Muharram is prominent because in the same month Muslims celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala. On the 10th of Muharram, during the battle, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) Imam Hussain was killed along with his companions and family members. Whenever Moharram arrives, the Muslim community keeps fasts and remembers the massacre that Imam Hussain and other Muslim fellows had faced at that time.
Today, 1400 years passed, and still, the importance of Muharram is the same, and Muslims from worldwide remembers the day with passion. This is because the Battle of Karbala has taught us numerous powerful life lessons that can never be forgotten easily. Here in this article, you would come to know about the salient lessons that the Battle of Karbala taught us.
1. Say No to Oppression
Karbala taught us to never support injustice and say no to oppression. It doesn’t matter how powerful the oppressor is, but if your belief in Allah is strong then no power can make you weak. Real success is to stand with the good and realize what is evil. Because the truth is always on the side of the oppressed rather than on the oppressor.
It can be learned from the incident when Yazid tried to assassinate Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his family for not supporting his evil plans. Then, on Ashura 10th of Muharram, Yazid’s army killed Imam Hussain (RA) while he was in sujood and offering namaz. Imam Hussain (RA) choose death over humiliation. Similarly, the incident taught us that always believe in right and say no to oppression, and do not accept being humiliated; whether you have to face death.
2. Humanity Comes First
Once Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) was traveling to Iraq, Yazid’s army stopped his caravan. Later, Imam Hussain knew that they are their enemies, offered them water (even for their horses). He set an example that humanity comes first, whether they are rivals but firstly they are humans and in need of water. So, he offered and left a lesson for all of us to practice humanity even with enemies. This is the message of Islam, a true Muslim is incomplete when he is not caring for others.
3. Think Independently
All must think independently and have a belief rather than following another person’s point blindly. Similarly, on the day of Ashura Hazrat Imam (RA) spoke to Yazid’s army and ask them to follow the teachings of Islam or think freely and realize what is right. This refers that Karbala teaches us to think independently and realize the right path, rather than blindly follow anyone’s beliefs.
4. Choose Truth Over Everything
Imam Hussain (RA) always mentioned the value of truth for a true Muslim. He shared that one should always choose truth over everything. According to Imam Hussain (RA), if one ought to sacrifice anything for the name of truth, then he should not step back and be ready. Imam Hussain (RA) was not afraid of death and always proudly said truth and stand by right. Additionally, in Quran Allah is commanding all Muslims, to be honest with themselves and with others. Therefore, honesty refers to truth, speak the truth in every situation, and support what is right.
5. The Pleasure of Allah
Islam teaches us not to be afraid of anyone except the creator Allah. Imam Hussain (RA) shared with all Muslim fellows that the main objective of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was to please the Creator. Whenever he saw his family members killed he used to say that it’s bearable because Allah is watching. His belief in Allah was beyond words, everything he executes was to please Almighty Allah.
6. Show Patience in Even in Negative Situations
Numerous times Allah has mentioned in Quran the importance of patience. In addition, there is also the best reward for the patient that will be given on the day of judgment. Similarly, Imam Hussain (RA) lived a life that was full of patience and tolerance. He faced all the hardships, endurance, and difficult time for the sake of Allah’s reward. The patience of Imam Hussain (RA) was not about the condition of helplessness and weakness. But, it’s about the bravery and courage that was implemented. It’s sometimes hard to be patient when you see your family members are being slaughtered by enemies. However, Imam Hussain (RA) never became intolerant and always showed patience and trusted in Allah.
Lastly, the battle of Karbala teaches lessons that are neither specific to any community nor time-bound. Moreover, the movement of Karbala is an example for all of us to stand up against oppression, torture, tyranny, and terrorism and choose what is right. Additionally, the actions of humanity that Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) demonstrated in his life are still being remembered and practiced by many Muslims. Similarly, the life of Imam Hussain (RA) is one of the keys for all communities and people to consider to become better humans.