Today is the birth anniversary day of Imam Hussain (a.s) and we express our greetings, felicitations to all the followers of Imamat? It is an esteemed day for all Muslims and specifically those who like freedom, emancipation, and dignity and for those who are being pressed under oppression it is a big day. For oppressors, Taghoot the day of birth of Imam Hussain (a.s) is a very hard day. The birthday of that Imam who has been made by Allah as the ark of salvation for humanity. That Ummah which was sinking in every quagmire Allah made this ark. When people were drowned in darkness Allah lit this lantern of guidance and not for that generation but for every generation this lantern is a guide.
The personality of Sayyadus Shohada (a.s) is the one who is discussed by us in abundance throughout the year and in various forms. People do in their way, the orators do in their way, the scholars in their academic work, the lovers in their loving form and researcher in research manner and even those who have spites they also discuss with enmity. But despite of this much of aspiration towards Imam Hussain still in these centuries the effectiveness of this name is lacking. One big reason for this is that the mention of Imam Hussain (a.s) is done in abundance only out of aspiration, love and respect. Aspiration (Aqeedat in Urdu) gets satiated very soon like a child. A child with two sips of water, milk gets satiated and very soon gets thirsty as well but again gets satiated with two sips. This is the temperament of aspirations. Thus the long journey which Imam Hussain (a.s) did were not done with the aspirers even in that era and after as well. There were many aspirers of Imam Hussain (a.s) in that era, from his tribes, various cities and all over were in abundance. Even those who were opponents and objected Imam Hussain (a.s) in his vison, stance but they were also aspirers and lovers. The books of Shia, Sunni opponents are full of this, whereby even companions of Prophets all had love for Imam Hussain (a.s) and we cannot deny their aspiration and love. They had problem in believing in Imam Hussain (a.s) but not in aspiration, love. Some were stopping Imam Hussain (a.s) to go to Karbala for this reason and they would say out of love for him that if you go away then you are the sign of Prophet and we would miss you. But they did not possess the vision, path and ideology of Hussain (a.s) but still they had love and aspiration for the personality of Sayyadus Shohada (a.s).
His personality was the source of aspiration, love from various perspectives. One was his personality itself was charismatic, spell bound who had this much attraction that everyone sees admires. Anyone who sits in the vicinity of Imam would start to aspire and love him even if he would have been an opponent. But those who only aspire and love are never companion’s n the journey. Companions are those who also believe in Hussain. There have been centuries that have passed but the journey which Imam Hussain (a.s) started for centuries the companions of that path are not seen. When Imam Hussain (a.s) started his journey, Hamasa and begun his revolution he could not get companions. Even today that is going on whereby there is a rush of lovers, admirers, aspirers but those who will walk with Him as companions are scarce.
Whatever Imam Hussain (a.s) presented and the vision he established got sacrificed on love, aspirations. If I give an example as to why this happens. This is because the lovers, aspirers with their own imaginations create a picture of their lover. They are like painters who paint a picture out of their own taste. If you call many painters and ask them to paint a picture of Allama Iqbal, then hundred painters will draw hundred different types of pictures. Everyone will make the picture out of his imagination and not the way Allama Iqbal is. But when hundred cameraman takes pictures then all the hundred photos will show the same face. The camera is also taking picture and the painter is also making picture. The camera makes the picture the way it is but the painter draws the picture the way he wants. The lovers, aspirers are painters who out of their thoughts make the picture of others. The orators, poets, lovers have made the picture of Imam Hussain (a.s) out of their imaginations and all these pictures are far from reality.
As I said that the picture made by the followers of Prophet Isa was such that they went on exaggerating so much that they made him Allah. This was the oppression which they did that they made it against Allah. The enemies also did oppression and lovers also did the same because they did distortion and presented something else which was not the reality. The Picture which Allah made of Imam Hussain (a.s), whom Allah got him in the field was the one who is going to change the world and bring a revolution. That actual Hussain and not the Hussain of Orators, aspirers, admirers, lovers. That actual character which came out in the field, that role model repeats the same demands in every era the same which he demanded in his own era. But we can listen or see the repetition of the same demand because of one distortion that has taken place from people.
One distortion of Ahlulbayt was done by Banu Umayyah which was an oppressive distortion and they also wanted to and did change the face of Ahlulbayt. They rented nine thousand orators to distort the face of Ali and his children. These nine thousand orators and four thousand writers, columnists which is in history and some of them have been hidden in history were rented on heavy fees so that they can adulterate, distort the personality of Ali (a.s) and his children. They did this and delivered the rights of the fees which they took and did not betray Banu Umayyah. Ali (a.s) would tell his forces to see the activities of the evils and wished if truth would have got such activists then what face it would have made. This was one distortion which Banu Umayyah did. The distortion of Banu Umayyah could not get Hussain out of history and whatever force they exerted still they were not successful in anything. They tired for centuries but they did not get even a little success in any field. They could not terminate his character but the lovers, aspirers did what the Banu Umayyah could not do. Banu Umayyah wanted to keep Ahlulbayt (a.s) out of field, away from society. They tried but could not do it, but the lovers, aspirers did this work every easily and in a very cheap manner. Like at that time the rulers of Rome wanted to end the character of Prophet Isa and he should not remain as a role model. They tried a lot and even got Isa for crucification. But the Christians did this and they got Isa out of the field out of respect and love which the enemies could not do. Like a scholar like Allama Iqbal is arousing his nation and the opponents want to get Allama out of the field. The opponents are putting all efforts, threatening, torturing him but are not getting success. Then one disciple of Allama comes and says that this is very easy to do, why you are putting so much efforts, just give me an opportunity and see. How will you do? He will come and sit in front of Allama Iqbal and says that you are great personality, you are sage, we have made throne for you there; here you have people, there are flies, people here don’t have sense, discipline and you get up from here and come with us to that worthy place for you. And if Allama Iqbal also gets up and leaves then this is what the enemies wanted. Where the enemies are not able to end the character the aspirer, lover does this very easily.
Imam Khomeini (r.a) says such kind of efforts were made a lot with me and both tactics were used. One group would come and say that Khomeini is the agent of Russia, he wants to disturb the situation, he wants to divide the community, and he is against scholar. This was the pressure so that this character should sit quietly. The other group came and said that this way the fire will further flame. They came to Imam (r.a) and said that you are the representative of Imam, you are an Ayatullah, your status is that of a leader; these police, people are undisciplined and they won’t take care of your status. You should sit in Qom, Najaf in a dignified manner somewhere. Imam did not got carried away by their words, as he know what others want to do with abuses they are trying to do the same with love and aspirations. These by calling him Agha, Ayatullah and leader wants to remove him out of field so that this character does not remains amongst people. Banu Umayyah did not wanted the repetition of Ashura and they wanted to stop this but they were not successful. All the rulers, orators, writers failed but the lovers, aspirers of Imam Hussain (a.s) became successful. They removed the Hussain who was a personality of field and instead presented that face of Imam Hussain (a.s) where the true character of Imam Hussain (a.s) got concealed.
Imam Hussain (a.s) delivered a Hamasa which is a valorous step that comes with challenging the Taghoot. When the Taghoot becomes dominant Imam Hussain (a.s) did not become unconcerned and sat isolated instead Imam started to challenge them. We always think that the first step was Imam Hussain (a.s) denied the allegiance of Yazid. Imam Hussain (a.s) denied all those systems and rulers who were not from Allah. The step which Imam (a.s) did against Yazid and was not that the uprising of Imam Hussain (a.s) starts from here. If we go to the field and do the journey with Hussain then we can see. The aspirers, lovers are not in the field, they only supplicate for him as a well-wisher and request him also to pray for them. He does not walks with the Imam, he does not comes out in the field and not challenges Taghootiyat.
The way the Christians and Jews started one act which was followed by the Muslims. Torah and Bible are heavenly books which are repeatedly mentioned in the Quran that these books were descended by Allah to Prophets for the guidance of people. When the Prophets came with these books to people they did not deny these books. The Christians and Jews did not reject the books, they liked it, and they embraced it, kissed it and gave it the sacredness. They offered full respect and did not allow anyone to sacrilege it. They decorated the book, kept in good place, they wrote its verses in gold, they took pledges on Bible. Even if he is the Allama of Islam he has to swear upon Bible to get the nationality of England. All the Muslims have to swear upon the Bible that we will remain loyal to the laws of this nation. There is so much respect on Bible that even a Muslim scholar also has to pledge on Bible to get the nationality. There is no non-Muslim who comes to Muslim world and pledges on Quran, in fact the infidels are not allowed to touch the Quran. But in the West you have to pledge upon Bible to get the nationality. They go to court and place their hands on Bible that I will not lie. This much respect, sanctity of Bible is there in the eyes of Christians. But the same Torah and Bible has been distorted by them. They have removed some teachings from these books and some they have added on their own in this book out of respect. They have extreme respect for the Bible. The sanctity of the books are maintained.
In the Christian world there is high degree of respect for Bible but not even half page of Bible has the status of law in any of these countries. It is not a book of policy anywhere. It is not essential to follow any law of Bible. The American President and all the Parliamentarians of Europe they swear upon Bible. When the officers, judge, doctors get degree they put their hands on Bible and swear but not even in a single place Bible takes the status of constitution. They have taken the status of Bible on the peak to the extent that they even take pledges from Bible but how beautifully they removed Bible from their lives that not even a single page of Bible has acquired the status of law for them. It is not essential to implement and act upon Bible and you don’t have to walk on the calls of Bible.
The same what has been done by Bani Israel with the heavenly books has been done by Muslims towards the sanctitous Imams. They gave utmost respect and honor to Imam Hussain (a.s). In fact the things which Imam Hussain (a.s) has used even they have such high degree of sanctity that they make imitations and model of those things and that also is respected. Like Imam Hussain (a.s) had one horse and today thousands of places its copy are made as resemblance and they give high respect to it. They make resembling copy of sword of Imam Hussain (a.s), turban and even cradle of the child of Imam Hussain (a.s) and offer high degree of respect to these models. But the respect of Imam Hussain (a.s) is different though all the things which Imam Hussain (a.s) used has high respect. If you go to every corner of Christian world you won’t find the laws of Bible anywhere implemented as laws in society but the respect is very high. This is the same which we have done with sacred Imams.
We have done extreme form of respect and have delivered the rights of sacredness and respect. But the purpose of Imamat, their path, their ways for which all happened you can search in every corner, village, home, in every Hussainiah, Mosque and books of scholar you can find respect to the peak but you won’t find their path and purpose anywhere. Why? This is because only this sanctity was maintained but reality was presented in distorted manner. The Christians changed Bible, Jews changed Torah and Muslims changed Hussain. That Imam Hussain (a.s) who created a Hamasa in the field was distorted and presented in a changed manner. Hence centuries passed but that character was not repeated accept once by Syed Roohallah. Apart from this centuries passed those who demonstrated respect, sacredness did not turned towards it. They did not acquired that path and its slogans.
The fist element amongst the Imamat of Imam Hussain (a.s) is denial of all other systems other than Imamat. At places where others acted with pragmatism Imam Hussain (a.s) did not; Imam Hussain (a.s) did not present any excuses and persuasiveness at any place where others presented all justifications. To remain alone, not having companions, support is a big justification and reason for man. Centuries have passed where millions have adopted silence due to these reasons but Imam Hussain (a.s) did not considered this as an excuse. Now when the events pass and I read one sentence in newspapers which aggrieves me a lot even though others like that. The newspapers write that the day of Ashura was commemorated with highest form of love, respect and sanctity. This is the limit of lovers and aspirers as they could only do this much. The story of lovers, aspirers end beyond this. They only pray for Hussain and request him to pray for him as I could only do this much.
In the tradition of Imam Hussain (a.s) both the categories of supporters (Nasir) and Khazil (betrayers) are mentioned. The supporters (Nasir) are those who remain on the path till the end and do not separate till the end. In Arabic those who can support, remain with someone but do not do it are Khazil (betrayers). Imam Hussain (a.s) used this word for the people of Kufa. He did not say that you don’t love and aspire us. You called us in open, loud in front of everyone but left us alone and did not support us after calling us. This betrayal is an oppression on Imam (a.s) and Imam is more grieved on this. Such lovers, aspirers who leave Imam Hussain (a.s) on his path, he is more upset on them. The love, aspirations cannot reduce the crime of betrayal that is leaving Imam Hussain (a.s) alone in the field of encounters is going on since centuries. Like Bani Israel did distortion in Bible and since Bible was revealed before Quran and they have been pledging on it and is present in every sanctitous place. They have shown this much respect but will this respect compensate the crime of distortion which they did with this book and will Allah will forgive you just because you are showing respect? Allah will not forgive even if twice the respect is shown but the book remains distorted. The law which Allah has for sacred books is the same for sacred Imams. That is if you leave the Imams alone and the Imams are alone in the fields of Imamat despite of lovers, aspirers being present. Imamat is the system of Allah and Imams are alone.
Whether today the Imams are forsaken or not in Pakistan? Whether Imams have got supporters (Nasir) or only appraisers who recite eulogies and hymns? Imamat have only got aspirers, lovers whereas Wahhabism got supporters. Wahhabism got Ansars and Imamat only got lovers who remembered them only by words. When the field of Imamat comes, and where Hussain comes the Imamat is alone and there is no one to even take the name of Imamat. They have respect of the horse, flag, swords, cradle of child of Imam due to love, aspiration but the respect for the character of Imam is not seen. They abandon Imamat and they do it repeatedly. The aspirers, lovers leave the Imam alone and do not go forward. It is only 72 bodies who go forward and 72 million sit inside home. They present offerings to Imam whereas Imams want the support. Let us end this betrayal and isolation of Imamat which is ongoing since centuries. Since centuries there is abandonment of Imamat. Imam Baqir (a.s) says that when the day of Eid comes when pain becomes fresh. He says the day of Eid is the day of Imamat but on the same day when I see a Taghoot sitting on the position of Imamat my pain revives. What is the Shia, lovers doing on the day of Eid? When the day of Friday comes it is the day of Imamat and Allah has kept this specifically for Imamat. As per a common decision by all Islamic Jurists; no one can establish Friday on their own. In far off lands also the Imam of Muslims appointed representative can establish Friday. Everything that was related to Imamat we disconnected that. Do we not realize this on the day of Friday? That day which Allah has kept for Imamat and is a common verdict for both Shia and Sunnis that Friday and Eid are those days which are specific for Imam. On this day as well when there is no Imamat and misguided people are doing Imamat then also the lovers do not realize that Imamat is alone and abandoned. We are lovers, aspirers and not supporters (Nasireen) whereas Imamat needs supporter.
Just see how the lovers, aspirers celebrate the birth day (Wiladat) of Imams. The first sanctity they show is that they say do not call this day as Wiladat because Imams are not born they are descended (Naazil); they appear (Zuhoor). See the peak of respect that they even consider using the term Wiladat and replace it with Zuhoor and Nuzool so that the respect of Imams are revived. He has become so passionate in the love that he is not ready to use the word of Wiladat for Imams which was the word used by Imams themselves. He even considers using this word as disrespect because others are also born so what would be the difference between others and Imams. He has gone so much forward in his love and aspiration that that he prohibits everyone to use the word Wiladat but in the field of support; Hussain is again alone. He is such a lover, aspirer that he claims that anyone who uses the word Wiladat I will behead him but when Imam Hussain (a.s) was beheaded, he left Imam (a.s) alone.
In the celebration of birth day of Imam they cut cake. Why do you want to cut cake? Was Imam Hussain, Imam Ali (a.s) eating cake? This cake has come from your bakeries and these bakeries have come from Britain and these cakes were being cut on the birthday of your Lords and not on the Wiladat of Imams. They have got heavy cakes in the Wiladat of Imam. If 1400 years have passed they will cut the cake of 1400 kg. Just see where the love, aspiration has gone to and they have become blind in the love. There is one who have gone much beyond this and have become blind to this extent that on the days of Wiladat they arrange for dance gatherings, they invite licentious women, eunuchs to dance on these occasions. They do all the filthy things in celebrating the birth of Imam. When the aspirer, lover becomes blind he commits sins on the days of birth of the proof of Allah and others who look at him appreciate him as to how much love he has for Imam Hussain (a.s). He has this much love and rest all are spectators. This love, aspiration has crossed all limits and stepped into disobedience. If he would have taken few steps in the field of support of Imam Hussain (a.s) along with love, aspirations then today on every Muslim land there would not have been a dominance of a Taghoot, Satan and their families. The tyrants like Ale Saud would not have been riding on the necks of believers if we would have taken one step in support of Imam Hussain (a.s). They have been sitting for centuries, took fees, made money and only talked about aspiration and love.
Two types of orators made money in the name of Imam Hussain (a.s). One were those nine thousand orators who took money from Banu Ummah and spoke against Ahlulbayt (a.s) and on the other hand the lovers of Imam Hussain (a.s) also takes money, fees to recite Majlis in defending Ahlulbayt (a.s). These supporter take double fees, even the enemies did not take this much fees which our orators are taking. Imam is asking for supporters; Hal Min Nasir (is there anyone to help me?). The one who comes out in the field, walks few steps with Imam Hussain (a.s), one who denies Taghootiyat, comes out for encounter, Mubariza, challenges Yazidiat and one who hands himself to calamities is a supporter (Nasir) rest all are Khazil (betrayers). If you are not a supporter (Nasir) then you will be Khazil (betrayer) as there is no Barzakh; third position in between Nasir and Khazil. There is no such position where you are not a Nasir or Khazil but just a lover, aspirer. There are only two characters; either Nasir or Khazil. Today this field is more prepared and the path, school, ideology, Imamat of Hussain (a.s) is more required today than before. That Hamasa needs to be repeated. That sound of Hamasa should be heard by the world and they are listening. With all praise to Allah there are supporters seen in various fields in the world.
Those lovers, aspirers who had not taken the lessons of support of Imam Hussain (a.s) the follower of Hussain; Roohallah Khomeini taught them the lesson of being supporter of Hussain (a.s). Those who had stopped at love, aspirations have now put on the attire of support and came out in the field of supporting Hussain (a.s). There was an era in this Karbala, Kufa, Iraq there was an army of around 4000 to 18000 persons who came out in Karbala and to stop this force only seventy two came out. Instead those in Kufa who called Imam left him alone and came out to confront him. They just did not leave Imam (a.s) alone and Imam (a.s) said that how much evil you have done, you have left an Imam of righteousness and have become soldiers of an illegitimate lineage. When they came to Karbala their hearts were full with love, aspirations for Imam Hussain (a.s) but their pockets were full with ransom of Banu Umayyah. There would be love of Ahlulbayt (a.s) in the heart but see what is in the pockets? The full pockets made these supporters as betrayers. That was one era in which Imam is himself present in Iraq and going towards Kufa; but supporters did not come out whereas enemies came out with an army of 18000 to carry out oppression. And look at now when ninety countries have made a force of millions, the most powerful, armed and most dreadful army has been made. At that time in the army of Umar ibn Saad, there was only one Shimr, Kholi and Hurmala, but today the forces they have made has several thousands of Shimr, Kholi and Hurmala. But when the army of supporters stood up then this army made with the support of ninety countries then we have seen how with the help from Allah these supporters (Nasir) sent those forces to hell. Since centuries the disgrace that has dominated Iraq but when Imam Khomeini (r.a) taught the lesson of support and when the successor of Hussain gave the lesson of support (Nusrat) then the supporters (Nasir) came out.
At that time one Yazid sat on throne, adopted Taghootiyat and Imam Hussain (a.s) challenged that Yazid and asked for supporters (Nasir) to stand against Yazid. At that time all the towns had abundant lovers, aspirers of Imam Hussain (a.s) but those who came out were Khazileen (betrayers). But today when the real, true personality, character pure from distortion was presented then again Yazidiat repeated. Today again a ruler who is exact replica of Yazid is dominant over Hejaz. There are many traits of Bin Salman that matches Yazid. Yazid was raw, inexperienced the same is Bin Salman. Yazid was drunken, licentious the same is with him as well. Yazid was blind in power and this person also is lustfully blind for power. Yazid looked around and only found Hussain ibn Ali whom he challenged for allegiance. This Yazid also in the entire world of Arab and non-Arab his eyes also stopped on Syed Ali Khamenei (d.a) and said that I will fight with him and wanted him to submit. Bin Salman is the exact replica of Yazid, the same body, soul, thoughts. Yazid of that era came out on his own power but this Yazid has the power of Israel, Britain, America, Arabs and just from Muslim world he has made Muslim forces of thirty three counties.
He has come out with this force to confront Hussain ibn Ali but the lesson of support (Nusrat) which has been taught by Khomeini (r.a) on his followers and not on Khazileen. The Khazileen are still present in abundant who only eat food and supplicate and go. But for the supporters; when they made ISIS and other big forces who were defeated and disgraced. Those who came out to disgrace Hussain ibn Ali but when they saw in front of them a force with the slogan of “No to Humiliation” (Hai Haat minna Zilla) they themselves died in disgrace. Now they are again raising their head and against them is Syed Moqawamat with a handful of youths confronting them. This is the weight of Nasireen (Supporters). You can see a sea of aspirers, lovers in Arbaeen who get their feet massaged, eat Kababs, get their shoes polished and then return back. This Yazid is going on every door. He sat for three weeks in America to ask for support, he went to Britain and France to get help; he fell down in the feet of Israel begging for support. This is because there is no Hussain ibn Ali confronting him but the son of Hussain ibn Ali is confronting him, the follower, student of the school of Hussain ibn Ali; he is the supporter of Hussain ibn Ali. If this much supporters (Nasireen) come out in the field then Yazidiat will shiver. You cannot imagine what is the state of Trump, Theresa May, Netanyahu; they are frustrated and have gone into the jaws of destruction. This is the journey of support. We have acquired love, aspiration over centuries but if we can study lesson of support of Hussain, which is the actual demand of Hussain and become companion to Imam Hussain on his path, revived the purpose of Imam Hussain (a.s) then the rights for the day of Hussain is delivered. Than the gathering suits to be called as the gathering of celebration of Imam Hussain (a.s). That day will come when this celebration will be on earth and also amongst those souls who are not here. That day when our Last Imam (a.t.f.s) will come would be the day of celebration. The day when Yazid gets subdued and the standard of Hussain is raised is the day of Hussain (a.s). But if you just eat food in the name of Hussain (a.s), if you take fees and go then this could be your day but not of Hussain. Those who do sins on this day, arrange for dance parties are followers of Banu Umayyah who are stampeding the sanctity, they are insulting the sacredness. They are not even lovers and aspirers. The entire nation should express their disassociation from them as they are disgrace for the Shias and believers. The believers should express their disassociation from them as these people in reality do not even possess the love of Imam Hussain (a.s)