On a more serious note, and I know my posts have been rather depressing in their nature as of late, but there are dark times ahead. Not just for shias, not just for Muslims, but for all humans. Those who are embroiled in ignorance won’t even realise their oppression, that’s how oppressed they are (through the distractions of the capitalisti/dajjalist system). And those who actively increase their awareness both politically and spiritually will feel and face more hardships.
Whilst we live in the west and we look at scenes from the Middle East, Africa, Asia and even Eastern Europe, of death and destruction; we should not be complacent. It is true, that we (living in the west) may never see the level of violence as seen in other parts of the world, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t feel the threat of violence or the pain of other humans as our own.
We should be utilising the freedoms we have to fight for their rights, their peace and their justice. We need to mobilise our efforts and work on all fronts to resist the impending and imminent tragedies; this is our duty not just as Muslims but as humans who walk on God’s earth. Whilst others’ test may be in facing the horror of brutality and death, ours is in ensuring we do not sit by idly without trying to stop it. We know, that ultimately our end is in the grave, and we shouldn’t fear death or feel threatened by it. But whilst we can - we should question ourselves as to how we are using these days granted to us by God as a mercy to fulfil His covenant on earth.
"He who doesn’t wake up in the morning and feel the pain of his brothers (in the world) is not one of us" - Ali ibn Musa Al-Ridha (as)