Syed Shabbar Quadri

  • published Karbala: The Tragedy in POETRY & PROSE 2019-09-13 17:13:22 -0700

    Karbala: The Tragedy

    As I observed the mausoleum of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم  grandson Hussain رضي الله عنه‎‎  in Karbala, it seemed surreal that I was actually here.  People visiting the compound can do as they please – eat, sleep, walk, pray – as long as they respect the rules laid down by caretakers of the shrine, which are mainly for security reasons and keeping the area clean.  A common sight is people taking selfies with the shrine’s golden domes that provide the perfect backdrop.  You can also have your photograph taken by professionals who are usually seen scouting pilgrims.  On one side, groups of men recite QURAN and are in the state of remembrance.  The atmosphere is peaceful, as everyone is involved in their own activities.  Children, indifferent to the sanctity of the place and the sombre mood, run around laughing and shrieking as they do. What's good is that nobody admonishes them for their behaviour.  There are separate toilets and ablution areas for men and women.

    The Battle of Karbala was fought on 10 October 680 (10 Muharram in the year 61 AH of the lunar calendar) between the corrupt Yazid led by Ibn Zayd and Shimr Ibn Jawshan and the brave Hussain ibn Ali رضي الله عنه‎‎ , the grandson of the Prophet of Mercy  صلى الله عليه وسلم , at the lands of Karbala in Iraq) . Prior to his martyrdom,  Muawiyah had nominated his son Yazid as his successor. Yazid's nomination was not generally seen as favorable by the community, as he was widely viewed as un-Islamic and had adopted the practices of the Age of Ignorance.   Upon Muawiyah's death in 680 CE, Yazid sought to legitimize his rule by demanding that Hussain, Muhammad's grandson, pledge allegiance to him.   Hussain did not give allegiance to Yazid and traveled towards Kufa. You can find thousands of stories online, let us continue with out experience.

     

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