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Shab e Ashur شب عاشور

🥀 The last night for the 72 martyrs of Karbala’. 🥀

The last night for brothers to be with their sisters. The last night for sisters to be with their brothers. The last night for fathers to be with their children. The last night for mothers to be with their children. The last night for little Sakina (sa) to be with her beloved uncle ‘Abbas (as) and dearest father Husayn (as).

Indeed, a night never to be forgotten.

A night to shed more tears. A night to do more matam.

🥀 The Night of ‘Ashura’ on the Land of Karbala’ 🥀

Mothers are sitting with their children. Umm Laila (as) is with ‘Ali Akbar (as) , Umm Farah (as) is with Qasim (as) , Bibi Zainab (sa) is with ‘Aun (as) o Muhammad (as) .

What are these mothers of Karbala’ telling their beloved children?

They are preparing them for Jihad. They are preparing them to sacrifice their lives. Preparing them to die!

Why? Because they know Husayn (as) is on the right path. The right path to save Islam!

Let us send our salaams to those mothers of Karbala’ for sacrificing their most precious for Islam.

‘Abbas (as) the Alamdar! Like every night, ‘Abbas (as) was guarding the camp.

Where was Husayn (as) ?

Husayn (as) had gathered all his friends and companions in his tent.

“My friends, my companions, tonight is the last night. Tomorrow is the day of ‘Ashura’. Tomorrow is the day of Shahadat - martyrdom! None of us will be spared by Yazid's soldiers.”

Imam Husayn (as) continued:

“My friends, my companions, you have suffered enough. There is still time to save your lives. Escape in the darkness of the night. I will have no objections. I will forgive you. Go, my friends! Go, my companions!”

Imam Husayn (as) blew the candles off. There was total darkness.

Anyone could have escaped without being seen or embarrassed.

After a while, Husayn (as) lit the candles.

How many ran away? One? Two? Five? Ten?

No one! Why did they not run away to save their lives?

Because, my fellow Husayni, they had recognised the truth.

Because they knew Husayn (as) was right.

Because they knew Husayn (as) was on the true path.

Because they knew their sacrifice would save Islam.

Husayn (as) was lucky to be blessed with true friends and best companions, - faithful, truthful and pious!

Our greetings to those 72 martyrs of Karbala’ for their great sacrifice for Islam.

Imam Husayn (as) made the biggest sacrifice.

In one day, he sacrificed his brothers (as) , nephews (as) and children (as) on the land of Karbala’.

He (as) remained patient after seeing so many dead in one day.

Did Husayn (as) complain?

No, never!

On the contrary, after sacrificing his 18 years old son ‘Ali Akbar (as) he looked up at the sky and said:

“Ya Allah, give me more patience. Ya Allah, is there anything else I can give for Your sake?”

Allah's will was Husayn's command. Husayn (as) was prepared and willing to sacrifice his family. He (as) never prayed to Allah to save his family.

Instead he (as) prayed for Patience! Patience! And more Patience!

Allah! What a big Heart Husayn (as) had in Karbala’!

‘Aun o Muhammad (as) had been killed. Qasim (as) was trodden to pieces. ‘Abbas (as) was lying on the bank of River Furaat. ‘Ali Akbar's (as) chest was torn open with a spear.

Is there any more to sacrifice?

Tonight is the night of ‘Ali Asghar (as) . The little Mujaheed - the little soldier and the youngest Shaheed.



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