Revolutions, uprisings, and movements through history have had doctrinal bases. Among all, the Karbala uprising is the most unique arena for self sacrifice for the cause of religion, freedom, and reform, which has been inspirational to many later movements.
Publish Date : 10:20 - 2015 December 06
These days when the magnitude of the Arbaeen pilgrimage to visit the shrine of Imam Hossein has baffled the world, pondering on the influence of the imam’s move as the inspiration for many world uprisings in history seems fitting. While the rive of the Karbala uprising has been the source of much energy and drive for the Shia and Muslims in general, the influence taken by religious leaders of revolutions and other scholars in the Islamic world are noteworthy. A leading Christian analyst, Antoine Barra writes of the impacts of Imam Hussein’s uprising:
If Hussein was ours, we would have raised his flag in every land and launched a podium for him at every village, calling people to Christianity with his name.
I have read the life story of Imam Hussein, that great martyr of Islam, closely and have paid much attention to the pages of the Karbala. It is clear to me that if India wants to become a victorious country, it would have to follow Imam Hussein.
The great Arbaeen march which can be truly called a unified, well integrated, aware, and decided movement or uprising against arrogance, starts with the intention to visit Imam Hussein, and ends by reaching Karbala.
The pilgrimage of Imam Hussein which has been the source of uprisings in history has always been emphasized. So much so that the first revolutionary people who rose up for the blood of Imam Hussein, started their uprising by going to Karbala and pledging allegiance to Imam Hussein. After the martyrdom of Imam Hussein in the 60th hejri century, there were two revolutions under the Shia rubrics of Tawabin and Mokhtar. Both these uprisings were led by devoted Shia men who adopted the Karbala story as their leading inspiration, and both gained some victories.
In the past 1400 years, Shia scholars have paid attention to the political aspects of the Ashoura less that what they are expected to. Among them, the kind of Imam Khomeini’s outlook to the Ashoura incident and his adopted influence from it to launch a political uprising is unique and unprecedented. We may be able to find traces of this influence in a dialogue that took place between Imam Khomeini and Ayatollah Hakim in Iraq about forming a revolution.