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The skeptics reject the notion that the Battle of Karbala was a conflict between truth and falsehood. They dismiss it as a battle between two personalities / princes over rulership.
Their argument against Imam Husain (a.s.) is that if indeed he was on truth:
- Why did the big names of the time, keep away from joining Imam (a.s.) in the battle. Instead we see mainly the recent converts, slaves and Imam’s (a.s.) family fighting alongside him.
- Why did the senior companions of the time – like the three Abdullahs (Ibn Abbas, Ibn Umar, Ibn Zubair) discourage Imam Husain (a.s.) from taking on Yazid. If it was about truth vs falsehood, they should have encouraged Imam Husain (a.s.), if not join him.
When one talks of big names and personalities, there is no bigger name or personality than Imam Husain (a.s.) himself. To demand participation in the Karbala battle from other big names when Imam Husain (a.s.) is in the midst, is like the Bani Israel demanding from Prophet Moosa (a.s.) ‘of what the earth grows, of its herbs and its cucumbers and its garlic and its lentils and its onions’ after Allah had bestowed them with heavenly food in the form of ‘manna and salwa’!
The Muslim nation is embellished with the Chief of Youths of Paradise and Muslims are busy looking for companions to prove that Imam Husain (a.s.) was on truth!