Shared by Ustadh Arshad Mahmood on Facebook on the 9th Muharram 1436

There is something I want to say to Imam Al Husayn, Sayyidi Ya Aba Abdillah , Sayyidi Ya Abash Shuhada, you are the father of Shuhada, you have given us an example that we stand incapacitated to try and describe. Sayyidi don’t ever think that the blood you shed was simply going to be a memory we hold once a year and then it goes, or a cause for people to write poetry and praise you, absolutely not. But the Shahadah you have done, the blood you have shed, the seeds that you have put in the soil of sacrifice , sincerity, imaan, grew and gave a tree, the tree that we climb to reach honour and dignity, the tree that you put for us with your own blood, your own soul, your tears and your family , this is the tree of Al Husayn we climb to reach the heights of Imaan. Sayyidi if I claim that I can stand and do you justice, then I have done myself a great injustice, Sayyidi you were wounded, but I feel the pain today, the wound is your wound, and by Allah the pain is with me til the day I live til the day I die, if you feel down with your blood, your blood pool is overwhelming me everyday, I see you as a giant, with a face reaching the clouds, making those who claim to be muslims look like dwarfs, ones whose words are louder than actions, and is that pure fikr and thinking from you, as if you are looking through the unseen when you are doing and what you are doing, that when you shed your blood, there will be a day when your blood will be flag of nations to carry, the flag of the free, you will be their symbol, you were looking forward to it , as if it was your day, and I saw you as the big soul, you were not even angry with those who killed you. Your killers would have wished they didn’t kill you if they knew what was going to happen after you to them. They thought that their Yazid killed Al Husayn but indeed Al Husayn killed Yazid. When we stand infront of you, we stand infront of an unforgettable principle. (Shaykh Muhammad Bin Yahya Al Husayni – Allah preserve him)

Shared by Ustadh Arshad Mahmood on Facebook on the 10th Muharram 1436

On the day of 10th of Muharram, in the morning Imam Husayn radiallahu anhu put on the amamah (turban) of rasoolullah sallalahu alayhi wa alihi wasalam called “As Sahab”, and then he rode on the horse of the prophet sallalahu alayhi wa alihi wasalam called, “Al Murtajaz”, he put the sword of the prophet sallalahu alayhi wa alihi wasalam and put the cloak (burdah) of the prophet sallalahu alayhi wa alihi wasalam on, he carried the quran and walked to the thousands in the armies on the field. He looked at them, thousands against 72 people, he saw them, bows, arrows, spears, swords, daggers, all kinds of weaponry, military generals , what are you doing, surrounding the family of rasoolullah sallalahu alayhi wa alihi wasalam?…. You look at them and you see (the enemies), they are saying la ilaha illalah Muhammad rasoolullah, but they are the slaves of the slaves, , those who forged things, all of you gather against the family of the prophet, a betrayal inside of you, your foundation is deceit, you became the most filthy of troops, he put his hands to the heavens and said “Oh Allah I am fighting with this family of mine, I don’t have anybody with me, they refused to support me”. He went on to tell us many things, when he looked at these people, why did he wear these things of the prophet sallalahu alayhi wa alihi wasalam? He didn’t want their sympathy, but he wanted to convey a message to them, the message was “you people rush to get blessings from the nails of rasoolullah, blessings from his hair, I am wearing everything of rasoolullah, my blood is the blood of rasoolullah, my skin is his skin, , I am in Muhammad and he is in me, i.e, “Husayn is from me and I am from Husayn”. He was trying to tell them , we are the ones who brought this message to you, it’s the message that elevated you, it’s the message that gave you support when you were poor. (Shaykh Muhammad Bin Yahya Al Husayni An Ninowy – Allah preserve him)

The sacrifice of Sayyiduna Imam Husayn comes after the Sacrifice of his father, Sayyiduna Amirul’Muminin wa Imam al-Mutaqqeen Ali bin Abi Taleb, and the sacrifice of Sayyiduna Imam Hasan, and the line of sacrifice and martyrs among Ahlul Bayt is still a line enlightening the way for generations to come. They are like stars; you will not succeed in reaching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guiding stars, and following them you will reach your destiny. Al-Imam Al-Husayn’s message was simple and clear: Is life so dear or so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty Allah! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me Haqq, or give me death! “It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees”
– Sayyidi Shaykh Dr. Muhammad bin Yahya al-Husayni al-Ninowy (Allah preserve him)