Today many Muslims in the world are commemorating the martyrdom of Al-Hussain Bin Ali who is to be regarded without any dispute as the champion of freedom. This event is often called the tragedy of Karbala, but I believe it should be called the “the redemption of freedom”. From a higher perspective I believe it is truly sad to classify the sacrifice of Imam Hussain as mere tragedy, for such classification would keep the divine message of Imam Hussain’s sacrifice within the context of tears and emotions, and may render this universal human revolution into sensational event devoid from any real purpose, and consequently would compromise its main goals and objectives and that is to uphold the principles of justice and love.
Perhaps that is why only 10 percent of Muslims commemorate this divine event mainly within the context of tragedy. And unfortunately 90 percent of Muslims do not even notice it, instead they are lead to believe that it is a prophetic tradition to celebrate this day of ‘ashura as a happy occasion in reference to Prophet Musa (as) for the liberation of the Jews from the grip of Pharaoh. Such alleged tradition is not remotely close in honouring Imam Hussain’s sacrifice on the day of ‘ashura-this of course is no brainier that it is a clear evidence to the conspiracy to cover up the crime of murdering Imam Hussain and to undermine the message of his revolution, and indeed they were successful to great extend in doing so and evidence of that notion is clear in the Muslim world today when we see 90 percent of Muslims in the world are indifferent with this event.
Furthermore I would like to remind my Shi’a Muslim brothers to be aware of the fact that their approach to Imam Hussain’s message that is within the context of emotions and sorrow and the various exaggerations and lies attributed to the events of Karbala, would certainly contribute, intentionally or not, to the Muslim hypocrites’ conspiracy against the principles of Imam Hussain’s message. This current approach, unfortunately have transformed this divine event into a mere emotional yearly episodes that last as these emotions last.
However I truly admire and appreciate the overwhelming level of love and emotions which are displayed by the Shi’a Muslim brothers during the days of ‘ashura every year, but they must be very aware of the danger of their current emotional approach and the corrupted traditions of the event, towards the martyrdom of Imam Hussain. There is too much emphasis on the physical aspect of the battle and very little attention or none towards the the true purpose of Hussain’s universal message of peace and love. The relentless and perpetual talks of the details of the mutilations of Imam Hussain and the martyrs of Karbala in essence represent a mutilation of the entire message of Imam Hussain.
Shi’a Muslims should ask themselves as to why 90 percents of Muslims, Sunni Muslims, are not sharing the commemoration of Hussain every year with them. No one can accuse all Sunni Muslims as complicit in the conspiracy of the enemies of Islam, against the household of the prophet, absolutely not. True Sunni Muslims love Hussain and the rest of ahlulbait but are not necessarily aware of their importance to the Islamic message due to their corrupted inherited Muslim teachings and which have deliberately erased ahlulbait’s important role out from the doctrine of Islam.
So Shi’a Muslims must reach out to their Sunni Muslims through the teachings of Hussain. I believe that the many current negative aspects of commemorations of Karbala events which are being expressed by Shi’a Muslims may intimidate the Sunni Muslims in celebrating, the victory of Hussain over tyranny, and prevent them from seeking true unity with their “Shi’as” brothers.
Here is a wonderful poetry in honoring Imam Hussain martyrdom; read it in the link below which I regularly visit and get inspired by. The corner-wordpress-remembering-karbala