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On the Day of Ashurah, the 10th of Muharram, and all out attack occurred on three occasions. The first was during midday. The second was a little later and the third was slightly later. All other battles in this incident occurred single combat style.

 

The martyrdom of Hur

 

We have already seen that Hur, who was a famous soldier in the army of Yazeed, had now joined Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –. He then took permission from the great Imam and entered the battle. Obviously, the forces of Yazeed were shocked to see him. For a person who was once a powerful commander to now appear on the opposite camp was certainly something which destroyed the morale of the opposition. This was the attraction of the blessed family which made people like Hur to do what they did.

 

When Hur’s former comrades saw this, they asked, “O Hurr! What have you done? Yazeed wil certainly become angry at this action of yours and he will also remove you from the position of commander?”

 

Hurr replied, “Even if Yazeed becomes angry with me a thousand times, it means nothing to me. I do not wish to anger the beloved grandfather of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –. Even if I am removed from the position of commander a thousand times, this would be of no loss to me. I have thought carefully before I decided to choose this course of action. Hatred and contempt for Yazeed can only increase in my heart, but love for Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – can never be removed from my heart.”

 

They then said, “You are certainly an ungrateful person because till now you were paid by Yazeed.”

 

Hur replied, “All of you are ungrateful because all of you eat from the table of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – and yet you wish to murder the blessed grandson of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him –. How can I abandon Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – and choose Yazeed as my leader?”

 

When the brother of Hur, Mas’ab, heard these brave words healso left the ranks of the Yazeedi army and joined Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –.

 

Quickly, a very powerful soldier named Sufyan entered the battle against Hur and kept on saying that Hur had committed a most unjust act. However, he was quickly killed by Hur. Besides this person, Hur also dispatched many others to Hel. Finally, when the enemies realised that he could not be defeated they attacked him en mass and severely injured him. Hur still managed to approach Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – in his final moments and passed away at the blessed feet of the great Imam – may Allah be pleased with him –.

 

This was that person who had only performed a single Salaah behind the great Imam – may Allah be pleased with him – and his entire life had been transformed. From this we come to know that when a person gives his life at the blessed feet of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – imagine the status of Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Bakr – may Allah be pleased with him – and Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Umar – may Allah be pleased with him – who rest at the blessed feet of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him –?

 

The sacrifice of Wahb bin Abdullah Kalbi – may Allah be pleased with him –

 

Wahb bin Abdullah Kalbi – may Allah be pleased with him – was a strong young man who had just married about sixteen or seventeen days earlier. His mother told him, “A very serious moment has arrived in the lives of the Blessed Household of Sayyidah Fathima – may Allah be pleased with her –. If we sit in our houses and do nothing, what answer will we give to Sayyidah Fathima – may Allah be pleased with her – on the Day of Judgement? If she tells me that, ‘my children were being slaughtered near you, and yet, you did nothing to help, what answer will I give her? O my dear son! Please save me for this embarrassment.”

 

When her son, Wahb bin Abdullah Kalbi – may Allah be pleased with him -, heard this, he informed his mother that she should not worry and that he will most certainly go to the aid of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –. At the same time, Wahb bin Abdullah Kalbi – may Allah be pleased with him – requested that he has a few words with his new bride. His mother voiced her concern at this request and mentioned that perchance his wife might try to dissuade him from his mission. However, he assured her that his wife was certainly not like this.

 

When his new bride heard his request, she happily gave him permission to leave. She also gave him permission on one condition. She said that even before the blood of a martyr falls on the ground, Allah Almighty shows him his place in Jannah. However, Wahb bin Abdullah Kalbi – may Allah be pleased with him – was not to enter Jannah until she did not join him.

 

Wahb bin Abdullah Kalbi – may Allah be pleased with him – said that this was something which could only be decided by the great Imam himself. When this request was presented to Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –, he replied, “Besides accepting this condition, I also promise you that I myself will never enter Jannah until both of you are not with me.”

 

At the same time, as a word of precaution, the great Imam – may Allah be pleased with him – mentioned to his old mother, “Think carefully about your decision. (Her name was probably Qamarun Nisa). This son of yours is someone who is your support in this old age. He is also someone who has just recently married. Do not be hasty in your decision. When he passes away, the world in front of you might appear dark. At that time, you must not say that Husain was the one who destroyed your support.”

 

The old lady replied, “O Husain! There are many occasions on which I brought water for your mother when she was preparing to perform the Tahjaddud Salaah. I am fully aware of your greatness and the greatness of your mother. I can bear the separation with my son but I will never be able to bear separation from your mother on the Day of Judgement”.

 

Wabh bin Abdullah – may Allah be pleased with him – was then given permission to join the battle. He entered the battlefield spreading panic and fear among the Yazeedi forces. The enemies were so amazed at his bravery that they began to ask from which tribe he came. Wabh bin Abdullah – may Allah be pleased with him – declared that he was only affiliated to the cause of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – and no one else and he was prepared to severe all relationship for this cause. In fact, they were so afraid of this young man that some even appealed to Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – to appear in the battlefield. However, when Wahb bin Abdullah – may Allah be pleased with him – heard this, he replied, “Listen, O Kufis! I am the servant of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –. When his servant is in front of you, what is the need for the master to appear? When you people cannot even defeat me, how can you defeat Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –?”

 

There was someone among the Yazeedi troops who had three sons. As each of these sons went into combat with Wahb bin Abdullah – may Allah be pleased with him – he quickly dispatched them to Hell. All of this was seen by his mother and his wife who was in Sajdah. Finally, the enemies shot many arrows and threw many spears at him being too afraid to come near him. Wabh bin Abdullah – may Allah be pleased with him – eventually managed to reach Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – in his final moments and passed away.

 

Important message

 

We should also remember that when we describe or speak about the tragedy at Karbala we should not only speak about their helplessness. We should also emphasise the great courage and the immense bravery of these blessed souls. If we speak about Karbala with the sole purpose of making people cry, then we will also defeat the purpose of this great sacrifice. In fact, if we only make people cry, it will also create a sense of fear among the young and they will think twice before standing up for Islam and the truth in future. After all, if we create this type of atmosphere, the youngsters will begin to think that if they give our lives for Islam then their families will weep for the next couple of generations and why should they become guilty of that.

 

Martyrdom is something which every Muslim should strive for. By presenting stories and incidents of the great sacrifices presented by Muslims of the past, this zeal to fight for Islam will continue to exist in the hearts of Muslims. We all know that even before Karbala, many Muslims gave their life for Islam. Hadrat Sayyiduna Ameer Hamza – may Allah be pleased with him – was also killed in a most horrific manner. Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Uthman Ghani – may Allah be pleased with him – was imprisoned in his house for nearly forty day and water was also cut off for this brave Muslim. Therefore, Muslims should not be made afraid but rather the bravery in all Muslims should be something which is nurtured and encouraged.

 

Such is the status and eminence of being martyred in Islam that one must inspect the words of the following Hadith Shareef. In the Bukhari Shareef, it is mentioned that once the blessed mother of Hadrat Sayyiduna Zaid bin Haaritha – may Allah be pleased with him – approached the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – and mentioned, “If my son is in Jannah, then I will continue to display patience and if he is in another place, then I will continue to display hope.” The Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – replied, “Your son is not only in Jannah, but he is in the highest stage of Jannah”.

 

Therefore, our advice to those who speak about Karbala is not to create fear in the hearts of young people but to make sure that they create Islamic zeal and bravery in the mind and hearts of young Muslims. Bear in mind that Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – is not only a Jannati, he is the leader of the young people in Jannah. He did not merely stand and watch, but fought in such a manner that it became a symbol of bravery for future generations.

 

The Sons of Sayyidah Zainab – may Allah be pleased with her – Aun and Muhammad – may Allah be pleased with them –

 

The time arrived for the blessed sister of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –, namely Sayyidah Zainab – may Allah be pleased with her -, to ask permission from him for her sons, Hadrat Aun and Hadrat Muhammad – may Allah be pleased with them -, to enter the battle. Sayyidah Zainab – may Allah be pleased with her – approached him and said, “My dear brother! You have given your sisters in abundance, therefore, please give my sons permission to enter this battle as well.”

 

Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – looked at her and replied, “How can I see your children enter such a terrible place?”

 

However, Sayyidah Zainab – may Allah be pleased with her – insisted, “Please do not let be embarrassed in front of my blessed mother on the Day of Judgement. I will consider it my fortune if my sons are also killed on this battlefield.”

 

Sayyidah Zainab – may Allah be pleased with her – also began to explain the benefit of presenting charity for the removal of all calamity. Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – mentioned to her the benefit of explaining the Hadith Shareef at this juncture. However, she replied that this was the only charity which she had to offer and that was her two children, Hadrat Aun and Hadrat Muhammad – may Allah be pleased with them –. Again Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – asked what these two children would be able to do in this dangerous place. However, both sons bravely came forward and stated, “Even though we may be little, but we are lions and are the grandchildren of a Lion.”

 

The Martydom of Aun and Muhammad – may Allah be pleased with them – in the Battlefield

 

Amar bin Sa’ad shouted, “These are the nephews of Husain and before the dust settles, they should be killed. If this did not happen, then even the bravest among them would start to panic”.

 

They then started to mislead the children by promising them that they would be allowed to drink water. However, the elder of them said, “We have no need for your water, in front of us is the Fountain of Kauther”.

 

Their blessed mother, Sayyidah Zainab – may Allah be pleased with her -, was also looking through a small hole in the tent while Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – was on the Musallah making Du’a. When both these children, Hadrat Aun and Hadrat Muhammad – may Allah be pleased with them -, fell to the ground, Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – instantly went into Sajdah. Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – then went to his sister and found her quiet. He told her that this is why he did not want to sent these children. Nevertheless, Sayyidah Zainab – may Allah be pleased with her – replied, “O Husain! You drank the milk of the same mother which I did. If you are the son of the Lion of Allah Almighty, in my veins also runs the Hashemi blood. When I went into Sajdah, it was Sajdah of Shukr that my sacrifice had been accepted and that my beloved children were able to come to the assistance of my beloved brother on the Plains of Karbala.”

 

Hadrat Abbas Alamdaar – may Allah be pleased with him – on the Plains of Karbala

 

Saahibul Liwaa, Hadrat Abbas bin Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with them – was born in the month of Shaban 26th A.H. in Madina Shareef. His mother was Sayyidah Ummul Baneen – may Allah be pleased with her –. She was from a tribe well-known for their daring and bravery. In fact, among the Arabs, they were known as one of the bravest of tribes. Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with him – was extremely pleased to marry someone from this tribe. After all, since Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with him – was the Lion of Allah Almighty, he wanted the mother of his children to be also someone from a brave background. From this blessed female, four sons were born. Hadrat Abdul Fadl Abbas, Hadrat ‘Uthman, Hadrat Abdullah and Hadrat Jafer – may Allah be pleased with them –. All of them were martyred on the Plains of Karbala. Certainly, they presented an ideal example of serving their half brother.

 

Hadrat Abbas – may Allah be pleased with him – spent nearly fourteen years in the blessed company of his father. After the martyrdom of Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with him –, he spent another ten years in the company of Imam Hasan – may Allah be pleased with him –.

 

After the martyrdom of Imam Hasan – may Allah be pleased with him –, Hadrat Abbas bin Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with them – spent the rest of his days in the company of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –. At the battle of Karbala, he was thirty four. The mother of all of them was still in Madina Shareef. (Al Hayaat Al Khafi)

 

He had many titles and was noted for his handsomeness. In fact, he was also so tall that even on a horse, his legs used to sometimes drag on the floor. He was also called “Qamar Bani Hashim,” in other words, “the full moon of the Bani Hashim.” It is mentioned that when he used to walk with ‘Ali Akbar, the son of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him -, on the streets of Madina Shareef, people used to come on the streets merely to look at their faces. They were certainly blessed with both internal and external beauty.

 

Hadrat Abbas bin Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with them – was gifted with good manners and immense knowledge. He also had immense knowledge of Shari’ah. Once while Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with him – was sitting with Sayyidah Zainab – may Allah be pleased with her –, he mentioned to his son, “Say Waahid or one”. Hadrat Abbas – may Allah be pleased with him – mentioned “Waahid”. He then asked him to say, “Ithnaan or two,” and Hadrat Abbas – may Allah be pleased with him – remained silent. When he was asked why he could not say two, he replied, “O my father! The tongue which has said ‘Waahid’ once, the same tongue cannot say ‘Ithnaan’ and it feels ashamed to do so.” Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with him – was extremely pleased when he heard this reply and understood that there was a deep spiritual secret in this reply.

 

In Madina Shareef, Hadrat Abbas bin Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with them – was also known as a great Jurist and among the most learned in the Ahle Bayt. He was the one who once mentioned to Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –, “Let us not see a day when we will shall leave you alone in Karbala.”

 

Hadrat Abbas bin Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with them – went to fetch water for his niece. He took a water bottle and decided to go for some water because he could not see the state of his nieces. Hadrat Abbas – may Allah be pleased with him – decided to head towards the river. When Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – asked him where he was going, he replied that he could not bear to see the state of the young children any longer. Hadrat Abbas – may Allah be pleased with him – had also made a promise to Sakeenah that he would either come back with water or not return.

 

Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – also mentioned to Hadrat Abbas – may Allah be pleased with him – that he was a key person in his family and if he left, there would be no one to carry the flag. However, Hadrat Abbas – may Allah be pleased with him – mentioned that he had become fed up with these Munafiqs and would bring water whatever the condition. (Hayaat Khafi)

 

Hadrat Abbas – may Allah be pleased with him – then approached the Yazeedi army and asked them why they had closed the water supply. They replied that as much as the children suffered, so much so the pressure would be felt by Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –. Hadrat Abbas – may Allah be pleased with him – then rushed to the river and took some water in his bottle. But this was not to be. Hadrat Abbas – may Allah be pleased with him – was attacked from all directions until the water bottle fell. He was severely injured.

 

When Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – brought back his body, he had terrible injuries. When Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – placed the blessed body on the ground, people could see that Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – was extremely tired. He declared that one of his great support structure was no longer with him.

 

The martyrdom of Hadrat Qasim bin Hasan – may Allah be pleased with him –

 

This was another very handsome son of Imam Hasan – may Allah be pleased with him -, named Hadrat Qasim bin Hasan – may Allah be pleased with him –. Even the Angels must have certainly been wonder struck at the immense beauty which was being sacrificed for Islam. Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – was also extremely reluctant to allow his nephew to leave. He told Hadrat Qasim bin Hasan – may Allah be pleased with him – that he was a remembrance of his brother.

 

In some reports it is mentioned that when Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – was not giving him permission to leave for the battlefield, Hadrat Qasim bin Hasan – may Allah be pleased with him – removed a piece of paper which had been wrapped around his neck by his father, Imam Hasan – may Allah be pleased with him –. His father had informed him that he should remove this piece of paper at a time of immense need and difficulty. When Hadrat Qasim – may Allah be pleased with him – opened the paper, it was a note written by Imam Hasan – may Allah be pleased with him – to his brother informing him to also include his share in this battle. The involvement of his son, Hadrat Qasim – may Allah be pleased with him -, was the share which he was about to present. Hadrat Qasim bin Hasan – may Allah be pleased with him – was then given permission to enter this battle.

 

When Hadrat Qasim – may Allah be pleased with him – entered the battlefield, he declared to the Yazeedi army, “Aun and Muhammad did not introduce themselves, but I will explain to you whom I am”. He said, “I am the son Hasan and the grandson of ‘Ali. My grandmother is Fathima and my great grandfather is Mustafa. My name is Qasim.”

 

Hadrat Qasim – may Allah be pleased with him – then mentioned three times whether anyone was prepared to challenge him, yet no one was prepared to confront him. Finally, Ibn Sa’ad insulted his soldiers and forced them to go forward. Then a person named Arzuq, who was someone considered to be strong and powerful as Sufwaan, mentioned that he would send forward his son which he did. When his son came forward, he was quickly killed by Hadrat Qasim.

 

His father, Arzuq, then came forward to avenge his son. He too was quickly killed by the young Hadrat Qasim – may Allah be pleased with him –.

 

Hadrat Qasim – may Allah be pleased with him – then rushed into the Yazeedi forces and created panic everywhere he turned. However, he was finally fatally injured by a spear which was thrown by Sheeth bin Sa’ad and he fell to the ground. Hadrat Qasim – may Allah be pleased with him – was so tall that when Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – went forward to retrieve the body, his head was on the chest of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – but most of his feet was dragging on the ground. In another report, it is mentioned that his body was so severely injured that it was also very difficult to carry.

 

Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – then made a special Du’a that the sacrifices which Hadrat Qasim – may Allah be pleased with him – had presented would be accepted in the Divine Court of Allah Almighty.

 

The matrydom of ‘Ali Akbar – may Allah be pleased with him –

 

This was that blessed young man who most resembled the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him –. Hadrat ‘Ali Akbar – may Allah be pleased with him – has stated that, “Death and martyrdom is sweeter to me than honey.”

 

Hadrat ‘Ali Akbar – may Allah be pleased with him – had a very beautiful voice and could recite the Adhan like no one else. On the Plains of Karbala, Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – mentioned to his eighteen year old son, “O Akbar! Even though you are thirsty like the rest of us, yet, it is my wish that you give your last Adhan on the Plains of Karbala.” Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – told his young son that this will also become a place where the Adhan will be sounded for many years to come and that whenever people will recite the Adhan at this place, they will remember the Adhan of ‘Ali Akbar.

 

When Hadrat ‘Ali Akbar – may Allah be pleased with him – mounted his horse, his sister, Sakeenah, came to meet him and after greeting him, he left for the battlefield. When Hadrat ‘Ali Akbar – may Allah be pleased with him – arrived on the battlefield, he made a special Du’a, “O Allah Almighty! You have given these people love for wealth and power and also gave them love to become famous, however, I make Shukr that you have given us the love to sacrifice our heads in Your Court and in Your Name”.

 

When the enemies saw Hadrat ‘Ali Akbar – may Allah be pleased with him –, Ibn Sa’ad said, “O Akbar, think about your young age and come and join us. In the end, both of us read Salaah and the same Kalimah.” However, Hadrat ‘Ali Akbar – may Allah be pleased with him – rejected this peace offer and went forward.

 

Taariq bin Ash’as then came forward to challenge him. However, the young son of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – attacked him with such power that his body was cut in half. Another person came forward and Hadrat ‘Ali Akbar – may Allah be pleased with him – grabbed him from his horse and threw him on the ground killing him instantly. He then began to attack them with such power that it looked like he was cutting a field on front of them. So many of the Yazeedi army fell in front of him. However, Hadrat ‘Ali Akbar – may Allah be pleased with him – then began to move back because the immense thirst was too much to bear.

 

Hadrat ‘Ali Akbar – may Allah be pleased with him – then returned to his father. Thereafter, he once again returned to the battlefield. Mohkam bin Tufail had also arrived with another thousand men. Mohkam bin Tufail told him that his bravery was well known in Syria and Iraq. However, Hadrat ‘Ali Akbar – may Allah be pleased with him – declared that his bravery was even famous among the people in the heavens.

 

Hadrat ‘Ali Akbar – may Allah be pleased with him – then challenged Mohkam bin Tufail to a single combat. He again rushed into this battle and began to clear the path in front of him. Such was the ferocity of Hadrat ‘Ali Akbar’s – may Allah be pleased with him – attack. Ibn Numair then threw a spear from behind him which entered his chest. Hadrat ‘Ali Akbar – may Allah be pleased with him – began to call out to his father who arrived and retrieved his body.

 

The martyrdom of ‘Ali Asghar – may Allah be pleased with him –

 

Hadrat ‘Ali Asghar – may Allah be pleased with him – was the smallest son of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him -. He was only six months old. The great Imam had immense love for this son of his, firstly because he was still small and secondly, he was also thirsty like the rest of them. Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – kept going into the tent to see the condition of this baby and could clearly see the hunger on the face of this child.

 

There is not doubt that there are many tales of oppression in the world but none such as this. Within a span of only six hours, most of the blessed family of the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – were massacred.

 

Sayyidah Zainab – may Allah be pleased with her – mentioned that she could not stand to the see the state of this little baby and requested her brother, Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him -, to at least ask these people to allow the little baby to drink some water. Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – told her that they belonged to a family which gave to others and did not take from others.

 

Such is the magnanimity of the blessed family! Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – continued, “Once a poor person approached my father and asked for some bread. My father asked his khadim to give this person some bread. However, the bread was on a camel and this camel was among forty other camels in a stable. Since the khadim could not find the piece of bread, he ordered that the poor person should not go hungry and gave him all the forty camels”. In other words, this is a family which does not take from anyone but a family which gives to others.

 

However, his sister, Sayyidah Zainab – may Allah be pleased with him -, also stated that she remembered a Hadith Shareef in which Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – had stated that, “He who does not respect his elders and does not show mercy to those who are younger, they are not from this Ummah.” Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – finally agreed to take the little baby to these people not to ask them for water, but to deliver the message of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him –.

 

Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – then stated that Allah Almighty had blessed him with three types of children and friends. Those who could walk, those who could ride and those who could not walk on their own. Those who could walk had already walked forward and sacrificed themselves. Those who came by horses, had already presented themselves and had also been martyred. Now he was taking someone who could not walk and could not speak to these oppressors.

 

However, it seemed like the owner of the Fountain of Kauther, Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him –, himself wanted his family to come to him to drink from the Fountain of Kauther in Jannah.

 

In one report, it is mentioned that at that moment, a Jinn also approached Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – and asked him whether he wanted any help. Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – asked him what he could do. The Jinn replied that if they had the power to carry the entire Palace of Bilkis and bring it to Nabi Sulayman ‘Alayhis Salaam, surely, they could carry the entire Euphrates and bring it to the great Imam. However, Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – refused to accept this help. Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – told the Jinn that they had not come to Karbala to drink water, but had come here to show the world about justice and how to fight for justice. They had come here to show the world that the blessed family of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – was always ready to sacrifice their lives for the religion of Islam.

 

When Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – took Hadrat ‘Ali Asghar – may Allah be pleased with him – in front of these people, a person named Hurmilah, shot an arrow which pierced the throat of the little child. Such was this act that it was going to prove that this little child now did not have any need for the water of this world. Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – then picked up Hadrat ‘Ali Asghar – may Allah be pleased with him – towards the heavens to show the Divine Creator that he had also sacrificed his young son in the path of Islam.

 

People say that children are a gift from Allah Almighty, that the more children people have, the more they feel they are gifted, yet, such is the example of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – that except for one child, he sacrificed all of his children in the path of Allah Almighty.

 

When Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – entered the tent, instead of his real mother, Sayyidah Rubbaab – may Allah be pleased with her -, receiving this child, Sayyidah Sher Banu – may Allah be pleased with her – came forward to receive the child. When his sister asked whether they had given water to the little child, Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – replied that from now on this little baby, Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him -, had no more need for water, and that he had not fed the child the water of this world, but had given the child the water of martyrdom.

 

In the book Hayaat Khafah, it is mentioned that when Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – presented Hadrat ‘Ali Asghar – may Allah be pleased with him – to these people and asked them to at least show mercy to him, a person named Sa’ad ordered Harmilah bin Kaahil to silence Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him -. Harmilah then shot an arrow at the little child which pierced his one ear and appeared on the other side. This was the manner in which the youngest flower in the blessed family of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – passed away.