History is filled with accounts of individuals who reached deep inside themselves to find the courage of their convictions to ‘do the right thing’ when all around them their peers and friends were doing otherwise. They realize that those who merely follow the crowd usually get no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to end up in places no one has ever been before. “Moral courage is the courage of one's convictions, the courage to see things through. The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It's the age-old struggle--the roar of the crowd on one side and the voice of your; conscience on the other.” [General Douglas MacArthur]
-    {Reflect on the Prophet’s response when the Quraysh wanted to bribe him (and later threaten him) when he first preached his message in Makkah}
-     It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. [Mexican    
              revolutionary, Emiliano Zapata] {Reflect on the martyr Sa’eed bin Jubayr al-
              Habashi in Kufa who requested that he be allowed to pray his last prayer before
              being killed and as he prayed his enemies kept changing his position so that he
              could not face towards the qiblah; and as his detractors mocked him he read the
              verse …  “to Allah belongs the East and the West; whichever direction I turn,
             there I face Allah.” [Qur’an 2:115]
-    The special status of Imām Husayn in Muslim history has in large measure been due to the courageous sacrifice of his family, possession, and eventually life itself for the cause of justice in the way of Allah. His courage, sincerity, steadfastness, dignity, and unwavering devotion in times of great crisis - have inspired and continues to inspire people of all walks of life. His struggle and eventual martyrdom became a source of strength and endurance for the oppressed in times of suffering, persecution and oppression. He has been morally on the side of every person against unjust rulers, reproaching tyrants and encouraging the oppressed to persist in their struggle for justice, freedom and dignity. “No battle in the modern and past history of mankind has earned more sympathy and admiration as well as provided more lessons than the martyrdom of Husayn in the battle of Karbala.” [Antoine Bara in ‘Husayn in Christian Ideology’]
    The famous writer, Dr. K. Sheldrake wrote about Imām Husayn:
"Husayn marched with his little company not to glory, not to power or wealth, but to a supreme sacrifice and every member of that gallant band, male and female, knew that the foes were implacable, were not only ready to fight but to kill. Denied even water for the children, they remained parched under a burning sun, amid scorching sands yet no one faltered for a moment and bravely faced the greatest odds without flinching."
Imām Husayn’s martyrdom at Karbala provides evidence of the moral victory of right over wrong, of virtue over vice, of principle over compromise, of the oppressed over the oppressor, of the denied over the denier; the ultimate victory of blood over sword. The lesson is not only that he was prepared to fight for what is right, but that he was willing to die for it; selflessness not selfishness; humility not ego, courage not cowardice.

 For a person of integrity, all challenges are met with the highest degree of conviction, and that is the essence of courage. O Allah! I seek refuge in Thee from anxiety, grief, incapacity, laziness,, stinginess, cowardice; from the burden of debt and from the domination of people. [Prayer of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)]

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