by Jonathan “Madd Cold” Azaziah
Happy birthday Imam Hussein (A.S.)! Before there was Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Sayyed Abdul Malik al-Houthi and Sayyed Hashim al-Haidari, there was Imam Hussein (A.S.), savior of Islam, son of Imam Ali (A.S.) and Lady Fatima az-Zahra (A.S.), grandson of our noble Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W.), whom all our heroes are descendants of. The Lion of Karbala was the original champion of the oppressed; the original flag-bearer of justice; the original defender of the orphans; the original trampler of tyranny; the original defier of despotism; the original personification of resistance in the physical and the spiritual form; the Sayyed of Sayyeds, the Revolutionary of Revolutionaries and the Master of Martyrs. When the nascent Ummah quivered in fear before the hedonistic, repulsive, shaytanic, drunkard dictator Yazid, Imam Hussein (A.S.) took a stand for Islam and truth, giving his life for our Deen and the pursuit of what is right. Thus, his born-day is a precious, rare-jewel-like gift bestowed on Muslims and really, all human beings. And it is with this that I present to you “Hussein’s Song”, produced by my perpetually-gifted younger brother Jared Azaziah aka Dark Night, off my 2015 record Son Of Kufa Volume 1: Rise Of The Anomaly. I wrote this joint not as a mere musical representation of my own adherence to Shi’a Islamic Liberation Theology, or that of the forces of the Mouqawamah Axis for that matter, but as an anthem for humanity, because the sacrifice made by the Imam (A.S.) in Karbala on Ashoura carries a message of undeniable universalism, hence why Arbaeen (the ceremony that marks the end of the 40 days of mourning for the Imam’s martyrdom) is the biggest religious event on Earth and is attended not only by Shi’a, but Sunnis, Sufis, Ibadis, Christians, believers of other faiths and believers of no identified faith at all. Everyone loves Imam Hussein (A.S.), regardless of their ethno-communal background! The only ones who don’t are those who carry on the legacy of the Holy Prophet’s (S.A.W.W.) enemies and oppress the innocent, the weak and the downtrodden. So for the Imam (A.S.) on his birthday, and all his literal and ideological descendants fighting against World Zionism–the Yazid of our time–on the front lines in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, occupied Palestine, Iraq, Nigeria, Bahrain and beyond: LET IT KNOCK!