the grandson of prophet mohammed

Bahraini Shiite Muslims pose for a selfie during a ceremony marking Ashura, which commemorates the seventh century slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama on November 4, 2014. Ashura mourns the death of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, who was killed by armies of the Yazid near Karbala in 680 AD.

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GREECE, Piraeus : Pakistani Shiite Muslim immigrants to Greece touch a horse as they take part in a religious Ashura procession in Athens’ Piraeus district on November 4, 2014. Ashura commemorates the killing of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, by the army of the Caliph Yazid in 680 AD, the formative event in Shiite Islam. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

anonymous asked:

What do you mean about Muharram? Can you please explain?

To be a Shi’a Muslim in ISIS-controlled areas is like being a Jew in Nazi Germany, it’s an automatic death sentence. Muharram is one of the important times of the year for Shia Muslims (and should be for all Muslims) because it marks a huge fork in the road in Islamic history. Each year we remember how a tyrannical dictator, murderer, drunkard, and rapist named Yazeed bin Mu’awiya took over the Caliphate and demanded that all Muslims pledge allegiance to him as their ruler and in particular he wanted Imam Hussein (AS), the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) to publicly pledge allegiance to him because in the eyes of the Muslim world he was the rightful leader and therefor a political threat. Imam Hussein (AS) declined and said he would never recognize a corrupt murderer as a leader of Muslims because it goes against everything his grandfather taught him. He left toward Iraq where there were still followers of the Ahlul Bayt (family of the Prophet). Yazeed sent an army which cut them off in a desert land known as Kerbala. For ten days they were trapped and surrounded, and Imam Hussein was stranded with 72 total followers mostly being his family, women, and children. Despite all this he still refused to support Yazeed and instead continued to call on the army to stop what they’re doing and either join him
or leave him alone. He famously stood out in front of an army of tens of thousands and said:
“Am I not the son of your Prophet’s daughter?!”

He was killed and beheaded alongside his sons, his brothers, and few loyal companions. Their heads were put on spears and their bodies trampled on by the enemy’s horses. The tents of his camp were all burned and their bodies were left out to rot. The women and children were put in chains and marched to Damascus on foot.

This is what happened to the man who the Prophet referred to as the Master of the youth of Paradise. The man who the Prophet hugged closely and said “Hussein is from me and I am from Hussein”. These were the grandsons and granddaughters of the Prophet Mohammed! The sons and daughters of Imam Ali and Fatima Al-Zehra!

For the Shi’a (followers of the Prophet and his family) Muharram is the time of the year when we remind ourselves of these stories. Stories when the blood became victorious over the sword. We remember how Ghandi, a Hindu, said “I learned from Hussein how to be victorious while losing.” We see him as a revolutionary symbol and a reminder to always stand up against injustice even if you’re standing alone in front of a hundred thousand swords ready to cut you. It is a reminder that the sons of Yazeed and his army are alive today through the likes of ISIS and terrorist groups who will kill anyone for following the true teachings of Islam. And it is a reminder that the battle of Kerbala did not end and is still going on today. This is why the farmers of Amerli yelled out “Ya Hussein” with every bullet fired against ISIS while they were under siege and starvation for two months, because they learned from their teacher Hussein (AS) that it is better to die on your feet than live on your knees. Every year on Ashura, the tenth day of Muharram when the tragedy occurred, we re-live those scenes and a fire is set ablaze in our hearts and if ISIS wants to kill us just for being the followers of Hussein then let them open fire because every person they miss will come at them with everything they got and destroy them. Iraq will never fall, we’ve been hit with much worse and remained standing.

Incredible scenes from Karbala, Iraq as Shi'a Muslims make the annual trip for Arba'een, marking the 40th day after the tragedy of Karbala in which Imam Hussain (AS), grandson of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) was slaughtered along with his family and companions by the tyrant caliph Yazeed bin Mu'awiyah. Mourners from all over the world, with an average of about 17 million pilgrims this year, come to a war-torn country like a Iraq, braving even ISIS attacks, just to pay their respects to the Prophet’s grandson, who showed with every drop of his blood and fallen friend and relative, that the religion of his grandfather is one of mercy, love, and compassion. This event was a major fork in history, and as the famous saying goes: “Every day is Ashura, every land is Karbala”. The battle between Hussain (AS) and the tyrant Yazeed is an eternal battle between good and evil, between justice and injustice. Today we see the armies of Yazeed in the likes of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and other bloodthirsty groups who hijack religion to further their own sick and twisted agenda. This annual pilgrimage is a renewal of an eternal promise, a reminder to always stand up against injustice, and that no matter how many Yazeeds come throughout the course of history, we will always choose the side of Hussain (AS) and his grandfather Mohammed (PBUH).

INDIA, NEW DELHI : Indian shiite Muslim women and children crowd the upper floors of a local mosque as they watch Muslim men flagellate themselves at the end of a Ashura procession in the old quarters of New Delhi on November 4, 2014. Thousands of faithful gathered for a procession that ended at the mosque. Ashura mourns the death of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, who was killed by armies of the Yazid near Karbala in 680 AD. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT

Bahraini Shiite Muslim women stir a pot of rice, meat and vegetables being prepared to feed participants in a ceremony marking Ashura, which commemorates the seventh century slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, in the village of Al Malikiyah, south of Manama on October 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH