Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A) was born on 3rd Sha’aban 626 AD. The younger of Hazrat Ali’s(R.A) two sons, he was a man destined for greatness. Ever since his birth, Imam Hussain (R.A) was extremely loved by his grandfather, Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H). His elder brother was Imam Hassan (R.A) and his mother was the daughter of Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H), Hazrat Fatima (R.A).
Since he was from such a lofty, pious and noble family, Imam Hussain (R.A) also had exemplary qualities and an excellent character. He is best known for his valiant and unwavering sacrifice in the battle of Karbala. Imam Hussain (R.A) stood firm against Yazid, who had claimed caliphate in the event of his father Hazrat Amir Muawiya’s demise. Imam Hussain (R.A) refused to give oath of allegiance to Yazid.
At Karbala, whilst the Imam was with 72 pious followers, Yazid’s army attacked Imam Hussain (R.A) and his followers. After cutting of water and food supplies, Yazid’s armies attacked Imam Hussain (R.A), succeeding in martyrdom of the great Imam, whilst he was in prostration before Almighty Allah.
Today, long after the battle of Karbalah, Imam Hussain (R.A) is gone but not forgotten. Muslims around the world mark the event of Karbala and recall it as a day of tragedy and mourning, but also of supreme sacrifice. However, the event of Karbala is symbolic in the sense that it was a battle of good versus evil. Imam Hussain (R.A) and his followers refused to lay down arms and surrender and sacrificed their lives. The great Imam led the battle for righteousness and justice, becoming the ultimate winner in the end.