Who was Hussain and where was he born?
Answer: Hussain was the grandson of the Holy Prophet of Islam. Born in Medina Saudi Arabia in January 626AD, he was the son of Ali (Ali ibn Abi Talib) and Fatimah Zahra (the daughter of the Holy Prophet of Islam).
Was he ever a leader?
Answer: A peace treaty between Hussain’s brother and the caliph Muawiyah stated Muawiyah would not designate anyone as his successor after his death and to allow the people to decide. However, Muawiyah breached the peace treaty as he appointed Yazid as his successor. The majority favoured Hussain.
Why did Hussain not accept Yazid as the appointed successor?
Answer: Many expected him to accept, as that would have brought him much power and worldly reward. However, he was the grandson of the Holy Prophet of Islam and could not ignore tyranny and social injustice. He only wished to spread good values and prevent evil. His bloodline was pure and that is why he could never accept the governance of a corrupt leader.
Why did Yazid attack Hussain?
Answer: One can never justify the killing of anyone, let alone the massacre of 72 individuals facing an army of 30,000 army troops. Muawiyah warned his son Yazid against mistreating Hussain and gave a final warning, saying “be careful not to confront Hussain except in a good way. Extend to him a free hand and let him roam the earth as he pleases and do not harm him. Be careful O my son, that you do not meet God with his blood, lest you be amongst those that will perish”.
How is Hussain remembered today?
Answer: Today, millions of people from different religions, backgrounds and ethnicities remember Hussain as the stand-alone figure who stood up for people rights to freedom and social justice. Him, his family and companions were brutally massacred one-by-one on the 10th day of Muharram 680AD, yet tens of millions of people pay their respects to him in the city of Karbala, Iraq annually.
And Yazid, how is he remembered?
Answer: Good question. He was killed by his own horse after it lost control and his remains have never been found. He died at the age of 37.
How did it start?
Answer: In 2013, a small group of youth from Manchester U.K had an idea to increase the awareness of Hussain, the grandson of the Holy Prophet of Islam. They believed the shared view of Hussain including his actions during the story of Karbala, were universal principles that would inspire and contribute to today’s world on both a humanitarian level but also for social justice.
What are your activities?
Answer: We have programs throughout the year that are both inter-faith and charity related on a local and national level including food banks, charity volunteering and crisis aid. There is still much to be done.
How many campaigns do you have and who runs them?
Answer: The10thday.com has two campaigns, namely ‘Footsteps to Freedom’ and ‘My Heart Beats Hussain’. Both campaigns have equal access and share of funds and are built around Hussain and his values. A committee and volunteers run the10thday.com all on a voluntary basis. No one is or has ever been on a wage.
Who funds you?
Answer: The general public has funded us from the beginning. There are regular donors, one-off donors, donors from different ethnicities and religions. We show our appreciation to everyone and would like to thank all of them for remaining true to the organisation.
How can I help?
Answer: We would love you to join the organisation and help us in our activities. This means spreading the word of Hussain to friends and family. Tell everyone you know about what happened on the 10th day of Muharram 680AD and why you care about it.
How many volunteers does the10thday.com have?
Answer: As of August 2016, we have over 50 volunteers based in the U.K.
Are you politically affiliated?
Answer: Never have been and never will be.
Why doesn’t everyone know about Hussain and what he stood for?
Answer: That’s a good question and one we are trying to resolve.
Do I have to be a Muslim to join the10thday?
Answer: No. If someone is not your brother in faith, he is your brother in humanity. We work on a wide range of humanitarian causes from the Salvation Army to local food bank causes. Remember, Hussain believed in freedom for all.
What happens when I am made aware of Hussain?
Answer: If you believe the story of Hussain and Karbala can be shared, then share the story. Otherwise, draw individually from it and make yourself a better person in today’s society. We hope you will be free in this world and show it annually in the many walks and activities undertaken by the10thday organisation.