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Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and a month that commemorates a sacrifice made over 1400 years ago.

Muslims around the world, especially Muslims from the Shia sect of Islam, commemorate the month of Muharram in remembrance of the household of the Prophet Muhammed (saws). Why? Because during the month of Muharram over 1400 years ago, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (saws) took a stand against injustice and tyranny that was being spread by Yazid, a ruler of the time from the Ummayad family.

Yazid was feared and hated for his ruthlessness and tyranny by the people of his society, while the grandson of the Prophet (saws), Hussain ibn Ali (as), was respected and loved by the people for his noble characteristics. Realizing this, Yazid decided if he could convince Hussain (as) to pledge allegiance towards him, the people of his society would love him too.

Being from the pure household of the Prophet (saws), Hussain (as) chose to take a stand against Yazid’s rule and denied pledging allegiance to him at any cost. Although pledging allegiance to Yazid would mean that Hussain (as) and his family could live a life of luxury and comfort, he chose to refuse and stood against injustice until he had fulfilled his promise to his grandfather, Prophet Muhammad (saws). A promise to fulfill the religion of Islam by sacrificing himself and his entire household in the way of Allah (swt), because he believed that “death with dignity, is better than a life of humiliation.”

Hussain (as), his family, and 72 companions were kept captive in the deserts of Karbala with no food or water for 3 consecutive days. He was spared no mercy by the tyrant Yazid for refusing to obey his command. Hussain (as) did not give in to Yazid’s command and alongside his family and companions they fought valiantly one by one on the lands of Karbala against Yazid’s army of 30,000 until Hussain (as) was the last one standing. Surrounded by an army of 30,000 men, Hussain (as) was brutally martyred. Hussain (as) sacrificed his entire family and all of his companions for the sake of Islam and to protect the true religion of his grandfather.

1400 years later, millions of people around the world still remember the stand that Hussain (as) took against injustice and tyranny. Millions of people commemorate the martyrdom of Hussain (as), his family members and his companions in order to keep his message alive.

What choice will you make in the face of injustice?

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