Martyrdom: When and Why?

Martyrdom: When and Why?
Bashir A.  Datoo, Ph.D. Concept of Martyrdom  Martyrdom is an alien concept to the Western thought and practice.  At worst, it is seen to be a futile deed that does not accomplish any purpose.  At best, it is thought to be an act that is intended to capture the headline ...
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A Legacy of Treachery, Tyranny and Terrorism

A Legacy of Treachery, Tyranny and Terrorism
By Dr. Sayed Moustafa al-Qazwini All events have a divine pattern – one governs the lives of everyone – and a human element. In Karbala, too there was the divine element and the human element. Well cognizant of the divine pattern, Imam Hussein (AS) traveled from Medina to Mecca, then to Karbala, all ...
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Sacrifice: The Message Of Imam Husayn

Sacrifice: The Message Of Imam Husayn
By John Andrew Morrow (Ilyas Islam) The following lecture was delivered in Toronto, Canada, in 1996. It was published as an article in the August 1996 edition of Mahjubah 15:8 (147): 26-28. It was later reprinted in Islamic Insights: Writings and Reviews, an anthology of academic articles, published by Ansariyan Publications ...
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Imam Husayn -The Chief of Martyrs

Imam Husayn -The Chief of Martyrs
By Mohamed Raza Dungersi, Ph.D Almost every civilized community and culture has its own heroes, for whom, annual memorial gatherings are arranged, so as to remember and honor them. The style of such memorials varies from culture to culture, but the substance remains identical: The highlights of the hero’s life ...
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Enduring Message of Karbala

Enduring Message of Karbala
By Bashir A. Datoo, Ph.D. When Muawiya b. Abi Sufyan, the founder of the Umayyad Dynasty, died and his son Yazid assumed the office through hereditary succession, he demanded a pledge of allegiance from Imam Husain b. Ali (a) and accompanied it with the threat of “or else.” The Imam ...
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Imam Hussain (a) -The Prince of Peace and Justice

Imam Hussain (a) -The Prince of Peace and Justice
By Nasir Shamsi THE TRAGEDY OF KARBALA The Tragedy of Karbala, for the past fourteen centuries, has stood as a torch-bearer to humanity and as a reminder of the heroic struggle of Imam Hussain (a), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (s) against the Umayyad tyrant, Yazid. This great struggle, in ...
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Imam Husayn b. ‘Ali – The Model for Humankind

Imam Husayn b. ‘Ali – The Model for Humankind
Dr. Liyakat Takim- McMaster University History bears testimony to the fact that thirty years after the death of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in 632 A.D, the Umayyad dynasty came to power. They ruled the Islamic empire with brutal force and. tyranny, bearing little or no concern for ...
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Why does the story of Karbala Live Forever?

Why does the story of Karbala Live Forever?
Anonymus Countless tragedies, disasters, and catastrophes, both recorded and unrecorded, have struck the world since the beginning of time. The tragedy of Karbala is one of them but its story is the most remarkable of them all. It is remarkable because it defies a law of nature. Human nature seeks ...
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Imam Husain – Views of Non-Muslim Scholars

Imam Husain –  Views of Non-Muslim Scholars
The event of Karbala marks the greatest sacrifice for the sake of God in the human history. The minute and stunning details of this great event have been written and survived from the very first day by the eye witnesses. For the last fourteen hundred centuries, the battle of Karbala ...
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