It is time for Muslims to come out of their comfort zones and understand their history better, especially the disastrous subversion of Khilafah into kingship with its attendant bloodshed including the martyrdom of Imam Husain.
Imam Husayn (ra) sacrificed his life and that of his family for a very important principle: to save Islam from corrupt rulers. Regrettably, like Imam Husayn, today’s Husayns also stand alone in the world.
If Muslims want to learn how hadith literature has been distorted, these two books will help them in this quest.2
Imam Husayn, the son of Imam Ali (a), was born on the 3rd of Sha'ban, 4AH (626 CE). Like his brother Hasan (a), the Imam was very close to his grandfather the Prophet (s), and resembled him in appeareance. His name was given to him by the Prophet, and is the dimunitive form of the Arabic 'Hasan'. The Prophet recited adhan in his ear at birth, and foretold the fated of the Imam at Karbala, calling him "Sayyid ash-Shuhada".1