On Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS), Immortal Youth of Karbala
Thursday , 03/25/2021 - 8:00
On Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS), Immortal Youth of Karbala
The Day of Youths is the day that is celebrated every year in the Islamic Republic of Iran, concurrent with the 11th of the month of Sha'ban, the birth anniversary of Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS), son of Imam Hussein (AS).

Verse 23 of Surah Shura explicitly states that the token of their gratitude towards Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) for delivering them from the darkness of ignorance, idolatry, oppression, and all sorts of vices, is their love and affection for his immediate family. In other words, it is an article of faith to adhere to the path of the Prophet's immaculate blood-kin or progeny, whom God calls the Ahl al-Bayt and vouches their purity in Verse 33 of Surah Ahzab with the words: "Allah desires to keep away uncleanness from you Ahl al-Bayt and preserve you spotlessly pure."
Thus, to remove any doubts as to the identity of his Ahl al-Bayt, the Prophet (pbuh) has said without mincing words: "I am leaving behind among you the Thaqalayn (two invaluable things), the Book of Allah (Quran) and my progeny (Itrat) the Ahl al-Bayt. Hold fast to them and you will never go astray, for the two will never separate even when they return to me at the Pond (of Kowthar on Judgement Day)."
This hadith has been widely quoted by all denominations of Islam including the famous Sunni compilation called Sahih Muslim, although in some later works by certain denominations of Islam, the word Itrati (or my Progeny) has been replaced by Sunnati, which means my practice and behavior. All ulema, however, are unanimous that the Prophet's love and affection for his daughter, Hazrat Fatima Zahra, her husband Imam Ali, and their sons Imam Hassan and Imam Hussein (peace be upon them), along with the commandment for all Muslims to revere his Ahl al-Bayt, was an unquestionable, indisputable and inseparable part of his Sunnah. We are indeed indebted to auspicious Sha'ban since the 11th of this blessed month coincides with the day on which the Prophet's younger grandson was blessed with a radiant son who bore a striking resemblance to the Almighty's Last Messenger to mankind.
Named Ali, in honor of his Infallible Grandfather, Imam Ali (AS), his gait, voice and eloquent manner of speech brought memories of the Prophet (pbuh) to the people of Medina, Mecca and elsewhere. It is irrelevant here whether he was born in 33 AH and called Ali al-Akbar (Ali the Elder), as some claim, or was born in 42 AH and called Ali al-Asghar (Ali the Younger), as others state – the Elder Ali actually being Imam Zain al-Abedin (AS) while the 6-month infant martyr of Karbala was named Abdullah. What is important, however, is his presence in Karbala on the fateful day of Ashura or 10th of Muharram in the year 61 AH that definitely drew the line between Muslims and infidels. It was for this reason that while sending his youthful son to the battlefield, Imam Hussein (AS) held God as Witness, saying he was now offering as sacrifice a person who was the carbon copy of the Prophet (pbuh). The Imam added: "Whenever we missed seeing Your Prophet, we would look at him."
There are many other points to ponder as we celebrate the Day of Youth in the Islamic Republic of Iran on the occasion of the auspicious birthday of the Immortal Youth of Karbala, who bore striking resemblance to his great-grandfather, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and who thus introduced himself to his foes: "I am Ali, the son of Hussein, the son of Ali, "By the House of God, we are those with the Prophet righteously, "By God, the son of a spurious son, will not judge us, "I will strike with the blow of a Hashemi, a Quraishi.”
Let us review an homage in rhyme to Hazrat Ali Akbar as composed by Iran's English language poet, Dr. Hassan Najafi:
The pious youth whenever was seen
In decent dress, and apparel clean,
In your name virtuous love fires every breast 
Your fate makes us mute awhile and suddenly distressed; 
Oh, let me fly a land that honors the brave 
Where he is buried there shall be my grave.
I seek Karbala’s land though in hospital be coast 
This youth’s grave there to me will host.
He reminds of the Prophet when struck the sight 
For his resemblance eyes towards him took a rapid flight.
Redress the clime and all its rage disarm 
You inherited from the Prophet the charm.
You calm and bred in the prophetic toil Befitted to martyrdom in the blood’s soil,
You, a zephyr that soothes Hussein’s breast; 
The spring of his hopes, and aspirations in you rest.
Of all the gentler morals he was a display-- In him the cultured walk and he the charm of the way, Your birth furnishes us a feast Stretching north, south, west, east, In your love to be chained, we are so decreed The heart, once caught, can’t be freed.
In your person beauty lavishes its powers 
Your eighteen springs carry no fading flowers.
In your name is most sought aid 
It is an active light and in it a thoughtful shade.
Your personality is indeed a glorious blaze Grant us eyes worthy to gaze.

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