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By Jerrmein Abu Shahba Today after nearly 1400 years, we the nation of Prophet Muhammad, the lovers and devotees of the progeny of the Seal of Prophets, commemorate the martyrdom of his holy grandson, Imam Husayn (AS) which took place on the day of Ashura, 61 years A.H.  We begin ...
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Hussain : The Conscience of all Regions

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Martyrdom: When and Why?

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By Bashir A.  Datoo, Ph.D. Concept of Martyrdom Martyrdom is an alien concept to the Western thought and practice.  At worst, it is seen to be a futile deed that does not accomplish any purpose.  At best, it is thought to be an act that is intended to capture the ...
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A Legacy of Treachery, Tyranny and Terrorism

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Sacrifice: The Message Of Imam Husayn

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX USA (2642870a)  Hayat Boumeddiene, far right  Hayat Boumeddiene 'appears in Islamic State film' - 06 Feb 2015  The latest video released by French-speaking Islamic state (ISIS), fighters may be Hayat Boumeddiene, who is believed to have knowledge about the deadly January 9, 2015 attack on a Paris kosher grocery,The video, titled "Blow Up France 2," was released Tuesday and shows an ISIS fighter praising previous attackers in France and calling for new attacks. The video shows a woman standing next to the speaker, wearing camouflage clothing and holding a weapon. French authorities are investigating the possibility this woman could be Hayat Boumeddiene. Her husband, Amedy Coulibaly, killed four hostages January 9 at a kosher grocery in Paris, authorities said. He was killed by police in a rescue and the remaining hostages fled to safety.
By John Andrew Morrow (Ilyas Islam)   The following lecture was delivered in Toronto, Canada, in 1996. It was published as an article in the August 1996 edition ofMahjubah 15:8 (147): 26-28. It was later reprinted in Islamic Insights: Writings and Reviews, an anthology of academic articles, published by Ansariyan ...
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Imam Husayn -The Chief of Martyrs

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Enduring Message of Karbala

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By Bashir A. Datoo, Ph.D. When Muawiya b. Abi Sufyan, the founder of the Umayyad Dynasty, died and his son Yazid assumed the office through hereditary succession, he demanded a pledge of allegiance from Imam Husain b. Ali (a) and accompanied it with the threat of “or else.” The Imam ...
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Imam Hussain (a) -The Prince of Peace and Justice

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By Nasir Shamsi THE TRAGEDY OF KARBALA The Tragedy of Karbala, for the past fourteen centuries, has stood as a torch-bearer to humanity and as a reminder of the heroic struggle of Imam Hussain (a), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (s) against the Umayyad tyrant, Yazid. This great struggle, in ...
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Imam Husayn b. ‘Ali – The Model for Humankind

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Dr. Liyakat Takim- McMaster University History bears testimony to the fact that thirty years after the death of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in 632 A.D, the Umayyad dynasty came to power. They ruled the Islamic empire with brutal force and. tyranny, bearing little or no concern for ...
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Why does the story of Kerbala Live Forever?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX USA (2642870a)  Hayat Boumeddiene, far right  Hayat Boumeddiene 'appears in Islamic State film' - 06 Feb 2015  The latest video released by French-speaking Islamic state (ISIS), fighters may be Hayat Boumeddiene, who is believed to have knowledge about the deadly January 9, 2015 attack on a Paris kosher grocery,The video, titled "Blow Up France 2," was released Tuesday and shows an ISIS fighter praising previous attackers in France and calling for new attacks. The video shows a woman standing next to the speaker, wearing camouflage clothing and holding a weapon. French authorities are investigating the possibility this woman could be Hayat Boumeddiene. Her husband, Amedy Coulibaly, killed four hostages January 9 at a kosher grocery in Paris, authorities said. He was killed by police in a rescue and the remaining hostages fled to safety.
Anonymus   Countless tragedies, disasters, and catastrophes, both recorded and unrecorded, have struck the world since the beginning of time. The tragedy of Karbala is one of them but its story is the most remarkable of them all. It is remarkable because it defies a law of nature. Human nature ...
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