ASHURA AND KARBALA

MESSAGE ON THE OCCASION OF THE MONTH OF MUHARRAM, ASHURA AND KARBALA THE MONTH OF MUHARRAM, ASHURA AND KARBALA
 
In the name of Allah, the most merciful, the most compassionate.
 
As the Islamic world, every year when we enter a new year of the hegira we remember and rejoice
in all aspects and meaning of the “Hijra,” the migration or journey of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) from Mecca to Medina. However, this happiness turns to deep sorrow as Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) grandson Husain and more than seventy innocent people ,most of them  members of the "Ahl-Al-Bayt"( the family of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)) were brutally murdered for the sake of political ambitions  on the tenth day of Muharram in the 61st year after Hijra.
Husain and his friends who were  martyred are enshrined in the hearts of Muslims with their dignified stance  in this sorrowful incident and
honorable struggle against unjust acts and those who murdered them have been condemned in the conscience of mankind. Karbala that was one of the major incidents that deeply influenced the Islamic world after the Prophethood of Muhammad (pbuh), should not be a source of division and conflict for Muslims. The Karbala incident is not a criterion for sectarian differences that should be considered as grace. Neither those who were martyred in Karbala are representatives of Shiism, nor do oppressors who were responsible for the Karbala disaster represent Sunnism. Neither the sect nor the nature of oppressors and the oppressed matters. Wherever a Muslim is, he is a conscientious person who stands by the oppressed against oppressors. Both Sunnis and Shiites show the same sensitivity to the Karbala tragedy. Giving a reference to all-out conflict by saying that there is division in the Islamic geography by using this tragedy, will be giving credence to political engineering to destroy Islamic brotherhood and unity.
I regret to say that, today, extreme ends of both sides are an instrument to this political engineering. Massacres are taking place in many Islamic towns, Iraq and Syria in particular, within this context. Today, the duty of Muslims is to defend unity and brotherhood of the Muslim community without dwelling on sectarian divisions.
What should be done today is to understand Husain. What should be done today is to question how those who murdered Husain with intrigues, left him without water in the desert of Karbala and murdered him can consider themselves Muslims. A way to understand Husain once again today, is to sort out the seeds of hatred and revenge that have infiltrated our history and start reading about him once again in a world of deep thoughts that will make him a symbol of unity and solidarity. Undoubtedly, when we talk about unity and solidarity we mean our true and loyal friends, oppressed and aggrieved people. The path of Husain’s supporters is clear.
With these feelings, I remember Husain, the master of martyrs and all those martyred in Karbala with respect and longing. May Allah rest their souls.  I greet with respect their valuable memories that continue with Zayn al-Abidin and Ahl-Al-Bayt-i Mustafa. I supplicate to Allah to make our nation that has been united with love for the Prophet (pbuh) and Ahl-Al-Bayt for centuries, to continue to live in a peaceful, safe and respectful environment. May Allah make us the inheritors of Husain who behave according to his aims and faithful servants who are remembered as the oppressed and not oppressors and stand by the oppressed against oppressors!
 
Pro. Dr. Mehmet Görmez
President of the Directorate of Religious Affairs