Omid Safi: Martyrdom of the Prophet’s Family, then and now



Less than 50 years after the passing away of the Prophet Muhammad, a small remnant of his family found themselves captives of the rulers of the Muslim state. They had been dragged through the Iraqi desert, with the women dishonored and most of their men killed. Among those martyred was the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, known as Imam Hossein

…What would best serve the cause of Imam Hossein and Islam is not just to sit in mourning but rather to rise in protest, rise majestically like Imam Hossein against all the Yazids of the world today.

Read the article in full on the Religion News Service: Omid Safi: Martyrdom of the Prophet’s Family, then and now 


Omid Safi is a Professor of Islamic Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in contemporary Islamic thought and classical Islam. An award-winning teacher and speaker, his most recent book, “Memories of Muhammad,” looks at the biography and legacy of the Prophet Muhammad.