While the Muslims observe the anniversary of the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain, we need to reflect and learn from history. Imam Hussain made the supreme sacrifice while fully aware of the consequences because he had an obligation to do so as the Prophet's grandson. He had to uphold the dignity of his grandfather and stand up for what he believed in so that he is judged with reference to the legacy of his ancestors by history. His leadership gave Islam the impetus and glory that will keep the Prophet's message alive till eternity. -ANEELA CHANDIO, Sukkur, via e-mail, January 9.