Sunday, December 19, 2010

In The Respect Of Muharam -By: Sana Naseer Shaikh

Sayings of Legends:
  • Mahatma Gandhi “I learnd from Hussein how to achieve victory while
    being oppressed.”
  • Thomas Carlyle (Scottish historian and essayist): “The best lesson
    which we get from the tragedy of Cerebella is that Husain and his
    companions were rigid believers in God. They illustrated that the
    numerical superiority does not count when it comes to the truth and
    the falsehood. The victory of Husain, despite his minority, marvels
  • Edward Gibbon (English historian and member of parliament): “In a
    distant age and climate, the tragic scene of the death of Hosein will
    awaken the sympathy of the coldest reader.” (The Decline and Fall of
    the Roman Empire, London, 1911, volume 5, p. 391-392)
  • Charles Dickens (English novelist): “If Husain had fought to quench
    his worldly desires…then I do not understand why his sister, wife, and
    children accompanied him. It stands to reason therefore, that he
    sacrificed purely for Islam.”
  • Antoine Bara (Lebanese writer): “No battle in the modern and past
    history of mankind has earned more sympathy and admiration as well as
    provided more lessons than the martyrdom of Husayn in the battle of
    Karbala.” (Husayn in Christian Ideology)
  • Dr. K. Sheldrake: “Of that gallant band, male and female knew that
    the enemy forces around were implacable, and were not only ready to
    fight, but to kill. Denied even water for the children, they remained
    parched under the burning sun and scorching sands, yet not one
    faltered for a moment. Husain marched with his little company, not to
    glory, not to power of wealth, but to a supreme sacrifice, and every
    member bravely faced the greatest odds without flinching.”
  • Ignaz Goldziher (Hungarian orientalist): “…Weeping and lamentation
    over the evils and persecutions suffered by the ‘Alid family, and
    mourning for its martyrs: these are things from which loyal supporters
    of the cause cannot cease. ‘More touching than the tears of the
    Shi’is’ has even become an Arabic proverb.” (Introduction to Islamic
    Theology and Law, Princeton, 1981, p.179)
  • Edward G. Brown (Professor at the University of Cambridge): “…a
    reminder of that blood-stained field of Karbala, where the grandson of
    the Apostle of God fell, at length, tortured by thirst, and surround
    by the bodies of his murdered kinsmen, has been at anytime since then,
    sufficient to evoke, even in the most lukewarm and the heedless, the
    deepest emotion, the most frantic grief, and an exaltation of spirit
    before which pain, danger, and death shrink to unconsidered trifles.”
    (A Literary History of Persia, London, 1919, p.227)
  • Sir William Muir (Scottish orientalist): “The tragedy of Karbala
    decided not only the fate of the Caliphate, but also of Mohammadan
    kingdoms long after the Caliphate had waned and disappeared.” (Annals
    of the Early Caliphate
    , London, 1883, p.441-442)
  • “Though Imam Hussain gave his life years ago, but his
    indestructible soul rules the hearts of people even today.”Dr. Radha
  • Mahatma Gandhi-“My faith is that the progress of Islam does not
    depend on the use of sword by its believers, but the result of the
    supreme sacrifice of Hussain (A.S.), the great saint.”
  • Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru-“Imam Hussain’s (A.S.) sacrifice is for all
    groups and communities, an example of the path of righteousness.”
  •  Reynold Alleyne Nicholson
    “Hussain (A.S.) fell, pierced by an arrow, and his brave followers
    were cut down beside him to the last man. Muhammadan tradition, which
    with rare exceptions is uniformly hostile to the Umayyad dynasty,
    regards Hussain (A.S.) as a martyr and Yazid as his murderer.” [A
    Literary History of the Arabs, Cambridge, 1930, p197]
  • Rabindranath Tagore-“In order to keep alive justice and truth,
    instead of an army or weapons, success can be achieved by sacrificing
    lives, exactly what Imam Hussain (A.S.) did
  • Dr. Rajendra Prasad-“The sacrifice of Imam Hussain (A.S.) is not
    limited to one country, or nation, but it is the hereditary state of
    the brotherhood of all mankind.”
  • Dr. Radha Krishnan-“Though Imam Hussain (A.S.) gave his life almost
    1300 years ago, but his indestructible soul rules the hearts of people
    even today.”
  • Swami Shankaracharya-“It is Hussain’s (A.S.) sacrifice that has
    kept Islam alive or else in this world there would be no one left to
    take Islam’s name.”
  • Mrs. Sarojini Naidu--“I congratulate Muslims that from among them,
    Hussain (A.S.), a great human being was born, who is reverted and
    honored totally by all communities.

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