Islam is a movement because it begins with one person – an individual – and seeks out the many: all of humanity. 

And it does not rest or take a break till its message of love, peace, joy, mercy, happiness, success and goodness, and universal service to all of God’s creation, has reached everyone everywhere, in every part of the world.

Islam is a movement because it is dynamic and revolutionary. And the revolution that Islam as a movement unleashes on the world is as total and sweeping as it is the very soul and spirit of tranquility and security and beauty and decency for all.

This A’ashura 2011, this month of Muharram 1433, this time thinking of the land of Karbala, I have a question.

What did American Revolutionary Patrick Henry and Islamic Revolutionary Husain have in common?

Love of Liberty! That is what!

And then I have another question.

What did America of the 18th Century and Karbala-Iraq of 7th Century have in common?

A shared struggle for Liberty and a determined revolt against Tyranny.

Henry cried: “Give me liberty or give me death!”

Husain embodied that message and paid the ultimate price for it – his life.

Henry said: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!”

I just cannot shake off those words: “Forbid it, Almighty God!”

They haunt me wherever I go.

Henry went on: “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Husain chose death over slavery and bondage.

“Live free or die!” is the official motto of the American state of New Hampshire.

Husain decided to die free. […]