The Epic of Karbala’


The Messenger of Allah (S) has said: “The killing of al-Husayn (‘a) has left in the heart of the faithful a fire that will never die down.”

This tradition is recorded on p. 217, Vol. 2, of Mustadrak al-Wasa'il. Numerous poems have been and will be composed eulogizing the greatest epic of heroism in the history of mankind; here are some of them.



Muharram has Come



Muharram has come, so welcome it with takbir,

And scatter your tears on the earth

See in it the crescent as it manifests itself,

See how it is forlorn, contemplating, mourning.

Take off the mantle of patience and place it:

A yellow robe on one who with grief clothed you,

For with the robes of grief do I meet it,

Taking off what cheerful red robes decorated me.

It is a month destiny in it decreed

That the vilest of black dogs would deal

With the Lion of the valiant ones.

Allah! What a calamity he had to behold!

The heavens for it wept crimson blood.

A great misfortune, indeed, afflicted the creed,

For it did the Mother Town drape in black:

Can't you see how the sacred Haram sighs?

How his sighs would light the timber?

From its depths does Abu Qubays yearn

A yearning that reaches Hira’.

Al-Hatim knew of it, so it is grief-crushed,

Al-Safa knew of it, so it is serene no more,

And its mash’ars sensed the calamity,

And passion struck its Muhassir, so it sighed,

For Husayn is killed: what a tragedy!

On its account Islam became defenseless.

(Excerpted from a poem in Shihab al-Musawi's diwan (Egypt: 1330 A.H./1912 A.D.).)



The Month of Muharram



Muharram is when joy is taboo,

When grief is a must, weeping is unavoidable.

A month wherein the seat of faith is in ruin.

Its crescent is a bow

That shot the heart of guidance, the creed,

With the arrow of death and destiny.

Infidels and Muslims considered

Fighting in it a great sin.

Yet Harb's family in it fought the Lord of the heavens,

Permitting the spilling of the inviolable blood.

They violated the sanctity of the Haram's masters,

Committing that which caused the sky to rain blood.

O family of Harb! May you never see peace,

May none spare you from his censuring tongue!

On earth and in the heavens are you cursed,

By the mass of the living.

Be forewarned with woes and destruction,

And with torture on the Day the trumpet is blown.

How many free women of the Chosen Prophet

Did you rip apart?

How much blood of his offspring did you spill?

O nation of betrayal and disbelief!

O gang of misguidance, O fiends!

How will you look his grandfather in the eye

Having done what you did after him?

Like butchers you slaughtered his progeny,

Like slaves you herded his family.

You forgot the kindness bestowed upon you

On Mecca's Victory Day, when you were forgiven.

Had it not been for the moon-faced sons of Hashim,

A secret lost in the chest you would have been.

Through them did you ascend the pulpit,

And rose to the heights of eminence.

(Excerpted from a poem by Ayatullah Shaikh Hadi Kashif al-Ghiťa’

published on p. 9 of Al-Maqbula al-Husayniyya.)





Ove knjige su samo jedno skromno djelo. To je prica o putovanju i velikom otkricu, ali ne onom kao u tehnickim ili prirodnim naukama, nego otkricu u polju religije i filozofije. Posto je svaki pronalazak zasnovan, prvenstveno na zdravoj pameti i jasnom razumijevanju - po cemu se ljudi i razlikuju od drugih stvorenja - ove knjige su posvecene svakoj zdravoj pameti. Pameti koja stavlja istinu na provjeru i razlikuje je od zla koje lezi u zabludi.Pameti koja procjenjuje sve sto je receno po mjerilu pravde i uvijek daje prednost logici. Pameti koja poredi rijeci i kazivanja i posjeduje sposobnost da razlikuje izmedju logicnog i onog sto nije bas logicno - da razlikuje izmedju jasnog i zbunjujuceg.



A call for good faith

O brothers, until when will this disagreement last? What are these enmities and hatred for? Allah, the One and Only, is the Lord of us all. Islam is our religion. The holy Qur'an is the Book of all of us. The Kaaba is our Qiblah. The master of the prophets and the last of the messengers Muhammad bin Abdullah is our Prophet. His sayings and doings are our Sunna. The daily five prayers, fasting Ramadan, zakat and hajj are our obligations.

The permissible things are the things that Allah and His Messenger have permitted and the impermissible things are the things that they have prohibited. The truth is what they have determined as the truth and the untruth is what they have rejected. The guardians of Allah and His Messenger are our guardians and the enemies of Allah and His Messenger are our enemies. The day of Resurrection will come no doubt and Allah will resurrect the dead from their graves

“ that He rewards those who do evil, according to their deeds, and He rewards those, who do good, with what is best” (Qur’an 53:31).