Arbaeen is the symbol of the path toward redemption for our world. What I learned is that I don’t lead it. The West will not lead this. The rich will not lead this. Empires will not lead this. It will be led by those who the so-called powers of this world ignore, suppress and distort.
We are inspired by Imam Husayn (as) 7th century revolutionary leader, who made the ultimate stand for social justice in the face of corruption and tyranny. He gave everything, including his life, for the dignity of his society. He challenged the status quo and brought people together. Today he is revered by people of all faiths.
The dying that really needs to be done is to our own ego and our ego’s shallow desires. Because even the quest for a glorious martyrdom is really ego-driven so one needs to die to one’s own need. Die to thinking and acting as if it is all about me.