Two strange reactions| Some news of Battle of Karbalā

When Imām Huṣayne (pbuh) addressed Moslem ibn Aqil1’s children, “Moslem’s martyrdom is too much for your family! You had better go back to your houses.” Moslem’s children reacted, “Are we expected to tell the people, ‘We have left our Imām (pbuh), our leader and elder alone among the enemies. We didn’t defend him?! We swear by God; we will never do such a thing! May our lives and properties be sacrificed for you!”’

He encountered the Imām (pbuh)’s convoy in the way. There, the Imām (pbuh) called him for help. [Yes], he was “ Ubayd Allah ibn Hurr al- Juˈfi”. He reacted, ‘I know whoever aids you, will be prosperous and fortunate hereafter. Yet, don’t insist on me, since my soul isn’t ready to die!

Imām Sadīq (pbuh) stated, ‘When Qāʾim (mgehr) rises, [some] people who look to be his followers, will deviate from The Path [of Guardianship] …’


1-     Muslim ibn ʿAqīl b. Abī Ṭālib, cousin of Imam al-Huṣayn (pbuh) and his representative in the Kūfah before Battle of Karbala and was from Al Abi Talib. Muslim was present in some conquest of Muslims as well as the Battle of Siffin. He went to Kūfah as a representative of Imam al-Huṣayn (pbuh) in order to provide the Imam with a status report of the city and to make sure that people of Kūfah are persistent on and truthful in their invitation of the Imam. In a report to the Imam, he wrote that Kufans were prepared for the Imam’s arrival.


However, after that ‘Ubayd Allah b. Ziyad was appointed as the governor of Kūfah and because people were afraid of him, they suddenly left Muslim alone. Thus, he was arrested and martyred on the day of ‘Arafa (Dhu l-Hijja 9), 60 (September 10, 680). The story of Muslim being left alone and his martyrdom in Kufa is the theme of a well-known lament recited by the Shi’as. The lament is recited on the day of ‘Arafa and sometimes on Muharram.


1-           Mufid, Irshād, P. 231

2-           Tārīkh al- Umam wa ˈl- Mulūk [The history of the nations and kings], Vol. 5, P. 407

3-           Nuˈmani, Al- Ghayba, P. 317

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