O Lady whose character deems eloquence unworthy of comparison to her,
Peace be upon the soul which held the weight of the Universe upon its shoulders.
By God, if the mountains held half of which you stood to bear, they would crumble to dust before our eyes,
By God, if the skies looked at the tragedies you contained within your chest they would shatter like pieces of glass;
By God, if the oceans contained the sadness within your heart they would be left boiling with the heat of loss you faced.
O daughter of the Best Creation,
O daughter of the Lion of God,
O daughter of the Mistress of women,
O daughter of greatness, how I wish I spoke the language of loss and tragedy as to share the grief you withheld.
O how I wish I could lay my soul beneath your feet as to pay the debt owed to your greatness.
O how I wish I sacrifice the entirety of creation in return for the happiness that was stolen from your heart.
Peace be upon you O mother of tragedies,
Peace be upon you O one who stood against tyranny and injustice,
Peace be upon the lady whose greatness cannot be contained within words or imagination,
Peace be upon the soul which manifest some of the Lord’s Mercy and Justice.
It is reported that Fatema before her departure, called her daughter Zainab to her and willed to her that on the day when Husain would ask her for some torn clothes, it will be the last departure of Husain from her (Zainab), the to kiss Husain on her behalf on Husain’s throat on whi ch will pass the sword of Shimar the assassin.
Let the thirst you feel remind you of thirst of The Prophet’s family(SAWW) as they walked under the scorching sun.
Let it remind you of their thirst as their men fought, their women taught; whilst the children were frightened.
Let it remind you of the thirst of Sakina,
whose thirst broke the heart of Al Abbas(a.s) and had him run for some water. Let it remind you how the enemy had no mercy,
how they surrounded him,
how an arrow pierced his eye and his hands severed one by one; how they butchered him.
Let it remind you of the thirst of Zeinab(a.s), who couldn’t think of the dryness of her throat because she was occupied with the young and the sick.
Let your thirst remind you of the thirst of Al Hussein(a.s) who was forced to watch his friends and family killed one by one.
But most importantly, let your thirst remind you of the six-month old baby;
The baby of Al Hussien(a.s) for surely it deserved to quench its thirst.
Let it remind you of Hussein’s (a.s) desperation for one droplet,
desperation that had him hold the baby to the sky, addressing the enemy.
Let it remind you of his plea for a droplet from the enemy to save the life of his infant.
Let your thirst remind you of the arrow that pierced the throat of his beloved;
instead of receiving a droplet that quenched the thirst of the infant’s throat. Let it remind you of the blood he recieved in return of the plea for water, blood that rose to the seven skies as the ultimate tragedy and sacrifice.
Today the world has truly lost,
lost the second greatest creation of God. Today the world lost the Prince of believers,
the Lion of God,
the most just man,
the most kind man,
the greatest warrior,
the fairest leader,
the wisest scholar,
the kindest father,
the most gentle human,
the most firm man.
The one who lions bowed to in respect,
the one who mountains are embarrassed when held in comparison to his strength.
The bravest man who served the Prophet(S),
the closet to the man who God loves most,
the most loving husband,
the king of patience,
the bearer of the Flag of justice,
the flag of Islam,
the flag of the Prophet; the flag of God.
The man who water would gush when he spoke to it,
the man who the monsters of the wild would surrender to,
the man who held strength unrivalled to in all of man kind,
the man who lived the humblest whilst being able to turn the dust to gold.
Peace be upon the man who God was pleased by his pleasure,
the man who truth follows,
the man who God allowed Islam to be formally established by the raise of his arm.
Today we loose the man whose love is the divider between Heaven and Hell.
We loose the man who followed the Prophet(S) like a baby camel follows its mother,
We loose the man who lay instead of the Prophet ready to give up his life,
We loose the man who God had derived his name from His own Glory,
We loose the man who angels were honoured to speak to.
Today we depart from the Husband of Fatima, the most beloved to the Prophet, the one who God places His happiness with hers.
We bid farewell to the Father of the two Masters of Heaven’s youth, who showed nothing but patience and honour.
We bid farewell to the Father of Zeinab, who proved to be the epitome of eloquence and bearer of calamities; the viewer of beauty.
Peace be upon the soul that constantly laid under the feet of the Prophet,
Peace be upon the man who held the Prophet; the entire weight of the Prophecy upon his shoulders,
Peace be upon the man who sacrificed all to The Only One,
Peace be upon the man who sacrificed his self to Allah(swt),
Peace be upon the man who sacrificed his family for the sake of the Lord.
With which words do I Praise the personality that shook the entire universe with his existence, his justice, his love, his honour,
Peace be upon the soul that needs eternity to truly count the blessings God had manifested through and within it.
Peace be upon who served no one other than God;
Peace be upon your blessed soul O Ali Ibn Abi Taleb!
Inspired by The Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia, hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters swept through the streets of Egypt on the 25th of January, 5 years ago, demanding an end to the corruption and Mubarak’s 30 year rule as President.
25 January 2011: An anti-government protester defaces a picture of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak in Alexandria [Stringer]
26 January 2011: Riot police clash with protesters in Cairo as thousands of Egyptians defied a ban on protests by returning to Egypt’s streets and calling for President Hosni Mubarak to leave office [Goran Tomasevic]
A protester holds up a banner in front of a line of riot police in downtown Cairo. [Unknown]
28 January 2011: A protester stands in front of a burning barricade as police and demonstrators fought running battles on the streets of Cairo in a fourth day of protests
28 January 2011: An Egyptian anti-government activist kisses a riot police officer following clashes in Cairo, Egypt [Lefteris Pitarakis]
28 January 2011: A man tries to protect himself with an Egyptian flag as police fire water cannons at protesters in Cairo
A masked protester throws a gas canister towards Egyptian riot police, not seen, near the Interior Ministry during clashes in downtown Cairo. [Tara Todras-Whitehill]
28 January 2011: A protester watches an Egyptian Army armoured vehicle burn in Cairo after President Hosni Mubarak ordered troops into Egyptian cities in an attempt to quell growing mass protests demanding an end to his 30-year rule
28 January 2011: Egyptians gather around the burning headquarters of the ruling National Democratic party (NDP) in Cairo [Khaled Desouki]
A graffitied smiley face on a wall constructed by the military to impede protesters. [Amru Salahuddien]
29 January 2011: The headquarters of the ruling National Democratic (NLD) party burns after it was set ablaze by protesters in Cairo [Yannis Behrakis]
Riot police use water cannons on protesters trying to cross the Kasr al-Nile bridge. [Peter Macdiarmid]
30 January 2011: Protesters in Cairo hold a banner featuring a cartoon calling for Hosni Mubarak to step down [Asmaa Waguih]
31 January 2011: Egyptian film star Omar Sharif points to Tahrir, or Liberation, Square, in Cairo, Egypt [Lefteris Pitarakis]
31 January 2011: A protester holds a placard depicting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as Adolf Hitler in Cairo’s Tahrir Square [Yannis Behrakis]
1 February 2011: Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators march in Alexandria, Egypt [Ahmed Muhammed]
1 February 2011: An Egyptian man sits atop one of the lions at the entrance of Kasr El Nil Bridge, leading to Tahrir Square [Zeinab Mohamed]
2 February 2011: A pro-Mubarak rioter riding on a camel clashing with anti-government protesters in what became known as the Battle of the Camel [Chris Hondros]
6 February 2011: A Muslim holding the Quran (left) and a Coptic Christian holding a cross are carried through opposition supporters in Tahrir Square in Cairo [Dylan Martinez]
8 February 2011: Egyptian anti-government protesters perform the evening prayers as they gather at Cairo’s Tahrir square [Patrick Baz]
10 February 2011: Anti-government bloggers work on their laptops from Cairo’s Tahrir square on the 17th day of consecutive protests calling for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak [Patrick Baz]
10 February 2011: Anti-government protesters raise their shoes after a speech by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak saying that he had given some powers to his vice president but would not resign or leave the country [Chris Hondros]
11 February 2011: Egyptian women celebrate the news of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, who handed control of the country to the military, at night in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt [Tara Todras-Whitehill]
11 February 2011: Celebrating the announcement of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation in Tahrir Square [Jonathan Rashad]
18 February 2011: A girl attends Friday prayers in front of an army tank in Tahrir Square in Cairo a week after Mubarak resigned [Suhaib Salem]
18 February 2011: A woman waves an Egyptian flag on a balcony overlooking Cairo’s Tahrir Square as hundreds of thousands of people gather to celebrate the revolt that forced president Hosni Mubarak to step down [Mohammed Abed]