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The former Secretary General of Hezbollah, Subhi al-Tufaili has weighed in on the relentless destruction of Aleppo, saying that "Kerbala this year is in Aleppo, and the infant of Imam Hussain is under the rubble of its houses".
كربلاء هذا العام في حلب ، و رضيع الامام الحسين تحت انقاض بيوتها. #حلب— الشيخ صبحي الطُفيلي (@SobhiTfaily) September 25, 2016
Tufayli, who was the leader of Hezbollah from 1989 until 1991, in recent days has accused the US and Russia of conspiring against the children of Muslims. In a video that surfaced last week, Tufayli said that “Aleppo today is being destroyed like Berlin. Warplanes never leave its skies, its children are bombednight and day,” Tufayli said.
Kerbala was one of the most traumatic events in history. The battle of Kerbela, took place between a small group of supporters and relatives of Muhammad's grandson, Husayn ibn Ali, and a larger military detachment from the forces of Yazid I, the Umayyad caliph.
When the family of Hussain were surrounded by the forces of Yazidthey were given a choice – total subjugation or total annihilation. Just like the grandson of the Prophet – the brave Syrian people have preferred to die free rather than live on their knees.
When Yazid son of Mu'awiya declared himself as a ruler over the Ummah, he demanded Husayn's allegiance of loyalty. Imam Husayn on his part flatly rejected Yazid's rule and behavior, for there was no way Yazid could represent Islam, it would be blasphemy. But Yazid, the tyrant ruler over the Ummah, was adamant in his demand, and tension between the two parties increased day by day.
Husayn was quick to realize that giving allegiance of loyalty to Yazid would serve no purpose but to jeopardize the survival of Islam. To safeguard and protect Islam, therefore, the Imam had no choice but to confront and collide with Yazid's rulership irrespective of consequences. Since Yazid had ordered his commanders to seize the Imam's allegiance of loyalty at any cost, even by brutal force, the commanders had to assemble a relatively large army, surrounding Imam Husayn's camp in a desert called Karbala.
Then they cut off the basic necessities to the camp, including access to water. The camp consisted of Imam Husayn, his family, friends, and companions, all of whom stood fast and firmly with him. These braves would rather face death for the noble cause of Islam, than submit to the outrageous tyranny and the un-Islamic ways of Yazid.
A large portion of the family and descendents of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) were wiped out on that day. The caliph Yazid was left without competition, but the absence of a strong political opposition only gave birth to a new religious sect. Originally the word Shia, which in Arabic simply means ‘faction’, was only used to identify the political affiliates of Ali. However, this faction transformed the political cause of Ahl-ul-Bayt, a term used to describe the household of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), to a new cult with its own religious creed and understanding. Those who ascribe to Shia belief, the Shiites, believe that leadership of the Islamic world belongs to the descendents of the Prophet as a distinguishing factor between themselves and the majority of Muslims.
However, the tenth of Muharram is not just a tragic day for the Shiites. Rather, it is also a tragic day for all Muslims. Instead of being a day of division between Shiites and other Muslims, it is a day where Muslims unite and remember the pain of that day. All Muslims are united in their condemnation of Yazid and his henchmen for their actions, and recite poetry in remembrance of Hussein and his followers.
Hussein’s body was buried by his supporters in Kerbela, and a shrine was erected over his grave by the Abbasid caliph Mutawakkil. This shrine was renovated a number of times by the Buweyhids, the Seljuk sultan Melikshah, Ilkhanid leader Ghazan Muhammad and the Ottoman sultan Murad III.
Truth vs Falsehood
Thus, Karbala proved to be a clash involving Islamic truths versus falsehood, right versus wrong, belief versus disbelief, and the oppressed versus the oppressor, faith against brute force. Karbala was about standing in the face of oppression, regardless no matter the cost. Thus, in Karbala, Al-Husayn the 57 year old grandson of Prophet Muhammad (S), sacrificed his totality and all he had, for one goal.
Both, Kerbala and Aleppo are abject lessons in what happens when a population decides to stand up against a tyrant whose only qualification for the role is the fact that his father was the previous ruler. Unfortunately for millions on innocent people, there are no limits to which tyrants will go to for securing their throne.
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