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THE ECSTATIC DIMENSION OF KARBALA

10th of Muharram 1430 [Day of 'Ashura]

ASHURA- A DAY OF SELF-TRANSFORMATION

9th Muharram 1430 AH [lunar]

THE TEAR OF EVERY BELIEVER

8th Muharram 1430 AH [lunar]

PROXIMITY TO IMAM HUSAYN (A) THROUGH ZIYARA

7th Muharram 1430 AH [lunar]

THE QUESTION OF VICTORY

6th Muharram 1430 AH [lunar]Lecturers in Muharram sometimes discuss the question of victory in the battle of Karbala. After asking who actually won, they say that despite the apparent loss met by Imam al-Husayn ('a), they were the ultimate winners. I personally feel that such a question is incorrect. It is only when Imam al-Husayn ('a) appears in Karbala for the sole purpose of apparently defeating Yazid in that particular physical battle that this question comes about. We already know that the fundamental purpose why Imam al-Husayn ('a) rose was to affect reform in the Muslim community and revive the Islamic values therein. And in order to achieve this, he was ready to give all whatever he had in the path of the Beloved. He was prepared to suffer all the sufferings that he met for the revival of religion in which he knew was the eternal salvation of mankind. And he did achieve what he rose for. Hence he won what he actually fought for!

HUSAYN IS FROM ME AND I AM FROM HUSAYN

5th Muharram 1430 AH [lunar]The Holy Prophet (s) is reported to have said, "Husaynun minni wa ana min Husayn" (Husayn is from me and I am from Husayn).Imam Husayn ('a) being from the Holy Prophet (s) is up to a certain extent understood. However, what exactly does "ana min Husayn" (I am from Husayn ('a)) mean? Scholars have mentioned different interpretations for the tradition. One important meaning is the spiritual harmony between the Holy Prophet (s) and Imam al-Husayn ('a). The Holy Prophet (s) is trying to tell the people that I am of the kind of al-Husayn. The preposition "min" sometimes confers this very meaning. In simple words "I and Husayn have spiritual harmony". Hence if you see Husayn, it is as if you have seen me, and vice versa. Therefore the revolution of al-Husayn ('a) is the revolution of the Holy Prophet (s).