The spirit of the battle against evil
TEHRAN – Indonesian director says everyone should pay attention to Ashura message.
Dede Kaswar, the director of the award-winning documentary short at the 5th Arbaeen International Festival, shared his experience on the Arbaeen March with us.
“Anyone outside the Shia community should be careful because Imam Hussein’s battle against Yazid’s army was a symbol of the battle between good and evil. “
“Western powers want Muslim countries to be submissive and serve their agenda. “
“I had a lot of memories during my trip. What impressed me the most was the atmosphere of love I felt from the people I met on my trip.
Here is the text of the interview:
Q: What makes Arbaeen’s walk important?
A: The Arbaeen march is important because it commemorates the struggle and martyrdom of Hussain ibn Ali, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, against the oppression of Yazid ibn Muawiyyah. And the gatherings of millions of pilgrims to Imam Hussein’s grave in Karbala place a strong emphasis and a message to the world about who Imam Hussein was and the story behind his death.
Q: Why should anyone outside of the Shia community really care?
A: Anyone outside of the Shia community should be careful because Imam Hussein’s battle against Yazid’s army was a symbol of the battle between good and evil. And the battle between good and evil will last forever. Therefore, what happened in Karbala will always be relevant in our life.
Q: What was your goal when you started the Arbaeen March?
A: I first learned of Imam Hussein’s martyrdom when I was in high school in 1998. From that point on, I studied and read a lot about the history of the Battle of Kerbala. The more I know what happened in Karbala, the more I wanted to visit Imam Hussein’s tomb in Karbala. Until, by the will of Allah, I had the chance to participate in the Arbaeen march in 2018.
Q: What attracted you to the Arbaeen?
A: What attracted me the most about Arbaeen was the minds of people from different places and different countries who voluntarily traveled hundreds if not thousands of kilometers to visit the Imam’s tomb. Hussein.
Q: Do you have any interesting memories of Arbaeen that you want to share with us?
A: I had a lot of memories during my trip. What impressed me the most was the atmosphere of love I felt from the people I met on my trip. Everyone helped and served everyone. It touched my emotions. I have been to Mecca 3 times for umrah and hajj but never found a spirit of love between people like I found at Arbaeen Walk.
Q: What impressions do you think Arbaeen’s walk has on the various states of affairs of the world today?
A: I think Arbaeen’s march can be a strong message to the world about peace. Because the people who took the Arbaeen walk came from different countries and backgrounds. Not just Shiites, Sunnis, even Christians and people of other faiths who know Imam Hussein walked together with love and respect. Sadly, Arbaeen’s march did not receive a fair share from the global mainstream media. So even the Arbaeen March is the largest annual human gathering in the world, not many people in the world know. In my country, Indonesia, if I ask 10 people about the Arbaeen march, all 10 will probably answer: no idea.
Q: What do you think of the military presence of foreign powers in Muslim countries? And what do you think of their departure from West Asia?
A: I think the military presence of Western powers in Muslim countries is for geopolitical purposes. They want Muslim countries to be submissive and serve their agenda. Their agenda is oil, Israel’s security, and arms sales. I think their departure from the Middle East (West Asia) is a must but I think that will not happen. If they left the Middle East (West Asia), how do they get cheap oil and keep Israel safe? and their arms trade will lose their biggest consumers: the Arab countries.