Love and Water
In our previous meditation, we discussed the true meaning of the word courage, which comes from a heart flourishing with love and causes a hero to protect that which is most important to them. In Karbala, the shohoda were both courageous and heroic as their love for Allah (SWT) enabled them to sacrifice everything in order to protect that which was most important to them, their love for Allah (SWT), Rasulullah (SAW) and their Imam, Hussain (AS).
Although there were 72 who were martyred in Karbala, when Imam Hussain (AS) left Makkah he had 1,000 others with him. As the Imam (AS) journeyed towards Karbala and started to warn his companions of their fate, many started to leave, until on the Day of Ashura when only a small number from the initial 1,000 were remaining. As we remember Imam Hussain (AS) in the days of Muharrum, it is important that we remember both the dars (good lessons from history) and the abrar (negative warnings from history). Therefore, why did so many leave Imam Hussain (AS) and how can we ensure that we do not leave the right path that we are on?
Rasulullah (SAW) said:
In order to understand this hadith in depth, let us use an example that is closely related to Karbala, water. The chemical component of water is H2O. There are two atoms of hydrogen for every atom of oxygen. When we have these two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen, we have that which is most vital to life, water. However, when we take away one of the atoms of hydrogen, we no longer have H2O. Instead we have Hydroxide (HO) which is the key component of a bomb. In the same way that H2O gives life and is crucial to us, HO takes away life and is dangerous to us.
We are born with love for Allah (SWT) and if we get more attached to this world, this love decreases and, eventually, that love disappears. We see on the Day of Ashura that those who had love for Allah (SWT) were denied water (H2O) and we all know the destruction to the house of Rasulullah (SAW) that this caused.
May Allah (SWT) gives us the strength and wisdom to understand the importance of our love for Him and may this move us away from the love of this world. May we, whenever we hear of the thirst of Karbala or when we drink water ourselves, remember that in the same way that water is the essence of life, our love for Allah (SWT) is just as important. Aamin.