Secretary General of the World Forum for Proximity of the Islamic Schools of Thought, Ayatollah Mohsen Araki in an exclusive interview with Taqrib News Agency (TNA) urged religious clerics, thinkers and elites to delineate the philosophy of Arba’een, Imam Hussain (AS), was martyred) rally demanding Muslims to do their best in marking and observing this tragic event.
“We should try to refrain from any measure leading to dispersion in the rally,” pointed out the president of Iran top Unity center.
Ayatollah Araki beckoned to the coming Arba’een rituals marking the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shia Imam, Imam Hussein, stressing if Muslims new the why behind mounting this ritual, then the world would accompany them in commemorating this event.
According to the Secretary General of the World Forum for Proximity of the Islamic Schools of Thought, “Imam Hussein (PBUH) is the symbol of Muhammad Prophet (PBUH), divine Islam and its values.”
Ayatollah Araki underscored Imam Hussein’s (PBUH) personality can be held as an axis around whom Muslims can be gathered and boost their unity and solidarity.
President of Iran top unity center sternly warned Muslims from different sects and denominations of schemes concocted by enemies of Islam urging them to consider the threat of dispersion which can damage all Muslims in the World of Islam.
Arbaeen marks the fortieth day from Ashura, when the grandson of Holy Prophet, Imam Hussain (AS), was martyred in the desert plains of Karbala in Iraq along with his family and friends 14 centuries ago. Muslims across the globe commemorate the sacrifices each year
Imam Hussein and 72 of his loyal companions, including family members, were martyred on Ashura, the tenth day of the lunar month of Muharram, in the battle of Karbala against the second Umayyad caliph, Yazid I, in 680 A.D. Imam Hussein was martyred after he refused to pledge allegiance to the tyrant ruler.
In Iran, people took part in the processions, reciting soul-stirring elegies and hymns, wearing black dresses and badges, and beating their chests in a spirit of devotion.
Ashura and Karbala are symbolic representation that cannot be confined within the boundaries of time and place.
Today, Imam Hussain (A.S) is remembered for the brave sacrifices he made in order to save Islam.
The unyielding stance taken by Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam Hussein against the evil in Karbala centuries ago carries an eloquent message that has gripped hearts and minds of people throughout history.