by Jonathan Azaziah
Feast your eyes on a sight–beautiful, dazzling, shimmering Iraq–that can only be described as breathtaking. Over 20 million pilgrims from 60 different countries entered the holy Iraqi city of Karbala to mark Arbaeen today, the end of the 40-day mourning period for Imam Hussein’s (A.S.) martyrdom. It is not only we Shi’a who are marching and demonstrating on these santicified sands to celebrate the sacrifice, the heroism, the steadfastness and the RESISTANCE of Aba Abdallah (A.S.) and the Karbala 72, martyred at the hands of the maniacal tyrant Yazid (L.A.) on Youm al-Ashoura 680 A.D. (61 A.H.), but also Sunnis, Sufis, Christians, Shabakis, Ezadis, Zoroastrians and even some Hindus too. Regardless of Islamic school of thought or faith, the people of spirituality, dignity and anti-oppression stand as one Husseini unit on Arbaeen because the grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W.) is a symbol of defiance and rejection of despotism for all of humankind.
The Mossad-CIA-Saudi-birthed criminal gang known as ISIS threatened to spill Shi’a blood on Iraqi soil today, but the Takfiri scourge failed to even put a nick in the pilgrims’ stride as Mighty Moujahideen from Harakat Hizbullah al-Nujaba, Kata’ib Hizbullah and Asa’ib Ahlul Haqq fortified their positions ten fold and let NOTHING slip under their noses. The end result is the biggest religious gathering, pilgrimage and peaceful protest on the face of planet Earth. Unlike the corrupted, mismanaged, undermined and dare I say murderous Saudi administration of Hajj, the Iraqi authorities and the pilgrims themselves never allow such horrors as stampedes and construction “failures” to impede Arbaeen. And in this current time, with the enemies of Islam wreaking havoc across our region and trying with all their iniquitous power to divide Sunni and Shi’a as well as Muslims and Christians, to make us feel helpless in the shadow of Zio-Imperialism, the dauntless souls in Karbala today are rejecting this existing paradigm of fitnah and channeling Imam Hussein’s (A.S.) stance with perfection: Hayhat minna zilla (Us, humiliated?! Never, ever!)
“Ya Hussein (A.S.)!” is what the banners read in Karbala, day and night. And “Ya Hussein (A.S.)!” is what we shall chant, day and night, until the Yazid (L.A.) and Shimr (L.A.) of our age, i.e. the US-‘Israeli’ Empire and Saudi Arabia, are burnt to ash. May the pilgrims travel back home safely, and may the light of Imam Hussein (A.S.) forever be the blade that pierces the flesh of the darkness-makers. #EverydayIsAshoura #EverywhereIsKarbala #LabaykahYaHussein #Arbaeen