How Husayn's (r.a.) Example Protected the Ummah from Tyrants for All Time

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

There are different levels of ijma’, consensus, in fiqh.  The ijma’ of the swahabah is considered one of the strongest legal proofs in fiqh.  What this means is that once all the swahabah agree on something, and this is very rare, no one in all the ummah after them can contradict that.

When Yazid ibn Mu’awiyah was made the caliph after his father, many of the swahabah gave him bay’ah for the sake of unity, even though his legitimacy was nil.  Husayn ibn ‘Ali (r.a.) was not amongst those who gave the bay’ah, and it had nothing to do with the fact that Yazid and his father had opposed the rightful caliph, his father, ‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.).

Rather, had Husayn (r.a.) followed the rest of the swahabah, he would have sealed an ijma’ making it wajib to accept a drunkard, a tyrant and a philandering apostate as the leader of the ummah in the name of unity.  In such a case, there would be no recourse against a tyrant.  The consequences of this would have meant that Muslims forever more, would be obligated by shari’ah, to pledge allegiance to every Muslim tyrant and dictator that came along, and we have had more than our fair share.

From this, we learn that there is no unity with kufr.  The Qur’an Mentions the unity of believers, not the unity of Muslims, or those who claim or pretend to be Muslims.  And yet, in this age, we have Muslim scholars who would overlook the inheritors of Yazid, the Wahhabi sect, and preach unity with them.  All this despite their clear kufr and shirk, their waging war against the ummah, and the warning of the Prophet (s.a.w.) against them in numerous ahadits.  These people are a disgrace.  They have sold their akhirah for dunya.

Husayn (r.a.) stopped such an ijma’ from ever occurring, and he paid the price for it at Karbala.  In saving the ummah from this humiliation, he suffered a tragic fate with his family.  And this is another reason why he is the leader of the youth of Jannah.


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