In an indescribable scene of devotion, the crowds of lovers commemorate the night of Ashura, the last night before the martyrdom of Imam Al-Hussayn, the members of his family and his companions (peace be upon them). Ashura the day in which their pure blood has watered the redemption land of Karbala in defence of the religion of Mohammed (prayers and Allah's peace be upon him and his holy Household) and to safeguard its principles that have been attacked by the Yazidi relentless campaign to distort and misrepresent the authentic Mohammadian message.
The 9th of Muharram is called Tasou'a. It has been reported from Imam Ja'far As-Sadeq (peace be upon him) that it is in this day that the army of Yazid (may he be cursed and pit of Hell be for him) besieged Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) and His companions to fight against them. Ibnu Marjana and Umar Ibnu Sa’ad (may they be cursed) became glad for having big army and considered Imam Al-Hussayn and his companions weak. Then Imam As-Sadiq (peace be upon him) said “may I ransom my grand father Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) with my father and mother.”
The enemies army started stealthily advancing toward Al-Hussayn's camp on the afternoon of 9th of Muharram. At this time Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) sent his brother Al-Abbas Ibn Ali to ask Ibn Sa'ad for another delay, until the next morning, so that he and his men could spend the night praying. Ibn Sa'ad agreed the respite.
The night between the 9th and the 10th was the night when Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) Gathered his companions around him. Imam Zayn Al-Abideen (peace be upon him) reported: “I heard my father saying to his followers: ‘I glorify God with the most perfect glorification and I praise him in happiness and misfortune. O God, I praise you for blessing us with Prophethood, teaching us the Quran’.
Then he again said: ‘ I know of no followers more loyal and more virtuous than my followers, nor of any House more pious and more close Knit than my House. May Allah reward you well on my behalf. I permit you to leave me. All of you go away with the absolution of your oath to follow me, for there will be no further obligation on you from me. This is a night (whose darkness) will cover you. Use it as a camel (i.e. ride away in it)’.
Then my father put out the light so his companions could go without any hesitation and shyness in the darkness. But when after some time he lighted the lamp, he saw all of his loyal companions with their own swords on their necks.
Muslim bin Awsaja (may Allah have mercy on him) arose and said : “By God, we will never leave you”. If I knew that I would die and then be revived and then burnt and then revived, and then scattered, and that would be done to me seventy times, I would never leave you until I met my death (fighting) on your behalf’. Another follower said: “No, by God, we will not do (such a thing). Rather we will ransom you with our lives, property and families. All his followers spoke in similar vein, one after the other Imam Al-Hussayn (my father) called (on God to) reward them well”.
Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) and his followers held a vigil to pray all night.
In the night of Ashura, Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) raised his hands in prayer and said: "O Lord! I depend on you in every affliction and am hopeful of Your blessing in every hardship. In every difficulty with which I am faced, You are my only remedy and resort. There have been many embarrassments which weakened my heart and no remedy for it was available. The friends did not assist me and the enemies rejoiced at my misfortune. However, when I ceased to seek assistance from everyone except You and sought the remedy only from You, You provided me solace and relief and removed the difficulty. Every blessing and goodness reaches us from You and everything should be sought from You only".
Thus, this will remain the position of Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) during the night of Ashura, a position that shakes the conscience, stirs souls, raises the strength and steadfastness factors in the hearts, and enlightens the spirits by strengthening the faith and the relationship with the Almighty God.