Imam Hussain: A guiding light for humanity’s journey towards justice

By Aubaid Ahmad Akhoon

Imam Hussain’s martyrdom in the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD was not merely a historical event but a transformative moment that continues to inspire millions around the world. The slogan “Labaik Ya Imaam Hussain” has become a powerful expression of loyalty and devotion, signifying a commitment to the principles of justice, righteousness, and opposition to oppression.

Chanting the slogan: A Call for Justice and Compassion

“Labaik Ya Imaam Hussain” resounds as a passionate call from the hearts of  Muslims, particularly during the sacred month of Muharram. The act of chanting this slogan is a powerful expression of love, respect, and allegiance to Imam Hussain and the values he symbolizes. It serves as a poignant reminder of the unyielding stance he and his companions took against injustice, even in the face of overwhelming adversity.

Imam Hussain’s message transcends time and borders, resonating with people from all walks of life. The slogan becomes a collective plea for justice, a demand to stand firmly against oppression, and a commitment to uphold human dignity and compassion. In a world where injustice and inequality persist, the message of Imam Hussain remains a beacon of hope, inspiring individuals to actively work towards positive change in their societies.

Following the path of Imam Hussain: Embodying Courage and Selflessness

Imam Hussain’s life exemplified the virtues of courage, selflessness, and the willingness to sacrifice for the greater good. His stand at Karbala was not driven by personal ambitions but by a deep devotion to the principles of Islam and the welfare of humanity. He chose to confront oppression and tyranny, knowing the price would be his life, yet never wavering from his commitment to justice.

While chanting “Labaik Ya Imaam Hussain” serves as an external expression of devotion, the true essence of following Imam Hussain lies in internalizing his principles and striving to emulate his noble character. It requires individuals to introspect and assess whether their actions align with the values he stood for. Following the path of Imam Hussain means standing up against injustice, assisting those in need, and fostering an environment of compassion and empathy.

The Power of Actions and Intentions:

Chanting the slogan is a profoundly spiritual act, but its significance lies not only in the words themselves but in the intentions and actions that accompany them. While many devotees genuinely embrace the message of Imam Hussain and strive to embody it in their lives, there may be others who chant the slogan out of tradition, without fully grasping its profound meaning.

Alama Iqbal’s quotes:
“Nikal kar khankahu se ada kar rasmi shabeeri, Ki fakhre khankahi hai faqt andho dilgeeri,”

Translation: Come out of the monastery and play the role of Shabbir, for monastery’s faqr is but grief and affliction.

Allama Iqbal’s quotes, serves as a poignant reminder for believers not to confine their devotion to mere ritualistic practices. Imam Hussain’s message calls for active engagement with the world, translating the love and devotion expressed through chanting into tangible actions that promote justice, compassion, and positive change.

This couplet aims to shed light on Alama Iqbal’s timeless wisdom and his call for individuals to break away from the confines of passive isolation and embrace active participation in society. By exploring the profound philosophy behind Iqbal’s quote and connecting it with the life and teachings of Imam Hussain (Shabbir), the research seeks to inspire readers to lead purposeful lives, contribute meaningfully to their communities, and create a positive impact on the world around them. It advocates for a balanced approach that integrates self-contemplation with dynamic action, encouraging individuals to find harmony and fulfillment in their personal and social roles.

Kafla’ay Hijaz Mein Aik Hussain(R.A.) Bhi Nahin, Garcha Hai Tabdaar Abhi Gaisu’ay Dajla-o-Firat

Translation :

The Caravan of Hijaz has not another Husain amongst it, Although the tresses of the Tigris and the Euphrates are still as bright as ever.
The above famous couplet asets the tone for the study by illustrating how Husain’s presence was unique and irreplaceable. The thesis explores how his actions and character continue to inspire generations, evoking profound emotions among believers worldwide. By analyzing historical accounts, literature, and religious texts, this research aims to shed light on the enduring impact of Husain’s journey in the Caravan of Hijaz and its relevance in contemporary times

The provided verse encapsulates the essence of Imam Hussain’s legacy, emphasizing that his unparalleled commitment to justice, compassion, and selflessness sets him apart as a guiding beacon for humanity. It highlights the significance of love as the driving force behind his actions, and how true devotion to his principles can transcend superficial religious practices and foster a genuine connection with the values he stood for. The thesis of this verse underscores Imam Hussain’s enduring influence as a symbol of moral courage and calls for a deeper understanding of his message to inspire positive change and uphold the principles of justice and humanity in contemporary society.

Bottom Line:

Imam Hussain’s legacy and the slogan “Labaik Ya Imaam Hussain” embody a profound message that continues to resonate across generations. Chanting the slogan serves as a heartfelt expression of loyalty and devotion to the principles of justice, dignity, and freedom that Imam Hussain epitomized. However, the true essence of following Imam Hussain lies in embodying his teachings and translating them into actions that promote justice, compassion, and positive change in society.

Imam Hussain’s message remains as relevant today as it was centuries ago. By chanting the slogan with sincerity and striving to live by its principles, individuals can be inspired to become agents of positive transformation, contributing to a world where justice, dignity, and freedom prevail. Let us heed the call of Imam Hussain, not just in words but in actions, to create a world that reflects the noble values he sacrificed his life for. As we honor his memory during Muharram, let us remember that every day is an opportunity to stand for justice and follow in the footsteps of the beloved grandson of Prophet Muhammad.


 Aubaid Ahmad Akhoon is a renowned Columnist & Motivational Speaker and an Associate Editor of the Weekly Publication ‘Education Quill.’ 

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