Husayn- 3rd Imam and Karbala

The Third Imam: Husayn - The Chief of Martyrs

The Third Imam: Husayn - The Chief of Martyrs

"On the very day when Imam Husayn was born, Allah ordered angel Gabriel to descend and congratulate the Holy Prophet on His Behalf and on his own."

'Ashura - Misrepresentations and Distortions, by Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari
4 sermons from Ayatullah Mutahhari on distortions that have taken place in regard to the events of 'Ashura.

4th Night of Muharram by Dr. Murtadha Alidina, Stanmore, London, UK

10th day of Muharram by Dr. Murtadha Alidina, Stanmore, London, UK

11th Night of Muharram by Dr. Murtadha Alidina, Stanmore, London, UK

12th Night of Muharram by Dr. Murtadha Alidina, Stanmore, London, UK

A Glance at Historiography in Shi'ite Culture, by Rasul Ja'fariyan
Shi'i historians throughout history and their works on the prophets, kalami, hadithi, and maqtal literature, cities and regions, and the 12 Imams.

A Journey
A poem on the tragedy of Karbala.

A Probe into the History of Ashura, by Dr Ibrahim Ayati
A history of the events leading to and including the tragedy of Karbala, and its aftermath

A Short Commentary of Ziyarat Ashura al-mubin.org, by Ali Asghar Azizi Tehrani

A'zadari - 40 Ahadith

Abbas (a), Sublimination of the Self for the Sake of Perfection, by Dr. Murtadha Alidina, Stanmore, London, UK

Abbas - The standard bearer of Husain (a) by Zakir
The story of Abbas, the brother of Imam Husayn (a), and his contributions in Karbala - from the book Tears and Tributes.

After Shahadat, by Dr. Ali Shariati
The importance and significance of Shahadat (martyrdom). The role of a Shahid. Lessons from the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a). From the book 'Jihad and Shahadat' by Dr. Shariati.

Ahlul Bayt [a] by Ustadh Muhammad Dumila

Al-Imam Al-Hussain Sound Gallery Website

Ali Akbar, the Hashmite Prince, by Zakir
The story of Ali Akbar, the son of Imam Husayn (a), in Karbala - from the book Tears and Tributes

Alluhuf- Le vicende di Karbala, by Sayyid Ibn Tawus

An Everlasting Instruction - Imam al-Ĥusayn’s (‘a) Journey to Makka, by Abū Muĥammad Zaynu’l 'Ābidīn
Part of the Hajj 2004 handouts prepared by scholars of the Hawza.

Analysis of Social Decline in Shahadat and Azadari islamicideology.org, by Maulana Syed Ali Murtaza Zaidi

Arabic Accounts of al-Husayn's Martyrdom, by I.K.A Howard
An attempt to reconstruct the tradition of historical writing about the martyrdom of the Imam al‑Husayn. The narrative into 8 distinct sections.

Ashura Encyclpopedia al-imam.net, by Jawad Muhaddithy
Detailed accounts of people, places and events surrounding the al-Taff Battle and the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a), members of his huosehold and companions on Ashura Day.

Ashura Lectures 1990, by Dr. I.K.A Howard

Azadari azadari.com [Urdu]

Battle of Harrah, by Muhammad Ali Chenarani
An analytical look at the historic account of the invasion and horrific plunder of the holy city of Medina in the year 63 AH by the army of Yazid b. Mu'awiyah.

Betrayal in Kufa, by Zakir
An excerpt from the book 'Tears and Tributes' on Imam Husayn's (a) intent to go to Kufa, the betrayl of its people, and tragedy of the death of his cousin Muslim b. Aqeel.

Chemchem Ya Uhuru - Imamu Husain Sayyid-us-Shuhada (a), by Sayyid Ali Naqi Saheb

Come vediamo l’Imam Husayn (A) nella profondità della storia?, by Shaykh Habib al-Kazimi
Un articolo che ci ricorda dell'importanza di ricordare e piangere l'Imam Husayn (A) come modo per riconguingerci a Iddio l'Onnipotente.

Dalla Gnosi al Martirio, by Hojjatulislam Mohammad Hadi Abdelkhoda’i
Nell’eroica esistenza dell’Imam Hosseyn (as) rispondono quattro idee: gnosi (°Irfàn), amore, lotta sulla via di Allah (Jihàd), martirio.

Day of `Ashura, by Shaykh Amir Mukhtar Faizi,
Shi'a Assocation of Bay Area Islamic Guidance Center, San Jose, CA, Muharram 1422 / April 2001

Day of `Ashura, by Dr. Murtaza Alidina , Stanmore, UK , 11th Muharram 1417 AH

Dhakiri, by Mulla Bashir Rahim
Evolution of Dhakiri, the remembrance of the tragedy of Karbala, and its philosophy.

Does weeping for Imam Husayn (a) guarantee paradise?, by Dr. Murtadha Alidina, Stanmore, London, UK

Editorial Muharram, by Al-Tawhid Journal Editors
An editorial of Tawhid Journal covering: Significance of the month of Muharram, responsibility of the Dhakir, duty of enjoining Good and forbidding evil and Contextualizing the Struggle with the Current State of Muslims.

Elegy (Marthiya) on Husayn, by Lynda Clarke
The place of marthiya in literary and religious tradition, with translations of some examples of elegies on Imam Husayn (a).

Emam Hosain's (A.S) aim Lecture 36-2 by Dr. Mohammad Asadi Garmarudi , Tehran, Iran , Moharram 1996

Emam Hosain's (A.S) aim Lecture 36-3 by Dr. Mohammad Asadi Garmarudi , Tehran, Iran , Moharram 1996

Emam Hosain's (A.S) aim Lecture 36-4 by Dr. Mohammad Asadi Garmarudi , Tehran, Iran , Moharram 1996

English Masaib Poetry/Prose - Ashura by Br. Nazim Ali, Al-Husayn Mosque, London

English Noha Collection, imamhusain.net
English poetry about Islam, Ahl Al-Bayt (as), and Imam Husain (as) -- in particular, poetry that can be recited as English nohas or English latmiyyah.

Eve of Ashura, by Sayyid Ali al-Meyalee, Dar Al-Islam, London, UK, Eve of 10th Muharam 1420 - 26th April '99

Events and Circumstances Surronding the Martrydom of al-Husain b. Ali, by I.K.A Howard (Ph.D)
This account is based principally on the account of Abu Mikhnaf (d. 132 A.H.) as it has been preserved in the writings of al‑Tabari. It discusses the events that culminated in the murder of the Prophet's grandson.

Excellences of the Imam Husayn in Sunni Hadith Tradition, by M. Ayoub
The life of Imam Husayn has acquired special significance in Muslim piety and has a universal significance in all of Muslim tradition.

From Karbala to Madinah imamhusain.net, by Amina Inloes
Interpretation of the tragedy of Karbala in the form of a play. Includes multiple play scenes, dialogue, sound effects, and list of characters.

Guide to Online Audio and Video Resources for Muharram by Various, Various

Historical and Jurisprudential Issues Pertinent to the Ziyaratu ‘Ashura’, by Ayatullah Shaykh Ja'far Subhani
This text discusses briefly presents a prelude to the chain of narration for Ziyaratu ‘Ashura’. A reader can use this short text to understand how scholars have taken into consideration matters of Jurisprudence as well as events in History to further explain Ziyaratu ‘Ashura’.

Husayn Day Seminar for Secondary School Students - Part 1 by Shariff Aidarus / Sheikh Abdillahi Nassir

Husayn Day Seminar for Secondary School Students - Part 2 by Shariff Aidarus / Sheikh Abdillahi Nassir

Hussainia Aal-Yaaseen alhussain.com by Various, Al-Mansouria, Kuwait

Il Significato di °Ashura: Rappresentazioni Errate e Distorsioni, by Martire Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari
Un interessante scritto sul reale significato di °Ashura, che analizza le interpretazioni errate e le distorsioni che sono state fatte su questa tragedia importante per la storia dell'Islam.

Imam Husain And His Martyrdom, by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, London, 1931.
The month of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, brings with it the memory of the sacrifice of Imam Husayn [a], the grandson of Prophet Muhammad [s], and his noble family and friends. This short text reflects the deep admiration of its author towards Imam Husayn [a] and an insight into the tragedy of Karbala, its reasons and its consequences. It is presented with the hope that it will foster the Islamic unity and the brotherly love that the author seeks in his preface.

Imam Husayn (a) and al-Tawheed by Br. Abu Baqir, Shi'a Assocation of Bay Area Islamic Guidance Center, San Jose, CA, Muharram 1423 / 16th March 2002

Imam Husayn (a) and the events at Karbala by Dr. Hamid Algar, Univ. of California, Berkeley, USA, 27th September, 2001

Imam Husayn (views of Non Muslims)
An Islamic Factsheet: Short and concise articles on a single subject in numerous languages. Excellent for quick reading, Muslim centers or places of learning, da'wah purposes, or to give to your friends and coworkers. Part of the Personalities Factsheets.

Imam Husayn's concept of Religion and Leadership, by S.H.M Jafri
Meaning and purpose of religion, necessity of leadership, functions of the Imam, and a study of some of the events of Karbala.

Islamic Perspective on Sexual Energy (9th Muharram Lecture), by Dr. Murtadha Alidina, Stanmore, London, UK

Journey of Tears, by Bashir Hassanali Rahim
This text has been written primarily to bring forth awareness in youths to understand the University of Imam Hussain (a.s.) from a broader perspective. It also provides a detailed account of Imam Hussain (a.s.)'s journey.

Karbala, by Amiraly M.H.Datoo
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Karbala and Ashura, by Ali Hussain Jalai
A brief yet documented narrative of events that took place in Medinah, Mecca, Karbāla’, Kufah, and Syria, and began in Rajab, 60 A.H. (680 CE) and ended in Muharram 61.

Karbala and Imam Husayn in Persian and Indo-Muslim literature, by Annemarie Schimmel
The importance of elegies on Imam Husayn as literary works, and an explanation of some of their major themes and imagery.

Karbala: A Divine Decree by Dr. Murtadha Alidina, Stanmore, London, UK

Karbala: An enduring paradigm of Islamic revivalism by Sayyid Wahid Akhtar

Karbala: Chain of Events, by Ramzan Sabir
Highlights of Karbala, History of Mu'awiyah and Yazid, events of 'Ashura, and lessons from Karbala.

Karbala: The cause, by Mulla Bashir Rahim
History of events that led to the tragedy of Karbala.

Karbala: The Islamic Conscience, by Mulla Bashir Rahim
The mission of Imam Husayn (a). Case studies of two martyrs in Karbala: Zuhayr ibn Qayn, and Hur bin Yazid.

Karbala: The Pleasure of Allah, by Mulla Bashir Rahim
Dhibhin Adhim (the great sacrifice) as mentioned in the Qur'an; the stories of Prophet Ibrahim and Imam Husayn (a).

Kisa Cha Karbala Parts 1, 2 & 3 by Shariff Aidarus Mzee Mwenye

Kufunga Saumu Siku ya Ashura by Amiraly M H Datoo

L'Imam Al-Hussayn et le Jour de 'Achourâ', by Abbas Ahmad al-Bostani
L’histoire de ce qui mena à ce jour de deuil pour la communauté musulmane, et de la perte d’une grande figure de l’Islam, à travers une présentation de la personnalité de l’Imam al-Hussayn (as), et de ses ennemis et surtout du contexte politique dans lequel s’inscrit cette tragédie.

L'Obiettivo dell'Imam Hosseyn (as) e dell'Insurrezione di °Ashurah, by dell' Hojjatulislam Seyyed Ebrahimian
Intervento preparato dall’ Hojjatulislam Seyyed Ebrahimian (direttore del Centro Islamico di Vienna) in occasione della celebrazione di °Ashura realizzata presso il Centro Islamico dell'Associazione Islamica "Imam Mahdi" (aj) a Roma nei giorni 26-27 febbraio 2005, sul significato dell'Insurrezione dell'Imam Hosseyn (as) e del suo obiettivo.

La Dimensione Spirituale dell'Imam Hosseyn (as)
Estratti da un discorso della Guida della Rivoluzione Ayatollah Seyyed °Ali Khamenei

La filosofia del sacrificio dell’Imam Husayn (‘a) e le nostre cerimonie di lutto (‘Azadari), by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi
Un articolo che spiega i significati del sacrificio dell'Imam Husayn ('a) e le ragioni per cui ladata del suo martirio viene ancora commemorata opo 1400 anni con lamenti, azadari e latmiyat.

Lamentations (Part Two): The Tragedy of the Lord of the Martyrs almahdi.4t.com, by Shaykh Mohammad Ishtihardi. Translated by Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain, edited, by Dr. I.K.A. Howard.
Spiritual literature commemorating the tragedy of Karbala. Covers partial history of Karbala, including the death of Mu`awiyah, the martyrdom of Muslim ibn Aqil in Kufa, the journey from Makkah to Karbala, the events leading up to `Ashura, the martyrdom of the companions of the Imam (a), the martyrdom of the family members of the Imam (a), the farewell of the Imam (a), and the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a).

Lessons to be learned from Imam Husayn (a) in Karbala, by Shaykh Amir Mukhtar Faizi, Shi'a Assocation of Bay Area

Lifestyle of tawbah (turning to Allah) and Karbala, by Dr. Murtadha Alidina, Stanmore, London, UK

Light of my eyes, Husayn, love of my heart

Maisha ya Imam Husayn [a], by Ustadh Muhammad Dumila

Majlis-e-Arba'en (20th Safar), by Maulana Prof. Abul Qasim Saheb, al-Mahdi Islamic Centre, Toronto, Canada, 20th Safar 1420/1999

Maombolezo ya Kifo Cha Imam Husain (a.s.), by Sayyid Abdul Husain Sharafuddin

Maqtal - Day of Ashura, by Sayyid Ali al-Meyalee, Dar Al-Islam, London, UK, Day of 10th Muharam 1420 - 27th April '99

Maqtal al-Husain: Martyrdom Epic of Imam al-Husain (a), by Abd al-Razzaq al-Muqarram
A detailed and authentic account of the tragedy of Karbala and the sacrifice of Imam Husain (a).

Maqtal al-Husayn b. Ali [a] - Part 1/2, by Shaykh Fadhil al-Maliki, Masjid al-Zahra [a], Sharjah, UAE

Maqtal al-Husayn b. Ali [a] - Part 2/2, by Shaykh Fadhil al-Maliki, Masjid al-Zahra [a], Sharjah, UAE

Maqtal of Imam Husain by Sheikh Kishk, Cairo, Egypt

Martyrdom of Abbas b. Ali [a] by Maulana Syed Sajjad Hussain, Dubai, UAE, 8th Muharram

Martyrdom of Imam Husayn and the Muslim and Jewish Calendars, by Sayyid Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi
Is the commemoration of the tragedy of Karbala a bid'ah (innovation)? The command to observe the 10th of Muharram as a day of mourning in the Old Testament.

Martyrdom of Tiflane Muslim by Marhum Kafi Khorasani, 22 Dhul hijjah

Mashairi ya Masaibu ya Kerbala by Ahlul Bayt [a.s.] Assembly of Tanzania

Mawahhabiya na Wauaji wa Imamu Husayn [a] by Sayyid Saeed Akhtar Rizvi

Mentally preparing for the holy month of Muharram by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, Ja'ffari Islamic Centre, Toronto, Canada, 31st March 2000 / Dhil hijja 1420

Msiba wa Karbala by Shariff Aidrus Mzee Mwenye, Radio Broadcast on Pwani FM 103.0

Msiba wa Karbala - 1/12 by Ustadh Muhammad Dumila, Radio Broadcast on Pwani FM 103.0

Msiba wa Karbala - 2/12 by Ustadh Muhammad Dumila, Radio Broadcast on Pwani FM 103.0

Msiba wa Karbala - 3/12 by Shariff Aidrus Mzee Mwenye, Radio Broadcast on Pwani FM 103.0

Msiba wa Karbala - 4/12 by Shariff Aidrus Mzee Mwenye, Radio Broadcast on Pwani FM 103.0

Msiba wa Karbala - 5/12 by Shariff Aidrus Mzee Mwenye

Msiba wa Karbala - 6/12 by Sheikh Abdillahi Nassir

Msiba wa Karbala - 7/12 by Shariff Aidrus Mzee Mwenye, Radio Broadcast on Pwani FM 103.0

Msiba wa Karbala - 8/12 by Shariff Aidrus Mzee Mwenye, Radio Broadcast on Pwani FM 103.0

Msiba wa Karbala - 9/12 by Shariff Aidrus Mzee Mwenye, Radio Broadcast on Pwani FM 103.0

Msiba wa Karbala - 10/12 by Shariff Aidrus Mzee Mwenye, Radio Broadcast on Pwani FM 103.0

Multimedia A`amaal for the Day of `Ashura
A power point presentation of the supplications and other a'amaal for the day of Ashura. Ideal for use while performing the a'amaal with an English-speaking community.

Nafasul Mahmum Relating to the heart rending tragedy of Karbala, by Sheikh Abbas Qummi
A historical account, using original sources, of the Tragedy of Karbala, from the time of the birth of Imam Hussain till the time of Mukhtar's revolt.

Night of the Unfortunates  by Hassanain Rajabali , Toronto, Canada , 11th Muharram 1418 AH, 18th May 1997

Nyuso Mbili za Karbala by Shariff Aidarus Mzee Mwenye

Our Husayn (a), Mourning him and his Karbala, by Allama al-Sheikh al-Ameeni
The Prophet's fore-knowledge of the events of Karbala, and events in the early life of Imam Husayn (a) that display this knowledge. An article by Allamah al-Ameeni, English translation.

Peer Pressure vs. Dignity of Human Being as Illustrated in Karbala, by Dr. Murtadha Alidina, Stanmore, London, UK

Principles of Azadari - Part 1 islamicideology.org by Maulana Syed Ali Murtaza Zaidi

Remembering Karbala Once Again, by Meer Anis and Mirza Dabeer
Selected elegies (Marsias) of Meer Anis and Mirza Dabeer

Sayyida Zainab bint 'Ali (a), by M. H. Bilgrami
Ziyarat of Hazrat Zainab, early life, growing up in Madina, and womanhood.

Shahada ya Imam Husayn [a] - Mtazamo wa Kihistoria

Shahidi Kwaajili ya Ubinadamu by Allamah Ali Naqvi

Sorrows and Sufferings, by Noorali S. Merchant
A Collection of Poems on the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a), and 'what others have to say about Imam Husayn (a)'.

Tafseer-e-Ziarat-e-Arbaeen islamicideology.org by Maulana Syed Ali Murtaza Zaidi

Tears For Kerbala, by Dr. Liakat Dewji
Presenting children with traditional majaalis (lectures) of the twelve days of Muharram. Detailed biographies of companions and family members of Imam Husayn (a), and accounts of the events before and after the day of 'Ashura.

The Battle of Karbala
A Marthiyaa of Anis, translated into English verse by David Matthews.

The Fast of 'Ashura, by Sayyid Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi
Authenticity of traditions encouraging Muslims to fast on the 'Ashura, the 10th of Muharram.

The History and Philosophy of Aza of Imam Husayn(a), by Mulla Bashir Rahim
Message of Imam Husayn (a), evolution and importance of 'Aza, 'Aza at a personal level and as an instrument of tabligh.

The Imamat of Ibrahim (a) / Free Will in Karbala, by Shaykh Amir Mukhtar Faizi
Shi'a Assocation of Bay Area Islamic Guidance Center San Jose, CA, Muharram 1422 / April 2001

The Martyr of Karbala, by Dr. Mahmoud Ayoub
An essay focusing on the elements of revolution and martyrdom of the tragedy of Karbala.

The mission of Imam Husayn (a): Resignation vs. Revolution, by Dr. Murtadha Alidina, Stanmore, London, UK

The Sacred Effusion: Reflections on Ziyarat Ashura, by Sh Muhammad Khalfan
A unique and original piece of research on the sacred supplication of Ziyarat Ashura of Imam Husayn (as). The reader will come to appreciate the core reality of the ziyarah being: "to deflect from other than the visited one". The reflections in this publication centre around this theme: if we truly intend Imam al-Husayn (as) then we must realize that he is the very epitome of Islam. The more we revive Islamic values individually and socially, the closer we come to Imam al-Husayn (as) and therefore our ziyarat gains true meaning.

The Sermon Of Mina
The Social and Spiritual Significance of Urdu Marth The famous speech of Imam Husayn (a) delivered in Mina on his journey from Makkah to Kufa in 60 AH. Lessons learnt from the sermon, and an english translation of the text

The Social and Spiritual Significance of Urdu Marthiya, by Karrar Husain

The Spiritual Dimensions of the Night of `Ashura by Dr. Murtadha Alidina, Stanmore, London, UK

The Story of Karbala alzahraa1.net by fadak.org
A Flash Animated Movie for Children on the Story of Karbala

The Tawwabin (The Repenters) by Dr. I.K.A Howard

The Torch of Perpetual Guidance - A Brief Expose on Ziyarat Ashura, by ‘Ali Asghar ‘Azizi Tehrani
This text is a gateway to understanding the essence and ettiquete of Ziyarat and Du'a, primarily Ziyarat-e-Ashura, which has then been singled verse by verse, and has been explained in detail.

The Track of Blood, by Musavi Garmarudi
English poem in commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a).

The Youths of Karbala, by Zakir
An excerpt from the book 'Tears and Tributes' on the young martyrs from the family of Imam Husayn (a), who gave their lives in Karbala.

Toba Hukubaliwa Kwa Kumtawasuli Imam Hussein (a.s.)

Two Poems about 'Ashura' , by Zehra Naqvi
Read two heart-touching poems written to portray the scene on the plains of Karbala on Ashura' night, and on the day when Imam Hussain (a.s.) called out to the Ummah at large, asking for helpers to join him.

Una Lacrima per Husayn, by Mustafa Milani Amin
Un piccolo poema per ricordare l'Imam Husayn (as) e la tragedia di Karbala.

Understanding Karbala

موسوعة عاشوراء al-kawthar.com
Detailed accounts of people, places and events surrounding the al-Taff Battle and the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a), members of his huosehold and companions on Ashura Day

Victory of Truth: The Life of Zaynab bint 'Ali, by M. H. Bilgrami
Biography of the daughter of Imam 'Ali (a), her early life, and her important role in the events of Karbala, Kufa and Damascus.

Vipi Ummah Uliweza Kumuwa Imam Husayn [a], by Shariff Aidarus Mzee Mwenye

What is `Ashoora?, by Ahmed Ali Khan

Why Commemorate the Massacre?, by Shaykh Muhammad Jawad Chirri
How the commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a) and the events of Karbala is a source of unity among Muslims and not a cause of division.

Yazid Hakuwa Amiirul-Mu'minin, by Sh. Abdilahi Nassir
Yazid was not a Commander of the Faithful

Yazid was never Amirul Mu'minin, by Sheikh Abdillahi Nassir
This book corrects the claim made by those who say Yazid was Amirul Muminin (Commander of the believers), with proofs and evidence from the traditions (ahadith) of the Prophet (s) and the books of prominent Muslim scholars.

Ziarat-e-Arbayeen

Ziarat-e-Ashura and Ziarat-e-Ta'aziya (Condolences)

Ziyarat Aminullah

Ziyarat Waritha

Ziyaratu 'Ashura': An Analytical Study of the Reports of the Pilgrimage to Imam al-Husayn (a.s.) on the Day of 'Ashura' 2nd Revised Edition, by Ayatullah Shaykh Ja'far Subhani
This text on the topic of Ziyaratu 'Ashura' includes a prelude to the chain of narrations in Ziyaratu 'Ashura' as well as presenting a precise analysis on the chain of narrations and the status and integrity of the narrations.