The first converts of Islam - many men of very humble origins bore with fortitude and courage the hardships perpetuated by Koreish chieftains opposed to the teachings of RASULALLAH (S.A.)
The hills of RAMDAH and the place called BATHA became scenes of cruel tortures. BILAL the first Muezzin of Islam was taken each day to Batha by his master Ommeya, son of Khalf, when the heat of the sun was greatest and there exposed him bare back, with his face to the burning sun, and placed on his chest, a large block of stone with the words - ' thou shalt remain until thou art dead or thou has abjured Islam'
BILAL HAD MADE THE CHOICE
He would answer dying with thirst and under immense pain - 'Ahdun - Ahdun' that is one (Allah) one.
KHOBAIB BIN ADI was put to death by mutilation and cutting off his flesh piece meal. In the midts of his tortures, being asked wheather he did not wish Mohammad (S.A.) in his place
KHOBAIB HAD MADE THE CHOICE
He answered to the heathen Koreish ' I would not wish to be with my family, my substance, and my children, on condition that Mohammad (S.A.) was only to be pricked with a thorn.'
When Rasulallah (S.A.) did Hijrat from Mecca Moazzam and arrived at Medina, he performed an act, unparalleled in history. He assembled the Ansars and to the care of each of them, he entrusted the Muhajereens, who were bereft of their possesion and livelihood.
THE ANSARS HAD MADE THE CHOICE
They readily agreed to take care of their brethren although their own means were limited, and were themselves living a frugal life. They did not show their preference, but gladly took into their fold those whome Rasulallah (S.A.) entrusted.
Likewise, numerous incidents and events may be sighted from the glorious lives of Ahle - Baite Rasulallah (S.A.)
The last mubarak safar of IMAM HUSAIN (S.A.) to Karbala is full of events where the followers of IMAM HUSAIN (S.A.) had shown exemplary courage and conviction in their belief -
THAT THEY HAD MADE THE CHOICE
During the course of journey IMAM HUSAIN (S.A.) calls ZOHER BIN KAIN who is travelling in another caravan. The messenger of Imam (S.A.) comes at a time when Zoher is having lunch. He immediately leaves the thal, comes in the presence of Imam (S.A.)
ZOHER BIN KAIN HAD MADE THE CHOICE
He immediately joins with the Karbala bound caravan. He returns to his people, divorces his wife making ample provisions for her, distributes his possession amongst his family, and rushes back to become SAHEED in the path of Allah.
On the night of ASHURA Imam Husain (S.A.) assembles his Ashabe Kiram and after a moving adress tells them to leave him alone to fight Yazid and his henchmen.
THE ASHABE HUSAIN (S.A.) HAD MADE THE CHOICE
We mumeneen know the answer they gave. Led by none other than ABBASE ALAMBARDAR each one got up to saythat Maula we will never ever forsake you, even if we are made to die a hundred times.
On the fateful day of Ashura when IMAM HUSAIN (S.A.) rode up in front of the enemy flanks and adressed them
HUR BIN RIAHI HAD MADE HIS CHOICE
He moved out of the yezidi flanks and fell at the kadam mubarak of Maula begging forgivness, and went on to become the frist Saheed of Karbala.
ALLAH O AKBAR WHAT A RIGHT CHOICE
SAIYEDI NAJAMKHAN SAHEB whose kabar is in Aurangabad, had been removed from his exalted position. Under such adverse circumstances he did not waver a bit.
SAYEDI NAZAMKHAN SAHEB HAD MADE HIS CHOICE
He thawted the approaches of munafekeen by saying that 'it is my Maula's karam that he has kept me in his fold as a mumin.'
Countless are such events in the glorious annals of our Fatemi Dawat. I am an adna mumin and my knowledge is very limited, but ALLAH guides the one...... WHO MAKES A CHOICE TO FOLLOW HIS REHBAR AND IN OUR TIMES OUR REHBAR IS NONE OTHER THAN SYEDNA MOHAMMED BURHANUDDIN SAHEB (TUS)