Imam Hussein (as) Safinatun Nijaat for Pakistan

The Pakistan Decapitation Papers Epilogue 2019
Arba'een, Karbala, 1441 A.H. 19 October 2019
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It is befitting to close The Pakistan Decapitation Papers 2019 on the singular solution that beckons the Summun, Bukmun, Umyun Pakistani nation. The solution is in front of us all --- and yet the long ingrained prejudices among us Muslims, divided into our myriad sects and maslaks of birth, living off of crippled epistemologies in the religion of empires past and present, prevent the solution from percolating to the top of the conscious mind. If we can't think it, speak it, reflect upon it, strategize upon it, we sure as hell can never effectualize it, making our dysfunction a self-fulfilling prophecy. And sure enough, it only leaves hell behind in the wake of its ample sounds of silence.
Millions are gathering for Arba'een in Karbala and there is little if any mention of the largest peaceful gathering on earth by Pakistan's intelligentsia, press, talk show talking heads, rulers, political leaders, and various and sundry two-bit opinion makers who seem to get all the air time in the world to spew gibberish couched in erudite discourses.
But first, I wish to establish a template. I begin with thanking Allah SWT that He made me a human being (not an animal); gave me all functioning parts (not handicap); made me ba-baseerat (not an imbecile); endowed me with an intellect that searches for truth in all matters (not indoctrinated); raised me in my parents' home which made me a Muslim by socialization (could have been born in a Zionist or pagan home). My home not just acquainted me with the Ahlul Bayt of the Prophet of Islam and Imam Hussein (as) from birth as the Exemplars and Imams of Islam from whom we take our understanding of the meaning of the Holy Qur'an and the teachings of the Prophet of Islam (in principle), but also indelibly carved their love into my heart, into my very being (just as I love my parents). Beyond socialization, I am neither Shia nor Sunni, but only trying to be Muslim (minus the crippled epistemology) as human being first that I was fashioned in (ahsan-e-taqweem), and wish to die Muslim (InshaAllah). I could just as easily have been born on the other side of the railroad tracks... and deprived of these rich bounties and propensities. I am the fortunate of history. Alhamdolillah.
Can you, dear reader, relate to that template? Surely, you must, for all must know what it means to be the lucky of history! While we each might have different gifts, and some might think it is just chance, and it may well be as it does look like chance which side of the railroad track one is born, nevertheless, none can really be devoid of the feelings of gratitude for being born the lucky of history, especially when we see many others less fortunate than us.
This gratefulness to my good fortune, nay, to Allah SWT's Gift to me as per my belief system, is what drives my work in Project Humanbeingsfirst. The cup of thanks is still more than half empty however, and there is a lot more to add to it. I pray to Allah SWT to increase me in toufique to rise beyond moral clichés, beyond truthful words on parchment, beyond my own self-ascribed limitations. To the extent that there is anything of worth and truthfulness in my jihad-bis-kalam, the preceding almost 1400 pages and more than half million words are part of it. It is my little jihad, my little truth-jihad, if I may be permitted to borrow the phrase from my fearless internet-confrere, Kevin Barrett of the United States of America, whose book is titled Truth Jihad: My Epic Struggle Against the 9/11 Big Lie (MashaAllah). For the courage and inspiration to wage my own little truth-jihad ever since the very day of September 11, 2001, I thank Allah SWT that he endowed me with the intellectual and emotional psyche and the character disposition that enabled it. It separates me from all the rest of human beings watching from the sides. Alhamdolillah. I do have a little sense of satisfaction in that lonely life-lived, despite the exercise being ineffective in anything I have done in this path over the past two decades. That indefatigable exercise however, has put me behind the lines of those unparalleled front runners among mankind throughout history who have arisen to the next levels and way beyond in their truth-jihad. The unparalleled and unsurpassed leader of all of these beautiful men, women and children, is of course Imam Hussein (as). I pray to Allah SWT that I am able to take the next baby-step in the path that led Imam Hussein (as) to nafs-e-mutmahinnah: “O soul that art at rest! Return to your Lord, well-pleased (with him), well-pleasing (Him)”, Surah Al-Fajr, 89:27, 89:28, يَٰٓأَيَّتُهَا ٱلنَّفْسُ ٱلْمُطْمَئِنَّةُ ٱرْجِعِىٓ إِلَىٰ رَبِّكِ رَاضِيَةً مَّرْضِيَّةً .
I fear however, that I shall forever be deprived of that journey and that destination, as only the soul untouched by evil or cleansed of evil, can even embark on such journey. What evil is that? It is the evil in the nafs. Which is why, in Islam, Jihad-un-nafs is the highest form of jihad.
But one can dream can't one? Without the dream, and the desire to achieve that dream, there is sure to be no outcome. With the dream, there is at least the motivation for continuing to the next level of truth-jihad, to Jihad-un-nafs. This is the hardest of all levels – for it entails fighting with one's own self, with one's own demons, with one's own failings, with one's own ungratefulness to the bounties and responsibilities that being the lucky of history has bestowed upon one, and which weakens and nullifies one's good efforts, deprives one of spiritual ascendance. However, it is also a failing that is overcome in a single day, in a single instant, with Allah SWT's grace. This may sound very Christian, but man's own will is also part of this.
The unparalleled example of this transformation in history, at least in the context of Imam Hussein (as) as the Safinatun Nijaat (Innal Husseina' misbah-ul-huda wa safina-tun-nijaah”) and the exercise of free will to climb aboard, is Hur ibne Ar-Riyahi. The fearless General in Yazid's Army who was responsible for interdicting the journey of Imam Hussein and his companions from Mecca to Kufa, at Karbala, a place whose timeless sanctity is writ large even today as the Arb'aeen gathering in millions is evidence.
General Hur's metanoia was almost instantaneous. It transpired in just one evening as the history of Karbala records, on the evening before Ashura. General Hur was the first Martyr on the very next day, the Day of Ashura, as that painful narrative of history informs us. But on whose side? On the side of Imam Hussein (as), fighting against Yazid's army that he had led as its commander-in-chief until the previous evening only! InshaAllah. I pray to Allah SWT, that like General Hur ibne Ar-Riyahi, I, and all who aspire the same, die a Muslim by firmly coming on board the Safinatun Nijaat despite our many failings. May Allah SWT, with the Wasilah and Shafa'at of His Favoured Ones, those who Allah Says in the Holy Qur'an are the Means of Approach unto Him, the Delineators of the Straight Path, accept my prayers and guide me and all who seek it, on that journey of self-cleansing one's own taghoots within.
who is he that can intercede with Him but by His permission? 2:255
من ذا الذي يشفع عنده إلا بإذنه ۚ
O ye who believe! Do your duty to Allah, seek the means of approach unto Him, 5:35
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَابْتَغُوا إِلَيْهِ الْوَسِيلَةَ
Show us the straight path, 1:6;
The path of those whom Thou hast favoured. 1:7
اِهۡدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الۡمُسۡتَقِيۡمَۙ
صِرَاطَ الَّذِيۡنَ اَنۡعَمۡتَ عَلَيۡهِمۡ
Caption Holy Qur'an Verse of Shafa'at, Verse of Wasilah, Verse of Path of Favoured Ones (see Wasilah in the Holy Qur'an)
And this ardent prayer, this burning desire, brings me to the dysfunction of Pakistan, to her corrupt rulers, to her dystopic predicament, to her house niggers, her uncle Toms and aunty Thomases, to her servile classes who have made Pakistan a slave state, rental state, vassal state of the global powers that be. Surely, their crimes are not worse than General Hur's before his metanoia! Imam Hussein (as) is the Safinatun Nijaat – the Ship of Refuge – for Pakistan.
Like General Hur, the only hope for Pakistan, in my never to be falsely humble view, is for her rulers, her generals, her establishment, at least just one individual at the top in that sorry corrupt inept lot, to experience the profound metanoia of siding with truth for a change; siding with justice for a change; siding with what is right, and what Allah SWT has ordained of man as his destiny when He fashioned mankind in ahsan-e-taqweem: to say NO to taghoots, to taghooti systems of control, to servitude to fellow man, to his systems of corruption and co-option, to his rule by villainous power as superpower, and to his rule of servitude of nations.
That metanoia, that transformation, that ability and courage to say NO, to not bow before the Yazids of our time at any price, to prefer death with honor over life with indignity, to seek the grave before one becomes a slave, to not have the jackboots of tyranny, corruption, falsehood, ineptness, stamped upon a nation's face, can only be brought about by Imam Hussein alayhis-salām (عليه السلام), the courageous grandson of the noble Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him), the noble son of the Prophet's virtuous daughter Hazrat Fatima (salamullah alayhe) and Islam's foremost defender and Imam, Imam Ali (alayhis-salām).
That unparalleled pedigree and nobility of Imam Hussein, all Muslims of all faiths and maslaks in all times (except the reigns of the Nasibis and the murderers of Imam Hussein), have revered and honored. Imam Hussein belongs to all Muslims. Nay, to all humanity in need of saying No to tyranny! Love of Imam Hussein is made incumbent upon all Muslims: 'Say: “No reward do I ask of you for this except the love of those near of kin.”' (Surah Ash-Shura 42:23) It can only be an imbecile nation, whatever her belief system, who shall refuse to learn from Imam Hussein how to live and die with dignity without ever transgressing moral bounds; without ever hurting a single soul who isn't out to get you, and thus demonstrating the unparalleled implementation of the Qur'anic Guidance to mankind in Surah Al-Maeda 5:32.
For that cause We decreed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. Our messengers came unto them of old with clear proofs (of Allah's Sovereignty), but afterwards lo! many of them became prodigals in the earth., 5:32
مِنْ أَجْلِ ذَٰلِكَ كَتَبْنَا عَلَىٰ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ أَنَّهُ مَنْ قَتَلَ نَفْسًا بِغَيْرِ نَفْسٍ أَوْ فَسَادٍ فِي الْأَرْضِ فَكَأَنَّمَا قَتَلَ النَّاسَ جَمِيعًا وَمَنْ أَحْيَاهَا فَكَأَنَّمَا أَحْيَا النَّاسَ جَمِيعًا ۚ وَلَقَدْ جَاءَتْهُمْ رُسُلُنَا بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ ثُمَّ إِنَّ كَثِيرًا مِنْهُمْ بَعْدَ ذَٰلِكَ فِي الْأَرْضِ لَمُسْرِفُونَ
Caption Holy Qur'an Verse of saving humanity
Come experience Arba'een with that motivation. Come to the teaching of Imam Hussein alayhis-salām (عليه السلام) of what Islam's kalima means in practice. And Allah SWT shall inspire all who wish to strive to live the claim they have made from birth, and make it daily: la illa ha illal la, to actually live it. InshaAllah.
Say NO to illa in practice rather than in lip-service. The tea shall be thrown overboard in that very instant. That is the way out for Pakistan. This book has unequivocally demonstrated it.

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