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The Revolution of Imam al-Husayn (a)

Its Impact on the Consciousness of Muslim Society


Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi Shams ad-Din Al-Amili

Muhammadi Trust of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The impact of Karbala on the consciousness of Muslim society. Ziyara (pilgrimage), lamentation poetry, remembering Imam Husayn (a), and weeping.

Dr. I. K. A. Howard

Imam al-Husayn and Karbala

[MOD NOTE: Each link goes to a different section or get the PDF at the bottom of the post.]


Publisher’s Foreword

About The Book

The Author

Author’s Preface


I. Explanation of The Use of Terminology

II. The Attitude Towards The Revolution

1. The Eve of the Revolution

2. The Aftermath of the Revolution

III. The Motives And Aims Which The Revolution Implanted In Popular Consciousness

The First Tendency

The Second Tendency

IV. The Ways the Revolution Flowed Into Popular Consciousness

The Doctrinal Factor

The Call of the Holy Family

The Nature of the Tragedy

The Psychological Situation of the Shi'ite Muslim

The Ziyara

I. The Legality Of The Ziyara

II. The History Of The Ziyara Before Al-Husayn

III. The Ziyara To Al-Husayn: Its Objectives And Aims

IV. The Ziyara In The Legal Texts

V. Two Examples Of The Ziyara To Al-Husayn

1. The First Example

2. The Second Example

Vl. The Ziyara in the Poetry of Lament for Al-Husayn

VII. Three Other Ziyaras Concerned With the Revolution of Al-Husayn

1. The ziyara to al-'Abbas ibn 'Ali ibn Abi Talib

2. The ziyara of 'Ali (al-Akbar) ibn al-Husayn ibn 'Ali ibn Abi Talib

3. The ziyara of the Martyrs of Karbala'

Lamentation Poetry

I. The Doctrinal Background To The Literature Of Lamentation For Al-Husayn As A Manifestation Of The Revolution Of Al-Husayn In Popular Consciousness

II. The Hostile Attitude of the Authorities

III. Poetic Content And Man S Psychological Disposition

The Umayyad Period

2. The Early 'Abbasid Period

3. The Later 'Abbasid Period

IV. The Themes Of The Poetry Of Lamentation For Al-Husayn

Human Grief

Nature's Grief

The Grief of the Angels and the Jinn

4. The Virtues of the Holy Family

Their Personal Virtues

Their Religious Virtues

Their Family Background as Direct Descendants of the Apostle of God

The Human Enemies of the Revolution

The Muslims

The Kufans and the Iraqis

The Umayyads

Other men and Women

The Women of the Holy Family

The Children and the Young Men of the Holy Family

The Story of the Battle

Water and Thirst

Karbala': The Bank of the Euphrates and the Graves

The Humiliation of Quraysh and the Humiliation of Islam and the Muslims

The Meeting with the Apostle of God and the Holy Family

The Martyrs.

The Hardship the Poets Faced because of their Allegiance

Support with the Tongue

V. The Value Of The Poetry About Al-Husayn

The first reason

The second reason

The third reason: The profusion of verses in lament for al-Husayn

Rites of Remembrance for al-Husayn

I. Funeral And Remembrance Rites For Al-Husayn Held By The Family And Spontaneously By The People

1. Introduction

2. The Funeral And Remembrance Rites Of The Family

a) At Karbala

b) In Damascus

c) In Medina

II. The Public Rites of Remembrance for Al-Husayn

III. The Stages of the Rites of Remembrance for Al-Husayn

The First Stage

The Second Stage

The Language of the Rites of Remembrance

Historical Accuracy


The Virtues of the Holy Family

The Other Imams

Acts of Renunciation of the World

The Third Stage

IV. The Present and Thoughts on The Future


The Phenomenon of Weeping

II. The Legal Texts

III. Analysis Of The Phenomenon Of Weeping



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To add the Mod Note.

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