The Purpose of Imam Hussain(asws) and the Month of Muharram

A lot has been said and written about the purpose of Imam Hussain(asws‘s) refusal to accept
the authority of Yazidla Ibn Muawiyala (a corrupt and immoral ruler). When forced to take an
oath of allegiance in Madina, Imam Hussain(asws) left Madina for Makkah. In Makkah, near
the time of Hajj, Imam Hussain(asws) had to abandon the rituals of Hajj as agents of Yazid(la)
turned up there to assassinate Imam Hussain(asws)– while disguising in the outfits of Hajjis
(pilgrims). At that, Imam Hussain(asws) headed towards Kufa (Iraq) in response to the request
of Kufis who requested Imam(asws) to teach and guide them. On his(asws) way to Kufa, Imam
Hussain(asws) was interrupted at the desert of Karbala, about 80 miles’ away from Kufa, by the
armed soldiers sent by the governor of Yazid(la) . Imam Hussain(asws) was savagely martyred
along with his 72 supporters, consisting of family and friends, on the 10th of Muharram.

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