The story of what happened on Ashura, in Karbala, so long ago, reverberates today, not because it is singularly unique. Mass murder is a common occurrence and so too is the disenfranchisement of women and children is a part of our global status quo—so why is what happened to Husayn ibn Ali so unique and important that millions continue to commemorate what happened to the children of Fatima in the sands of Karbala.
Truth be told, what happened to Husayn, the son of Fatima and Ali, and the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, his family, sisters, daughters, sons, and loved ones, was a precedent for the violence that would be done in the name of Islam, for eons after, and into this modern day. Islam was hijacked when Husayn was killed, and it was one of three tragedies visited upon the faith by the evil Caliph Yazeed, alongside the mass rape of the women of Medina (the Prophet Muhammad’s city) and the destruction of a portion of the Kaaba in a failed raid.
We remember Husayn so that we don’t forget the rest of the story. We remember Husayn to remember his family, his parents, and his legacy.
Our lamentation comes in various languages and in different media. The song above is one such example and it is comprised of four M.C.’s (Yusuf Abdul-Mateen of Blak Madeen, Young Skitz, Professor A.L.I. and Left, in order of appearance) coming together to create a piece of art about Husayn ibn Ali and the authenticity of real Islam; as such, it stands in sharp contrast in the light of what passes as Islamic practice in our modern day.
In addition, here is one more example by Professor A.L.I. featuring Shareef Nasir, about the love people have for Husayn and what he represents. Please share these songs and let us all pray for a world of peace, where oppression has no place and no excuse to justify its existence.