‘REFORMING OUR LIVES IN THE NAME OF IMAM HUSSAIN (AS)’ | DR ALI AL HILLI , 29 DECEMBER 2012
Thursday, January 03, 2013 3:23 PM
‘Reforming our lives in the name of Imam Hussain (AS)’ | Dr Ali al Hilli: 29 December 2012
We spend the months of Muharram and Safar mourning the death of Imam Hussain (AS), but what do
we learn of the lessons Imam taught in Karbala? There are 20 million people marching towards the
haram of Imam Hussein right now, but why?
Safar is ending, we must find out what is truly the message of Imam Hussain (AS), why did he
Dr Ali al Hilli said that Imam Hussain carried the reformation of Islam on his shoulders. Where
prophets like Prophet Shuaib tried to reform only their community, Imam Hussein (AS) was aiming to
reform the entire ummah of his grandfather. If there was not a social reformation at the time of Imam
Hussain, we would most definitely not be where we are today.
How did Imam Hussein (AS) go about this social reformation? When he said he was going to reform
the ummah of his grandfather, he continued on to say that he was going to do this by enjoining good
(amr bil ma’ruf) and forbidding evil (nahi anil munkar). Dr Ali said that the most important thing one
must do within society is reformation by means of amr bil ma’ruf and nahi anil munkar. There is little
benefit to having the best recitation of Qur’an or the best of prayers if you do not engage in these two
important concepts within Islam.
Dr Ali al Hilli then said a weighty line which makes us think. If we do not undertake social
reformation, like Imam Hussain (AS) did, then we are worthless mu’mins. He stressed the
importance of leaving the seminar with intentions to seek reformation in society, because this is one
can lead their lives in the manner of Imam Hussain (AS).
There exists always the question, “Who can do amr bil ma’ruf and nahi anil munkar?" Imam Jaffer as
Sadiq (AS) is quoted in Lantern of the Path to have said there are five qualities a person must have to
do amr bil ma’ruf and nahi anil munkar:
1) They need to be knowledgeable about what is good and what is forbidden : Ma’ruf (good) is
anything the intellect, shariah and society approve of as good. Munkar (bad) is anything that those
three (intellect, shariah and society) concur is bad:
2) They must be free of personal inclination: what they personally believe is good or bad,
3) They must give good counsel to people:
4) Be merciful and compassionate,
5) Speak to people with gentleness and calmness.
We must reform ourselves before we try to reform others. Let us make sure that before we speak to
people, we are knowledgeable about what we are saying.
When Imam Hussain (AS) stood against oppression and conducted social reformation, it was not only
during those nights of Muharram. Social reformation should happen during every single minute of our
Stanmore Jaffery’s would like to thank Dr Ali al Hilli for his time, and for delivering an inspirational
and soul awakening talk on reformation.