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Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – was fifty six years old. Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – spent the entire day carrying those who had been martyred and bringing them back to the tent. He had to worry about the children in the tenand his various other family members. Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – also had to make sure that no one made a surprise attack. Nonetheless, in such a state, he remained strong and did not show the least bit of weakness. This was certainly not physical power which was been displayed but spiritual power.

 

Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – addresses the people in the tent

 

Before going into battle, Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – gathered the rest of his family together. Turning to Sayyidah Zaynab – may Allah be pleased with her – he asked her which day it was. She replied that it was a Friday. Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – then began to weep profusely. When he was asked the reason for cring, he replied that the Jews celebrated Saturday as their holy day, the Christians celebrated Sunday as their holy day, and that is the blessed day for the Muslims. Those in whose blessed house Islam was revealed could not perform the Jum’uah Salaah on that blessed day.

 

Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – then decided to deliver his Jum’uah sermon to them. He mentioned, “My test and trial is about to be completed and after my martyrdom, your test will commence. Perhaps, you will be oppressed even more. However, make sure that each of you displays patience and remain steadfast. If you do not do this, then the purpose of our sacrifice would be destroyed. If Shari’ah is disobeyed in our own house, then who would be able to protect Shari’ah? Females are not allowed to give Adhan, cannot perform their own congregation and cannot recite the Khutbah on their own. Do you know why this is so?”

 

They all replied that they did not know. Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – replied, “The reason is that her voice must not enter the ear of a stranger. Even if it be the recital of the Holy Qur’an, it is prohibited for her voice to be heard by a stranger. Therefore, you are not allowed to wail and scream. Please assure me that you people will do nothing to contradict the laws of Shari’ah. Swearing allegiance to Yazeed is not proper and remains improper until now. I have stood by this principle. But I do not want that while I stand by these principles, I am accused that my people went against the laws of Shari’ah after me. Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – had also condemned the act of tearing one’s clothes, wailing and all forms of wailing. If this is the case, how is it permissible for his blessed family to become guilty of such an act?”

 

When his blessed sister, Sayyidah Zainab – may Allah be pleased with him -, heard these words, she declared, “O Husain! If you can display patience at the passing of Qasim, ‘Ali Akbar and ‘Ali Aghar, then we will also display patience at your passing.”

 

Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – continued, “When I become martyred, you will always think about me, but never allow the shawl of patience to leave your hand. O Zainab! If you allow your hair to be open and appear in front of people, then my soul will be deeply troubled. Remember that we are from that family who were presented to the Christians when they called for a Mubahilah. Therefore, every action of ours have to be according to Shari’ah.

 

“Once, when Sayyidah Fathima – may Allah be pleased with him – was inside the house and her hair was slightly visible, Jibra’eel Ameen refused to enter the house. When Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – asked him the reason for this even though Jibra’eel Ameen is sinless and obviously has no evil intent, Jibra’eel Ameen replied that even though Allah Almighty had blessed him with a certain status, still, Sayyidah Fathima – may Allah be pleased with her – also had an immense status. And it was because of this respect that he had remained outside. O my sister, when Sayyidah Hajra – may Allah be pleased with him – displayed patience, Safa and Marwa became the symbols of this patience. If you display this patience, in like manner, you will be spoken off in many years to come.

 

“We have not come here to create any new religion. The religion is the same, the principles are the same. This is the religion of our grandfather and because of this we are sacrificing our lives and we are sacrificing everything in our house. O Zainab! Brothers give their sisters gifts and presents, but all I leave is the bodies of our family and friends. When people leave their families, they leave them in peace and security, but I am leaving you in the company of great enemies.”

 

Imam Husain’s – may Allah be pleased with him – eyes then flowed with tears as he kissed the shawl of his blessed sister. Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – mentioned that his lips were the lips that were touched by the blessed lips of the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – and that this was the best gift which he could give her.

 

Imam Husain’s – may Allah be pleased with him – then continued, “My head will be carried by a spear. Many times on the journey you will have to face immense trial and tribulation. The reason is that my head is not been taken to someone who loves me but someone who is my ardent enemy. He will reveal his anger at me, but still you must display your patience.”

 

Imam Husain’s – may Allah be pleased with him – then began to read the Holy Qur’an. His sister declared, “O my blessed brother! There is such spiritual intensity and feeling in your recital of the Holy Qur’an at this moment even though previous to this you had recited the Holy Qur’an in Masjidun Nabawi and in Mecca.”

 

When Imam Husain’s – may Allah be pleased with him – heard these words, he declared, “O Zainab! The greatest of my recitals will be when I recite the Holy Qur’an while my head is on a spear. The world will see for themselves and will say that no one was able to give Adhan like Akbar and no one was able to recite the Holy Qur’an like Husain.”

 

Imam Husain’s – may Allah be pleased with him – then also embraced his daughter, Sakeenah, and his son, Imam Zainul Aabideen – may Allah be pleased with them –.

 

Imam Zainul Aabideen – may Allah be pleased with him –

 

Imam Zainul Aabideen’s – may Allah be pleased with him – name was also ‘Ali Awsat and Aabid. He is also known as “Sajjaad.” His mother was Bibi Sher Banu – may Allah be pleased with her –. Imam Zainul Aabideen – may Allah be pleased with him – was very ill during the incident of Karbala. He used to read nearly a thousand rak’ah of Nafil Salaah every day. This is one of the reasons that he was given the title of “Zainul Aabideen.” In other words, he was a beauty for those who were pious and religious.

 

Imam Zainul Aabideen – may Allah be pleased with him – was also a witness to whatever happened at Karbala and he lived for forty years after this incident but never smiled in those forty years. It is also said that whenever Imam Zainul Aabideen – may Allah be pleased with him – used to look at water, he used to also weep in excess. He remembered his family that passed away because no water was given to them.

 

Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – then turned to his son, Imam Zainul Aabideen – may Allah be pleased with him – and gave him advice.

 

This is that Imam Zainul Aabideen – may Allah be pleased with him – who many years later was travelling in a large caravan for Hajj from Madina Shareef. The carvan stopped to camp on one spot. The Imam then noticed a rider among these people whose name was Sinaan bin Anas. This was the person who had speared Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – while he was in Sajdah. Shimr was the person who had beheaded the great Imam. So Imam Zainul Aabideen – may Allah be pleased with him – had also seen all the people who had killed his blessed father. Obviously, a person who sees the murderer of his father will not be someone who will be very forgiving. When Sinaan bin Anas rode past, he realised that this was the son of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – and he began to ride quickly so that he could escape. Imam Zainul Aabideen – may Allah be pleased with him – than commanded his people to catch Sinaan bin Anas and bring him to him. When Sinaan bin Anas approached the great Imam he was visibly shaking with panic and fear. However, when Imam Zainul Aabideen – may Allah be pleased with him – saw Sinaan bin Anas, he asked his people to give him some Sharbat (sweet milk) and not ordinary water. He also asked the people to give Sinaan bin Anas some new clothing and a fresh horse.

 

Sinaan bin Anas then said to the great Imam, “The murderer of your father is in front of you.”

 

Imam Zainul Aabideen – may Allah be pleased with him – replied, “I have not called you here to deceive you and then kill you. If I wanted you dead, you would have died before this. I want to inform you that we were your guest in Karbala and look at how you treated us. Today, you are the guest of the son of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – and I will entertain you and show you how the blessed family of the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – treats people.”

 

 

Imam Zainul Aabideen – may Allah be pleased with him – and the Lineage of the Sayeds

 

Every original Sayed is the offspring of Imam Zainul Aabideen – may Allah be pleased with him –. In spite of the fact that he continued to ask his father to join the battle and enter the battlefield, Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – continued to refuse him to do so. He complained to Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –, “After this incident, we have to travel to Kufa and from there to Damascus which is such a long journey and I am also ill. What would have been the harm if you allowed me to enter the battle and allowed Akbar to remain behind?”

 

Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – replied that this was not a question and answer session but the Plains of Karbala.

 

Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – then informed him, “I had requested that your name remains among those who survive this incident and that your name remains on the Lahw Mahfuz. This is when Allah Almighty had given me a choice to choose someone.”

 

Imam Zainul Aabideen – may Allah be pleased with him – then asked his blessed father what was the wisdom behind this. Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – replied, “The reason is that the mother of Akbar is Ummul Baneen – may Allah be pleased with her – and your mother is Sher Banu. She is the one who was made a Muslim by Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Umar – may Allah be pleased with him – and in spite of the fact that his son also wanted to marry her, he ignored his own son and allowed me to marry her and also performed my Nikah. My wish is that all the original Sayeds who will spread in this world will spread through you. And, the true sign of a real Sayed is that he would be someone who would love and respect Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Umar – may Allah be pleased with him – and also Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with him –. If however, this person loves Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with him – and does not respect Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Umar – may Allah be pleased with him – then it means that this person is not a real Sayed. He is a false Sayed.”

 

Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – then declared that Imam Zainul Aabideen – may Allah be pleased with him – will now continue to carry the blessed shawl which has been passed on from the Prophets.

 

Who are those who wept in abundance in this world?

 

Among the people who wept in abundance in this world are Imam Zainul Aabideen – may Allah be pleased with him – who lived for forty years after Karbala and no one ever saw him smile in those years. The second is Nabi Adam ‘Alayhis Salaam when he was removed from Jannah and sent to this earth. The third person is Nabi Yahya ‘Alayhis Salaam who used to weep so much in fear of Allah Almighty that he actually lost his vision. The fourth is Nabi Yaqub ‘Alayhis Salaam when his son Nabi Yusuf ‘Alayhis Salaam went missing. Another person who is said to have wept in abundance is Sayyidah Fathima – may Allah be pleased with her – when Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – passed away.

 

It is said that when Imam Zainul Aabideen – may Allah be pleased with him – used to remember Karbala, he used to weep and also lose consciouness.

 

Another important message which was given by the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – to his Ummah through the people of Karbala is that no matter how much of difficulty comes to you in this world, you must remember the patience of the people of Karbala and the sacrifices which they made to uphold the religion of Islam. It also proves that no matter how great you become, you can never be the leader of the young people in Jannah like Imam Hasan – may Allah be pleased with him – and Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –. At the same time, no matter, how great your trials and tribulations, it can never be greater than what the people in Karbala had to face.

 

It is mentioned that in spite of Imam Zainul Aabideen’s – may Allah be pleased with him – immense weakness whereby he could not even stand straight, Imam Zainul Aabideen – may Allah be pleased with him – continued to ask his father permission to join the battle. However, his blessed father mentioned that there was also a wisdom behind why he was not well at this time and could not join the battle. He was someone who would be responsible for spreading the family of the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – and also someone who would have to take care of the remaining members of the family.

 

Important point

 

There is no doubt that before the incident of Karbala, there were occasions when single sacrifices were made. When we look at the blessed lives of the previous Prophets, we will see that sacrifices were presented by Nabi Ismail ‘Alayhis Salaam, Nabi Ebrahim ‘Alayhis Salaam, etc. However, in Karbala, an entire family was called upon to present their sacrifice. This was going to be the blessed family of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – who came forward to present this type of sacrifice.

 

Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – enters the Battlefield

 

As Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – prepared to leave for battle, it was as if Qiyamah had descended on everyone. The hearts of people appeared in their throats and they found it difficult not to cry. However, Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – reassured everyone and told them to remember the advice which he had given them.

 

When Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – entered the battlefield, some say that there were nearly forty thousand soldiers in front of him. As he looked closely at them, he found that no one could be called a true Muslim. The Yazeedi forces were in a state of complete shock. They could not realise that this person was prepared to face them with such bravery. In fact, most of them went into a state of panic. But Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – was proving to them that this was no ordinary person from no ordinary family.

 

Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – then addressed them so that there would be no excuse that they were not warned. He said, “If you do not know me and my family then listen to who I am and who is my blessed family. Do not remain in the dark and say that tomorrow you were unaware. At this moment, in the entire universe, I am the only grandson of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him –. Listen, at this moment, the people who have attained the greatest rank among the Muslims are the blessed Ashaab and there are still a few who remain on this earth. However, when I am martyred, no grandson of the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – will remain on this earth.

 

“O people of Kufa! Why do you wish to kill me even though in Shari’ah those people are entitled to be killed who have become Murtads, and all Praise is due to Allah Almighty, I am still holding the flag of Islam and I am also established on the religion of Islam. That person who is married and becomes guilty of committing adultery and there are witnesses in this regard, and all Praise is due to Allah Almighty, I have certainly not been guilty of that crime. That person who killed another unjustly and as an act of Qisas, he is killed, all Praise is due to Allah Almighty, I am free of this crime.”

 

When several of the Generals of the enemy troops saw that the words of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – was having an affect on their troops, Shimr replied, “We have not called you to listen to your speech. Let us make quick because we also have to read our Jum’uah.”

 

In fact, these idiots still had the impression that their Salaah will actually be accepted after what they had done to the blessed family. It reminds us of another group in this world who keep saying “Namaaz, Namaaz”, but they continue to insult Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – and the Awliya.

 

Amar bin Sa’ad then said, “Accept the allegiance of Yazeed or prepare to fight.”

 

The great Imam replied, “I am the son of the Lion of Allah Almighty and I certainly do not fear death.”

 

The opposition were also confused and amazed. This is someone who had remained hungry and thirsty for three days. He carried such immense sadness and grief, yet he continued to stand like a rock.

 

Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – then stated, “Swearing allegiance to Yazeed is a complete insult to the blessed family of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – and while I am still present, this can never be done. We are also those people for whom the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – made a special Du’a. Hasan was blessed with authority and awe and I was blessed with bravery and generosity. We may be beheaded or our families killed, but we will never abandon the truth.”

 

Even during the time of Nabi Nuh ‘Alayhis Salaam when his community ridiculed and insulted him, he even called them to face him in battle. He also warned them of who he was and made it clear that they could attack him in number and they will come to see the Divine Help of Allah Almighty which will come to his aid. In other words, the pious servants of Allah Almighty have complete certainty in Allah Almighty and they know that they will never be left alone. This is something that the forces of Yazeed could not figure out. They numbered thousands but here was someone who was facing them without the slightest bit of fear. There is also no doubt that those who are under the Divine Protection of Allah Almighty are certainly people who have no fear and have no sadness. There were also people in the Yazeedi group that displayed immense fear at the bravery of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –. Some may have even displayed a grudging sense of admiration, but they could not reveal this openly to their comrades.

 

As per the rules outlined in battle, no one had the courage to approach Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – face to face. As the insults hurdled at them, two or three soldiers eventually did come forward but they were quickly killed. When Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – saw that none of these people were coming forward, Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – rushed into the middle of this army spreading confusion and panic everywhere. In fact so ferocious was his attack that the animal he was riding on actually ended on the bank of the river. However, the great Imam remembered the immense thirst of those he left behind and refused to drink a single drop of water. The strange thing is that the animal itself refused to drink any water. Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – told these oppressors that they had through their evil actions developed such a stench in this water that even his animal was refusing drink from it.

 

Ibn Sa’ad again began to encourage his soldiers to go forward and attack the great Imam informing them of their superior numbers. Suddenly, there was an all out attack on the great Imam. However, the sword of Zulfiqaar refused to bow down and continued to remove anyone that came in the path of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –.

 

A person named Zar’a bin Shaariq made a sneak attack on the great Imam and a person named Sinaan bin Anas also threw a spear at him. Shimr also attacked himwith a spear. In one report it is said that numerous spears and swords were hurled at him and finally, at the time of Zohr on a Friday, the blessed soul of the great Imam left his body.

 

This did not end the oppression of these Yazeedi forces. It continued many days thereafter until the 20th of Safar when they reached Damascus. This will be seen in the following pages.

 

In the book Jazbul Qulub, it is mentioned that precisely at the time of his passing, a certain Saint also saw the appearance of Sayyiduna Fathima – may Allah be pleased with her – on the Plains of Karbala. (Anaasri Shahadatain)

 

The Final Sajdah at Karbala

 

It is such a tragedy in the present age that when people are told to read their Salaah, they give the excuse that they are busy with this or that. Some even give the excuse that they are not feeling well. Most people today present feeble excuses when it comes to reading their Salaah and yet they claim that they are the true Aashiqs of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –. The great Imam gave everyone a clear example of his sincere dedication to Allah Almighty. In fact, even if people say that they are surrounded by troubles and stress, hence they are not very punctual in their Salaah, can we have the same tests in front of us which was faced by Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –? When Salaah is not excused even at this moment, what excuses can people have?

 

There is no doubt that one of Imam Husain’s – may Allah be pleased with him – ultimate mission was to call creation towards Allah Almighty. He did not present any example of a third party. Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – presented his own life as an example. He gave an example that if we want to see what true dedication is, all we have to do is look at his example.

 

Even in this final moment when he was surrounded by enemies and was also under the shadow of numerous swords, and when most people will fail at this moment, but the great Imam showed us the true meaning of success.

 

He performed such a Salaah, an example of which can never be seen again. In fact, Imam Husain’s – may Allah be pleased with him – last action has become a symbol of what is real love and dedication and what is a true quality of a believer. Many poets have said that true Salaah is something which is performed under the shadow of a sword. As for those who merely claim to love the great Imam, it is such a tragedy that even in the security of their own homes, they are oblivious of Salaah.

 

There are many people who classify the unique qualities of their tribes and communities. Some say that their tribe were noted for this, others say that their tribe was noted for that, yet, Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – gave us a true explanation of what a real Sayed is. A true Sayed is someone who protects the garden of religion and yet, if this person does not care for the garden, then what would be the state of that garden? We get people who smoke drugs and yet they insist that they are Sayeds.

 

In the veins of a true Sayed runs the blood of Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with him – and Sayyidah Fathima – may Allah be pleased with her –. In that vein in which runs such pure things, how can one find drugs and other items of vice in such veins? If one insists on doing this, then this is certainly not a Madina Shareef Sayed but some other type of Sayed.

 

When the Angels saw the final act of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –, certainly at that moment, they may have remembered the Divine Words of Allah Almighty when He announced to them before the creation of man, “I know that which you do not know”. Certainly Allah Almighty may have declared to the Angels, “O my Angels! You have no children, you feel no hunger or thirst, yet Husain is someone whose children are suffering from thirst in their tents, he is someone who is picking the dead bodies of his companions and family, all of this is in front of him. For three days he has remained hungry and thirsty. The shadow of the sword is above his head. He has no water to make Wudu and is making Tayammum with the dust in front of him. Inform me, O Angels, are all your Sajdah superior or just one single Sajdah of Husain superior to all of your Sajdah?”

 

Why should this great Imam have been concerned about the swords and spears above his head? His connection was already with his Creator and he continued to recite the Tasbeeh in SAJDAH without the slightest concern.

 

From the time the world was created, Sajdah has been performed and will continue to be performed until the Day of Judgement. If you perform a Sajdah on a soft carpet inside a Masjid, it is very easy. For the Angels to perform Sajdah in the peaceful environment of the heavens is very easy. What was the state of that final Sajdah of the great Imam?

 

When we go to the Masjid for Zohr, we return home before the Asr. When we go for Asr, we return home before the Maghrib. Imagine the state of that person who leaves knowing that he will not return. Imagine the state of someone who recites the Tasbeeh in Sajdah and will continue reciting this Tasbeeh until the Day of Judgement.

 

If the state of his blessed mother is such that she spends the entire night either in Sajdah, in Ruku or while standing; if the state of his blessed father is such that the sun returns so that he can perform his Asr Salaah, what must be the state of their son? Is it surprising that the son would go into Sajdah and only arise on the morning of the Day of Judgement?

 

The lesson which we have learnt from the great Imam is that whatever happens, whether our children are killed or our houses are looted, but our Salaah should not be destroyed or wasted. Even when Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – was in Madina Shareef and Mecca Shareef and even while travelling to Karbala, he never missed a Salaah. It stands to reason that someone who calls himself a true servant of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – should also make sure that he does not miss his Salaah.

 

When we look at the Holy Qur’anic verse, we will see that Allah Almighty has commanded us to seek help in patience and Salaah and the entire life of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – was a Tafseer of this verse. In fact, his life began with patience and ended with Salaah.

 

The martyrdom of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – and the Belief of the Ahle Sunnah wa Jamaah.

 

There is no doubt that in his final act of worship, the great Imam placed his sword in front of him as a barrier so that no one could walk cross while Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – performed his final act of Ibadah. When Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – was finally martyred, one of the soldiers grabbed his turban and someone stole another item so that they could prove to their commanders that they had really killed him. What is strange is that there is a cult and sect even till the present day who seems to reveal such items in month of Muharram. You will find that from certain houses a horse is displaced which they call the horse of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –. He is hailed as a victor. Even items such as swords appear and they claim that this is the sword of Imam ‘Ali Maqaam.

 

The question we would like to ask the members of this cult is that we know all of these items were stolen from the body of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – when he was martyred, how is it that such items are to be found among you? Who are the actual people who martyred Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –? Maybe our words will create a thought in your mind.

 

Once a certain “believer” from this same cult asked, “If these items does not appear from your houses then what appears from your houses at these times.” I replied, “Our houses are pure and clean. From our houses appears the Holy Qur’an, the advice and statements of Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with him – and Sayyidah Fathima – may Allah be pleased with her –, the Musallah of Hadrat ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with him – and our Durood upon Imam Hasan – may Allah be pleased with him – and Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –.”

 

Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – also placed his sword in front of him while reading his Salaah which proves that his hands were folded when he was reading his Salaah.

 

What about those “believers” from that cult and sect, who when they read their so called “Salaah” place their hands are at their sides. If you remember in our previous pages, we mentioned that there was another group who stood like this behind Imam Muslim bin Aqeel – may Allah be pleased with him –. The reason they did this was so that they could protect themselves against the accusation of Ibn Ziyad. If he asked them whether they were reading Salaah behind Imam Muslim – may Allah be pleased with him –, they would reply that they were merely standing behind him and nothing else. And if Imam Muslim – may Allah be pleased with him – questioned them, they would claim that they were still supporting him which is why they were still standing behind him. In other words, the behaviour of these “believers” certainly remind us of another group which existed in the time of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – and whose true destination will certainly be revealed on the Day of Judgement.

 

There is no doubt that the subject of Karbala is undoubtedly a very sensitive issue. One has to investigate each issue before presenting it to the pubic. If one mentions or relates even the slightest fault towards the Ahle Bayt without thinking, there is a great chance that one can lose one’s Imaan.

 

It is mentioned that the great Muhaddith of Pakistan, namely Hadrat Moulana Sardar Ahmed – may Allah be pleased with him -, who was also the student of Hujjatul Islam, Hadrat Moulana Haamid Raza Khan – may Allah be pleased with him -, once appeared on stage and mentioned to people, “There is no doubt that the great Imam was killed in an act of pure oppression, besides this, I can not say anything else.”

 

Some ‘Ulama are in the habit of relating stories from a person named A’sim Kufi. He relates fancy stories like how the tent of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – was torched, about what happened to the blessed women and how they removed their scarves from their head and their hair was revealed, etc. Remember that A’sim was a Kufi. If he was a true devotee of the great Imam and his family, how would he find time to write what was happening while the great Imam was been slaughtered?

 

We only wrote about the actual events of Karbala as reported to us from Imam Zainul Aabideen – may Allah be pleased with him –. Even this act of Maatam is nothing but a creation of this cult to distract the true believers from what their forefathers had committed against the Ahle Bayt. In other words, they continue to speak lies through their act of Maatam and sadness with the intention that people begin to think that they are the true lovers of the Ahle Bayt. The same is being propagated by another cult who continue to emphasize “Namaaz, Namaaz” and even more “Namaaz” so that their true Kufr becomes hidden from the eyes of the innocent public.

 

We also know that one of the miracles of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – is that whatever touched his blessed body, that item will never burn. It is mentioned that his blessed daughter once informed him, “When the women prepare bread, they endure great difficulty standing in front of the fire. If Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – could prepare at least once bread, then at least this act would become a Sunnah and due to this, when we strive to perform this task we will not feel difficulty.” (In other words, she was informing him that since a person is rewarded for performing a Sunnah, in future when females do make bread in front of the fire, they will know that for every act of theirs, they are receiving reward from the Divine Court of the Allah Almighty because they are performing an act of Sunnah).

 

Hence she requested Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – to prepare one bread and place it in the oven. All the other breads were baked except the bread prepared by the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him –. The dough of this bread still remained raw. She then said that others had prepared the bread and they had become baked except the dough placed on the oven by Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him –. When he saw this, the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – replied, “O beloved daughter! I had only placed this bread in the oven to please you. Whatever touches the hand of your father, the fire of this world cannot burn it and neither can the Fire of Hell.”

 

Dough is not an item of Imaan while the blessed family of the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – are people of Imaan. If this is the state of something which is inanimate, imagine the state of those who played in the blessed lap of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him –. How can the fire actually destroy them? It is also surprising that our Sunni lecturers, in the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal, continue to speak about the blessed Ahle Bayt being Nur and when it comes to Muharram, these same Ahle Bayt are now burnt by fire or touched by untold calamity.

 

If someone says that if Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – was a blessed member of the Ahle Bayt, then why did he have to go through what he went through in Karbala. Bear in mind that to be martyred in the path of Islam is one of the greatest gifts for a Muslim. How can even some lecturers also say that Bibi Zainab – may Allah be pleased with her – appeared in front of these Yazeedi forces with her hair open. Remember that this is the daughter of that person in front of whom even Jibra’eel Ameen refused to appear when her hair was slightly seen. Can we say that this is how Sayyidah Fathima – may Allah be pleased with her – taught her daughter to appear in front of strangers? This is nothing but an insult to the Ahle Bayt. Out lecturers have to be extremely cautious. They should refrain from quoting from books written by Shia film actors. How can we say that she removed her scarf and went around looking for a piece of cloth to cover Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –? Did she not know that during Jihad a martyr is allowed to be buried in his clothing as had occurred in previous battles in Islam? Did she not consider Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – a martyr? Of course she considered him a martyr and when this is the case, how can we relate such un-Islamic behaviour towards her. As we have already mentioned, all due precaution and care should be taken about what we say about the incident at Karbala.

 

This is why the beloved brother of A’la Hadrat – may Allah be pleased with him –, namely Imam Hasan Raza – may Allah be pleased with him – mentioned:

 

“Make those who are disrespectful and misled listen, O Hasan!

This is how the Sunni relates the story of Karbala.”

 

Yes, there is one incident in which the Yazeedis approached the tent where the ladies were and this is something which is established. It is reported that when this happened, Fiddah and Shereen who were the female concubines, told Sayyidah Zainab – may Allah be pleased with her –, “There are nearly seven hundred people approaching this tent, please raise your hand and curse them so that a bolt of lighting can strike all of them dead.” However, Sayyidah Zainab – may Allah be pleased with her – replied, “Has your patience disappeared already? I still remember the words of my brother which is that glad tidings are given to those who patient.”

 

Remember that there is nothing wrong with cursing someone. After all, even certain Prophets in the past also cursed their community. This is mentioned about Nabi Nuh ‘Alayhis Salaam. However, the blessed lady was educating Fiddah and Shereen that she was the blessed granddaughter of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him –. Her grandfather was the one whose blessed tooth was martyred in the Battle of Uhud and instead of cursing these people, he made Du’a, “O Allah! Please guide my nation because they are unaware.” Her father gave his killer sharbat instead of ordinary water. Her brother, Hasan, did not even reveal the name of the person who had poisoned him.”
She mentioned, “If Husain had cursed them, I would also have cursed them. Remember that Nabi Nuh ‘Alayhis Salaam cursed his people because the chain of Prophets were still to continue. In other words, after him, other Prophets were also going to appear. At that same time, with these new Prophets, new communities were also going to appear. However, with the arrival of my blessed grandfather, no other Prophet will appear. After his Ummah, no other Ummah will appear. If I curse these people, mankind will cease to exist.”

 

She then advised them to go forward and act bravely which was the actual Wazeefah of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –. That is exactly what happened. When they acted in this manner, all of these people stopped dead in their tracks.

 

If Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with him – is “Mushkil Kusha” or “the remover of difficulty”, why did he not help his son?

 

There are certain idiots who ask the following question especially during the time of Muharram when the Muslims remember what happened at Karbala. They say, “You people say that Hadrat ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with him – is ‘Mushkil Kusha,’ and you people also say ‘Ya Rasoollalah Al Madad,’ etc. However, these people could not come and help their grandson or their son. If this is the case, how can they help you people?”

 

All we can say in this regard is that when the Allah Almighty takes away your Imaan, your intellect is also taken away.

 

However, it is important that we answer this question. Another point is that these idiots are always asking for proof from the Holy Qur’an and Hadith and we will give them proof from both.

 

In Surah Mo’min, verse 51, the Holy Qur’an declares:

 

اِنَّا لَنَنۡصُرُ رُسُلَنَا وَالَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا فِی الْحَیٰوۃِ الدُّنْیَا وَ یَوْمَ یَقُوۡمُ الْاَشْہٰدُ ﴿ۙ۵۱﴾

“Indeed We will surely help Our Noble Messengers, and the believers, in the life of this world and on the day when the witnesses will be standing.”

 

Now let us ask you this question. Do you believe that Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – was a believer or not? After all, in the Hadith Shareef, both brothers have been referred to as the leaders of the young people in Jannah. If you believe that they were Muslims and therefore true believers, then according to the above verse, Allah Almighty should have helped them. If you believe that Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him -, Ma’azzallah, was not a believer, then lets look at the first part of this verse. In this part Allah Almighty is clearly saying that He will help His Prophets. Yet, what do you have to say about those Prophets who were killed by the Bani Israeel. Did Allah Almighty not come to their help? The Holy Qur’an clearly says that these Prophets were killed unjustly. Does it mean that Allah Almighty did not come to the aid of these Prophets?

 

The answer is very simple. Allah Almighty certainly helped these Prophets and yet, in spite of this they were martyred. This proves that when one is martyred, it does not mean that Allah Almighty did not help. It means that when they were been martyred, Allah Almighty did in fact help them but He helped them with being steadfast and firm in the face of this test.

 

In like manner, the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – did help his blessed grandchildren with the Du’a that they remain firm and steadfast in this moment of trial. The blessed parents of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – also made Du’a for him that he remains firm and steadfast and also that he displays patience. The Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – had also informed many people that his grandchildren would be martyred. This news was known to many people in Madina Shareef.

 

Hadrat Sayyidah Ummul Fadl – may Allah be pleased with her – narrates that once, the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – had Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – in his blessed lap and suddenly she saw the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – weeping. She then asked him the reason for his weeping and he replied, “My Ummah will murder this child of mine.” She then asked whether he meant Husain and he replied, “Yes, just now Jibra’eel had brought the sand from the place of his murder.” (Mishkaat Shareef)

 

Hadrat Abu Naeem Asbagh narrates that, “We were once travelling with Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with him – when we passed the place (where Imam Husain would be martyred), Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with him – then declared, ‘This is the place where their camels will rest. This is where they will camp and this is where their blood will be spilled. Many young men from Ale Muhammad will be martyred at this spot for whom the heavens and earth will also weep.’” (Al Khasaais Al Kubra)

 

Ibn Sa’ad has also narrated from Shu’bah that once Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with him – was once returning from the Battle of Siffin and wept so much that the earth also became wet. We then asked him the reason for his weeping and he replied, “One day the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – wept a lot and when we asked him the reason, he replied, ‘My son Husain will be martyred on the banks of the Euphrates on the Plains of Karbala.’” (As Sawaa’iqu al Muharriqah)

 

Hadrat Anas bin Malik – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that once the Angels in charge of rain asked Allah Almighty permission to present themselves in front of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – and they were given permission. At that moment Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – had Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – on his lap and was playing with him. The Angels asked, “O Prophet of Allah Almighty, do you love this child a lot?” He replied, “Yes.” They then informed him, “Very soon, your followers will murder this child and if you wish, we can bring some sand from the place where he will be martyred.” The Angels then brought some reddish sand from that place. This was then kept by Sayyidah Umme Salma – may Allah be pleased with her – in a piece of cloth.

 

In another report it is mentioned that Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – mentioned, “O Umme Salmah! When this sand turns to blood, then remember that, that is the moment when Husain will be killed.” Sayyiduna Umme Salmah – may Allah be pleased with her – narrates that she kept this sand in a small bottle, and on the 10th of Muharram 61 A.H., exactly at the moment when Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – was martyred, this sand turned to blood. (Sawaaiku Al Muharriqah)

 

From this Hadith Shareef and many others before, the Shahadah (martyrdom) of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – had become extremely well-known among many people even before the incident. People even knew where the camels would be tied, they knew where he would camp and where he would be martyred.

 

Yet, what is surprising is that Prophet whom Allah Almighty also wishes to pleases, that Prophet whose Du’a is accepted even before he raises his blessed hand, that Prophet never once made Du’a to Allah Almighty to remove this major event from the life of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –. Even his parents, Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with him – and Sayyidah Fathima – may Allah be pleased with her –, never once asked Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – to make special Du’a for their son so that the event of Karbala could be cancelled from the life of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him –.

 

What is the reason for this? They understood that everything of theirs in this world was for the Divine Pleasure of Allah Almighty. We are such people that when we know that something bad is about to happen, we make Du’a to Allah Almighty to remove this bad experience from us. This is not the case with the special servants of Allah Almighty. They only make Du’a to Allah Almighty that He gives them patience and strength to face this difficulty. When a person displays patience in this difficult time, there is immense reward from Allah Almighty for the slave. Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – and the blessed parents of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – knew about Karbala, but the only Du’a they made was that Allah Almighty blesses Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – with Sabr.

 

We all know that Du’a is the heart of Ibadah. Yet when Nabi Ebrahim ‘Alayhis Salaam was about to be thrown into the fire by Nimrud, he did not utter a word of complaint. When Jibra’eel Ameen appeared to him and asked him whether he needed any help, he replied that the Divine Creator Almighty was aware of everything and that he did not need the help of anyone. The reason for that was this was a test for Nabi Ebrahim ‘Alayhis Salaam and the special slaves of Allah Almighty do not ask Him to remove this test they are faced with. They ask Allah Almighty to give them Sabr to go through this test.

 

For example, if you are standing on the shore and someone is drowning but does not call you for help, no one can say that you did not save him. The reason is that the person did not call you. In like manner, in Karbala, Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – was watching and the blessed parents of Imam Husain – may Allah be pleased with him – were watching. They blessed him with their Du’a for Sabr which is why he achieved such a great status and passed this major test in his life.