn's Sacrifice

"Karbala witnessed the last manifestation of the pure revolutionary faith of Islam."
~ Sheikh Imran Hossein

The 10th day of Muharram, the Day of Ashura for Muslims around the world is a day to remember the martyrdom of Imam Husayn, the anniversary of his sacrifice for truth and justice as a day of solemn mourning. But what is the use of the wailing and beating of chests if the memory of Imam Husayn is buried in emotionalism conveniently separate form our lives in a world where daily the heirs of Imam Husayn struggle against the modern Yazids? If his sacrifice is to have any meaning for us today we must ask ourselves, who was this man? Why did he die? What did he teach us?

... for this day represents

complete surrender of the self,

annihilation in the One,

and thus the return 
to the Divine Presence of God.
~ Emil Ihsan - Alexander Torabi

On the 10th Muharram 61 A.H (9th October 680 AD) at Karbala, Iraq, Husayn, beloved grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, second son of Ali ibn Abu Talib and Fatima Zahra, was slaughtered along with many of his family and close followers by the armies of Yazid b. Mu’awiyah, self-styled Caliph of Islam. The reason for Husayn’s death was his refusal to acknowledge and pay homage to Yazid, a notorious debauchee who openly flaunted the limits of God (sacred law), as the leader of the Muslim world.

When the Prophet addressed the people at Ghadir al-Khumm on the return journey from his only pilgrimage, it is recorded that he said: “I leave behind amidst you two great things, the Book of Allah and my Ahl al-Bayt (the Holy Family). Should you be attached to these two, never will you go astray from me for verily these two will never part company until they both meet me at the Spring of Kawthar (Paradise).” Then he continued, “The Lord Allah Almighty is my Master and I am the master of every true believer.” And taking the hand of Hazrat Ali in his, he raised him high over the vast assembly and declared, “He is the master of all those whose master I have been. O Allah love those who love Ali and hate those who hate him.”

The love of the Prophet for Hazrat Ali is illustrated by many hadiths, chief among are the following:

‘I and Ali are of one and the same Divine Light.’

‘I am the City of Knowledge and ‘Ali is its Gate.’

‘O Ali! You are my brother in this world and the next.’

‘O Ali! You are to me as Aaron was to Moses, save that there is no apostleship after me.’

What the beloved Prophet gave to Ali who grew up with the Prophet himself, so did Ali transmit those adab (way of proper behavior), knowledge, training of the true spirit of Islam to his family, his sons and daughters and chief among them were Hasan and Husayn. They are known to be 'Chief among the youths of Paradise'.

The most honourable Prophet is reported to have said, “Husayn is of me and I am of Husayn.” Shaykh Saduq reports from Huzayfi Yamani, “I saw the holy Prophet holding the hand of Husayn and saying, “O people! Know this Husayn son of ‘Ali and Fatimah, know that by the One in whose hand is my soul, that he (Husayn) is of heaven, and his friends will be the inmates of heaven.”

Husain ibn Ali - here was a man raised in the very cradle of Islam; his life dedicated from birth to Allah, knowing nothing but the path of service. Various Hadiths corroborate that the Prophet and the Ahl al-Bayt, including Imam Husayn himself, were aware of his future martyrdom. His whole life was but a preparation for the appointed time when it was incumbent upon him to make the supreme sacrifice of the lives of himself, his family and friends.

With the death of Mu’awiyah this had arrived. On Mu’awiyah’s death his son Yazid was proclaimed caliph thanks to the former’s strong military control of the Muslim world and the carefully placed bribes by which he attempted to secure Yazid’s succession.

(.. as events unfold, Imam Husayn had to leave Medina due to imminent threat on his life by the agents of Yazid.) Once in Mecca Imam Husayn was inundated by requests from Shi’ah groups to take up an active role as their leader and overthrow the tyrannical rule of Yazid. Chief among the petitioners were the Shi’as of Kufah who had also been the first to acclaim the caliphate of Imam Hasan.

The role of the Imam is fully described by Imam Husayn in his letter to the Shi’ahs of Basrah:

“Allah chose Muhammad from among the people, honoured him with His Prophethood and selected him for His message. After he warns the people and conveyed His message to them, Allah took him back unto Himself. We, being his family, his close associates endowed with the quality of guardianship (walayat), his trustees (wakeel) and vicegerents (khalifa), and his heirs (waris) and legatees are the most deserving among all the people to succeed him. But people preferred themselves over us for this. We became contented, disliking dissension and anxious to preserve the peace and well-being (of the community), through we were fully aware that we were more entitled to this (leadership) than those who had taken it for themselves… I have sent my messenger to you and I call you to the Book of Allah, and the Sunnah of His Prophet, the Sunnah which has become obliterated by innovations. If you listen to me and obey my instructions I will guide you to the right path. May the Peace and Mercy of Allah be upon you.”

Could the man who wrote this letter have acknowledged the rule of one who openly mocked the message of the Prophet? The very purity of his being rendered martyrdom inevitable.

As Imam Husayn and his party traveled towards Kufah, Ibn Ziyad (the ruthless governor of Basrah at that time) was enforcing the most stringent restrictions on the Kufans. He blocked all roads leading to Kufah from the Hijaz and set up strong military surveillance of all border areas. At Tha’libiya Imam Husayn received word of the murder of his ambassador to Kufah. Then at Zubala he heard that his messenger, Qays who had been carrying a letter to the Kufans informing them of the Imam’s imminent arrival, had been captured and killed. Qays had been thrown from the rooftop of the Ibn Ziyad’s palace in Kufah she he refused to curse Imam Husayn to save his own life.

On hearing of his faithful follower’s death, Imam Husayn is reported to have quoted a verse from the Quran,

“Among the believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allah. Some of them have completed their vow (sacrificed their lives) and some others are waiting (to die) but they have never changed (their intent) in the least.” (Quran 33:23)
O Allah make paradise an abode for us and for them, and unite us all in a resting place under your mercy, and make your reward our only object of desire and our treasure. 

He then warned his followers that they were marching towards certain death and that any who had joined him in search of worldly gain should leave him. Many who had joined him as he traveled did leave him at this juncture.

As Imam Husayn drew close to Kufah, he learnt of the strong military presence at al-Qadisiya and changed his route. The enemy, however, soon realised his change of plan and sent a contingent of 1000 soldiers under the command of Hurr b. Yazid to intercept Imam Husayn. By the time Hurr’s troop reached Imam Husayn they had run out of water and were dying of thirst in the savage desert sun. Imam Husayn, on hearing their plaintive cries for water, ordered that all his camp’s reserve be distributed to the enemy force; he himself served the Umayyad soldiers with the precious supplies of water.

Hurr an honourable man, had no wish to harm the grandson of the Prophet, and although he and his forces marched close by the Imam’s keeping them under close surveillance, he used no force against him. Such was his respect for Imam Husayn that he prayed behind him at the hours of prayer.

On the 2nd Muharram 61 AH (2nd October 680) Imam Husayn reached the plains of Karbala and ordered they pitch camp there.

He summoned the owners of the plain and purchased the area from them. He then gifted it back to the local people, informing them that on the tenth of the month they would see the headless corpses of himself and his followers lying on the ground. He begged them to take the bodies and give them proper burial. he also entrusted to them the responsibility of acting as hosts to the many pilgrims who would in future years visit their tombs.

With every step he took Imam Husayn seemed to be conscious of his tryst with destiny. Before he reached Karbala four leading Shi’ah of Kufah managed to reach him to warn that certain death awaited him there. Their guide Tirimmah b. Adi offered to lead him to safety in the mountains from where, reinforced by twenty thousand warriors from the local tribes, he would be able to amount an attack on his enemies. He refused to do this although to continue as he was doing meant certain death.

On the 3rd Muharram Umar b. Sad arrived with an army of 4000 men with instructions from Ibn Ziyad to blockade the road to the river cutting off the Imam’s water supplies. By the 7th of Muharram the little band was without water, women and babies grasping in the desert sands. Ibn Sad afraid marched on the camp. Imam Husayn sent his half brother Abbas and a handful of men to ask the commander for a night’s respite. This was granted.

Thus on the eve of the 10th day of Muharram Husayn assembled his family and supporters and spoke to them accordingly.

“I give praise to Allah who has honoured us with the Prophet, has taught us the Qur’an and favoured us with His religion I know of no worthier companions than mine. May Allah reward you with all the best of His regard. I believe tomorrow our end will come… I ask you all to leave me alone and to go away to safety. I free you from your allegiance to me and I don’t bold you back. Night will provide you with a cover, use it as a steed.”

Soon only a few remained in the camp. They spend the night reading the Qur’an and in prayer and supplication preparing for their assured end.

On the morning of the Ashura (10th Muharram) Imam Husayn drew up his army of 72 men, who ranged in age from the seventy year old Muslim b. Awaja to Qasim the fourteen year old son of Imam Husayn. Dressed in the cloak of the Prophet, perfumed with musk, the Qur’an raised in his hand, the Imam rode alongside his men addressing them this:

“O Allah You are my only Trust in every calamity, You are my only hope in every hardship, You are the only promise in the anxiety and distress in which hearts become weak and action become slight, in which one is deserted and forsaken by one’s own friends, and in which the enemies take malicious pleasure and rejoice at one’s misfortunes. O Allah, I submit myself to You, my complaints is to You alone against my enemies and to You alone is my desire and request. Who else other than You can relieve me from grief. You alone are the custodian of every blessing and the Master of every excellence and the last resort for every desire.”

The enemy, on hearing his words, resorted with vile insults. Still Imam Husayn would not let his companions fire a single arrow. For according to old Arab custom, it was prohibited to fight in the month of Muharram in addition to three other months in the lunar calendar. Hence the Imam would not allow his men to act as the aggressors.

As the heat of the day grew, Imam Husayn came forward again and again to remind them in the name of Allah and His Messenger of the heinous crime they were about to commit, of his own relationship to the Prophet and the merits of his family. Each time their only retort was that he must pay homage / give allegiance to Yazid.

A few however, in the enemy camp had not been indifferent to the words of Imam Husayn for on the morning of Ahura thirty nobles of Kufah, who were with Ibn Sad, had come over to Imam Husayn’s side electing to die with him rather than face eternal damnation. Hur, the commander who had obstructed the Imam’s way as he neared Karbala, had also been brooding over the situation and finally chose to join Imam Husayn bringing with him his son, brother and a slave. Throwing himself at the feet of the Imam, he begged to be allowed to give his life for him in redemption of the crime he had committed by waylaying Imam Husayn’s path. To this Imam Husayn gladly agreed and Hur was one of the first to die in the battle.

As afternoon approached the fighting became fierce and soon only the Imam’s family remained alive. Then one by one they gave up their precious lives. First was Ali al-Akbar, the son of Imam Husayn, who was said to look so like the Prophet that when he went into battle the enemy force were temporarily stunned, believing that the Prophet himself had risen again to aid his beloved son. Yet they stopped only for a moment and the boy was attacked from all sides and fell with a lance pierced through his breast. He died before his father’s eyes even as Imam Husayn prayed to Allah that this sacrifice of his dearest son would be acceptable in His eyes.

Qasim, the son of Imam Hasan, begged his uncle that he too might join the fight presenting him with a closed letter that had been written by his father with instructions that he should open it only when the worst calamity befell him. The note instructed Qasim that when a time came that his uncle Husayn was besieged by his enemies on all sides and when every true lover of Allah and the Holy Prophet laid down his life defending the cause of truth, Qasim must sacrifice his own life on behalf of his father.

.. Qasim departed for the battle fray and after killing five famous warriors from the enemy forces fell from his horse and his uncle watched helplessly as the cavalry trampled his body to death. Even Aun and Muhammad, the ten and nine years old sons of Zaynab, the sister of Imam Husayn, on their mother’s instruction entered the battle ground giving up their young lives with the other martyrs of their family.

‘Abbas, the half brother of Imam Husayn, his steadfast comfort and support throughout all these events, was dust down after valiant dash to the river to obtain water for the thirsty children. Imam Husayn, answering the call of their sister, Zaynab, went to the women’s tent where he found his six month son, Ali al-Asghar, whose mother milk has run dry, drying of thirst. Taking the baby in his arms he went towards the enemy forces begging them to bring water for it. Fearing that this piteous sight would cause his soldiers to mutiny, Ibn Sad ordered one of his men to fire on the Imam. The arrow pierced through Imam Husayn’s arm cutting the infant through the neck. The baby died in his father’s arms.

Wounded, exhausted from thirst, this body smattered with the blood of his baby on, Imam Husayn returned to the women’s tents to bid them a last farewell and warn them of the trials and tribulations that would befall them after his death. To Zaynab, his beloved sister and close companion since childhood, he entrusted the care of the women and children, particularly his young daughter Sakinah, who was know for her strong attachment to her father. Ali Zayan al-Abidin his only surviving son, was lying helpless on his sick bed unable to join the battle. Imam Husayn went to his bedside to appoint him as his successor, entrusting him to carry on the Light of Muhammad to mankind. The young man, who was too weak to stand unaided, struggle to be to his feet, begging his father that he might be with him in the final fight. Imam Husayn restrained him, reminding him of his sacred duties and of the blessed progeny that were destined to be his issue - the future of Imams of the Ahl al-Bayt.

All through that day, Imam Husayn had gathered the dead bodies of his companions and brought them to his tent, laying them carefully side by side to await burial. It was to this solemn task he returned during the last minutes of his life. And there, by the side of his tent, a group of enemy soldiers led by Shimr found him. Attacking Imam Husayn from every side, they hacked his pure body to the ground.

All the while, the women and children watched horror struck. Abdullah, the youngest son of Imam Hasan, threw himself across the path of the soldiers trying to protect his uncle with his own body, and was thus martyred. Finally, Sinan severed the head from the body of the mutilated Imam.

The mortal life of Imam Husayn had ended but his memory lives on eternally. By his sacrifice, he had revitalised islam, saving it from corruption and decay. Men had called into easeful sloth when the great light of Muhammad had been closely followed by the darkness of Muawiah and Yazid. The shock of Karbala forced many to reconsider the meaning of true Islam and to question the extent of their commitment to Allah. The martyrs of Karbala had left for posterity the highest example of living Islam. The majority of Muslims who followed them might remain subservient to corrupt rulers and fall short of this ideal, but a standard behavior had been set. None could deny that the way of Imam Husayn was the way of Muhammad, the perfect man.

Tyrants might come and go; indeed Yazid lived on to oder the pillage of Mecca and Medina, but never again did a caliph of either the Umayyad or Abbasid Houses attempt to extract an oath of allegiance from the Ahl al-Bayt. The defeat of the body was the victory of the spirit for the light of Karbala guides us still.

The battle of Imam Husayn and Yazid is the relentless battle between the higher and the lower nafs waged daily in the hearts of men, the eternal Karbala of the self.

~ Quoted from "Leaves from a Sufi Journal" - article titled "Eternal Karbala" by Umm Hussain

Lessons for us:

The thread of pure Islam was preserved by the holy family of the Prophet, those who received transmission most directly. Unfortunately who defeated them, killed them one after another - Sunni Islam formalized partially under their corrupt leadership. That's why if someone wants to learn how Islam was lived, they must study the life of the Ahl-Bayt, the people of the household of the Prophet of Allah.

Walayat (Guardianship) both spiritual and worldly affairs (one can not be separated from the other) was best entrusted to the people of the household, beginning from Ali and Fatima that continue through Hasan and Husayn. The door of Prophethood (Nubuyat) closed and door of Spiritual Guardianship (Walayat) was opened. Husayn was an upholder of the office of Walayat and Imamiyat.

One of the characteristics of Wali is their adherence to truth and the must never compromise with falsehood. They can never give their hand (allegiance) to falsehood, even at the price of their own life. Falsehood must perish and truth will prevail and it does.

One of the characteristic of Wali is that they come empty from God and return back to God with their hand and pocket empty, no attachment is kept before death. Its worth noting how Husayn distributed the reserve food and water to his enemy soldiers and how he purchased the land of Karbala and then distributed among the locals there. This is a Sunnah of the Wali, they must empty themselves of any worldly possessions before they return to the Lord.

Husayn is full concern for the well being of others, that is the sign of a true human being, sign of a true Muslim, true faithful. This was a Sunnah of his grandfather who was rahmatallil alamin (mercy to the worlds), Husayn was true to this up to his last breath. His concern was the proper burial of his companions, his concern was those future pilgrims who will come to say salaam to his tomb and those with him. That is the mercy flowing not only in his time but to many ages and time to come, that is many worlds (characteristics of rahmatallil alamin). This is how love of a fully awakened human being flows towards infinity.

May Allah send his peace and blessings upon the Master Muhammad and his holy family and specially to the Ahl e Bayt, Ali, Fatimah, Hasan and Husayn. May those who have shed a single tear out of love and compassion for the Ahl e Bayt be united with them in the paradise. Ameen.

# Further:
* Ya Hussain, Ya Hussain by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
* Life of Imam Hussain
* Imam Hussain 3rd Imam
* Tragedies of Karbala

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