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Sheikh Hussain Al–Nasheed: Sacrifice of Prophet Abraham Who is Imam Hussain?

Sheikh Hussain Al–Nasheed: Who is Imam Hussain? Abraham was commanded by God to sacrifice his son. Prophet Abraham obeyed God, as did his son, and they prepared for the sacrifice. But at the last minute, Abraham was spared of the task, and the sacrifice of the ram was used to replace it and to become a symbol of the later Greater Sacrifice. Qur’an 37:105-108 “O Abraham! Of course thou hast faithfully fulfilled the dream, thou art of the truthful ones, but verily it is an open test, we have substituted it with a Greater Sacrifice. We have transferred it to later generations.” What is this Greater Sacrifice transferred to later generations? The Hajj ritual? Or could it be the sacrifice of Imam Hussain in Karbala? The Islamic new year begins right after the Hajj, and the dates of the sacrifice of Imam Hussain occur. It is as if the Hajj itself is a reminder of the fulfillment of this covenant in Prophet Muhammad and the Twelve Imams (peace be upon them), and a sign of Imam Hussain’s role in this covenant that is to come very soon on the calendar.

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