Life and times of Hazrat Hussain ibne Ali R.A) have a lot teach us all. Whether it be his upright character, his deep understanding of life or his unfettered resolve to fight for justice, there are few who are remembered by history with the reverence that the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) enjoys to this day.
Here are eight quotes of Imam Hussain (R.A) that have important life lessons to teach all those looking to turn a leaf.
1. On Dignity & Freedom
“Don’t you see that the truth is not followed and the falsehood is not discouraged? (The situation is so severe) so that a Believer wishes to meet Allah (i.e. to die). And today I don’t see death but prosperity, and living with tyrants is nothing but disgust and disgrace.”-Hilyatul Awliyaa, by Abu Nu’aym, v2, p39
On the day of Ashura, Imam Hussain (R.A) is reported to have said:
“In the Day of Ashura: “If you do not have any religion, then at least be free (open-minded) in your present life.”– Hilyatul Awliyaa, by Abu Nu’aym, v2, p39
“Whoever seeks the satisfaction of people through disobedience of God; then God subjects him to people.”Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 78, P. 126
On Fear of God
“Avoid oppressing the one who does not have any supporter against you, other than the Almighty God.”– Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 78, P. 118
“Crying out of fear of God is salvation from the hellfire”– Mustadrak al- Wasael, Vol. 11, P. 245
“The most generous person is the one who offers help to those who do not expect him to help”– Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 78 , P. 121
“The most merciful person is the one who forgives when he is able to take revenge.”– Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 78 , P. 121
“Wisdom will not be complete except by following the truth”– Bihar al- Anwar, Vol. 78, P. 127