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Presidents Message – Muharram 1440 AH

Imam Husayn (as):

“I am not rising [against Yazid] as an insolent, or an arrogant or a mischief monger or as a tyrant. I have risen [against him] as I seek to reform the ummah [community] of my grandfather [Prophet Muhammad]. I wish to bid the good [amr bil-ma’ruf] and forbid the evil [nahy’ ‘anil-munkar], and to follow the way of my grandfather and father [Imam Ali b. Abi Talib].”

My sincere condolences to the Imam of our time (atfs) and to all the community members of CoEJ.

Muharram marks the first month of the Islamic calendar and stands a reminder for the tragic event of Karbala where Imam Hussain, his family and companions were slayed in the plains of Naynawa. The sacrifice of Imam (as) has carved a unique identity for us Shias and at the same time an opportunity to promulgate the message of Qur’an and Ahlulbayt (as).  The poignant account also serves the purpose of self-reflection and contemplation on the values which defines the mission of the Imam and what he stood for.

As we often say that the message of Imam Hussain (as) transcends any caste or creed. He withstood the test and endured the pain of his dear ones to register his ‘contribution’ to the ummah and humanity at large. Let us ask this very bold question to ourselves: What is my ‘contribution’ to the cause of humanity? How could I ‘contribute’ to the cause of ummah? How could Muharram commemoration inspire me to ‘contribute’ towards the mission of Aba Abdillah (as). I leave you with these thoughts to ponder with the prayers of acceptance of our aamal in this month.