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Results of the Uprising

Elsewhere, we have explained that Imam Hussein's (a.s.) uprising aimed, first and foremost, at creating an environment suitable for the making of an anti-Ummayyad wave which would finally wash the Ummayyad entity away and put the ummah back on the track of guidance.

The final result came as the Imam had planned and hoped for. In no time, Imam Hussein (a.s.) along with his followers were made martyrs by the masses. The Ummayyads lost their raison d'être. Naked as they stood before the ummah, they were discovered as holding beliefs contradictory to Islam, and to the vital interest of the ummah. Even those who took part in the tragedy of Taf on behalf of the Ummayyads had undergone a drastic wild change under the swipes of their conscience and new found inner reawakening.

As a result, the Muslim society witnessed a violent shake up, expressed in a series of popular uprisings, including the Tawwabeen (penitents) uprising in Iraq, and that of al-Mukhtar al-Thaqafi, who totally liquidated the clique which was responsible for murdering Imam Hussein (a.s.) and his companions.

If these uprisings could not put an end to the Ummayyad rule, they practically served as marks of the change which the ummah had undergone. Anti-deviation opposition was on the rise, and the ummah, as a whole, was taking a different stance; one against the Ummayyad aggressive policy.

The Abbasid movement made good use of the rising anti-Ummayyad passion among the people and called for the support of Ahlul-Bait (a.s.). That set the scene for the Abbasids to eventually liquidate the Ummayyad entity. They, however, were also avid enemies of Ahlul-Bait (a.s.) and were responsible for the martyrdom of thousands of their Shi'a.

In conclusion, we can say that Imam Hussein's uprising had practically foiled the Ummayyad policy to derail the Islamic march and plunge the ummah, once more, into the darkness of ignorance. The uprising did that by reviving the spirit of jihad in the ummah and adopting the choice of rejection, perseverance, and challenge towards the current of aberration.

Peace be on the dozens of martyrs, Abu-Abdullah Hussein (a.s.), the grandson of the Prophet of Allah (s.a.w.). We make a covenant with him to follow in his footsteps on the path of sacred jihad.

And we promise to be loyal to him, and to ready ourselves to sacrifice ourselves in defending the great message of Islam.

And praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.


Adapted from the book: "Imam Hussein Bin Ali" Published by: "Al-Balagh Foundation"

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