Today we join with others across the globe in marking the birth anniversary of the man after whom the organisation takes its illustrious name – Hussain, son of Ali.
His message of upholding the truth regardless of personal cost is as relevant now as it was over a millennium ago.
There has been a lurch towards a more fervent nationalist, fascist outlook by many of the world’s governments in response to global insecurity and economic instability. Inevitably this breeds hostility and distrust. People, neighbours and communities are driven apart by fear.
Injustices are seen yet nobody speaks up. Crimes are committed yet onlookers ignore them. Groups are marginalised as populism overrides compassion.
Hussain stood up for the rights of the downtrodden and victimised. He gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure authority could not be separated from accountability.
Let us use his example to hold ourselves and policymakers to account to ensure the legacy of a better world for future generations.