Who is Imam Hussain?
An inspiring individual who lived 14 centuries ago, Hussain took a selfless stand in the face of oppression and injustice in the society he lived in. His message remains today an inspiration for generations across the globe. In the tradition of his grandfather Prophet Muhammed (A.S), he promoted the principles of freedom and social equality.
“Imam Hussain’s (A.S.) sacrifice is for all groups and communities, an example of the path of righteousness.”Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (First Prime Minister of India)
What was his message?
Hussain lived under the most difficult conditions of suppression and persecution. The tyrannical and immoral leader of the era named Yazid, sought Hussain’s allegiance to justify his oppression in the name of religion. Hussain had a choice to make: accept these conditions or make a stand that would cost him his life.
He showed great courage and determination to fight for values that today we often take for granted: equality, freedom of speech and the right to live with respect and dignity. Even when he and his 72 friends and family members were cornered in the desert of Karbala – present day Iraq – by an army of 30,000 soldiers, Hussain did not back down and compromise his values.
Hussain’s conduct before and during the tragic event in Karbala showed that victory is not achieved by superiority in numbers and military might, but rather by perseverance, exemplary moral conduct and steadfast belief in truth.
“…Imam Hussain gave me strength to stand for right of freedom and liberation and I did.”Nelson Mandela
“The best lesson which we get from the tragedy of Cerebella (Karbala) is that Hussain and his companions were rigid believers in God. They illustrated that the numerical superiority does not count when it comes to the truth and the falsehood. The victory of Hussain, despite his minority, marvels me!”
Thomas Carlyle (Scottish Writer)
What was Muharram?
Muharram is the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The 10th day of this month marks the death anniversary of Hussain; his final stand where he was brutally murdered. People all over the world and from all faith groups remember Hussain and his sacrifice during this month.
“In a distant age and climate, the tragic scene of the death of Hussain will awaken the sympathy of the coldest reader.”Edward Gibbon (English Historian)
Why Blood Donation?
One of the lessons we learn from Hussain is to be selfless and give from ourselves for the benefit of humanity. We want you to be inspired by Hussain’s legacy too and give blood for the sake of the wider community in 21st century. With each donation potentially saving the lives of up to three adults or seven children, this campaign sets out to encourage as many people as possible to come forth and become regular blood donors.
“..And whoever saves one life, it is as if he saved the whole of mankind…”Quran 5:32