9:33 - December 05, 2015
News ID: 3458519
TEHRAN (IQNA) - The best lesson which we can learn from the tragedy of Karbala is that “humiliation is far away from us.”

"In order to keep alive justice and truth, instead of an army or weapons, success can be achieved by sacrificing lives, exactly what Imam Hussein [AS] did.” That is a quote from well known Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore.

Thomas Carlyle, the Scottish essayist, writer, historian and philosopher, in admiration of Ashura historic event says: "Imam Hussein [AS] and his companions illustrated that numerical superiority does not count when it comes to the truth and falsehood.”

Indeed, the best lesson which we can learn from the tragedy of Karbala is that "humiliation is far away from us.”

For the past few days all roads led to Karbala for the commemoration of the 20th Safar, Arbaeen. According to reports, devotees converged in millions at the rendezvous of the people of all over Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, India, Africa and other parts of the world.

The majority of pilgrims have trekked to Karbala on foot, some of them barefooted as a mark of respect to the suffering of the children and ladies of the blessed household of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Clad in black and chanting "Ya Hussein!” the faithful Pilgrims in Karbala are not afraid of terrorists who have threatened them with bombs and missiles. The testimony in this regard is the presence of women, children, toddlers in prams, the elderly in wheelchairs and even physically handicapped persons moving slowly but surely on their disabled feet with whatever strength that is left in their bodies. 

The eyes of the world are glued to this greatest ever annual congregation which is remarkably disciplined, cognizant of the omnipresent Creator, obedient to the instructions of the Prophet (PBUH) and the Ahl ul Bayt (AS), punctual in performing the obligatory five-times-a-day ritual prayers, observing hygienic rules and overflowing with fraternal affection for fellow pilgrims, for whose rest and refreshment the general public under supervision of the Iraqi and Iranian governments is vying with each other to provide necessary amenities.


Observance of Arbaeen includes either being in Karbala for pilgrimage of Imam Hussein (AS) on the day of Arbaeen or reciting the special supplication called "Ziarat ul Arbaeen".

By performing the Ziarah or pilgrimage of Arbaeen we pledge that we will continue to follow the path of justice and righteousness and will reject injustice and speak up against the oppressors of the time. We make a promise to continue to mold our lives according to the teaching of Imam Hussein (AS).

We commemorate the Arbaeen 40 days of mourning Imam Hussein (AS). We hope and pray that these 40 days of remembrance of Imam Hussein (AS) brings about a transformation in us by which we can continue to follow the path of Imam Hussein and carry on his message of holding justice with true faith and a strong sense of sacrifice.

The day of Arbaeen refreshes our grief and renews our aspirations for peace, security, moral virtues and justice. When we travel to Karbala or when we recite the famous Ziarah for this day, which is one of the five signs of a true believer as quoted by Hassan al Askari (AS).


Peace be on Hussein, who gave his life in the way of Allah and martyred, undergoing untold hardships. Peace be on the hostage surrounded by the tightening circle of sorrow and grief, killed by a horde of savages.


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