Martyrdom of Imam Hussain ibn Ali in the eyes of philosophers

The tragedy and feat of Imam Hussain ibn Ali , the brave grandson of the Prophet of Islam Muhammad (PBUH), has for centuries amazed the greatest minds of the whole world with his unprecedented sacrifice and heroism. You do not need to be a Muslim to believe in the sincerity and purity of the intentions with which the Imam gave his life in an unequal battle with the oppressors. The sacrifice of Hussein ibn Ali is an ode to freedom, which is understandable to every open heart. To show this, we prepared a translation of the statements of famous people of the XVIII, XIX and XX centuries about the hero of Karbala, which became the property of all mankind.


(Edward Gibbon, 1737-1794 Famous English historian)

“In the distant century and the state of public opinion, the tragic scene of Hussein’s death will awaken the sympathy of even the cold reader” (Histories of the Decline and Destruction of the Roman Empire, London, 1911, v. 5, pp. 391-392).
(Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881. British writer, publicist, historian and philosopher)

“Hussein and his comrades in arms with their unbroken faith in the Lord and with worthy deeds proved that the number of weapons before the moral force plays no role. I am amazed at Hussein’s victory over evil, despite the small number of fighters

(Victor Hugo, 1802-1885. French writer, chapter and theorist of French Romanticism)

“The principles of Hussein’s revolution have become close to each rebel, who is eager to regain his rights from his oppressors.”
(Charles Dickens, 1812-1870. English writer, novelist and essayist)

“If Hussein fought for his own purpose and wealth, then why did he go to Karbala along with his family, sisters and young children? On this mind gives only one answer: he took such a risk only for the sake of Islam

(Edward Granville Brown. British writer and Orientalist–1862-1926)

“Is there such a heart that would not have heard about the tragedy of Karbala and would not cry? Even non-Muslims can not challenge the purity of the martyrs who died there

(Mohandas Gandhi, 1869-1948. One of the leaders and ideologists of the movement for India’s independence from Britain)

“I did not bring new ideas to the people of India. The slogan “Freedom or Death” emerged from my study of the hero of Karbala – Hussein, and I gave this slogan to all Indians. If we want to save the people of India, then we must follow the example of Hussein ibn Ali (Gyorgy (Georg) Lukacs, 1885-1971. Hungarian neo-Marxist philosopher)

“Hussein’s principles were focused on a free character and were aimed at making people of his people happy in their lives in order to be able to confront the radical rulers who enslaved them and to whom Hussein confronted with all the strength and determination.”
(Freya Madelin Stark, 1893-1993. British writer)

“The Shiites throughout the Islamic world revive the memory of Al-Hussein and his murder and mourn for him in the first ten days of the month of Muharram … There he defeated his camp while his enemies surrounded him and blocked access to water: the details are alive now, like and then, 1257 years ago … It cannot be anyone with great benefit to visit these holy cities, if he does not know anything from the history for whom this tragedy is built into their very basis. This is one of the few stories I can not read without crying. ”
(Antoine Bara, 1943. Christian writer from Lebanon)

“There is no battle in the modern and past history of mankind that would gain more sympathy and admiration, and also taught more lessons than the martyrdom of Hussein in the Battle of Karbala” (Hussain in the Ideology of Christianity).

“The murder (Shahadat— Martyrdom) of Hussein is the greatest political mistake made by the Umayyads, which was forgotten, and every sign or detail disappeared.

(Roberto Bolaño Avalos, 1953-2003. Chilean poet and prose writer)

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