Enroute to Karbala – DAY V

When Imam Hussain (A.S) heard about the death of his messenger, Muslim bin Aqeel, he was saddened. He was advised not to proceed to Kufa, and to return promptly to Mecca. Part of his group were the sons of Muslim bin Aqeel, who insisted on continuing the journey to Kufa, and to avenge the death of their father. Later, Imam Hussain (A.S) was informed of the death of two more of his messengers. Immediately, he gathered his entourage and briefed them about the situation. He informed them that the conditions in Kufa were no more inviting and pleasant, and that if anyone wished to leave them and return to Mecca, he would have no objection. Those people who had joined the group along the way immediately deserted the Imam, for they could find no materialistic benefit in pursuing this journey, now that the threat of the governor was immense. The group that was left consisted of those who initially started off from Mecca.

When the Imam and his company got closer to Kufa, an army of a thousand men was appointed with Hur as its leader. They were ordered to arrest the Imam and his followers, and to forcefully bring him before the governor of Kufa. Once they were intercepted by Hur’s army, the followers were instructed to set their camps up at the very location. Hur’s army also set their camps up at the same place. At the time of Zuhr, Hur and his army said their prayers under the Imamat of Imam Hussain (A.S). He asked Hur to allow them to return to Mecca, peacefully. However, Hur insisted on following the commands of his governor, and suggested that the Imam write a letter to Yazid, asking for his permission. To this the Imam replied,

“Our Prophet (p.b.u.h) has said that whosoever comes across a cruel and wicked ruler who does not follow the commands of Allah and his Prophet (p.b.u.h); who makes Halal (permissible in Islam) that which Allah has declared Haram (not permissible in Islam) and vice versa; who oppresses people and commits sins and does nothing to prevent the wrongs being committed, if that person does not oppose the ruler with his words and actions, he will have to account for his deeds in the same way that the ruler will have to account for his deeds. Look! the ruler and the governors have stopped following the commands of Allah Most High and have started to follow the ways of Satan and have no respect for Islam, for this reason the Prophet’s family have a greater right to rule than the king.

I repeat that I have not come here of my own accord, I have been asked to come to Kufa, so that the people can swear their allegiance to me so do not be in contempt of me. If you fulfil your promises then Allah Most High will be pleased with you. As you are well aware, I am the son of Ali, may Allah Most High be pleased with him, and my mother, Fatima, may Allah Most High be pleased with her, is the daughter of our Prophet (p.b.u.h). My family and I are with you and you should not break your promises by treating us badly. However, breaking promises would be nothing new to me as you have broken promises made to my father and my brother Hasan, and Muslim bin Aqeel, may Allah Most High be pleased with all of them. It is a shame that you are not acting in accordance with your religion. Promise breakers are only a loss to themselves, and I hope and pray that Allah Most High will protect me from your evil ways.”

He announced that he was not frightened of death for it was to come to everyone everyday. Hur was speechless after hearing this, however, he still continued to surround the camps of Imam Hussain (A.S) and his followers.

Quote reference: islamicinformationcentre.co.uk

TOMORROW: KARBALA – THE BATTLEGROUND

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