Heroes and their Courage
In our previous meditation, we discussed the true meaning of the word hero, to protect, and explained how the shohoda of Karbala are the greatest heroes in history as they protected the most important gift that we have been given in history, the religion of Islam. In this meditation, we will discuss the most important component of being a hero, which is to have courage.
The etymology of the word courage comes from a word which means love flourishing from the heart. When we look at the sacrifices that Imam Hussain (AS), his family and his companions made in Karbala, we can come to no other conclusion than that they sacrificed themselves for their love of Allah (SWT). The very purpose of Islam is to help us to strengthen our relationship with Allah (SWT) and we see from the shohoda of Karbala that their love for Allah (SWT) was so strong that they gave up everything for it.
Amirul Mumineen (AS) said:
In these days when we remember Imam Hussain (AS) and his love for Allah (SWT), it is important that we also reflect upon our love for Allah (SWT). When this love is strong, we will be courageous against our battle in this duniya against our own nafs and the temptations of this world. When this love is weak, we will have little courage to fight this jihad-ul-akbar.
When we mention the word love in relation to Karbala, we cannot help but remember Habib ibn Madhahir (AS). Habib (AS) grew up with Imam Hussain (AS) and was always in his footsteps. It was because of this close relationship that Rasulullah (SAW) named him Habib, as his love for Imam Hussain (AS) was so strong. When Imam Hussain (AS) was in Karbala, he remembered Habib (AS) and sent a letter to call for him. Habib (AS) immediately left Kufa and reached Imam Hussain (AS) in Karbala on the same day (the fourth of Muharrum) and was martyred with his Imam (AS), whom he loved so much, on the day of Ashura.
May Allah (SWT) increase our love for Allah (SWT) in our hearts in the same way that the love for Imam Hussain (AS) was increased in the heart of Habib ibn Madhahir (AS). May this love give us the courage that we need to follow the true path and to protect that which is most important to us in our life, our faith and our relationship with Allah (SWT). Aamin.