Understanding KARBALA by Siddiqa Juma

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Think not those who are Slain in the way of Allah as dead. Nay they are alive. They are with their Lord being sustained. Chapter 3 Al-Imran, Ayah No: 169
64 pages of beautiful full color graphic of the story of Karbala, for Kids ages 6 and up in simple English.
Written and Illustrated by Siddiqa Juma (UK)
Hardbound 8.5 X 11" book
Published and Distributed in US and Canada by Khatoons.com
Second Edition 2013
ISBN #; 978-1-4675-8585-9

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Think not those who are Slain in the way of Allah as dead. Nay they are alive. They are with their Lord being sustained.
Chapter 3 Al-Imran, Ayah No: 169

This beautifully illustrated book by renowned artist Siddia Juma is an introduction fro children aged 10+ to the events of Ashura.

This book highlights events of 'Ashura, and lessons from Karbala before and after.

The events of Karbala reflect the collision of the good versus the evil, the virtuous versus the wicked, and the collision of Imam Husayn (a.s.) (the head of virtue) versus Yazid (the head of impiety). Al-Husayn was a revolutionary person, a righteous man, the religious authority, the Imam of Muslim Ummah.

As the representative of his grandfather Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Imam Husayn's (a.s.) main concern was to safeguard and protect Islam and guide fellow Muslims. On the other hand, the staying power of the rulers (Mu'awiya and his son Yazid) depended solely on the might of the sword. They used brute force to rule over the Muslim empire even by all possible illicit means.

Imam Husayn as head of Ahlul Bayt (a.s.) never recognized Mu'awiya nor his followers. Before him Imam ‘Ali (a.s.) had fought battles against Mu'awiya because Mu'awiya continuously violated the Islamic principles. Imam Al-Hasan (a.s.) had to swallow the bitter pill of making a peace agreement with Mu'awiya, in order to safeguard the security of the Ummah which was at stake.

When Yazid son of Mu'awiya declared himself as a ruler over the Ummah, he demanded Imam Al-Husayn's (a.s.) allegiance of loyalty. Imam Husayn (a.s.) on his part flatly rejected Yazid's rule and behavior, for there was no way Yazid could represent Islam, it would be blasphemy. But Yazid, the tyrant ruler over the Ummah, was adamant in his demand, and tension between the two parties increased day by day.

Imam Husayn was quick to realize that giving allegiance of loyalty to Yazid would serve no purpose but to jeopardize the survival of Islam. To safeguard and protect Islam, therefore, the Imam had no choice but to confront and collide with Yazid's ruler ship irrespective of consequences. Since Yazid had ordered his commanders to seize the Imam's allegiance of loyalty at any cost, even by brutal force, the commanders had to assemble a relatively large army, surrounding Imam Husayn's (a.s.) camp in a desert called Karbala.

Then they cut off the basic necessities to the camp, including access to water. The camp consisted of Imam Husayn, his family, friends, and companions, all of whom stood fast and firmly with him. These braves would rather face death for the noble cause of Islam, than submit to the outrageous tyranny and the un-Islamic ways of Yazid.

Thus, Karbala proved to be a clash involving Islamic truths versus falsehood, right versus wrong, belief versus disbelief, and the oppressed versus the oppressor, faith against brute force. Karbala was about standing in the face of oppression, regardless no matter the cost. Thus, in Karbala, Al-Husayn (a.s.) the 57 year old grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUM), sacrificed his totality and all he had, for one goal.

This goal was to let the truth triumph over falsehood eventually, and he did that brilliantly.

His goal was to foil the plan that Mu'awiya had expertly developed for his son, Yazid, which was to establish a permanent Bani Umayya ruler ship over the Muslim Ummah (even by sacrificing the Islamic principles), but doing it in the name of Islam. Brilliantly, Imam Husayn (a.s.) succeeded in foiling this plan and he exposed the disreputable nature of Bani Umayya though this was at the expense of his life.

Event of the battle step by step is written in simple English for youth and also for those who have not got the truth of the battle of Karbala and the events which took place after. It also includes the family of Imam Husain (a.s.) how they were taken to Sham in Syria and in front of the Yazid in his palace.

Published and Distributed in US and Canada by Khatoons.com

64 pages of beautiful full color graphic of the story of Karbala, for Kids ages 6 and up in simple English.
Written and Illustrated by Siddiqa Juma (UK)
Hardbound ..... 8.5 X 11" book
Second Edition ..... December 2013
ISBN #: 978-1-4675-8585-9

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