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Imam Hussein, A Rightly Guided Imam


Here you can familiar with some lessons of Karbala:

1. Importance of Amr Bil Maroof (Enjoining Good) and Nahi Anil Munkar (Forbidding Evil)

The event teaches us; not to waiver from the right path and not to panic while discharging obligations. One has to have conviction on the hereafter and focus ones mind on permanent consequences in the hereafter.

This has to be done irrespective of how big or strong the enemy is and irrespective of the consequences, but with the knowledge of what Shariat requires us to do under those circumstances.

One should never give up, for e.g. despite strength of Media or other social widespread ills, we need to continue to believe that we can overcome and continue to fight ,rather than give up saying that the enemy is strong and we cannot achieve anything by ourselves. One can at least begin with ones own family and then the surrounding environment. Know and Discharge your duties with whatever is in your capacity and leave the results to Allah (swt)

2. Taqleed & resorting to an Alim, and not making your own verdicts on Islamic issues

Once there is conviction on the leader and his knowledge, his word is obeyed without any objections/reservation.

The importance of knowing fiqh (Islamic practical laws) is seen from the event when Imams sister asks for edict from the Imam of the time, even while the tents are burning.

3. Selection of spouse and Islamic upbringing of children

This is seen from 2 events. First Imam chooses Lady Ummul Banin as wife for a progeny like Hazrat Abbas (as) and secondly when Imam addresses the Yazidi troops telling them that it’s the fault of their forefathers and upbringing which has made them fight against him.

4. Husband- wife relations

 It teaches that the wife is to be a source of peace for husband...thus Imam’s statement that I don't like a house devoid of Rabab and Sakina. The wife should not stop her husband from discharging his duties to him. Lady Rabab did not stop Imam even when he took their child towards death. Sometimes women don't even allow their husbands to go to hajj without them. Women should support and encourage their men in discharging their duties to him (swt) and others.

 5. Importance of knowledge


The purpose of Imams sacrifice is mentioned in four words in Ziarat Arbaeen where we say that ‘I give witness that the entire purpose of the total sacrifice was ‘saving people (bande) from ignorance (jihalat)’

6. The event teaches Ikhlas

Do your duties for HIS sake only, without any Riya (show off), thus belief in hereafter /Qiyamat must be very strong (Yagheen), only then one can sacrifice material things/pleasure for permanent benefits in hereafter.

7. It teaches us to have control over emotions while acting for HIS sake. At the same time it does not prevent us from expressing our emotions, but without compromising on the actions required for HIS sake.

8. Importance of Hijab and Reservation from all non mahram, whether they are close family friends or non mahram family members. This is seen from many events after 10th Muharram.

9.The 4th Imam (as) said that his follower should; avoid Music, should not shave his beard and should not indulge in gambling/chess or drink liquor, as these were the traits of Yazid and it reminds him of the day he was standing in court.

10. Importance of Namaz as even during the battle this was remembered. Praying on time and in Congregation (Jamat) Importance of Quran as even the severed head of the Imam was reciting the Quran.

11. Azadari, Namaz and complimentary to each other are very important .They have no conflict as 4th Imam was the Greatest Azadar and the Greatest Abide, at the same time!


12. The event teaches us to be in Submission to HIS will...at all times, in all states. Imam (as) even offered a sajda (prostration) of thanks when every conceivable difficulty was upon him.

We too need to find out what is HIS will in all situations, accept it …..and Act upon it. So that we can be counted amongst the Imams companions and participate in the Army of the Living Imam (atfs) upon his return.

Source: duas.org

Other links:

Imam Hussein was surrounded by the enemies of Islam

Muharram and Safar, A Time of Mourning

Why Imam Hussein (a.s) is not forgotten?

Why we cry for Imam Hussein (a.s)?

The Day of Ashura

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