This is a post about humanity.
I know with the state of our world today, perhaps you like me are losing hope in us humans. What have we become? Self-centred, beyond reason, greedy and as for empathy….does that mean anything to anyone anymore?
Let me take you on a journey to paradise, don’t worry you have no need to write out your will and testament. To me, heaven is just a place that gives us hope, and this little piece of heaven is right here on earth.
Come with me to Karbala, Iraq. Yes you read correctly, Iraq. Over 17 million people have peacefully gathered there as I type this post, for the largest annual pilgrimage. In commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad and the son of Imam Ali.
To know a little about Imam Hussain, here is a poem I wrote earlier:
It Only Takes One Man
It was not a fight over land, nor power, not even wealth…
One man stood up for dignity, equality and justice…
A lesson for today
Some pages of history never fade away…
The mighty are brought down not by those mightier
but by those more humble than them…
He is Hussain
Marking the 40th day after his death (Arbaeen), the pilgrims gather in Karbala many of them having walked for days even weeks. And here is what is so beautiful about this unique journey. All people of all faiths are welcomed. Ordinary people, some are poor labourers and farmers set up makeshift tents and provide the pilgrims with food, water, resting places and all amenities for absolutely nothing in return.
More information about this can be found in the article World’s Biggest Pilgrimage Now Underway, And Why You’ve Never Heard of it! Do take some time to read this, it is beautifully written.
As I specified earlier, this is a post about humanity, it is not limited to religion or beliefs. Hussain is for all of us. If even for a few days, a few people can form such an incredible human connection, does it not show what we are capable of? If we could have our own little Karbalas right in our own neighbourhoods and spread this as a habit, what a huge difference we would make. We could even reawaken the humanity we have lost due to fear and anger.
I hope this little tribute has created an awareness of events that have not been widely publicised as they so rightly deserve. We receive enough negative news from the media. There is decency in this world and needs to be shared far and wide.