Who Is Hussain?
|Author||Mehdi Saeed Hazari|
|Publisher|| I.M.A.M.; 2nd edition|
The book Who Is Hussain? is a slim volume for both Muslims and non-Muslims, about a consequence of events that took place in the Islamic history in the Arabian Peninsula.
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Dr. Mehdi Saeed Hazari is a neurophysiologist and environmental scientist, and a 2011 Presidential award winner. He also serves as the Resident Islamic Scholar of the Shia Muslim community of North Carolina and in that capacity delivers speeches, teaches youth groups and provides counseling. He has been engaged in these activities across the United States and Canada for more than 15 years and promotes interfaith dialogue and supports community outreach initiatives.
About the book[edit | edit source]
This book published in Imam Mahdi Association of Marjaeya (I.M.A.M.); 2nd edition (October 30, 2016), has 74 pages and best sellers rank of 1,189,475 in Books.
This short booklet intends to answer questions about Hussain son of Ali: what he did, how he acted, and what happened to him at last.
Abstract of chapters[edit | edit source]
Chapter 1: Hypocrites Disguised as Muslims Then and Now[edit | edit source]
This chapter is about tribal patriarchs who ruled Arabia through feuds, archaic customs, and murder. They were very wealthy and accrued their wealth through dishonesty, coercion, and blackmail. After the death of the Prophet, they usurped the caliphate (highest position of leadership after the Prophet) from its rightfully appointed leader and started to fashion the religion according to their own desires. In return, Hussain’s sacrifice and courageous stand resonates boldly today to remind us that we cannot silently accept injustice and the terrorizing of any people.
Chapter 2: What Is Karbala?[edit | edit source]
This chapter examines the Karbala incident and concludes that this conflict was the result of many years of corruption, tyranny, and oppression at the hands of the Umayyads who were determined to desecrate Islam and its sanctity to serve their own interests. That stand led to Hussain’s death and forever showed all of humanity that no sacrifice is too great for the preservation of God’s truth and justice and it is with tears and lamentation that his supporters keep this universal message alive
Chapter 3: Who Is Hussain?[edit | edit source]
This chapter is a review on Hussain’s biography, his upbringing, his relationship with his grandfather the Prophet, the significant effect that his personality has on Muslims and non-Muslims. At the end, the author notes that knowing Hussain is knowing Prophet Muhammad and the Holy Quran.
Chapter 4: Circumstances That Led to Karbala[edit | edit source]
This chapter examines the events took place after the death of Prophet Muhammad and shows the turmoil and instability that was arising in the Muslim nation. The author mentions that the reason the Battle of Karbala eventually took place was the stand of those who sought to resist and fight the corruption and greed of the Umayyads and their associates at any cost.
Chapter 5 Karbala: Hussain’s Journey to His Destiny[edit | edit source]
The Battle of Karbala took place on October 10, 680 CE (Muharram 10, 61 AH)—1,336 years ago.
Hussain was a valiant and courageous warrior who had been defending Islam and the truth alongside his father and brother. After killing many men, the enemy forces retreated so the archers could target him. Suddenly the skies became dark from the arrows that rained down on him. The historical reports say the body of Hussain looked like a porcupine with the tails of the arrows sticking out from all sides. He was finally struck with a poisoned, three-pronged arrow in his chest, and the enemy immediately surrounded him and began striking him from all sides— they attacked him with their spears and swords, and he fell to the ground. (Page 41)
Chapter 6: The Umayyads Exposed[edit | edit source]
After the Karbala battle, the captives arrived in Damascus to a fanfare and celebration, and they were herded to the court of Yazid. The court was in full attendance, and Yazid mocked, ridiculed, and hurled insults upon Hussain and the family of the Prophet. Ali al-Sajjad fearlessly defended his father from Yazid’s verbal attacks and requested that he allow him to address those present from the pulpit. Yazid reluctantly agreed, admitting that Ali al-Sajjad was from a family known for their knowledge and eloquence. Indeed, he eventually regretted that he did because Ali al-Sajjad’s words shook the hearts of the crowd and brought tears to their eyes.
What is true remains timeless. (Page 52)