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Martyrdom is Our Honor

Sadly, Shia genocide continues as we hear of horrifying news reports of the killing of innocent Muslims, specifically Shias. Their place of murders are not any place. These believers are not killed in a supermarket, not on the way to work, but rather, now in the latest trend is at the very place of worship, in houses of God. This is what extremists have resorted to.

In the most recent terrorist attack which transpired some days ago when an ISIS affiliated suicide bomber carried out an attack targeting Masjid Imam As-Sadiq in Kuwait, scores of innocent people were killed and hundreds were injured. They were killed not on any day or hour; but on the holy Friday at Jummah prayers.  The month in which this crime is taking place is not in any month.  It is the holy month of Ramadan! The believers that are killed and injured are not in any state, they are in the state of fasting, and reportedly they were in a state of sujood (prostration)!  The news gives us a feeling of de ja vu as just a few weeks ago, we heard of the terrorist bombing attack taking place at a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia, and now we hear for the first time a similar attack in Kuwait.
Till when will this aggression against innocent human beings continue and who are the next victims? Till when will this evil conspiracy against Shias and the Shia faith continue?  The message is clear and streak of attempts are too many.  The goal of the enemy is to eradicate the path of AhlulBayt (as) and their followers.  This can only be done by either the killing of the Shias or the desecration of holy shrines of AhlulBayt (as).  They intend to spread sectarian violence in every region of the Muslims world so that Shias become the main target of violence and aggression.

However, we can be confident that their goals will never be achieved as Allah (swt) has said in the Holy Quran, “They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it.” [61:8]  And in the authentic tradition of the Cloak (Hadeeth Al-Kisa), Allah (swt) has explicitly announced that “By My Almightiness and My Majesty I take this oath: I have not created any well-established sky, extended land, glowing moon, shining sun, revolving planet, flowing ocean, or moving on ark except for your sake and for your love.”  With these divine words in mind, we understand that the whole universe and what it contains was created to serve the holy and beloved household of Prophet Mohammed (s).  If this is the divine will, can anyone dare to obstruct it or work against it?  After all, when Allah (swt) says to something “Be, then it is.” [36:82]

The ISIS extremists and their cloned factions have no Islamic or spiritual regard to anything or anyone.  They have even failed to give sanctity to the holy month of Ramadan and to a place of worship and to a group of people who are fasting!  Their way of life is shame and aggression and their agenda will not change or cease over the years; in fact we find the hate and animosity increasing and intensifying against the Shias over time.

Our hearts break over the innocent victims who have been injured and killed and our tears are shed when we view images and video clips of the bombings that take place one after another.  However, what we experience today no matter how vicious and heinous will never match or come any close to the tragedy and massacre of Karbala which happened to Imam Husain (as) on the day of Ashura.  After the tragedy of Karbala, the followers of AhlulBayt (as) have become vaccinated eternally from all other sorrows.  The tears shed on Ashura supersede and exceeds in quality and quantity all other tears!  What bigger tragedy will we meet or come across?  There will never be victims more precious than the esteemed personality of Imam Husain (as) nor believers higher in superiority than his blessed companions.   We have seen the worst of it which happened to the best and most precious of people.  The enemies of Allah (swt) think that they can shake or hurt us by  carrying out these recurring terrorist attacks, but little do they know that we have received a vaccination long time ago on the day of Ashura which has trained and prepared us well for any other tragedy or calamity that happens in the present or the future.

We mourn the loss of our beloved brothers and sisters, but we also celebrate their gain of martyrdom which is the ultimate goal and epitome of divine servitude.  It was Sayyida Zainab (as) who clearly stated after she witnessed the tragedy of Karbala as she addressed her words to the enemy, “Death is our way of life and martyrdom is our honor.”

It is no surprise that our path is filled with thorns and needles, for surely the believer must be tested as Allah (swt) says, “And that He may purge those who believe and deprive the unbelievers of blessings.” [3:141] Sheikh Al Kulayni narrates that he heard Imam Ali (as) saying to one of his companions: “Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, “We believe”, and that they will not be tested?” [29:1] The Imam then asked him, “What is the test?” The man answered, “We believe that the test is in religion.”  So the Imam replied, “They will be tested as the gold will be tested for its purity, and they will be refined in the same way that gold is refined and purified.” (Al Kafi)

We present our complaint to Allah (swt) and end with these words which we recite daily in the beautiful Dua Al-Iftitah, “Oh Allah, we complain to you and are disturbed by the departure of our Prophet, Thy blessings be on him and on his family, the absence of our guardian-friend, too many enemies, our numerical scarcity, widespread disorder, and the vicissitudes of time. So send blessings on Muhammad and on his family, and help us to overcome this state of affairs at once. Disperse the ominous clouds hanging over our heads; lend a helping hand to achieve success; bring in the rule of justice and fair play; make us bright, free from grief; and take care of us. Through Thy mercy, O most Merciful.”

About Jerrmein Abu Shahba

Jerrmein, originally from Egypt and guided by the grace of Allah (SWT) to the truth path of AhlulBayt (AS), obtained her bachelors degree in Biology and masters in Chemistry. She contributed as a writer in the past for the Islamic Insights, AIM, Muslims4peace, and Voice of Unity magazines. Jerrmein volunteers as an editor for the website, and translates Islamic literature.

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