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‘Ashura and Religious Transformation

Adapted from: "The Uprising of Ashura and Responses to Doubts" by: "‘Ali Asghar Ridwani"

The event of Karbala has not only been influential on the hearts of mankind in general, but has also been the reason for many individuals who did not even profess Imam al-Husayn’s (as) beliefs to become attracted to him. It has also become a cause for makind to denounce the religion and customs of Mu‘awiyah, and to be led towards that great Imam (as).

The Frenchman, Dr. Joseph, in his research work entitled, “The Shi‘ahs and Their Astounding Progress” writes, “Portraying and depicting the leaders of their religion as oppressed is one of the things which has served to prove the rightfulness of the Shi‘ahs.

This, too, has managed to leave an effective impression on other sects. And this is natural, because the nature of every man is inclined to assist the oppressed. Every man wants to see the weak overpower the strong and iniquitous, because man’s natural inclination is towards the weak…

Despite apparently not believing in Imam al-Husayn (as) and his companions, such European authors have written detailed accounts about the battle and martyrdom of Imam al-Husayn (as) and his companions.

They have acknowledged the oppression which was committed against Imam al-Husayn (as) and the barbarity of his killers and have, as a result of all this, been led to hold the names of Imam al-Husayn’s (as) killers in contempt. Nothing can stand against these natural forces, and this is the point which proves the rightfulness of the Shi‘ite sect…”23

Now, we will mention some of the people who have undergone a kind of religious transformation and hence gained discernment after reading or hearing about the event of ‘Ashura.


23. Sayyid Amin, Iqna‘ al-La’im, p. 356.


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