Hussain Symbol of Love and Sacrifice in Islam:

It is usually thought that Islam views God as a
heartless Ruler of the world, an angry Judge, and a
wrathful Lord who is looking meticulously for a
wrongdoer to punish them. For those who have
thoughtfully read the Quran only once in their
lifetime it is very easy to discard this view beyond
any doubt.
However, for those who have not carefully read the
Quran, or do not have the necessary means and
knowledge to analyse its verses, there stands, in
the living memory of the history, an episode which,
very clearly, epitomizes the notion of love between
the creator and the created, and the sacrifice and
suffering that could be endured readily and
contentedly by a human being for the sake of the
beloved God.
This episode is the event in which Hussain, the
grandson of the Prophet of Islam, offered not only
his soul and his flesh to the Lord, but that of his
sons, his nephews his cousins and his closest
friends, and bore the grief of the foreseeable
capture of his wife, his daughters and his sisters.
This happened on the 10th day of Muharram in a
land called Karbala in the year 682 AD. As the
grandson of the Prophet and someone who was
very much adored by him, Hussain could have lived
a very comfortable and well-heeled life after his
grandfather, much honoured and revered by his
contemporaries. However, he was devoted to the
cause of the Lord, concerned about the guidance
that was revealed to his grandfather and eager to
make sure that the path of love towards God was
not obstructed by voracious, materialistic type of
people who had joined Islam only to fulfil their mean
and meagre worldly ambitions.
And he did well. On one single day he demonstrated
a degree of love and sacrifice towards the Lord that
could hardly be paralleled by any similar incident in
the history of mankind. He loudly cried his
dissatisfaction of what was going on in the name of
the Lord and with recourse to the authority of his
grandfather; a cry that can be heard even today
through the long stretched tunnel of history.
Hussain used to say in his supplications:
“My Lord! You are the One who removes all others
from the heart of those whom You love, in a manner
that they do not love but You, and do not seek
refuge from anyone but from you; You are their
intimate company when the trials of the world
frightens them. My Lord! Those who have lost You,
what do they find, and those who have found You,
what do they lose?” Hussain had nothing to loose
since he had found a Love that gives life to
everything.