Monday, October 19, 2015

The Passion of Imam Husayn: A Passion Play by Ustadh Ali Ataie

The oft-repeated statement “Every day is ‘Aashurah and every land is Karbala” captures succinctly the metamorphic and cosmic significance of Imam Husayn’s (al-Mazlum) stand against corruption and tyranny. His struggle is seen as transcendent and transhistorical; a reminder for the human consciousness that unless one is willing to suffer and die for the sake of his/her principles or beliefs, one has not really lived. Many in the Shi’a community understand the ta’ziyyah to function in exactly such a way, yet theological and/or jurisprudential concerns have severely limited Sunni experience of the passion narrative of the Ahl al-Bayt.