Chapter Four: The stance of Imam Hussain (as)
Was this only a political dispute?
Azam Tariq al Nasibi stated:
IT WAS ONLY A POLITICAL DIFFERENCE WITH YAZID AND HAZRAT HUSAYN WANTED TO RECTIFY THE SITUATION. IT WAS NEVER A CONFRONTATION BETWEEN ISLAM AND KUFR AS NONE OF THE CONTESTANTS EVEN ONCE CALLED EACH OTHER AS KAFIR (INFIDEL).
What this Nasibi has failed to recognise is the fact that opposition to Ahl’ul bayt (as) is inexorably linked to the Deen; it cannot simply be watered down to a political dispute. In this connection we shall cite a narration of a Sunni scholar Allamah Shibli:
“‘Ali [r] said to Mu’awiya ‘Guard yourself from hating me since Rasulullah (s) said that on the Day of Judgement those that hate me shall be turned away from the Pond of Kauthar and be thrown in the fire”.
This one example serves as proof that Mu’awiya’s hatred / opposition to Imam ‘Ali (as) can never be defined as a political dispute. Had it just been a political matter, Hadhrath ‘Ali (as) would not have threatened Mu’awiya his enemy with Hell Fire. This example serves as proof that even the political enemies / opponents of ‘Ahl’ul bayt (as) shall burn in Hell.
Hafiz Ibn Asakir records this tradition on the authority of Sahabi Anas bin alHarith:
“I heard Rasulullah (s) say ‘Verily my son, means Husayn, will be killed in a land called Kerbala, whoever amongst you is alive at that time must go and help him”.
Tarikh Dimashq, Volume 14 page 223
If this was only a political dispute, then why did Rasulullah (s) deem it incumbent on the Sahaba to help his grandson Husayn (as), who he called his son? Politics is something without compulsion, for in Islam it is part of religion, for Islam is a system of life. And there is no ordinance in Islam that compels a person to follow a certain political persuasion UNTIL that person submits to Islam. But here Rasulullah (s) commands the companions to side with Imam Husayn (as), making it a duty on them to side with Husayn (as). Hence it can only be deemed to be a religious ordinance for THOSE WHO BELIEVE and have embraced Islam. The difference between Husayn (as) and Yazeed was thus, incontrovertibly, a religious one, for the Holy Prophet (saws) made it a duty for the Muslims who follow his religion to side with Husayn (as). This logic is undeniable and crystal-clear.
Was this a battle of truth against falsehood?
Azam Tariq Nasibi stated:
“THE BATTLE OF KARBALA IN 61 A.H. WAS NOT A BATTLE BETWEEN TRUTH AND FALSEHOOD OR ISLAM AND KUFR AS IS ALLEGED BY THE SHIAS”.
This is an attempt by the champions of the 21st century Nasibi movement to deny how all Muslims, Shia and Sunni alike, view the Battle of Karbala. To most Muslims, Shia and Sunni alike, Husayn (as) embodied faith and the true religion, while Yazeed embodied kufr and the devil. After all, did not Husayn (as)’s grandfather tell the Muslims to side with Husayn (as). Thus most Muslims see in Karbala the ultimate battle between the forces of good and those of evil. The Nasibis would instead have us see it another way, simply as the embodiment of good happens also to be the Third Shia Imam, and this adulation for him by the Sunni world is intolerable to the Nasibi cult. Ansar.Org’s favourite Nasibi son Afriki also sought to discredit the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (as) – by mocking the notion of most Muslims that this was a battle between truth and falsehood. In his article on ‘Who killed Imam Husayn?’ he stated:
However, it is regrettable that despite the huge amount of attention the subject of Karbala enjoys, the event is persistently portrayed as two-sided. It is always depicted as Husayn against Yazid, Right rising up against Wrong, the Quest for Justice against the Forces of Oppression.
Reply One – In the battle of Kerbala Imam Husayn (as) was with the truth and Yazeed adhered to falsehood
As we cited above, Ibn Asakir has recorded this tradition on the authority of Sahabi Anas bin al-Harith:
“I heard Rasulullah (s) say ‘Verily my son, means Husayn, will be killed in a land called Kerbala, whoever amongst you is alive at that time must go and help him”.
This same narration can be located in the following Sunni books:
- al Isaba Volume 1 page 81 Dhikr Uns bin Harith
- Khasais al Kubra Volume 2 page 125
- Kanz ul Ummal Volume 6 page 223 Dhikr Husayn
- Sirush Shahadatayn page 80
- Kifayath al Talib page 429 Dhikr Husayn
- Neel al Autar page 88
- Zakhair al Uqba page 146
If two individuals are fighting and the Prophet (s) tells you to go to the aid of one of them, then that individual will be on the path of truth, since the Prophet (s) would never give an order to stand with falsehood. In Kerbala, on one side was the illegal Khaleefa Yazeed bin Mu’awiyah on the other was Imam Husayn grandson of the Prophet (s), an individual whom the Prophet (s) gave an order that his Sahaba come to his aid.
Reply Two – One who fights Husayn (as), fights the Prophet (s)
We will prove this by citing the following Sunni sources:
- Adhaab al Mufraad page 17
- Sunan ibn Majah page 14, Manaqib Husayn
- Sunan Tirmidhi Volume 2 page 587 Manaqib Husayn
- Zakhair al Uqba page 133 Dhikr Husayn
- Sawaiqh al Muhriqa page 114 Dhikr Husayn
- Ya Nabi al Mawaddth page 164 Chapter 54
- Jama al Usool Volume 10 page 21
- Mustadrak al Hakim Volume 3 oage 177
- Kanz al Ummal Volume 6 page 220 Manaqib Husayn
- al Fusl al Muhimma page 171 Dhikr Husayn
- Ahsaaf al Raghibeen page 175 Dhikr Husayn
- Nuzlul Abrar page 55 Dhikr Husayn
- Mirqaat Sharh Mishqaat page 55
In Adaab al Mufarad, page 17 we read:
“The Prophet (s) said Husayn is from me and I am from Husayn”
In Mirqaat, Qadhi Iyad states:
“Our Prophet via Prophetic knowledge and revelation knew that his grandson Husayn would be martyred fighting Yazeed bin Mu’awiya, that is why the Prophet made a specific reference about him, stating he shared three qualities with him (s), 1. Loving both is compulsory 2. Disrespecting both is a sin 3. Fighting both is haraam and a sin”
This Hadeeth proves that in the same way one that fights the Prophet can never be on Haqq (Truth), likewise on that fights Husayn can never be on Haqq either, this proves that in Kerbala Yazeed was on the path of falsehood, and Husayn (as) on the path of truth.
Reply Three – One that fights the Ahl’ul bayt fights the Prophet
We have relied on the following Sunni works:
- Sunan Ibn Majah, English translation by Muhammad Tufail Ansari, Volume 1 page 81
- Fada’il al-Sahaba, by Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, v2, p767, Tradition #1350;
- al-Mustadrak al-Hakim, Volume 3 page 149
“Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said regarding Ali, Fatima, Hasan and Husayn (Allah be pleased with them all): I am at peace with those with whom you make peace and I am at war with those with whom you make war”
Imam Ibn Habban has included this hadith in his collection of ‘Sahih’ Hadiths (Sahih Ibn Habban Volume 15 page 433), Imam Hakim declared it ‘Hasan’ (al-Mustadrak, Volume 3 page 161) and Imam Nasiruddin Albaani al-Salafi also declared it ‘Hasan’ (Al-Jame’a al-Saghir wa Ziadateh, page 235).
This Hadeeth proves that when Yazeed fought Imam Husayn (as) in Kerbala he was actually fighting the Prophet (s), and is automatically on falsehood.
Reply Four – The Prophet’s distraught appearance before Ibn Abbas proves Husayn (as) was on truth and Yazeed was on falsehood
We have located this narration from the following esteemed Sunni works:
- Sawaiqh al Muhirqah, page 642-643 published in Faisalabad
- Mishkat al Masabeeh, Volume 8, page 140
- al Isaba page 334, Dhikr Husayn
- al Istiab page 340, Dhikr Husayn
- Asad ul Ghayba, Volume 2 page 23 Dhikr Husayn
- Mirqaat Sharh Mishkaat, Volume 11 page 397 Dhikr Husayn
- Musnad Ibn Hnbal, Volume 4 page 29 Hadeeth number 2165
- Tareekh Islam by Dhahabi, Volume 2 page 349 Dhikr Husayn
- Tareekh Ibn Asakir, Volume 4 page 343 Dhikr Husayn
- Tareekh ul Khulafa, page 208 Dhikr Husayn
- Sirush Shahadatayn, page 88
- Tadhkirat ul Khawwas al Ummah, page 152, Dhikr Husayn
- Kifayat al Muttalib, page 428 Dhikr Husayn
In Mishkat we read:
“One afternoon I dreamt of Holy Prophet (s) standing with his hair disturbed and with dust tangled in them and he was holding a phial filled with blood. I said to the Prophet: “May my parents by sacrificed at you. What are you holding?” The Prophet (s) replied: “I am holding this phial filled with the blood of my son and his companions that I have been collecting all the day long.”
I remembered that day and when the news of Al Hussain’s (as) martyrdom came, and I matched that day with the day I had dreamt the Holy Prophet (s), I came to know that it was the same day”.
The distressed state of the Prophet (s) at the time of the death of the Prophet (s) serves as clear evidence that our Imam Husayn (as) was with the truth and Yazeed (l) was on falsehood. If Nasibis argue that the words of Rasulullah (s) in a dream are not authentic then we suggest to them to consider these words:
Abu Huraira narrates: The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Whoever has seen me in a dream has in fact seen me, for Satan does not appear in my form”
Sahih Muslim, vol. 4 p 1225 no 5635
We have proven that Yazeed opposed the concept of revelation and denied the Prophethood. To raise one’s voice against such an enemy of God is certainly proof that Imam Husayn (as) was on the party of truth and was seeking to counter Yazeed’s falsehood. Shah Abdul Aziz Dehlavi, a staunch Wahabi, in Taufa Ithna Ashari, Chapter 1 page 6 stated clearly that:
“Imam Husayn was aware of the falsehood of Yazeed the Paleeth (impure)”
If opposition to such a transgressor is not Jihad then what is? How can these same Nasibi define the Banu Umayyad campaigns of conquests, pillaging / looting etc, to satiate Muslim greed and maintain a life of luxury as Jihad? If Jihad is defined as fighting the kuffar then Yazeed and his ancestors were kaafir, his father may have sought to cloak his hypocrisy but Yazeed openly declared his kaafir beliefs, and al Istiab also gives clear proof over the hypocrisy of Abu Sufyan.
When people opposed Yazeed in Madina, amongst them were the largest concentration of still living Sahaba, and the vast bulk were slaughtered. Amongst those who were martyred by the side of Husayn (as) in actual battle were also Muhammad (saws)’s sahaba, while at the actual battle not one sahaba was found on the side of Yazeed’s army. Were their actions [as Sahaba] false? Against Yazeed ranged the majority of the surviving sahaba – were all misguided waging war against a man who did not even know the Holy Prophet (saws), was a man who used his penis to penetrate men/ dogs/bears/sisters/daughters/mother? Yazeed expected the Bayya while he openly expressed that Muhammad (saws) was a fraud. Yazeed and the clique of sahaba like Abdullah bin Omar (son of the second khalifa) that supported him were scum of the worst kind.
Ibn Kathir in al Bidaya wa al Nihaya Volume 8 page 231 narrates this hadith on the authority if Abu Ubaydah:
“My Ummah shall be ruled with justice, until the first individual that shall destroy it, he shall from the Banu Ummaya, his name will be Yazeed”.
In a short time span of three years this Khalifah of Azam Tariq shed the blood of the family of the Prophet, the residents of Medina and catapulted the Kaaba. Rasulullah (s) pinpointed the man that would destroy the Deen BY NAME. When this is the case then opposition to him can automatically be defined as opposition to falsehood. Why do the Nasibis support a man cursed BY NAME by the Holy Prophet (saws) himself.
Reply Seven – The Sunni Ulema have accepted that in Kerbala Imam Husayn (as) adhered to the truth and Yazeed was on falsehood
As evidence we shall cite the following esteemed Sunni works:
- Sharh Fiqh Akbar page 72
- Neel al Autar Volume 7 page 181, Kitab al Jihad
- Shadharath al Dhahab Volume 1 page 69 Dhikr the events of 61 Hijri
- Tareekh Ibn Khaldun Volume 1 page 180
- Tauhfa Ithna Ashari page 370 Chapter 11 part 3
- Minhajj al Sunnah Volume 2 page 241 Dhikr Yazeed
- al-Awasim min al Qawasim, page 232
In Sharh Fiqh Akbar we read:
“Some illiterates have said (Allah forbid) that Imam Husayn was a rebel, this is Batil according to the aqaid of Ahl’ul Sunnah wa al Jamaah, this may not be palatable to those that have fallen away from the truth”.
This is a leading book of Hanafi aqaid that is clealrly stating that Hanafi Sunnis do not deem our Imam to be a rebel, obviously those Sunnis that say otherwise are actually practising taqiyya, posing as Sunnis when they are actually hardcore Nawasib.
Neel al Autar:
“There are those people who aided the Deen, they opposed the leader of the time because the leader was Unjust who had left the way of the Prophet, these people are the people of truth and Imam Husayn is at the top of such individuals”
Imam of Ahl’ul Sunnah Shaukani stated clearly that Yazeed was unjust and abandoned the way of the Prophet (s), and Imam Husayn (as) aided the Deen by opposing Yazeed, and our Imam was on truth and Yazeed was on falsehood.
Shadharat al Dhahab:
“The people is Islam are in absolute agreement, that Imam Husayn’s opposition to Yazeed’s bad deeds was a good step, similarly the act of Ibn Zubayr and the Madinans opposition against the Banu Umayya was also a good step”.
Even advocate of Mu’awiya Ibn Khaldun in Mudaqqimah states:
“Husayn was on the right path, he attained martyrdom for which he shall be rewarded”.
Another Mu’awiya supporter, the Grand Sheikh of Wahabis Ibn Taymiyya states:
“The middle way is that of the Ahl’ul Sunnah who don’t deem Husayn a baghi or the Khaleefa , and deem his murder to be martyrdom”
In this connection Allamah Shibli also makes an important observation:
“Husayn did not oppose giving bayya to Yazeed because he wanted to become the Khalifa – his opposition was to elevate the kalima of Tauheed and Deen al Hanafeeya, in this regards he was following the footsteps of his father”.
Zaynab, page 157
When Imam Husayn, according the Ahl’ul Sunnah Sect, died a martyr then his difference with Yazeed cannot be condensed down to a political dispute. These Nasibi need to understand that you can only die a martyr if you are defending the Deen – and Ibn Taymeeya said the Ahl’ul Sunnah hold the opinion that Imam Husayn (as) was a martyr. Can we not therefore conclude that the aqeedah of Ahl’ul Sunnah is that Imam Husayn (as) the martyr was slain upholding the Deen and his killer Yazeed was following falsehood? This is self-implicit if one accepts, as Ahl al Sunna do, that Husayn (as) achieved the rank of martyrdom.
These references prove that the scholars of Islam acknowledge that Imam Husayn (as) attained
Martyrdom, hence Imam Husayn (as) adhered to the truth in Kerbala. The Prophet (s) stated that the Ummah must come to his (as) aid that he would be martyred in Kerbala
Ibn Asakir records (in Mishbaath ba Sunnath page 219) a hadith on the authority of Hadhrath Ayesha:
“Oh Allah never shower your blessings on the cursed killer Yazeed. He will rebel against my beloved Husayn and martyr him”
Does this not act as conclusive proof that the battle of Kerbala was a battle between truth and falsehood? Rasulullah (s) deemed Imam Husayn (as) a martyr and cursed Yazeed, his killer who rebelled against Imam Husayn (as). Verily a martyr dies on the path of truth whilst a baghi (rebel) dies on the path of falsehood. Need we say any more on this topic?
The acceptance that the Imam (as) was a martyr is proof that he adhered to the path of truth and Yazeed was on falsehood.
Does the Sahaba’s failure to support Imam Husayn (as) prove that this was not a battle between truth and falsehood?
This filthy Nasibi then states:
IT IS EVIDENT FROM THE FACT THAT SEVERAL HUNDREDS OF SAHABA WERE ALIVE AT THAT TIME BUT ALL OF THEM KEPT ALOOF FROM THIS EVENT TO SAVE UMMAH FROM ENTANGLEMENT AND BLOODSHED. HAD IT BEEN AN ENCOUNTER BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL, THE SAHABAH WHO THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES HAD NOT SHIRKED JIHAD WOULD HAVE DEFINITELY THROWN ALL THEIR WEIGHT BEHIND HADHRAT HUSAYN.
Azam Tariq seems to suggest that the Sahaba would not be so shameless as to ignore Jihad. These Nasibi claim to be the defenders of the Sahaba, let us leave them aside for a moment and focus on Mu’awiya and the Banu Ummaya clan. Did they not shirk their duties to defend Uthman at the time of his murder? The entire Banu Umayya, including Mu’awiya stood back and allowed their relative Khalifah be slaughtered. Poor old Uthman was left on his own with no support, no son, brother in law or relative sought to protect his dear relative. Is this how the passive Gandhi ethics of Uthman were met? If these Nasibi claim that they were merely following the words of noble Uthman who stated no one whether that be his clan, the people of Medina or Mu’awiya’s army support him, then his desire is false since it is even incumbent on a seventy year old man to protect his life. Failure to do so constitutes suicide that contravenes the Shari’a.
If the Sahaba could not shirk the responsibility of Jihad then we should point out that poor old Uthman was cornered in his home for forty days before his end and the Sahaba did not have the decency to fight and protect their imam even though this oppression occurred in the city in which they resided. When they shirked ‘jihad’ in their own hometown then what likelihood was there to expect these same ‘lions’ to defend Imam Husayn (as) who had been cornered two thousand miles away by Yazeed in the remote plains of Kerbala? Can these Nasibi produce any evidence that their Imam Yazeed had made a declaration via radio / television / papers that he was intending to fight Imam Husayn (as) on a specific date at a specific venue – and that despite this, the Sahaba shirked their responsibilities?
Rather than protect poor Uthman history testifies that many played a key role in his downfall and killing. Ayesha for example had issued takfeer against Uthman. Why did the Sahaba not raise their objections and seek to head off these libellous claims? Why is this Nasibi trying to use the Sahaba’s inaction with regards to supporting Imam Husayn (as) as proof – when the same Sahaba were involved in killing Uthman? On Azam Tariq’s assessment can we therefore deem their action against Uthman to be correct?
When the Sahaba had participated in the killing of Uthman, who as they claim was the Khilafah over the Muslims, and this did not bother them in the slightest, then how can Azam Tariq ask us why the Sahaba remained silent and failed to side with Imam Husayn (as)?
It’s those Santas again – the Nasibis keep hiding behind them while we lift their red Santa kaftans and expose their uncircumcised privates.
If this Nasibi claims that the Sahaba’s inaction serves as evidence that no Jihad had taken place then we should point out that in Medina a group of the companions openly advocated their opposition to Yazeed and demonstrated this opposition by removing their shoes from their feet. Then the people of Medina rebelled and fought the army of Yazeed. Tell us, can we describe the Sahaba’s rebellion in Medina and fighting Yazeed, as Jihad on their part and a battle between truth and falsehood? Were the people of Medina not on the path of truth? Or were all those who narrated this event of Harra including great Nasibis such as Ibn Kathir Dimishqi misguided by Ibn Saba in this regard?
Reply Five: The Santas are cowards
If Azam Tariq claims that the Sahaba never shirked Jihad then what can we say of the fact that the Sahaba in the Battle Uhud fled for their lives leaving Rasulullah (s) exposed to the enemy forces – does Surah Aal-e-Imran not expose their Jihad phobia in this regards?
Did the Sahaba and Tabieen not leave Umm’ul Momineen Ayesha during the battle of Jamal? She was left on her camel, undefended. What happened to the honourable Sahaba on this occasion. Did they not shirk their Jihad duties here?
Imam Husayn (as) fought Yazeed’s army in hand-to-hand combat as he was brave, as were the sahaba who joined him. Most of the other sahaba only fought Yazeed when Yazeed attacked them in Madina i.e. they were set upon. This is because none had the courage of a Shia Imam, who took on the might of the world’ most powerful empire rather than abandon his principles. Meanwhile, the Santas were running scared.
Was Imam Husayn (as) returning so as to give bayya to Yazeed?
- Tareekh Kamil Volume 4 page 48 Imam Husayn
- Al Bidayah Volume 8 page 175
- Tareekh Tabari page 314
- Tadkhira Khawwas page 141
We read in al Bidaya that Uqbah bin Subhan narrates:
“I accompanied Husayn from Makka until the time that he was killed. I heard all of his speeches and at no point did he state ‘Take me to Yazeed so that I can give him bayya”
The comments of an actual Sunni scholar, Allamah Shibli in his book Zeyneb page 156 are also worthy of note:
“Husayn said ‘I am from the Ahl’ul bayt of the Prophet. Yazeed is not worthy of receiving my bayya’”
WHEN HAZART HUSAYN WAS STILL ON HIS WAY TO KUFA HE RECEIVED NEWS THAT HIS COUSIN, MUSLIM BIN AQEEL, WHO WAS SENT EARLIER BY HIM TO KUFA TO ASCERTAIN THE CONDITIONS THERE, HAD BEEN MURDERED ON RECEIVING NEWS OF THE DEATH OF MUSLIM BIN AQEEL, HAZRAT HUSAYN LOST CONFIDENCE IN THE PEOPLE OF KUFA AND DECIDED TO RETURN BUT THE RELATIVES OF MUSLIM BIN AQEEL UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF SABAI ELEMENTS INSISTED ON AVENGING THE MURDER OF MUSLIM BIN AQEEL AND HENCE HAZRAT HUSAYN DECIDED TO RESUME HIS ONWARD JOURNEY TO KUFA.
If the brothers of Muslim wanted to avenge his death – then what is the big deal here? The desire to avenge the blood of an innocent is not a reprehensible act. The Qur’an prescribes an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Yazeed was responsible for the killing of an innocent here, and the state being controlled by Yazeed had committed the atrocity, so the innocent’s brothers decided to follow God’s Word and carry out the penalty against the soldiers of Yazeed who had committed this action as the state would do nothing having committed the atrocity. The family of Rasulullah (s) were the rightful heirs of Hadhrath Muslim (as) – if his brothers took action to fulfil a desire to avenge their brothers unlawful murder at the hands of a demonic khalifa, then what is the objection? It was no reason why Imam Husayn (as) should have halted his journey. If the family of Rasulullah (s) had discussions amongst themselves and continued on the journey then how exactly does this absolve the transgression of Yazeed? If Imam Husayn (as) was intending to return to Medina, a view for which there is no historical or textual basis, then what basis did Yazeed then have to kill Imam Husayn (as)?
We the Shi’a believe that Yazeed, in order to strengthen his reign, blocked Imam Husayn (as)’s march to Kufa at a place called Karbala. This is testified to in all historical sources e.g. whole chapters in Tabari and the chapters in all the other historical works that chronicle 60-61 AH. They also chronicle the fact that Yazeed’s army then killed Husayn (as) in a pitched battle. This sin is worse than kufr. Husayn (as) was the last voice of open dissension in the Ummah, and dictators like Yazeed deal with those that speak out against their unjust ways by using their armed forces to liquidate them. The choices that were put before Imam Husayn (as) were to either accept the reign of Yazeed or die. If Imam Husayn (as) really was returning to give bayya to Yazeed then there would have been no need for this battle. The objective of bayya could have been carried out through via an intermediary, and indeed Yazeed’s commanders at the Battle of Karbala said to Husayn (as) that he would be free to go if he gave the bayya to Yazeed.
In fact it is manifestly clear that Yazeed wanted one thing and one thing only from Imam Husayn (as) – his bayat. Husayn (as)’s refusal to give this bayya was the trigger that enabled Yazeed to justify killing Imam Husayn (as) to the Muslims. But other Muslims objected and said, as most do to this day, that Husayn (as) could not have given bayya to Yazeed as the latter was unlawfully appointed khalifa in breach of treaty, and further Yazeed’s character would have destroyed Islam had the very grandson of the Prophet (saws) sanctioned such a demon as Khalifah. It is like voting for a homosexual into power – if he is elected it means that homosexuality is not condoned by the people. This is the state in many western countries today. Had the greatest and most learned Muslim of the age, indeed the closest male blood of the Prophet (saws) given the bayat, it would mean that dog/sister/bear/mother daughter penetration was acceptable in Islamic society. Given how fragile 60/61 AH was – Islam was still a very new religion – Islam itself as a religion with laws for society would have been destroyed. This is why Husayn (as) is called the Saviour of his grandfather’s religion. Yazeed’s ulterior motive was on top of extracting the bayat, and thereby completing his agenda to decimate Islam as a religion in society, to avenge the slaying of his family by Muhammad (saws) and Ali (as) by exacting tribal blood revenge – this is obvious from his words when the head of Husayn (as) was brought before him, in which Yazeed claims that the Revelation to Muhammad (saws) was a power game of the Hashim tribe, and one in which his own tribe of Umayyad had been the losers which was now avenged by killing Muhammad (saws)’s grandson who was also Ali (as)’s son.
Was Imam Husayn (as)’s alleged return from Karbala without fighting proof that this was not a battle between truth and falsehood?
Another Nasibi, lieutenant of Azam Tariq, Hafidh Salah’udeen in his book ‘Khilafat ai Mu’awiya aur Yazeed’ echoed these comments in his book page 23
“If the battle of Kerbala was a fight between truth and falsehood, then he [Husayn (as)] would not have made plans to return to Medina. Haqq (truth) is linked to rules of martyrdom, falsehood is not linked to anything”
Can this Nasibi cite us any proof that Imam Husayn set a date and venue to fight Yazeed? Yet again the Nasibis adopt a tactic of using words that give the impression that they are supported by historical facts. The reader might think that this premise of the Nasibis is based on some kind of textual source. There is none – it is just a fairytale of this Nasibi that Husayn (as) intended to return to Madina rather than do battle. Not one book, page, sentence, word, letter or dot in any book exists that says this was his intention or that he made plans to return to Madina. This is what Nasibis do every day in their speeches. They just LIE to people. I am angry at being LIED to like this. The most disturbing thing is that this man Azam Tariq and his deputies have hundreds of thousands of followers in places like Pakistan who believe every word of his. See how the Nasibis just lie. Here the Nasibi makes up a whole story that Husayn (as) was returning to Madina – as if he is an expert on history with academic references. This story has, literally, just been made up by him in this sentence.
However we shall refute this fairytale that has come out of this Nasibi’s deranged mind (Is this Nasibi on hallucinogenic drugs?) – we are now having to refute the verbal diarrhoea that comes out of a deluded mind: this is the level of argument the Nasibis have. If the Imam (as) had set a date, and then not fought, then we would have to accept that Imam Husayn (as) abandoned Jihad. We the Shi’a believe that Imam Husayn (as) declared that he was the true representative of Rasulullah (s) and hence he rejected the authority / obedience to Yazeed. Yazeed’s army, by cornering and killing Imam Husayn (as), proves Yazeed’s actions were false and Imam Husayn (as) was on the path of truth. Had Imam Husayn (as) returned from Karbala that would not in any way prove that Yazeed was on the right path, his returning without fighting in no way means that Yazeed was right! What on Earth was that reply from the Nasibis about in the first place? It still does nothing to exonerate Yazeed. What this nasibi said is called verbal diarrhoea. It’s malformed crap without any shape or substance that just comes out and you can’t control it. This is what Nasibis talk – crap with a kaftan, a turban and an Arabic accent to pass off as something more substantial. It is tragic that this turbaned crap is out there preaching to Muslims and taking them astray.
Reply Two -The Sahaba in Usamah’s army returned without fighting
We read in Sharh Muwaqqaf Volume 1 page 746:
Rasullulah (s) said that whoever does not participate in the army of Usamah, Allah’s lanath be on such a person.
N.B. This is not the Usamah bin Ladin of today but the Usamah bin Zaid who was a companion of the Holy Prophet (saws).
The Shaykhain were also present in this army. A battle that Rasulullah (s) prepares and sends out is definitely a battle of truth, so why did Abu Bakr and Umar leave the battle and return without fighting? This Nasibi clearly believes that martyrdom is dependant on Jihad, then how will these two individuals be forgiven for failing to participate in Jihad whilst Rasulullah (s) was on his deathbed? If these Nasibi are going to claim that the Shaykhain’s return without fighting does not prove that their Kaafir opponents were on the right path, Imam Husayn (as)’s ALLEGED (in this Nasibi’s dream) returning to Medina does not prove the correctness of Yazeed’s Fasiq Government.
Riyadh al Nadira states that Abu Bakr returned without delivering the verses of Baraath to the kuffar. The deliverance of these verses was definitely delivering truth against falsehood, and Abu Bakr’s return without delivering these verses in no way means that the kuffar were right.
Reply Four – Rasulullah (s) returned from Tabuk without fighting
We read in al Bidayah Volume 5 pages 14, that Rasulullah (s) prepared a huge army to counter the kaafir threat at Tabuk, but he returned without fighting. This expedition was definitely a battle between truth and falsehood, and in the same way that Rasulullah (s) returned without fighting does not mean that the kaafir Byzantines were in the right, Imam Husayn (as)’s ALLEGED returning to Medina (in the Nasibi’s dream) in no way means that Yazeed was in the right.
Reply Five – Rasulullah (s) returned from Makka without performing Hajj
The books of Ahl’ul Sunnah are replete with the fact that Rasulullah (s) left from Medina to go to Makka and perform Hajj with the Sahaba. The Kuffar and Makka prevented him from doing so and he returned without carrying through this objective. Hajj is a duty, so how were all the Muslims forgiven for failing to carry out Hajj that year?
- Was there an ijma in Yazeed’s Khilafah?
- Was Yazeed’s khilafah rightful?
- The stance of Imam Hussain (as)
- Yazeed’s killing of Imam Hussain (as)
- The incident of Hara
- Hadith referring to Yazeed and his era
- Analysing hadith allegedly blessing Yazeed
- The alleged comments of Muhammad al Hanafiyya
- Cursing Yazeed
- Azam Tariq’s false attempts to represent Sunni aqeedah
- Answering common Nasibi objections to the stance of Imam Hussain (as)
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