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Updated 13 November 2013
Dedicated to the victims of the Gaza Massacre - 2008/2009
As we commemorate Imam Husayn's revolution of truth and justice, this poem considers our role as Hussaynis in a world wracked by oppression.
Muharram arrived with piercing screams
Playing children bombed to smithereens
Torn limbs shrouded in ash
Lost in the deafening blitz, blinding flash
I heard the echoes fade
As I sat in the mosque and prayed
Safe in His house of peace
Far from the blood and screams
Clearing my heart and mind
Of haunting images and cries
I willed myself to concentrate
On the tragedy of the Ahul Bayt
I wept for my Imam’s compassion
His sacrifice for justice, his passion
I heard his call to follow, to rise
Reject apathy, inertia, and strive
And in that moment, I cried,
‘Labbaka Ya Husayn, I’ll try!’
And so I strove, week upon week
To don black and mourn and weep
To hear the lamentations,
Join the processions
To fulfil my promise and pledge
Yet, as I sat longer and cried harder
My tears did not douse the flames in Gaza
Nor did they cool the burning, searing pain
Of lives destroyed and children slain
I tried to be a Husayni, I did truly
I loved and mourned my Imam duly
Yet love without vision, action - is weak
A candle without a wick
It does not burn, nor serve, nor give
How much more slaughter, oppression
From Palestine to Bahrain, Pakistan to Yemen
Before my tears smoulder and ignite
A burning love that acts, resists, fights?
Will I be a moth to Husayn’s flame
Subsumed by the justice, light of Husayn
Or will I coldly turn away
And let humanity bleed and burn and decay??
By Fatema Valji - UK
The World Federation is pleased to introduce a series of videos to help us acquire closeness to Allah (swt). The first 5 videos will be an Introduction to Shahr Ramadan and for the rest of the Holy month we will focus on Akhlaq. Click here to watch Day Four.
On the occasion of the Shahadat anniversary of Ameer al Mo’mineen (as), our esteemed scholar, Shaykh Murtadha Alidina outlines for us the characteristics that enable us to become people whose company the Imam (as) himself yearns for.