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Arrival in Karbala

In: Muharram

 “Our affair has reached the point which you can see. Life has changed and turned against us. Its goodness has abandoned us, leaving nothing but a trickle like a pot dripping and a life of hardship like an afflicted pasture. Do you not see how righteousness is not upheld and how falsehood is not shunned? Let every believer desire the meeting with Allah I see death as nothing but a source of happiness while living with the oppressors as sure displeasure”. [66]

Zuhayr stood up and said, “We have heard your statement, O son of the Messenger of Allah! Had life been secured for us forever, we would still have preferred to rise with you rather than remain therein.”

Burayr stood up and said, “O son of the Messenger of Allah! Allah has blessed us with your company so that we may fight defending you till our parts are cut off for your sake, then your grandfather will intercede on our behalf on the Day of Judgment.” [67]

Nafi’ Ibn Hilal said, “You know that your grandfather the Messenger of Allah (S), could not instill his love in the heart of people nor make them obey him and do what he liked them to do, and there were many hypocrites among them who promised to support him while hiding their treacherous intentions against him. They would meet him and speak to him words sweeter than honey then depart from him with those more bitter than colocynth till Allah took his soul away. Your father ‘Ali underwent the same. There were folks who were unanimous in supporting and fighting with him against those who broke their promises, who regarded themselves as more fair than him, and who abandoned the creed altogether, till he met his fate. He went to a mercy from Allah and pleasure. Today, you are with us in the same situation: there are those who reneged from their promise of support and who abandoned their oath of loyalty. These shall not harm except their own selves, and Allah shall suffice you for them; so, march with us, being rightly guided and in good health, be it to the east of the earth or to the west. By Allah, we are not too scared to meet Allah’s destiny, nor do we hate to meet our Lord. We are determined to befriend whoever befriends you and be the enemy of whoever antagonizes you.” [68]

Al-Husain (A) bought the lots where his grave now stands from the residents of Nineva and al-Ghadiriyya for sixty thousand dirhams. He then turned and gave it back to them as charity on one condition: they lead people to his gravesite and host whoever visited it for three days. Al-Husain’s sanctuary, which he bought, was four miles long by four miles wide. It is lawful for his offspring and those loyal to him and is prohibited from those who oppose them. It is full of bliss. Imam as-Sadiq (A) has said that those people did not fulfill that condition. [69]

When al-Husain (‘a) camped at Karbala’, he wrote Ibn al-Hanafiyya and a group from Banu Hashim saying, “It is as if this life has never been, and as if the hereafter has always been, and peace be with you.” [70]

To be continued…

Reference:

Maqtal al-Husain: Martrydom Epic of Imam al-Husain (A) by ‘Abd al Razzaq al-Muqarram
Published by: Al-Kharsan Foundation for Publications, Beirut, Lebanon, 1426 AH/2005 AD

Notes:

[64] This date is provided by al-Tabari on p. 233, Vol. 6, of his Tarikh, by Ibn al-Athir on p. 20, Vol. 4, of his book Al-Kamil, and by al-Mufid in his book Al-Irshad.

[65] al-Majlisi, Bihar al-Anwar, Vol. 10, p. 198. Al-Khawarizmi, Maqtal al-Husain, Vol. 1, p. 237.

[66] This text is recorded in Al-Luhuf by Ibn Tawus. Al-al-Tabari, on p. 229, Vol. 6, of his Tarikh, says that al-Husain (‘a) had delivered this speech at Thu Hasm.

[67] Ibn Tawus, Al-Luhuf, p. 44.

[68] al-Bahrani, Maqtal al-’Awalim, p. 76.

[69] Shaikh al-Baha’i, Kashkool, Vol. 2, p. 91 (Egyptian edition), quoting Kitab al-Ziyarat by Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ibn Dawud al-Qummi.

[70] Ibn Qawlawayh, Kamil al-Ziyarat, p. 75, Chapter 23. Abul-Faraj al-Ishfahani, on p. 151, Vol. 8, of his book Al-Aghani (Sasi edition), says that al-Hasan al-Basri wrote ‘Umar Ibn ‘Abd al-’Aziz about that when the latter became caliph. According to Muruj al-Thahab, ‘Umar Ibn ‘Abd al-’Aziz wrote Abu Hazim al-Madani al-A’raj saying, “Admonish me, and be brief,” so he wrote him back stating the above.

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