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Today is the first day of the month of Moharram which is the start of the Islamic New year 1437 according to the lunar calendar. Unlike many cultures, most Muslims don’t celebrate the New Year. Rather we remember the sacrifice of Imam Hussain in the plains of Karbala.
If we, as both Muslims and non-Muslims alike, study deeply and understand what happened in Karbala in the first ten days of Moharram in the year 680 A.D., it is not difficult today to understand the phenomenon of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Taliban, the turf wars for hegemony between Iran and Saudi Arabia, spread of the Wahhabi ideology, the workings of the Muslim Brotherhood and their cronies in the West and hatred of “the other”.
Alas, how we have forgotten the true essence of our faith while leaning on the crutches of Islamist ideologies and how instead of worshiping the one true Creator, we have started worshiping today’s Islam.