Muharram of Change

This is a short but lovely few words to encompass the essence of his sacrifice. Muhammad Kazim Suleman, a youth from amongst us, wrote this.

The glorious nights of the month of Muharram have graciously descended down upon us once again. The nights in which we congregate in our numbers to remember the greatest humanitarian sacrifice ever made, is also an ideal time for us to embrace change.
Husayn’s (as) refusal to pledge allegiance to an immorally corrupt ruler, blinded by the immaterial delusions of this temporary world, was a stand not only for Islam, but for humanity on a whole.

Yet, as we mourn for this supreme sacrifice, we must approach the corrupt rulers ruling inside our own hearts. Every moment, a battle similar to the one in Karbala, rages on inside of us.
As we vehemently send our curse upon the Yazid of 61 AH, the Yazid of 1431 is well and truly alive inside of us.

And as we passionately salute the Husayn of 61 AH, the Husayn of 1431 is in a state of deep slumber inside of us, occasionally waking up during the months of Ramadan and Muharram.
Are we truly any better than that immoral king, who was sitting in his palace in Damascus, playing with the sacred head of Imam Husayn (as)?

Yazid drew the blood of Imam, much the same way we are doing with ours. How does our Awaited Savior react when he takes as much as a glance at our weekly deeds?
Imam Husayn (as) gave his head, but refused to give his hand in allegiance to a rule which he thought was contrary to that of Islamic values.

We, on the other hand, are running towards that pledge of allegiance which Imam refused. We sprint towards those “un-islamic” morals faster than Usain Bolt confronted with steroids.
So, as we approach this Muharram, let us attempt to fight that Yazid who rules inside of us, before we curse the one of 61 AH. Let us make this Muharram, a month of change and be guided by the lantern of Aba Abdillah (as), for surely his lantern is one of eternity, and will never burn down.

I will end with a gem of a quote from a German/Jewish physicist which reflects a powerful line in the sacred Ziyarat of the Inheritor (Ziyarat – e – Warith), which says, “May the Curse of Allah be on those who heard this even, but rested satisfied.”
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing” – Albert Einstein

Mohamed Kazim Suleman


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