The greatness of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein
Some say why the martyrdom of Imam Hussein is so important and why we have in the narrations that shedding a drop of tears for Imam Hussein causes the forgiveness of all sins.
But what has Imam Hussein done that his position with God is higher than that of the prophets and others? Even this position is not mentioned for his noble father that crying for his martyrdom will lead to the forgiveness of all sins.
We must see to what extent Imam Hussein (AS) has reached the position of obedience and pleasure of God.
Imam Hussein was the one who witnessed the beating of his beloved mother by the supporters of the first caliph after the death of the Prophet when he was 6 years old, and this was not a young age to understand this heartbreaking grief. And it had not been 6 months since his mother. They lost their wounded and became orphans and suffered from the grief of motherlessness, and this grief was not small for this 6-year-old child. (1) (2)
It was in these days that Imam Hussein (AS) witnessed the worst encounters with his honorable father until he saw him on the rope around his neck in the eyes of the creators in Bani Hashem alley and how hard it is for a child who always considers his father to be the strongest man in the world. See for a moment. (1) (2)
These events were so difficult for this young child that he once addressed the second caliph in the Prophet’s mosque to come down from the pulpit of the Prophet because it was not his right. And the second caliph says in his reply that his son is really his father.
Imam Hussein witnessed the oppression of his father and the seizure of his rights for 25 years.
Imam Hussein witnessed the bad faith of the people of Kufa with his father, who repeatedly stated in his sermons: I wish I never knew you. And in the end, they bled his blood and martyred him.
Imam Hussein witnessed the Kufis’ ill-treatment of his noble brother and his insult and humiliation. Finally, he witnessed his martyrdom at the hands of the unbelievers.
Imam Hussein witnessed when they wanted to take his brother to visit the grave of his noble grandfather before burying him, how the accursed one ordered the nobleman’s body to be shot by archers, and when his zealous brother Hazrat Abbas took up the sword so that the oppressors To kill, the Imam took his brother’s hand and called him to be patient. (4) (5)
Imam Hussein, because he was committed to his brother’s allegiance to Mu’awiyah, was patient again and remained silent during Mu’awiyah’s time. But with the death of Mu’awiyah, allegiance was removed from his neck.
But the idle Yazid did not give up and ordered the emir of Medina to either take allegiance from him or kill him.
It was here that the Imam decided to start his historical movement and save the religion of his ancestor from deviation by his movement and show the people how far Islam has deviated and he must revive him with his oppressed martyrdom, and the culmination of this The target was in the desert of Karbala, who said: If my ancestor’s religion is to be revived by killing me, then surround me with the swords.
The Imam left Medina because he was not a man of allegiance and if he remained he would be martyred, but martyrdom in Medina among his people could not have caused that great shock to the deviant Muslims of that time and revived the religion. He went to Mecca, but there, for the same reason as before, and because Mecca was a safe house of God, he was afraid that the sanctity of that place would be violated. It was at this time that couriers from the people of Kufa were sent to him one after another and invited him to Kufa. The Imam knew what the end result was. But he had no right to act contrary to the existing conditions required by the intellect, custom, and duty of the Imamate. He was now the real Imam and Caliph, and a group of about thirty thousand letters had asked him to come to Kufa and become their Imam and leader. Here, the argument against the Imam was over. Therefore, the Imam sent his cousin Muslim and after him another messenger and finally left.
Abdullah Ibn Ja’far, the Imam’s cousin and the wife of Hazrat Zainab, spoke with the Emir of Mecca and promised a letter of condolence to the gentleman.
Now, before addressing the greatness of the epic of Imam Hussein (AS), several points are worth mentioning.
Firstly, in this epic, Imam Hussein had brought with him all his first-degree relatives except his brother Muhammad Hanafieh, and secondly, Imam Hussein had brought all his movable property and had no intention of returning, because of the presence of the people of Medina when the Imam left the city. And the weeping and wailing of the people at the time of farewell to the Imam and his family. Third, the Imam was determined to carry out this divine mission to the point that many relatives such as Muhammad Hanafiyyah, Ibn Abbas, Abdullah Ibn Ja’far insisted and mediated that he should not do so. In response, while accepting their arguments, he said: I have to go. Some even suggested that now that you have a definite determination to leave, do not take your family with you, but he did not accept. (Because he wanted to show the peak of self-sacrifice and self-sacrifice in the presence of God, angels, prophets and divine guardians)
If we take a brief look at the history of mankind, from Adam to the present day, we do not see an incident with the slightest resemblance to the incident of Karbala. Among the prophets, only Ibrahim was set on fire for preaching monotheism, and God saved him According to the dream he had three times, he decided to sacrifice his child, which was also rejected by God (but Imam Hussein sacrificed his sons, nieces, nephews, cousins and all his companions to God).
The greatness of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein