Al-Hussein and the
Broadness of the Message
In these days, we live the memory of
Ashoura that symbolizes the broad horizons Imam Hussein lived in .The
Message of Imam Hussein could not have lived in narrow circles, for it
encompassed the entire Islamic world. Imam Hussein was looking from
the perspective of his grandfather who was sent for all people, for
The Imam lived as a child in his grandfather’s laps and was raised and
educated by his father, Imam Ali, and his mother, Fatima Al-Zahra, who
were both raised and inspired by the Messenger .
Thus, when the Imam was in Medina, he was
studying what had happened to Islam and the Muslims, especially to
their rulers,who were no longer caring about serving the message, but
were motivated by the thirst for power.
Muawiah who planned for the rule of the
Umayyad dynasty, appointed his son, Yazid, a caliph, although he knew
who Yazid was in terms of dissoluteness. He was not concerned with
Islam, but rather to ensure the rule of his dynasty and usurping the
nation’s wealth, instead of addressing the Muslims’ affairs and
serving their interests.
Allah, the most Exalted, wanted the
people to be free just as He created them. Imam Ali (a.s.) says:
"Don't be a slave to others while Allah has made you free". Those
people who acted in accordance to the will of Allah saw that Yazid's
role has enslaved the society which was plagued by fanaticism and
sectarianism as well as hatred. Like all the prophets and the imams
who sought reform the Imam(a.s.) felt that it was his responsibility
to call for reform: reform of the government by going back to the
principles and the ruler by giving the role model of a ruler who is
concerned with the welfare of the people.
Imam Hussein (a.s. ) 's was thus, not
concerned in one country in particular, but the entire nation. That is
why he said: ‘I rose to seek reform in my grandfather's nation".
This is what the Imam wants us to live.
He does want us to be concerned with the local or regional issues. He
wants us to uphold the responsibility of the entire Muslim nation in
all it causes and challenges.
If we think about freedom, we should
think about the freedom of all Muslims, if we think about pride it has
to be the pride of all Muslims. If we think about the state of the
world we have to think about the arrogant plans against all of us. We
should not think about one country and forget others, as many Muslims
have done when they felt the arrogant pressures against them. And now
they have come to consider the Palestinian problem as a burden they
have to relief themselves from. The negative impact that Israel
creates does not concern the Palestinians alone, but the entire
nation, since when Israel controls Palestine it will, along with the
American arrogance, extend its aggressions to the Muslim world as a
Thus, we should not be concerned with the
affairs of our own countries only. Rather, we should know that the
cause of all Muslims is but one, and that what happens in one country
will affect the others. That is why we found the Messenger(p.) saying
in the context of the huge issues Muslims should be concerned with:
"he who does not care about the affairs of Muslims is not a Muslim".
He also says: "If a man hears a Muslim calling for help and does not
respond, he is not a Muslim". Therefore, supporting Muslims extends to
all Muslims asking for any help against an aggression by the enemies
of God and His Messenger(p.) .
Let us renew
When we remember Ashoura, and relive the
role of Imam Hussein, we have to establish our own political and
We have to be renewed by Imam Hussein,
and not fall before the tragedy. We have to make the tragedy a bridge
from the emotional feelings that sympathize with Imam Hussein to the
role he played in his nation , and the way he confronted the
We do not want to turn Ashoura into a
forum for some to incite strife among Muslims. The Imam was concerned
with his grandfather’s nation that contained several diverging sects
but he considered it as a unified nation that has one cause, the cause
of Islam . Therefore,. we have to live with the Imam(a.s.) the meaning
of the nation and the need to reform it. Tears are an emotional
expression that comes from the heart, but the Message is something as
big as life, and one, which this pure blood of the Imam and his
companions was sacrificed for.
Lets us be renewed by Ashoura. Let the
tears invigorate our feelings, for
the challenges Islam and the Muslims are
facing are great and numerous.
In each Islamic country we have a
problem, a war, an occupation and an aggression. We have to be
concerned about the entire Islamic nation and face the arrogant by
Islamic thought, Islamic movement and Islamic openness based on a
unified stand, in accordance to God’s teachings : Truly Allah loves
those who fight in His Cause in battle array, as if they were a solid
The International community, led by its
supper power, the United States, as well as Israel, has moved to
impose financial, economic and political sanctions on the Palestinians
that voted for Hamas, the organization that did not recognize Israel,
the state that has usurped the land and killed the people and that did
not execute any UN resolutions. The greatest crime Hamas has committed
is that it fought the Israeli occupation.
The question the Palestinians ask to the
international community, especially America, Europe and the Quartet
committee, is why they did not ask Israel to.
1- Recognize the Palestinians' right in
their occupied lands, and end the occupation that denies their right
2- Recognize the right of the Palestinian
refugees to return to their homes in accordance with UN resolution
194, at a time the international community stands with the Jews of all
the world to come to Palestine and kick the Palestinians out of their
lands and homes.
3- Ask Israel – the people and the
government- to end its violence of assassinations, detentions and
destroying the Palestinian infrastructure.
4- Consider the Palestinian problem a
political one and not one of security.
5- Consider the Intifada militants as
freedom fighters and not terrorists, but defenders of their people in
accordance with international law.
6- enter in political negotiations with
Hamas without any preconditions just like any two combating parties.
Demanding that Hamas should cancel its
charter without anything in return, and threatening to impose economic
sanctions on the Palestinian people represent a moving away from human
values and democracy, at a time Israel is provided with all financial,
military and political support.
It has been claimed that the president of
the Palestinian Authority said that he would not ask Hamas to form the
government unless it recognizes Israel.
If true, this would be quite odd since
Abbas knows, based on his own experience with the enemy, that they
have violated all the agreements they made with the Palestinian
authority, and tried to humiliate him as well as his cabinet.
Moreover, this represents defiance to the will of the Palestinian
We believe that the Arab and Muslim world
should stand with the Palestinian people and provide them with all the
financial aid to counter the American and European threat and to
defend its free choice. The peoples of the nation should pressurize
its regimes to ensure that the Arab and Islamic position is unified.
If the enemy, and the US, are threatening
to hold the Palestinian taxes depriving the Palestinians from their
rightful source of income, the Arab and Muslim peoples should make
every pressure including taking to the streets to call for boycotting
American and Israeli goods, and call for putting the relevant UN
resolutions into effect.
The Muslims in the world should continue
their protest of the insult to the Prophet(p.) , so as to let the
world know that this is not one of the details of the freedom of
expression. It is a war on the Muslim nation and its divinities and an
insult to all spiritual values. Therefore, we ought to make all
peaceful pressures as well as effective boycott and political and
street protests against this huge insult to the Prophet(p.) and the
continuous distortion campaign of Islam.
The Occupation in
The American president considers Iraq as
one of his democratic achievements, but we notice that the American
occupation has turned Iraq into front of violence and chaos, as part
of what he calls constructive anarchy in the world.
We call on the Iraqis to end the ongoing
futile debate and form a national unity government that realizes the
interests of the Iraqi people, puts an end to occupation, and destroys
the terrorism of the apostates who are targeting innocent civilians.
It would emphasize that victory is the
victory of the entire Iraqi people and not that of Bush who considers
occupation as freedom and democracy.
European Threats to Iran
We are still following up the American
and European threats to Iran regarding its peaceful nuclear project.
In this respect, America declared that it would stand with Israel if
Iran attacks it, while we all know that it is Israel that threatened
to bomb the Iranian nuclear reactor, while Iran stated that it would
But the American President feels that
Israel is his striking force in his aggressions that aim at
destabilizing the region to promote his strategic interests as well as
that of the Israelis against the entire world.
We call on the European states to take
their interests into consideration and do not succumb to the American
plots that are more like playing with fire, and that are now
represented by using the UN to pressurize Iran and the entire region.
We also want the Islamic world to take a firm stand against this
Western attempt to prevent the Islamic peoples from defending
themselves and from acquiring advanced scientific technologies.
Accord in Lebanon
We welcome the recent accord to
solve the political crisis and call for more steps in this regard in
order to strengthen confidence between all Lebanese people,
particularly between their representatives in government. We hope the
new accord will have a positive effect on the people's political and
economic conditions, and will found the basis for a new phase of
understanding that will prevent foreign interferences, especially the
American interference that was responsible for the internal division
that led to a state of economic and political paralysis and made
Lebanon worry about the security situation.
We ask the politicians to remain
committed to their stated positions regarding the resistance's role.
For this will protect Lebanon internally through reinforcing
confidence inside the Cabinet.
In the meantime, the economic crisis is
worsening with the country's economy reaching the verge of collapse,
since those who have influence have appropriated the country's wealth
and used their power to stuff the government with unneeded civil
servants and made several secret deals that made the country fall
under a huge dept.
We warn that all the coming taxes will
not offset the deficit, because it will once again go into the pockets
of the corrupt making the poor poorer and appropriating the rights of
workers and employees especially the teachers.
I call on Lebanese officials and
politicians to have mercy on their country and the citizens who have
had nothing put empty promises, with hunger and deprivation imposing
itself on all the people.