Arbaeen, an occasion for renewal of allegiance with ideals of doyen of martyrs

Arbaeen, an occasion for renewal of allegiance with ideals of doyen of martyrs

The Arbaeen marks an important turning point in the movement of Karbala.

A great significance had been attached to this day because the Ahlul Bayt reached the land of Karbala on this day and performed pilgrimage to the holy shrines of Imam Hussein (PBUH) and his 72 companion who gave their life for the cause of Islam.

The occasion of Arbaeen reminds the faithful of the core message behind Imam Hussein (PBUH)'s martyrdom, which has been undoubtedly establishing justice and fighting injustice.

The occasion marks the final day of the mourning rituals held in memory of the suffering which Imam Hussein (PBUH) and his family as well as his companions were subjected to at the hands of the tyrant of the time, Yazid I, an Umayyad ruler, back in the seventh century.


Imam Khomeini frequently said that the holy months of Muharram and Safar have kept Islam alive and advised preachers to promote genuine teachings of Islam during this period.


Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic in his speeches stressed the need for preachers to promote the universal perspectives of the message of Ashura.

The founder of the Islamic Revolution also once said in a historic address that the months of Muharram and Safar have kept Islam alive.

The great leader of contemporary Muslim world also emphasized that the Islamic Revolution had been deeply inspired by message of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the grandson of the holy prophet of Islam.


Islam has been revived by the Master of the Strugglers, Imam Husayn (peace be upon him) and the oppressed were rescued from the plots of the corrupt Bani Umayyad agents who had taken Islam to the verge of collapse. It is the blood of the Doyen of the Martyrs that inspires the Muslim nations. For the Shia school, Muharram is a month in which victory was achieved through great sacrifices.


Muharram is the month in which justice has raised up against cruelty while truth has confronted falsehood, and has proved that throughout history truth has always been triumphant against falsehood.


Muharram is the month of the great movement of the Doyen of the Martyrs and the Leader of God's Saints. By his uprising against the faghut, he taught mankind how to fight and to build. He saw that the way to destroy the despots and break the tyrants consists of sacrificing lives and this is Islam's leading instruction for all nations to the end of time.



Imam Khomeini said in one of the historic messages as following:

The Doyen of the Martyrs (Imam Hussein (PBUH)  staged an uprising with some of his companions, family members and the ladies of his household. As it was for God, they destroyed the very foundations of that wicked person's monarchy. On the face of it, he was killed, but, in reality, he extirpated the foundations of that monarchy; one that intended to turn Islam into a tyrant form. The danger that Muawiyah and Yazid posed for Islam did not lie in their usurpation of the caliphate; this was a danger less than that of their attempting to turn Islam into the form of a monarchy. They wanted to render spiritualities into a tyrant form. By calling themselves the successors of the Messenger of God, they wanted to convert Islam into a tyrant regime. This was the important issue. The two of them wanted to do, and did, so much harm to Islam that their predecessors had not. They tried to misrepresent the basic principles of Islam to the utmost. Theirs was a monarchy. There was drinking and gambling at their parties. The successor of the Prophet attending parties where wine was being imbibed? And present at gambling sessions? And the Prophet's successor would also attend congregational prayers, such things notwithstanding! All this greatly menaced Islam. The Doyen of the Martyrs averted this danger. The issue did not concern the usurpation of the caliphate only. His uprising was against the tyrant monarchy itself; the one that wanted to show Islam in a way such that; had they succeeded, Islam would have become something else. It would have become like the 2500 year old monarchy. When Islam appeared, it wanted to put an end to the monarchies and such regimes, and to establish a divine government in the world. It aimed to destroy tyrant and replace it with" Allah". They, however, wanted to remove Allah and install tyrant instead- the same issues of paganism, the same problems of the past. The Doyen of the Martyrs being killed did not constitute a defeat as it was for God; rising for Him never ends in defeat.

God, the Blessed and Exalted, says: “All admonishments aside, I have only one that I wish to make. The Noble Prophet is the intercessor; God the preacher; the people, the ones being preached to. I do not have more than one admonishment to make, and that is rising for the sake of God.” Rise for God when you see the divine religion in danger. The Commander of the Faithful (Imam Ali (PBUH) rose to defend the faith when he saw it in danger as Muawiyah was misrepresenting it. The Doyen of the Martyrs, likewise, rose for the divine school. This is not a one-time matter; God's admonishment is for always. You must rise for God whenever you see them act against Islam, against Islam, against an Islamic-humane regime, against a divine one; whenever you see them misrepresent Islamic principles and crush Islam in the name of Islam. You should not be afraid of, perhaps, failing; of the possibility of defeat. There is no question of defeat about it.

Sahifeh, Vol.8, Page: 10-11 Speech, May 29, 1979


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