by Jonathan Azaziah
The Yemeni people make extraordinary look ordinary and otherworldly look worldly. They really are that astonishing and truly that brave. To see them out on the blocks of the Yemeni capital in their hundreds of thousands to slam Al-Saud’s massacre of at least 458 innocents at a funeral on those very same Sanaa streets just 24 hours earlier, is not only a reminder of how fantastically defiant they are, nor merely how immeasurably resilient, but how intrinsically Husseini first and foremost. The US-‘Israeli’ Empire is the Yazid (L.A.) of our time and every Yazid needs his Shimr (L.A.), i.e. the mindless, bloodthirsty, dirt-ridden killer who carries out his orders against the Moustazafeen. Al-Saud is certainly the Shimr of this age, inflicting death and destruction wherever Washington and Tel Aviv send it to hurt those descendants of Imam Hussein (A.S.) who carry on his righteous Muhammadi legacy to preserve their homeland, their culture and their religion. And make no mistake, this is not Jonathan Azaziah’s opinion but the view of the Yemeni people themselves indeed.
At the massive rally yesterday, they held banners which said, “Targeting the funeral hall is an American-Zionist crime, executed by Saudi Arabia”. Side-by-side with these posters were banners of “Ya Hussein (A.S.)!” They also raised banners which said “Your crime will not pass without a response” alongside banners of “Ya Zaynab (A.S.)!”, exhibiting the Yemeni commitment to avenging their fallen brethren, as the survival of Lady Zaynab and Imam Zayn al-Abideen (A.S.) was a sort of Divine retribution for the mass murder in Karbala. For in spite of the outright genocidal efforts of Yazid and his army, Lady Zaynab and Imam Zayn al-Abideen carried on the mission of Imam Hussein and preserved Islam. And moving back forward to this current moment, while the entire “Ummah” kneels at the feet of false king known as Al-Saud, Yemenis wave the standard of truth and justice regardless of how lonely their position at the pinnacle of dignity happens to be. The parallels between the Karbala of yesteryear and the Yemen of present are staggering.
So it is sense personified that what befell the Karbala 72 on Ashoura isn’t just the cornerstone of Ansarullah’s military-political ideology or even the beating heart of their Zaydi-Shi’a Islamic school of thought. It is actually the lifeblood of Yemen’s very history, as 50-53 of Imam Hussein’s (A.S.) martyred companions were of either full or partial Yemeni origin. In other words, while all of Al-Hijaz failed to defend Ahlul Bayt (A.S.) in their time of need, the people of Yemen did heed that call and were more represented than any other group or nation at that particular time of Yemeni history. As mentioned earlier, the Yemenis do make extraordinary look ordinary and otherworldly look worldly, don’t they? Yazid was rebuked and resisted by the Yemenis then and they’re rebuking and resisting Yazid (and Shimr) in the form of US, ‘Israel’ and Al-Saud now. The battlecry of Imam Hussein then was “Hayhat minna zilla (Us, humiliated?! Never, ever!)” and the battlecry of his ideological children remains the same now. Massacred, bombed, oppressed and tormented but still fighting, defying and LIVING. Simply put: The Yemeni people, humiliated?! Never! Never! Never, ever! #LongLiveYemen #LongLiveAnsarullah #DeathToSaud #Ashoura #Muharram