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Why did Imam Hassan (AS) not fight while Imam Hussain (AS) did?

When the prophet of Islam (PBUH) came it was the dark ages in Arabia. Bad was the norm. The message of the prophet was in stark contrast to this bad. It stood out. While collectively people must have wanted change for gradually they started accepting his message together they could not have brought about this change without him.

At the time of Hazrat Ali (AS) this difference between him and Muavia was not that clear to the people. They both wrote letters to each other quoting verses from the Quran. Even today some hold Muavia in respect naming their children Ameer Muavia.

Yazid was not as clever as Muavia and decided to go to any length necessary to kill Imam Hussain (AS). The first attempt on his life was when Imam Hussain (AS) was called to the court of marwan. The Imam went with his companions and told them to enter the court if he raised his voice. When marwan was about to attack Imam Hussain (AS), the Imam raised his voice and his companions came into the court. Thus an attempt on …

My Criteria for my marriage partner

1) She should be a home maker. 10 on a scale of 10
2) I should be able to fall in love with her and her with me … 7 on a scale of 10.

First criteria:

10 on a scale of 1-10 for this criteria because I consider my family my second self. The better my partner will be at making my family the best the better off my second self will be. Who doesn’t want to aim for the best? In accordance with this she should have the best of the characteristics that every home maker should have:

1) Intelligent
2) Practical
3) Ability to take stress and bounce back – agility of mind
4) High level of commitment
5) Principled
6) Caring
7) Want her children to be the best
8) Want to learn how to make her children the best

Of course there is an ideal woman out there who would rank very high in all these areas. But then I have to be practical too. I would want to marry the most ideal woman who is compatible with me. Compatibility is covered in the second criteria.


Second Criteria:

Description of scale:

5: passes the basic crite…

Comparing a 27 year old with a 16 year old

It is interesting how during introspection I have often looked at my past comparing it to my present. Only today I realized that I am actually comparing a 27 year old with a 16 year old and that also the same person.

Sometimes I felt that the 16 year old was better than me but while that may have been a feeling generated out of a more stable environment I know that that 16 year old was in no way better. The litmus test: If I was today put in the same stable environment I would achieve ‘at least’ as much and make some of the same mistakes perhaps, albeit fewer of them.

This then implies that I have been growing for the last 27 years if not steadily then at times through a period of flux at the end I have still been growing.

Today then at the age of 27 I stand with what I am with what I have accomplished. I should therefore not compare myself with any time in the past, just think of how to make the best of the road ahead.