Zishaan Karim

(Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

People around the globe are seen to celebrate New Year as a day of rejoicing. Be it Christians, who celebrate their New Year based on Solar Calendar dated 1st January, or Iranians that celebrate their New Year on 21st March or Hindus who follow the Lunar Calendar as do the Muslims.

Recently, there is a trend in Muslims too, that has begun a couple of years ago, urging Muslims too to celebrate Islamic New Year.

New Year is a day to make new resolutions, change old ways and set goals to have a way forward.

Shias are a race that the world feels threatened by as we are the people who start the New Year with voices of “Husayn! Husayn!” echoing everywhere.

Husayn (as) is supposed to be the Resolution of every Shia Muslim, for indeed Husayn is not merely a person but an ideology in itself.

The stand that Husayn (as) took has a whole philosophy behind it and at every step Husayn (as) has taught us how to behave when confronted with different scenarios in life, where a Muslim must raise his head to stand up against injustice, both towards himself and to others around him, and bow in submission only to Allah (swt). Rise against whoever is the oppressor, be it his own self, his surrounding or the cultural chains that bind him.

Husayn (as) has won the admiration of millions around the globe through his bold stand and selfless sacrifices. Millions are filled with awe at the mentioning of the name of al Husayn (as).

Husayn (as) is unmatchable, incomparable. Husayn(as) is a celebrity …

Why have we then made him a SEASONAL Celebrity?

He is the one who has set lessons for every phase of our lives, why then have we opted to make him SEASONAL?

I wonder…

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About the author

Zishaan E Fatima Karim is a writer and a poet, passionate about making a difference and believes in beginning at the roots. She has a Montessori Diploma in Early Childhood Education and 4 decades' experience in teaching as a Madrasah teacher. She also writes children's stories and creates comic strips & video stories for little children.

She facilitates Teaching Skills Practice programs under the MCE of WF and Leadership and Mentorship Development Programs under CBG of AFed.

"Small changes by many people equals a Big Change," is her motto. With that, she anticipates the reappearance of Al Hujjah (atfs) and wishes to be a part of his system of governance.

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