After the death of Muawiyah bin Abi Sufyan, Yazid ibn Mu'awiya sent a letter to the governor of Medina to take an allegiance from Husain ibn Ali and others. But Husain bin Ali did not swear allegiance to Yazid, and nightly moved with his family to Mecca.  When Imam Husain (AS) stayed in Mecca, many people of Kufa invited him to guide and lead them. Despite the opposition of some people such as Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr and others, Imam Husain (AS) accepted the invitation of the people and moved toward Kufa. Unfortunately, before Imam Husain (AS) arrived to Kufa, he heard that his representative, Muslim bin Aqeel, was martyred by Ibn Ziad, so he did not continue going to Kufa rather he moved towards Karbala. Imam (AS), his children such as Ali Akbar and Ali Asghar as well as his seventy-two of the best companions were martyred in Karbala.
Hussein bin Ali was a great person, who, through his sacrifices, taught many lessons to the coming generations.
How is it possible that every place is Karbala and every day is Ashura? Are not the concepts of time and space present in Karbala? Of course not! Time and space are ‘relative’ matters. They do not exist in an ‘absolute’ situation.
Karbala is the heart of earth and Ashura is the heart of time. In other words, Karbala is the absolute on the earth and Ashura is the absolute in time. That is where the heavenly paths start and the gate to the world of absolute is opened.
There is no time and space in Karbala. In order to get to Karbala, one should go beyond the self, beyond the attachments of this world and further than time and place; to let go of the attractions of this world and to leave. A selfish heart can never understand what it means to be in love with the school of thought of Hussein (AS).
Ashura is still here and the caravan of Karbala is still on its way. This caravan of love traverses the path of history, and is with this caravan anyone who let go of the worldly attachments because of it.
Many years have lapsed since Ashura, but the rulers of the world are still people like Yazid. Karbala will be here as long as the people of Yazid are here. This battle between good and evil never ends.
This is what distinguishes human from all the other beings, as it is the personification of truth.
Karbala and Ashura, being out of the boundaries of time and space, are measures for us to judge ourselves before it comes the Doomsday, so that we could realize if we are fighting for the right or for the wrong front in this battle.
By: Hojjatuleslam Seyed Javad Hosseini
Translated by: Sadroddin Musawi