Lessons that Muslims and all humans can learn from Imam Hussein’s martyrdom
The event of Ashura and tragic martyrdom of Imam Hussein is a lesson and a source of guidance for the Islamic Ummah and all decent humans.
Definitely, Islam is alive because of the event of Ashura and the sacrifices of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam.
The famous narration from the Holy Prophet Muhammad that “Hussein is from me and and I am from Hussein” means that he continued the path of the Prophet and he continued to promote Islam after him.
If it had not been for the event of Ashura and if these great sacrifices had not been made in the history of Islam, this valuable experience and this practical lesson would not have been bestowed on the Islamic nation and Islam would have definitely deviated from its path, as many religions before Islam did, and nothing would have remained from it.
Hussain is a role model that all human beings can aspire to; his spirit lives on forever in the human conscience.
The way he lived and the way he died show us the value he placed on faith in God, piety, morality and honor.
In his own words he sums it up beautifully: “Death with dignity is better than a life of humiliation”
Like every year, millions of Muslims across the world observed Ashura, which fell on August 18 this year, commemorating the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein.
Ashura is the culmination of a 10-day annual mourning period in the lunar calendar month of Muharram for Imam Hussein (AS), who was martyred along with his 72 companions in the Battle of Karbala in southern Iraq in 680 AD after fighting courageously for justice against the much larger army of the Umayyad caliph, Yazid.
The Muharram ceremonies symbolize the eternal and unwavering stance of truth against falsehood and humanity’s struggle against injustice, tyranny and oppression.
Each year on Ashura, the mourners, dressed in black, march in mass processions, listen to elegies and hold noon prayers, with benefactors distributing votive foods.
One can derive many lessons from the martyrdom of Imam Hussein.
Some of these great lessons is that Islam is not a religion of compromise with a tyrant ruler. Therefore, Imam Hussain in one of his speeches on the way to Karbala said, " To live with an oppressor is a crime in itself"
Another second lesson is the concept of ownership of life and giving it to the cause of the owner. Our body and life belong to our Creator, and should be spent on His cause. Even if we do that, all we are doing is returning it to the original owner.
There is a great reward for martyrdom. A martyr is next to Prophets in heaven.
The third lesson, is standing up to trial when we are called. This has to be a criterion for entering into Heaven. Allah says: in the Chapter 2 of the Holy Quran, verse 214: Do you think you will enter the Garden (of Bliss) without such (trails) as come to those before you."