The ZanJeer Zani is taking new forms in Pakistan
The saddest and tragic incident of Islamic history is the ruthless and brutal killing of Hazrat Imam Hussain and his family at Karbala, Iraq in 680 AD. It is sad in many ways. Imam is the grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H) through his beloved daughter Hazrat Fatema-tu-Zahra. The Prophet used to carry Hussain on his shoulders and those who saw this were present during the incident of Karbala. Hussain was most God-fearing, most kind, most knowledgeable and highly popular person.
The governor of Syria, Amir Muawiya, not only refused to honour one of the rightly guided caliphs, Hazrat Ali (R.A) but also took up arms against him. Resultantly, over 75, 000 innocent Muslims got killed. Later, Amir Muawiya; who was overwhelmed by tribal norms rather than adherence to Islamic values nominated his own son Yazid for Caliphate. Yazid was a tyrant and ill-reputed. His nomination shattered the basic values of Islamic political system. The leader of Muslims as told by Holy Quran is selected through consultation and Holy Prophet further clarified that Amir ul momenin, [leader of pious] has to be honest, truthful and competent. Yazid, by all definitions, was a bad selection.
The huge number of politically active and pious Muslims asked Imam Hussain ibn e Ali to lead the resistance movement against Yazid’s nomination. However, Yazid unlashed state terror and quashed the movement by brutally killing thousands of Muslims. Most Muslims were traumatized. The ruthless manner in which their actual leader, Imam and his family were killed became the landmark in the history of Islam to distinguish between the truth and falsehood. Hussain sacrificed not only his own life but the lives of his loved ones; his sons, brothers, and other close relatives. yet he did not submit to Yazid. Due to the great sacrifice of Imam, the foundation of Islamic political system is not mottled. The Muslim nation stands philosophically clear and politically educated.
Today every Muslim knows that
• Islamic political system is clearly against dynastic politics.
• The highest form of ‘Jihad’ is to say the truth in front of a tyrant ruler.
• Muslims are bound to strive for goodness and betterment of society irrespective of the paucity of material resources and numerical strength.
The 10th of Islamic month, Muharram was the day when this tragic incident took place. On this day all over the world, Muslims remember the sacrifices and message of Hussain. Though the Shia sect of Islam is the vanguard of this remembrance, other sects too feel very sad on this day and greatly admire the contributions of Prophet’s family in upholding of the true image of Islam.
Today, when different hostile governments are trying to create divisions and political instability in Muslim lands through different contexts of ethnicity, languages, and sectarian divide, remembrance of Imam Hussain and related traditions are shaping into new forms and dimension of cooperation in many parts of the Muslim world including Pakistan.
10th Muharram, on the day of martyrdom of Imam, many Shia young men religiously motivated and emotionally stirred earlier used to start ‘Zanjeer Zani’ are now donating blood for needy patients. Zanjeer Zani is taking a new form. It is an excellent trend among Muslims which needs to be appreciated. It would be a dawn of new cooperation and grace between Sunni and Shia sects of Islam.
Oppressed Muslims in different corners of the worlds get renewed vigour in their struggle for freedom from Imam’s Sacrifice. The noble emotion like ‘sacrifice’ is gaining central position in the societies to seek the pleasure of God. This trend can take any society to a new height of harmony and success.
The humanity in general and Muslims, in particular, can greatly benefit in the reformation of a political system and well-being of societies from following the way of Hussain.