In the Islamic calendar, the tenth day of the month of Muharram is the day of ‘Ashoura (also Ashoora or Ashura), a day of mourning for all feeling Muslims. It is the day on which, in the year of 61 Hijri (680 AD), in a place called Karbala, in Iraq, Imam Hussain Ibn Ali sacrificed his life and the lives of many of his family members and friends, in order to save the teachings of Islam from utter distortion and destruction.
Imam Hussain did not possess the necessary force that would enable him to win; he did not even rely on those who wrote to him from Kufa. For he declared his revolution before he received their letters and delegates. Also, Al-Hijaz did not give him enough support to be able to stand against the Umayyads. Therefore he decided to leave to Iraq for the sole reason of preventing any blood shedding in the Holy City of Makkah. Moreover, he knew that he was destined to die; yet he went on…
If the religion of Mohammad was not going to live on except with me dead, let the swords tear me to pieces
He then dismounted his camel and ordered Aqaba bin Sam’an to hobble it with a tie. The troops of the enemy marched towards him. Among them was Abdullah bin Hawza al-Temimi who shouted, “Is Hussain amongst you?” He said it three times. The followers of Hussain replied, “This is Hussain, what do you want from him?” He retorted, “Oh Hussain! You lied. Be sure you will be consigned to hell”. Hussain answered, “I come to a Lord who is forgiving, generous, commanding and intercessor. But who are you?” He replied, “I am Ibn Hawza”. Hussain raised his hands very high so much so that his armpit showed and said, “Oh Allah! posses him to hell fire.” Ibn Hawza became very angry and charged Hussain with his horse; there was a stream between them; he fell from his horse but his foot got entangled in the stirrup; the horse dragged him on the stones and trees; his free leg was severed; the rest of his body was still attached to the horse who threw him in the fire which was raging in the trench; he was burnt to death.
He raised his eyes towards the sky in supplication and said, “0 Lord! You are mighty in Prowess, the Supreme, the Possessor of every greatness and glory, not in need of the creation, having mastery over everything; Your mercy is high, Truthful in your promise, Giver of bounty and favour; You are close to those who invoke You; encompassing all Your creation; You accept repentance from those who repent, capable of exacting Your will, Having full knowledge of what You are after, Thankful when thanked, remembering when remembered. I invoke You as I am in dire need, ask You as I am poor! I seek refuge in You for I am fearful, weep for I am grieved; I rely on Your succor for I am weak; I put my trust in You alone. 0 Lord! You are the Arbiter between our folk and ourselves for they trespassed against us, let us down, betrayed us, and killed us not-with-standing our kinship to Your Prophet whom You chose for delivering the Message and made the repository of revelation. Alleviate our predicament and relieve our suffering for You are the Most Merciful”.