By: Dr. Hassan Abbas The idea of defiance against tyranny and oppression owes a great deal to Hussain ibne Ali, the hero of the battle of Karbala in 680 AD. With just 72 valiant followers and family members, the grandson...
By: Dr.  S. Manzoor Rizvi The purpose of this essay is to share with our fellow human beings, what we consider one of the ultimate and unique sacrifices in the history of civilization, which is the martyrdom of a man...
By Jerrmein Abu Shahba Today after nearly 1400 years, we the nation of Prophet Muhammad, the lovers and devotees of the progeny of the Seal of Prophets, commemorate the martyrdom of his holy grandson, Imam Hussain (AS) which took place...
By Bashir A. Datoo, Ph.D. This is how a perceptive Lebanese Christian writer, Antoine Bara, characterized the stand of Imam Hussain. Ali (a), the Third Imam in the line of succession to Prophet Muhammad (s), against the tyrant ruler Yazid...
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...
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 Hussain...
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...
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...
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 Hussain b. Ali (a) and...
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)...