Ashoura’ in the Words of Imam Khomeini

Commemorate the battle of Karbala and the blessed name of the Master of Martyrs, because through [this] commemoration Islam is revived.

The blood of the Master of Martyrs is what has caused the blood of all Islamic nations to stir.

The blood which was shed in the battle of Karbala destroyed the castle of the oppressors, and our Karbala undermined the castle of the Satanic authority.

They killed the Master of Martyrs, but [nonetheless] Islam advanced [even] more!

The issue of Karbala- which is one of the most important political issues- should always remain alive.

Muharram is the month when justice faced oppression, and Truth [confronted] Falsehood. Throughout history, it has been proved that Truth always triumphs over Falsehood.

Muharram is the month when the Master of the strugglers and the oppressed revived Islam and saved it from the conspiracy of the corrupt individuals of the Umayyad authority who had moved Islam to the edge of the abyss.

If we want our homeland to be free and independent, we should safeguard the secret to the endurance of Islam and the Shiite sect. This means that we should maintain the commemoration of Ashoura’. These assemblies for mourning were first established by the order of the Imams (peace be upon them) and continued throughout history.

We have sacrificed our young men just like Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) did, so we must preserve this path of struggle. You think that crying for Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) is only a [matter of shedding tears]. No! It is a political, psychological, and social issue.

Assemblies for mourning should be established across the entire country and we should all console the Greatest Messenger (peace be upon him and his Household) and cry because of the oppression which was inflicted upon his Household (peace be upon them) and especially Hussein, the Master of Martyrs (peace be upon him).

The Islamic Revolution in Iran is a beam of light from Ashoura and the great divine revolution which occurred in it.

For the Shiite sect, the month of Muharram was the month when victory was connected with sacrifice and blood.

The Master of Martyrs (peace be upon him) sacrificed himself for Islam.

It is true that they killed the Master of Martyrs (peace be upon him), but his [death] was an act of obedience to Allah and in His way. To him, being killed was the peak of glory and honor.

The sacrifice of the Master of Martyrs (peace be upon him) is what has preserved Islam for us.

The Master of Martyrs (peace be upon him) was overcome in Karbala through the military aspect, but he was not defeated nor did he fail. He revived the entire world.

You notice that the best of Allah’s creation in his time, the Master of Martyrs (peace be upon him), the Hashemite youths, and [the Imam’s] companions were all martyred and departed from this life, but when they were mentioned in Yazid’s assembly, Sayyida Zainab (peace be upon her) swore that: “I have seen nothing but beauty”!

If Ashoura’ had not occurred, we would not know what would have become of the Holy Quran and the cherished Islam.

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