1367 years ago on the 10th day of the Month of Muharram, Imam Husayn, grandson of Prophet Muhammad and son of Imam Ali and his 71 supporters were killed in Karbala, Iraq by 30,000-man army of Yazid ibn Muaviye. Imam Husayn’s family was captured by Yezid’s army and exiled to Sham.
There exist different views on Karbala tragedy. Some even regard it as a struggle for government. And what is the truth? According to historical sources, Yazid ibn Muaviye, who came to power after the death of Caliph Muaviye ibn Ebu Sufyan, was an irreligious man and drunkard, who gambled all day long. Imam Husayn was seriously concerned about his actions. He told Yazid that he will rebel to protect the religion of his grandfather, Prophet, if he does not give up his actions. Yazid offered Imam Husayn his caliphate in exchange for money and gold, otherwise he threatened to kill Imam. Imam Husayn rejected the proposal and said: “If the religion of my grandfather Muhammad will live with my death, let the swords kill me.” MORE ON ASHURA HERE. AND IF YOU WANT TO READ A GOOD ARTICLE ON HOW ASHURA CAN BE A BRIDGE TO EXPLAINING THE GOSPEL, GO HERE.