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  1. Hazrat Ali Asghar (a.s) Asalamoalaka ya Ali Aghar a.s Hazrat Ali Asghar was the youngest child of Imaam Hussain. He was born only a few weeks before Imaam left Madina. His mother's name was Rubaab daughter of Imra'u'l Qais who was the chief of the tribe of Kinda. Rubaab had two children, Sakina and Ali Asghar. She and her two children accompanied Imaam to Kerbala. The fact that Imaam took with him a newly born baby further demonstrates the that his intention was never to engage in any armed rebellion. At Kerbala Asghar was only six months old. From the seventh Muharram there was no water in Imaam's camp. Asghar was in great pain because of thirst. On Ashura day, after Ali Akber had been killed, Imaam Hussain was standing outside the camp. He was left all alone and he was preparing to go into the battlefield. Just then he heard a child cry. It was Ali Asghar, tormented by the pangs of hunger and thirst. Imaam walked into Bibi Rubaab's tent. He lifted the child from the cradle. "Rubaab," he said, "I will take him to Yazeed's army. Surely they can not possibly deny this little infant a few drops of water?" Rubaab changed Ali Asghar's clothes. She even tied a small turban on his head. Like any other mother she wanted her son to look at his best in front of strangers. Imaam Hussain carried the child to the battle field. Walking up to Yazeed's soldiers Imaam Hussain said, "This child has done you no harm. He is dying of thirst. I am begging for a few drops of water for him."There was no response. Imaam said, "If you are afraid that when you bring Asghar any water I will drink it, look, I will put him on the ground and you can come yourself and give him water." He put the child on the sands of Kerbala and moved a couple of steps back.You can imagine how hot the desert sand was. Asghar lay there not even wincing. He turned towards the enemy and stared at them. A murmur arose among the soldiers but no one came forward to give water to the baby. Imaam took Asghar in his arms and in a clear voice said, "Asghar, my son, show them how thirsty you are!" Asghar turned his head towards the soldiers. He smiled sweetly. Opened his mouth. Brought out his dry tongue and moved it over his lips. The ultimate sword had been unsheathed ! The soldiers were so moved by this that they could be heard sobbing. Still, they were very afraid of Yazeed and none dared come forward to give water to Ali Asghar. Umar Sa'ad was worried. It seemed that Asghar was emerging victorious in this confrontation against the might of Yezid. He looked at Hurmala, a famous archer, and said, "Silence Hussain!" Then a terrible thing happened. Hurmala lifted his bow. Aimed an arrow at the child. The arrow flew across the hot desert. There was a hissing sound. Asghar smiled. He lifted his head and arched his neck!! No civilized mind can even imagine what happened next. The hissing sound stopped and Asghar lay still on his father's arms. Imaam Hussain looked down at Asghar's neck, he saw the arrow, he saw the neck, he saw the smile and then he could see no more!!! Our Imaam began to feel faint. For a moment everything went dark. He could not see! There was a total silence over Kerbala, broken only by the sound of the gentle waves of Furaat. Even the enemy appeared stunned. Slowly Hussain turned round and now looked at the baby in his arms. The arrow had passed through the tender neck and lodged in Imaam Hussain's chest. There was no way Imaam Hussain could dislodge the arrow. His two arms were supporting the still child. He looked at the sky, and prayed "Ya Allah, give me courage in this most difficult moment of my life. No Prophet ever was subjected to a test as severe as this." It is said that the Imaam was so shaken up by what had happened to the infant child, that all of a sudden his beard went all grey and he looked an old man. With his teeth he pulled his abaa over Asghar to shield the body from the scorching sun. Then he took a few deep breaths, and began to walk towards his camp. As he got near he saw Rubaab standing at the entrance to her tent. He saw the anxiety, the hope, the fear and the restlessness in her eyes. Our Imaam seemed to lose all strength. He could not walk forward towards Bibi Rubaab. He took seven steps back saying "INNA LILLA-HI WA INNA ILAY-HI RAJEEOON". He stopped and thought that he must take the child to his mother. He again took seven steps forwards saying "INNA LILLA-HI WA INNA ILAY-HI RAJEEOON". Once again his eyes met with those of Bibi Rubaab's. Again our Imaam seemed to lose his courage and walked backwards repeating "INNA LILLA-HI WA INNA ILAY-HI RAJEEOON". Imaam Hussain did this seven times. Forward and backward. All the time Bibi Rubaab's eyes remained transfixed on the child. Each time Imaam reciting "INNA LILLA-HI WA INNA ILAY-HI RAJEEOON". Finally, somehow, he got the arrow dislodged. He now took the dead infant to Bibi Rubaab. He said, "Rubaab! This is a test from Allah which no mother has ever been asked to go through. Come with me" Bibi Rubaab followed. With their own hands they dug a small grave! The father and the mother together buried Ali Asghar!!
  2. The Martyrs of Karbala Asalamoalaka ya Shadua e Karbala a.s. Those who surrendered their souls in the way of the Lord at Karbala were the divinely selected ones of the human family. They were ideal personalities with unique qualities which humanity could justly be proud to own in their kind as the matchless gems which the world had ever seen. They were the noblest models of devoted Muslims. The faith in God, the sincere devotion, the dauntless courage, the unconquerable fidelity, the unfailing patience, the charitable disposition, the ideal consideration for life after death and the ever mindfulness of the Day of Judgment which the great martyrs manifested in the hour of their trial at Karbala were obviously the qualities they were divinely conditioned with for the fulfillment of the Divine attributes in a human personality may look into the wonderful sacrifice which Husayn, the King of Martyrs offered in Karbala, in the way of the Lord. It is a historic fact that a large crowd followed Husayn from Mecca but before the great offering he had to make, Husayn started relating to these people through his repeated sermons the sufferings and the gruesome massacre in store for those who remain with him. The Holy Imam made those in doubt to leave his camp. Only the sincere ones who were wholly devoted to the Lord and who were really anxious of surrendering themselves in His way were left. Husayn wrote letters and sent messages to the chosen few worthy of inclusion into his fold informing them of the arrival of the awaited hour. Thus were collected the gems worthy of presenting to the Lord. The Companions of Husayn and those of the Holy Prophet The kind of faithful companions the Holy Imam Husayn had gathered around him was not given to any of the Apostles of God including Jesus and even the Holy Prophet Muhammad to claim such a band of men of spotless character and godly conduct in such a large number among their companions. While one of the disciples of Jesus betrayed hem and connived to get him in the hands of his enemies, none of the other disciples offered to get killed with their Master. In the case of the companions of the Holy Prophet, most of those who claim prominence in their devotion to him, deserted him leaving him in the jaws of death, not once or twice but on every occasion when they felt any danger to their lives. But in the case of Husayn, the faithfulness and the devotion of his comrades in the worst and the most torturous miseries which culminated in the gruesome massacre of one and all of them, is nothing but a matchless marvel which has thrown the human world into wonder and has moved every human heart to sorrow and grief for them, with tears irresistibly rushing into the eyes of men, women and even children in sympathy for the great sufferers in the way of the Lord. Husayn's Martyrdom was prophesised in the Old Testament "For this is the day of the Lord God of hosts a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiated and make drunk with their blood for the Lord God of hosts hath a sacrifice in the North country by the river Euphrates." Brief Notes on some of those Martyred in Kufa and Karbala 1. Abu-Bakr ibne Ali ibne Abi Taleb He was called 'Muhammad-e-Azghar' or Abdullah from Laila daughter of Masu'ud, son of Hanzala, son of Manath, son of Tameem. 2. Abi Bakr son of the Second Imam Hassan, son of Ali. 3. Abdul Hatoof Ansari and his brother 4. Sa'ad (both sons of Hur). Both from Kufa who joined the Holy Imam at Karbala. 5. Adhan son of Omayya-al Abdi. From Basra son of Abi Obaida, whose father had been the companion of the Holy Prophet. 6. Aslam-the slave who was purchased and liberated by the Holy Imam- was the scribe engaged to write communications from the Holy Imam. 7. Anas bin Hars-e-Kahili, son of Baniah, son of Kahli who was one of the companions of the Holy Prophet 8. Borair Zibe Khozair-e- Hamdani - A very old, pious, and devoted companion of Amirul-Momineen, Ali ibne Abi Taleb, one of the prominent noblemen of Kufa. He was the one who came to the Holy Imam begging most humbly to permit him to get martyred for he wanted to die in the way of the Lord and show his face to the Holy Prophet on the Day of Judgment. 9. Omayyabib Sa'd at Tale: He was one of the companions of Amirul-Momineen. 10. Bushr bin Amrual Hazrami from the famous ones among the faithful ones among the faithful devotees of the Holy Prophet. 11. Bakr bib Hai at Taimi: Of the Bani Taimi tribe who came to the Holy Imam and volunteered to be martyred in the way of the Lord. 12. Jabib ibne Hajjaj al Taimi: He was the follower of Muslim-bin-Aqeel in Kufa. Since Muslim was arrested, he hid himself until Husayn arrived in Karbala, and submitted himself until Husayn arrived in Karbala, and submitted himself to the Holy Imam. 13. Jibilath ibne Ali-e-Shaibani: The one who was attending to Amirul-Momineen in the battle of Siffin. 14. Jafar ibne Aqeel ibne Abi Taleb: The third brother of Abbas the Standard Bearer of the Holy Imam. 15. Jafar ibne Aqeel ibne Abi Taleb: Brother of Muslim ibne Aqeel the Deputy of the Holy Imam to Kufa. 16. Jinadat ibne Ka'b Ansari Al-Khazraji: Along with his son-martyred at Karbala- one of the greatest devotees of the Holy Imam. 17. Jundab bin Mujee al Khaulani: One of the companions of Ameerul-Momineen who came to the Holy Imam, fell down on his feet and prayed to be permitted to be martyred. 18. Jaun-The liberated slave of Abi-Zar, joined the Second Holy Imam and thereafter he remained with Husayn and had come to Karbala with Husayn. He was trained under Abi-Zar and was a very pious devotee of the Holy Imam. 19. Jaun bin Malike Tameemi: Of the tribe of Bani Tameem. One who was in Yazid's army. Seeing the Devil's forces decision to attack the Holy Imam, which he never thought would happen, left the ranks of the Devil's forces and joined the Holy Imam. 20. Hars-The liberated slave of hazrat Hamza, the uncle of the Holy Prophet-had come from Madina along with Husayn. 21. Habshi bin Qais-e-Nahmi: Of a group from the tribe of Hamdan. His grandfather was one of the faithful companions of the Holy Prophet. 22. Hars bin Amarul Qais-e-Kandi: A very brave nobleman of Arabia. He went into the armies of the Devil, and found his own uncle there. His uncle asked him: "Have you come to kill your uncle?" He replied Yes! you are my uncle, no doubt, but God is my Lord and you have come here against him." He killed his uncle. Along with him three others from the enemy's ranks joined the Holy Imam. All were martyred. 23. Habib bin Amir-e-Taimi: One who had already paid allegiance to the Holy Imam at the hands of Muslim, was martyred in Kufa. Habib left Kufa and joined the Holy Imam on his way to Karbala. 24. Habib bin Muzahir al-Asadi: He was known as Habib ibne Mazahir bin Re'aab bin Al-Ashtar from the lineage of Asad Abdul Qasim Al-Asadi - aged 70 years. He was one of the faithful companions of the Holy Prophet, who after the Holy Prophet always remained with Ameerul-Momineen Ali and migrated toe Kufa when the Capital was shifted from Madina to Kufa, and accompanied Ali in all battles he fought against the rebels and traitors. His ideal faithfulness and sincere devotion to he Holy Imam has many glorious details. 25. Hajjaji bin Masrooq al-Jaufi: One of the faithful companions of Ameerul-Momineen Ali in Kufa. 26. Hajjaji bin Badr as S'di: Of Basra from the tribe Bani Sa'd, famous nobleman in Kufa. He was the one who carried the communications of the Holy Imam to the pious ones of the devotees of the House of the Holy Prophet in Kufa. 27. Hur ibne Yazdi ar Riyah: He was the son of Yazid ibne Najiyah bin Qa'nab bin Yitab bin Hur in the lineage of Al'Tarbo'ir Riyahi. A famous nobleman of Kufa, and experienced warrior specially selected by Ibne Ziad to command a contingent against Husayn. He was the one who obstructed Husayn's way near Kufa, but he never believed that the venture of Ibne Ziad was to end in the martyrdom of the Holy Imam. When at Karbala he found that the decision was to martyr the Holy Imam, Hur left the Devil's forces and joined the Holy Imam, seeking pardon for his previous conduct. The Holy Imam received him with special grace. Hur was among the foremost martyrs in the way of God. 28. Hallas bin Amro' ar Rasibi: He was the son of Amru ar Rasibi who was one of the faithful companions of Ameerul-Momineen Ali. 29. Hanzala bin As'adus-Shabami: He was the one who carried the message of exhortation from the Holy Imam to ibne Sa'd in Karbala. 30. Rafe' -the liberated slave of Muslim Azdi: He came from Kufa and volunteered to be martyred in the way of the Lord. 31. Zavir bin Amro al Kandi: A sincere devotee of the Ahlu Bait and a devoted companion of the Holy Imam. He was a noble personality very much revered and respected by the people. 32. Zohair al Qaine Bijilly: He was a noble chieftain of his tribe, a man of great influence in Kufa. In the beginning he was attached to the Third Caliph Othman. Once returning from Haj he met the Holy Imam and became a staunch devotee of Husayn. He is the one who bade goodbye to his wife Dalham daughter of Amru, liberating her with a divorce to go to her relatives, and he joined the Holy Imam. 33. Ziad bin Areeb al Sa'idi: Son of Areeb one of the faithful companions of the Holy Prophet. A very pious and brave noble personality enjoying the trust and the confidence of the people. 34. Salim the liberated slave of Amire Abdi: A staunch devotee of Amirul-Momineen Ali, from Basra. 35. Salim the liberated slave of Bani Madinatul Kalbi: Of the tribe Kalb one of the devotees of Amirul-Momineen Ali in Kufa. 36. Sa'd bin Hars and Abul hatoof bin Harse Ansari: These twin brothers had come from Kufa employed in the forces of the Devil to fight Husayn. Later they left the ranks of the Devil's forces and joined the Holy Imam and got martyred. 37. Sa'd the liberated slave of Amirul-Momineen Ali: After the martyrdom of Amirul-Momineen, he remained attached to Imam Hassan and later after the martyrdom of Imam Hassan, he remained devoted to Husayn. 38. Sa'd - the liberated slave of Amro bin Khalid: He volunteered to be martyred for the Truth. A noble personality with a high degree of fidelity and valance. 39. Sayeed bin Abdullah Hanafi: A noble and very influential personality in Kufa uniquely brave. He was the gentleman who carried Muslim's letter form Kufa to Husayn and remained with the Holy Imam until he was martyred. He was the man who, while the Holy Imam offered his prayers in the field of action (Karbala) stood in front of the Holy Imam and received the arrows from the Devil's forces, on his breast, and protecting the Imam in prayers. 40. Salman bin Mazarib bin Qais al Anmari al Bijilli: A cousin of Zohair al Qain. He went to Mecca with Zohair and when on his return form Mecca Zohair decided to join the Holy Imam, he accompanied him and got martyred at Karbala. A man of very noble conduct and character endowed with strong will and prowess. A very pious personality fearing none but God. 41. Suleiman bin Razeen-A liberated slave of the Holy Imam: A truthful and a very reliable gentlemen. A staunch devotee of the Holy Imam. He carried Husayn's letters to the devotees of the Ahlul-Bait in Basra. Ibne Ziad, the Devil's governor of Basra caught him and this faithful servant of the Holy Imam became a martyr. 42. Sawar bin Manyim-e-Nahmi: A highly respected noble veteran of Iraq, travelled all the way to Karbala to join the Holy Imam to get martyred with him. 43. Suwaid bin Amro bin Abil Mataa al Anmari al Khash'mi: A noble, highly respected, God-fearing and a brave personality. He fought and fell seriously wounded, and was lying unconscious, the enemy thinking him dead had left him but when he returned to consciousness and heard the rejoicing of the Devil's forces shouting that the Holy Imam had been killed, he got up, and fought, and was martyred. 44. Saif bin Hars al Jabiri and Malik: These two cousins from Kufa joined the Holy Imam. 45. Saif bin Malid al Abdi a Basri: A leading devotee of the Holy Ahlul-Bait. 46. Shabeeb a liberated slave of Hars-e-Jabiri-e-Hamadani: A very brave man who got martyred in the very first attack from the enemy. 47. Shaneb-e-Shakiri: Well-known in Kufa for his nobility of character, courage, and a revered noble veteran of the town. 48. Zarghaman abin Milik-e-Taghlabi: A lion-hearted, brave who was faithful to Muslim bin Aqeel in Kufa. After Muslim's martyrdom, he joined the Holy Imam. 49. Aaiz bin Majama'al Aazi: One of those six, who along with Hur ibne Yazid-e-Riyahi had joined the Holy Imam. 50. Aabis ibne Abi Shabeeb-e-Shakiri: One of the most pious devotees of Amirul-Momineen, and one of the noblemaen of Kufa. He was one of those who helped Muslim ibne Aqeel in Kufa. 51. Amir bin Muslim at Badi Basri: With his liberated slave Salim, both the devotees of Amirul-Momineen in Basra, joined the Holy Imam. 52. Abbas Ibne Ali ibne Abi Taleb, Qamare Bani Hashim: This is the great son of the First Holy Imam Ali ibne Abi Taleb, from the noble lady Hazrat Ummul-Baeen, who was brought into this world to fulfill the desire of Amirul-Momineen to have his own representative, on his behalf to be martyred with Husayn in Karbala. Abbas is well-known to the Muslim World for the unique divine qualities he was endowed with. This great lion-hearted son of the Lion of God in his qualities and position in Karbala, is next only to the Holy Imam Husayn. The 'Alam' or the Banner which he held on behalf of the Holy Imam, was the Standard of Islam or the Truth, which is hoisted by the Shias, popularly during the mourning season of Muharram, and is revered as do the faithful subjects of good Kings as a token of their loyalty to him. The Banner being the Standard of Truth is only revered and respected and never worshipped as wrongly imagined and depicted by some ignorant ones. Worship in Islam is due to none but the One, the Only True God. 53. Abdullah ibne Husayn, known as Ali-e-Asghar: The 6-month old baby son of the Holy Imam, martyred in the very lap of his father whose martyrdom no human heart can bear without shedding tears. 54. Abdullah bin Hassan ibne Ali: The son of the Second Holy Imam Hassan, a young boy who ran out of the tent to save Husayn when he was being martyred, and was martyred before the Holy Imam. 55. Abdullah bin Bushr Khash'ami tribe. A well known noble personality in Kufa. He came out of Kufa with ibne Sa'd but joined the Holy Imam. 56. Abduallah bin Omair Kalbi: He had come to Kufa from Madina, and joined the Holy Imam. His wife also accompanied him to serve the Holy ladies. When Abdullah was martyred, his wife sitting at the dead body of her husband said "O Abdullah Thou hath entered Paradise, take me along with thee." The good lady had not finished her lamentations when a slave of Shimar delivered a blow on her head with an axe and she was martyred. 57. Abdul Rahman and Abdullah sons of Orawah bin Harraq al Ghaffari: These two brothers were noblemen of Kufa. Their grandfather Harraq, was one of the faithful companions of Ameerul-Momineen. They came to the Holy Imam and joined the noble cause. 58. Abdullah bin Muslim bin Aqeel: Son of Muslim bin Aqeel ibne Abi Taleb. His mother was Roqiah, daughter of Ali through his wife Sahba, from Yamamah was martyred when he went to save the Holy Imam. 59. Abdullah bin Yaqtar-e-Himyart: He was the son of the good lady who had served the Holy Imam as his nurse in his babyhood. 60. Abde Qais Basri-e-Abdi: Along with Abdullah bin Zaid-e-Abdi. Obaidullah bin Zaide Abdi, Yazid bin sabeet al Abdi. These great men well-known and highly respected ones of their tribe came and requested the Imam to permit them to drink the cup of martyrdom along with him. 61. Abdul A'la bin Yazeed al Kalbi al Aleemi: The famous and respected nobleman from Kufa. 62. Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Rab-e-Ansar Khazrji: One of the faithful companions of the Holy Prophet and a Traditionist and a faithful devotee of Ameerul-Momineen. 63. Abdul Rahman bin Aqeel ibne Abi Taleb. Son of Aqeel from his wife Omme Walad. 64. Abdul Rahman-e-Arhabi: One of those who carried the letters of the devotees to the Holy Imam. 65. Abdul Rahman bin Mas'ood at Taimi: Came out of Kufa along with Ibne Sa'd but later joined the Holy Imam. 66. Othman bin Ali ibne Abi Taleb: One of the brothers of Hazrate Abbas, the third son of Ommul Baneen. Joined the Holy Imam on his way to Karbala. 67. Omar bin Janada-e-Ansari: This is the son of the godly lady who came to the Holy Imam and implored for his permission for her son Omar to be martyred and somehow succeeded in getting it. 68. Ali -e-Akbar son of the Holy Imam: The 18-year old son of the Holy Imam who resembled the Holy Prophet the most, was martyred by a lance pierced through his breast. 69. Omer bin Zabi'ah Az Zabiyee: Son of Zabiya at Taimi. Came out of Kufa with Ibne Sa'd but later joined the Holy Imam and was martyred. 70. Amro bin Khalid-e- Saidavi and three others: When these four person marched towards the camp of the Holy Imam, Hur asked the Holy Imam for permission to stop them from getting near the camp for they were coming from the enemy's ranks. The Holy Imam miraculously said "Oh struck them not, they are coming to me with a good hears. They are my devotees." 71. Amru bin Abdullah-e-Jundayi: Of the tribe of Hamden. 72. Arm bin Quart al Ansari: One of the faithful companions of the Holy Prophet and also of Amirul-Momineen. 73. Amru bin Ha'b Abu Thamama al Sa'idi: One of the faithful devotees and companions of Amirul-Momineen. 74. Amru bin Hassan Talee: One of the staunch devotees of the Ahlul-Bait. 75. Ammara ibne Salama al Daaalani: One of the companions of Amirul-Momineen. 76. Aun and Muhammad sons of Jafar-e-Tayyar: Two sons of Hazrat Zainab the sister of the Holy Imam. Aun was her own son and Muhammad was from the deceased wife (Khausa), of her husband Abdullah bin Jaffar Tayyar. These two were only young boys of about nine and ten years of age. The Holy Lady Zainab, the daughter of Amirul-Momineen and Lady Fatimah, brought these two young boys and implored her brother, the Holy Imam, to permit them to free the enemy. At the persistent implorings from his sister the Holy Imam permitted, and these two young souls were martyred before the very eyes of their mother. This godly daughter of Ali and Fatima, the grand daughter of the Holy Prophet, stood quietly at the dead bodies of her children and said "I will not lament for you have gone in the way of the Lord." The whole camp wept but Zainab stopped them from crying, saying: "Let no my brother feel that I am sorry for losing them in the way of the Lord. Today I am pleased with my children." 77. Qarib: The son of a liberated slave girl of Husayn This lady, after having been liberated by the holy Imam, was married to a gentlemen and brought her son Qarib and presented him to the Holy Imam and Qarib was brought up by the Holy Imam. He was martyred along with the other devotees, offering himself in the way of the Lord. 78. Qasim bin Hassan bin Ali: Son of the Second Holy Imam. 79. Qasim bin A well-known noble of Kufa. 80. Qasith, Kardoos, Musqit-Sons of Zohair al Taghlabi: These three brothers were the devoted companions of Amirul Momineen who were with him in all his expeditions against the infidels and traitors. They came form Kufa and offered themselves for noble cause and achieve martyrdom. 81. Qan'ab an Namri: One of the devotees of Amirul-Momineen who came for Basra. 82. Qais bin Mushir as Saidavi: A very pious personality from a group of the Asadi tribe, extra-ordinarily brave, faithful and one of the sincere and faithful companions of the Holy Prophet. He reported himself to the Holy Imam, from Kufa, and was martyred. 83. Kannah at Taghlabi: A very noble personality known for his piety in Kufa. A good reciter of the Holy Qu'ran and a very brave, God fearing, influential and powerful noble of Kufa. 84. Majma'ul Jahni: Son of Zian bin Omar Jahni, one of the aged companions of the Holy Imam. When people began deserting the Holy Imam on the night of Ashura, this old devotee of the Holy Imam remained and achieved martyrdom. 85. Muslim bin Aqeel: The Deputy of the Holy Imam to Kufa, where he was martyred. 86. Muslim Ibne Ausaja al Asadi: One of the faithful companions of the Holy Prophet. An aged veteran who had earned a glorious name and fame for his valor and prowess in the expeditions against the infidels. On the night of Ashoora when the Holy Imam told his companions to find their own ways and save themselves from the wholescale massacre of his supporters which was in store for them the following day, Muslim addressing the Holy Imam said: "O son of the Holy Prophet! Where am I to go before myself getting martyred here"? Muslim was one of the most prominent supporters of the Holy Imam in Karbala, and was martyred there. 87. Muslim bin Katheer al A'waj al Azdi: One of the devotees of Amirul-Momineen in Kufa. 88. Mas'ood bin Hajjaj Taimy and his son Abdur Rahman bin Mas'ood: The devotees of Amirul-Momineen from Kufa. These two were known for their piety and righteousness. 89. Muhammad bin Abdullah ibne Jafar: A young son of Abdullah son of Hazrat Jafar-e-Tayyar, his mother was Khausa, daughter of Hafsa bin Rabi'a. 90. Muhammad bin Muslim Aqeel: One of the two young sons of Muslim bin Aqeel the Deputy of the Holy Imam who was martyred in Kufa. 91. Muhammad bin Muslim bin Aqeel: The grandson of Muslim bin Aqeel the Deputy of the Holy Imam to Kufa. 92. Munjeh--the liberated slave of the Second Holy Imam Hassan: He accompanied Qasim bin Hasan from Medina. 93. Mauq' bin Thamamah Asadi Saidavi Abu Musa: One of the devotees of the Ahlul Bait in Kufa who escaped from the town at night and joined the Holy Imam at Karbala. 94. Nafe' bin Hilale Jamali: A companion of Ameerul-Momineen. Reciter of the Holy Qu'ran and Traditionalist. A noble personality known in Kufa for his piety, who escaped from Kufa and joined the Holy Imam in Karbala. A great devotee of Holy Imam who always remained by the side of Abbas the Standard Bearer of Husayn. He could not bear the least disregard for the Holy Imam, from anyone in the Devil's forces. 95. Nasr bin Naizar: A liberated slave of Amirul-Momineen (The Leader of the faithful). He was presented to the Holy Prophet by the King of Persia and the Holy Prophet presented him to Amirul-Momineen, who freed him. He came to Karbala. 96. Wazeh the Turk: The Turkish liberated slave of Harse Madhaji. A pious gentlemen, a good reciter of the Holy Qu'ran, who came to Karbala, and presented himself to the Holy Imam. 97. Hani bin Orwah: Martyred at Kufa with Muslim ibne Aqeel. 98. Yazid bin Ziad bin Mohasir-e-Kandi-Behdile Abush-Sha'sa: One of the nobles in Kufa. A staunch devotee of Ahlul-Bait. A very pious personality who joined Husayn from Kufa. 99. Yazid bin Maghfal Ja'fi: A very pious devotee of Ameerul Momineen. A learned poet. His father and grandfather were faithful companions of the Holy Prophet. (s.a.w.a.s.). 100. Husayn ibne Ali, the King of Martyrs: The divinely promised and prophesised Martyr of the Zibhe Azeem (The Great Sacrifice) in the seed of Abraham through his son Ishmael, in the lineage of Ishmael through Muhammad the Last Apostle of God, Ali the Ameerul Momineen, the First of the Holy Imams and Lady Fatima, the Lady of light.
  3. Hurtful Tragedy with Hazrat Imam Hussain a.s Asalamoalaka ya Abaabdella -hel -Hussain a.s. Read , Feel , Observes & Think it Carefully . Who is Hazrat Ali Akbar a.s ? According to Hazrat Imam e Hussain a.s , after my Grand father Death Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad s.a.w , I feel sorrow & feel alone without Him & miss Him alot. I pray to Allah please Bless me a child Who Like & speak like & walk like my Grand Father , so after many years Allah Bless me a Child who look like , Speak like & Walk like my Grand Father Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad s.a.w , I was very Happy to see the Child , He was Hazrat Ali Akbar a.s who is most dearer to me , When ever I feel alone & wish to see my Grand father Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad s.a.w , I see Him & do Ziyarat to Him , Hazrat Ali Akbar a.s is the Most beautiful in His yourth , In other words His beauty is Most Higher than Hazrat Yousaf. I deeply Loved him from my Bottom of my Heart. These pleading, which had a ring of sincerity and earnestness, rendered Hussain quite speechless for a time. How could he tell them what was in store for Ali Akbar who they loved and adored so much? When his sad reflections had subsided, he replied to them in a tone tinged with pathos, One by one the faithful followers went out to fight for the cause of Islam which forces of evil were attempting to stifle, and in the process faced death. In their glorious deaths they demonstrated what steadfastness and unflin- ching faith, what courage of conviction can achieve and attain against all odds. With his devoted supporters now sleeping the sweet slumber of death from which nothing could awaken them, the turn of Husain's sons and brothers and nephews came. In spite of Husain's best efforts to send his son Ali Akbar to the battlefield before all his devoted friends and faithful followers, they would not even let him mention it. The thought of Ali Akbar, Husain's beloved son, laying down his iffy in battle, when they were still alive, was too much for them. It would be blasphemous for them even to entertain such an idea! Alas, I only wish I could entrust my Ali Akbar to your care! In my mission he has to play a role, the importance of which time alone will tell. I cannot accede to your request for reasons which I cannot reveal to you; but rest assured that I shall always remember your kindness to me. I shall carry with me vivid memories of this parting and remember you in my prayers. Ali Akbar went over to his father to ask his permission to go out into that gory arena from which no person from his camp had returned. Husain looked at his face; it would be more correct to say that for a couple of minutes his stare was fixed on that face which he loved so much; which reminded him every time of his grandfather whom he resembled every inch. He tried to say something but his voice failed him. With considerable effort he whispered with downcast eyes: Ali Akbar entered the tent of his aunt Zainab. He found her and his mother Umme Laila gazing vacantly towards the battlefield and listening intently to the battle-cries of the enemy hordes. Their instinct made them aware that, now that all the devoted followers of Husain had laid down their dear lives defending him and them, the turn of his sons, and brothers and nephews had come. It was now only a question of time. It was only a question who would go first from amongst them. Akbar, I wish you had become a father; then you would have known what I am experiencing at this moment. My son, how can a father ask his son to go, when he knows that the parting would be for ever! But Akbar, the call of duty makes me helpless in this matter. Go to your mother, and to your aunt Zainab who has brought you up from childhood and loved you and cared for you more than for her own sons, and seek their permission. Ali Akbar was now facing his aged father and his loving mother and Zainab. With an exclamation of joy and relief they clung to him. Husain lovingly embraced his son saying: Ali Akbar with his head bent replied: Bravo, my son. The gallantry you how displayed today reminded me of the battles of my revered father, Ali. The only difference was that, during his fights, my father Ali had not to battle against hunger and thirst as you had to. The light footsteps of Ali Akbar roused both of them from their reverie. Both of them fixed their gaze on him without uttering a word. Zainab broke the silence with an exclamation: Father, thirst is killing me because my wounds have added to its effect. It is usual to ask for rewards from parents for celebrating victories in single combats and I would have asked for a cup of refreshing water from you. But alas! I know that you have not even a drop of water with which you can quench the thirst of the young children. Father, knowing this, I shall not embarrass you by asking for water. I have come only to see you and my dear ones for the last time. Akbar knew what love and affection his aunt Zainab had for him. He was conscious of the pangs of sorrow she was experiencing at that moment. Her affection for him transcended everything except her love for Husain. He looked at her face, and at his mother's who was rendered speechless by her surging feelings of anguish. He knew not how to tell them that he had prepared himself for the journey to Heaven that lay ahead. He summoned to his aid his most coaxing manners that had always made his mother and Zainab accede to his requests and said: Oh God, can it be true that Akbar has come to bid me and his mother the last farewell Akbar do not say that you are ready for the last journey. So long as my sons Aun and Muhammad are there, it is impossible for me to let you go. The earnestness of Akbar's tone convinced Zainab and his mother that he was determined to go. It seemed to be his last wish to lay down his life before all his kinsmen. Since on no other occasion they had denied him his wishes, it seemed so difficult to say no to his last desire. With a gasp Zainab could only say, My aunt, for all my father's kinsmen the inevitable hour has come. I implore you, by the love you bear for your brother, to let me go so that it may not be said that he spared me till all his brothers and nephews were killed. Abbas, my uncle, is Commander of our army. The others are all younger than me. When death is a certainty, let me die first so that I can quench my thirst at the heavenly spring of Kausar at the hands of my grandfather. His mother could only say: Akbar, my child, if the call of death has come to you, go. With these words she fell unconscious in Ali Akbar's arms. May God be with you, my son. With you I am losing all I had and cared for in this world. Your father has told me what destiny has in store for me. After you, for me pleasure and pain will have no difference. The battle-cry from the enemy's ranks was becoming louder and louder. Ali Akbar knew that he had to go out quickly lest the enemy, seeing that their challenges for combat were remaining unanswered, got emboldened to make a concerted attack on his father's camp. Even such a thought was unbearable for him. So long as he was alive, how could he permit the onslaught of Yazid's forces on his camp where helpless women and defenseless children were lying huddled together? He gently put his mother in his aunt Zainab's arms saying: Ali Akbar embraced his loving aunt Zainab with tender love and affection for the last time. she exclaimed: Zainab, my aunt, I am leaving my mother to your care. I know, from your childhood, your mother Bibi Fatima has prepared you for the soul-stirring events of today and what is to come hereafter. My mother will not be able to bear the blows and calamities that are to befall her, unless you lend her your courage. I implore you by the infinite love you bear for me to show the fortitude that you are capable of, so that your patience may sustain my mother when she sees my dead body brought into the camp's morgue. I entrust her to your care because there will be none to solace her and look after her in the years of dismay and despondency that lie ahead of her. With a heavy heart Ali Akbar returned to his father. There was no need for him to say that he had bid farewell to his mother and aunt Zainab, for the sorrow depicted on his face spoke volumes to Husain. Silently he rose and put the Prophet's turban on Akbar's head, tied the scabbard on his waist and imprinted a kiss on his forehead. In a failing, faltering voice he muttered: Akbar, go. My child, I entrust you to God, To ease your last moments I promise you that, so long as I live, I shall after Umme Laila with the affection of a mother. Treading heavily Akbar came out of the tent with Husain following closely behind him. He was about to mount his horse when he felt somebody tugging at his robe. He could hardly see, because his eyes were almost blinded with tears. He heard the voice of his young aster Sakina supplicating him not to leave her. Go Akbar, God is there to help you. Softly Akbar lifted her, gently and affectionately kissed her on her face and put her down. His grief was too deep for words. Husain understood the depth of Akbar's feelings and picked up Sakina to console her. O my brother, she was saying, do no go to the battleground from which nobody has returned alive since this mornings. The scene of Ali Akbar's march towards the battlefield was such as would defy description. The cries of ladies and children of Husain's camp were rising above the din of battle-cries and beating of enemy drums. It was appearing as if a dead body of an only son, dead in the prime of youth, was being taken out of a house for the last rites. Ali Akbar was now facing the enemy hordes. He was addressing the forces of Amr Ibne Saad with an eloquence which he had inherited from his Grandfather and the Prophet. He was telling them that Husain, his father, had done them no harm and had devoted his life to the cause of Islam. He was explaining to them that by shedding the blood of Husain and his kinsmen. They would be incurring the wrath of God and displeasure of the Prophet who had loved Husain more than any other person. He was exhorting them not to smear their hands with the blood of a person so holy, so God-fearing and so righteous. His words cast a spell on the army of the opponents. The older ones from amongst them were blinking their eyes in amazement and wondering whether the Prophet had descended from the Heavens to warn them against the shedding of Husain's blood. What a resemblance there was with the Prophet, in face, features and even mannerism! Even the voice was of Muhammad! But on second thoughts, they realized that this was Ali Akbar, the 18 year old son of Husain, about whose close resemblance with the Prophet people were talking so much. Seeing the effect which Ali Akbar's address had produced on his soldiers, Amr Saad exhorted them to challenge him to single combat. A few of them, coveting the honour and rewards they would get if they overpowered and killed this brave son of Husain, emaciated by three days of hunger and thirst, came forward to challenge him. One by one he met them in battle, gave them a taste of his skill and prowess in fighting and flung them from their horseback to meet the doom they so much deserved. Now it was his turn to challenge the warriors of Yazid to come forward. Seeing that in spite of his handicaps, he was capable of displaying valour and battle craft for which his grandfather Ali had acquired name and fame and which had struck terror into the hearts of enemies of Islam none dared to come forward. Ali Akbar had received several gaping wounds in the course of his victorious single combats. He was fast losing blood and the effect of his thirst was getting accentuated with every second that was passing. He realized that the treacherous enemies would attack him en masse. He had left his mother in a dazed condition. An irresistible urge to see his dear ones for the last time seized him and he turned his horse towards his camp. He found his father standing at the doorstep of the tent and his mother and aunt standing inside the tent. Husain had been watching the battles of this thirsty youth and the two ladies were watching his face: they knew that if any calamity befell Ali Akbar, Husain's expression would indicate it. Whilst watching Husain's face, they were both praying offering silent prayers: Was it the effect of these prayers that brought back Ali Akbar to the camp? O Allah, Who brought back Ismail to Hajra; O Allah, Who granted the prayers of the mother Musa and restored her son to her; O Allah, Who reunited Yakoob with his son Yusuf in response to the aged father's supplications, grant us our one wish to see Ali Akbar for once. Ali Akbar was now facing his aged father and his loving mother and Zainab. With an exclamation of joy and relief they clung to him. Husain lovingly embraced his son saying: Ali Akbar with his head bent replied: Bravo, my son. The gallantry you how displayed today reminded me of the battles of my revered father, Ali. The only difference was that, during his fights, my father Ali had not to battle against hunger and thirst as you had to. Father, thirst is killing me because my wounds have added to its effect. It is usual to ask for rewards from parents for celebrating victories in single combats and I would have asked for a cup of refreshing water from you. But alas! I know that you have not even a drop of water with which you can quench the thirst of the young children. Father, knowing this, I shall not embarrass you by asking for water. I have come only to see you and my dear ones for the last time. Ali Akbar met each and every one of his family. The second parting was sad as the first one, perhaps sadder. Without being told, every one realised that this was the last time they were beholding Akbar. Fizza, the faithful maid of Fatima and Zainab, was as disconsolate with grief as Zainab and Umme Laila. Husain followed Ali Akbar out of the tent. As he rode away, Husain walked behind him with a brisk pace for some distance, as a man follows his sacrificial lamb in Mina. When Akbar disappeared from his sight, he turned heavenwards and, with his hands raised, he prayed: He sat on the ground as if trying to listen expectantly to some call from the battlefield. O Allah, Thou art my Witness that on this day I have sent away for sacrifice one whom I loved and cherished most, to defend the cause of righteousness and truth. It was not very long before he received a wailing call, a call from Ali Akbar, a call of anguish and pain: Though Husain was anticipating such a call, what a ghastly effect it had on him! He rose from the ground and fell; he rose again and fell again. With one hand on his heart he struggled to his feet. Torrential tears were flooding his eyes. He rushed in the direction from which the cry had come. It seemed as Husain's strength had ebbed away on hearing that fateful cry of his dearest son, for he was falling at every few steps. He was sobbing: Father, Akbar has fallen with a mortal wound in his chest. Father, come to me for I have not long to live. If you cannot reach me, I convey my last salutations to you and my dear ones. Abbas came rushing to the aid of his master. Holding his hand he led him on to the place from where Akbar's dying cry had come. Akbar, give me another shout so that I can follow its direction. Akbar, my sight is gone with the shock I have received and there is nobody to guide me to where you lie. Now Husain was stumbling his way onwards resting his hands on Abbas' shoulders. The distance seemed interminable but at last Husain and Abbas reached the place where Akbar was lying in a pool of his own blood. Ah, that tragic sight! May no father have occasion to see his young on in such a conditions. With one hand on his chest covering a deep wound from which blood was gushing out, with his face writhing with pain, Akbar was lying on the ground prostrate and unconscious. With the agony he was enduring on account of the wound and the thirst that he was Offering, he was digging his feet into the sand. With a cry of anguish Husain fell on the body of Akbar. Seeing that Akbar was lying there without any response to his entreaties, Husain turned to Abbas and said: My son, tell me where you are hurt; tell me who has wounded you in the chest. Why don't you say something? My Akbar, I have come in response to your call. Say one word to me, Akbar. Husain once again flung himself on the body of Akbar. His breathing was now heavier, a gurgling sound was coming from his throat. It seemed that his young life was engaged in an uneven struggle with death. Husain put his head on Akbar's chest. He lifted it and put his own cheeks against Akbar's and wailed Abbas, why don't you tell Akbar to say something to me. My dutiful son, who used to get up on seeing me, is lying on the ground pressed by the hand of death. Akbar, for once open your eyes and smile, as you were always smiling to gladden my heart. Though Akbar did not open his eyes, a faint smile appeared on his lips as if he had listened to his father's request. With the sweet smile still playing on his lips, he heaved a gasp and with that his soul departed. The cheeks of the father were still touching the cheeks of the son, in death as so many time in life. On seeing his son, his beloved son, breathe his last in his own hands, Husain's condition became such as no words can describe. For quite some time he remained there weeping as only an aged father who has lost a son, in his prime of youth, in such tragic circumstances, can weep. Abbas sat there by his side shedding tears. What words of consolation could he offer when the tragedy was of such a magnitude? All words of solace and comfort would sound hollow and be in vain when a father, an aged father, gives vent to his pent up emotions. After a time, Abbas reverentially touched Husain on his shoulders and reminded him that, since he had rushed out of the camp, Zainab and the other ladies of his house were waiting for him, tormented by anxiety, demented by the thoughts of the tragedy that had befallen them. Only mention of this was enough for Husain. He knew that, as the head of the family, it was his duty to rally by the side of the grief-stricken mother, his grief-stricken sister Zainab, and the children for whom this bereavement was the greatest calamity. Husain slowly rose from the ground and tried to pick up the dead body of Akbar but he himself fell on the ground. Abbas, seeing this, bent over him and said: My master, Abbas is still alive by your side. How can I leave you carry the body of Akbar and remain a silent spectator. Let me carry his body to the camp. " No Abbas, replied Husain, let me do this as a last token of my love. To hold him by my heart, even in his death, gives me some comfort, the only comfort that is now left to me. Saying this, he made all the efforts that he was capable of and, assisted by Abbas, he lifted the body of Akbar. Clasping it close to his bosom, he started the long walk to his camp. How he reached is difficult to say. It would not be too much to imagine that his grandfather Muhammad, his father Ali, his brother Hasan and perhaps his mother Fatima had descended from heaven to help him in this task. Husain reached the camp and laid down Akbar's body on the ground. He called Umme Laila and Zainab and Kulsum, Sakina and Rokayya, Fizza and the other ladies of the house to see the face of Akbar for the last time. The loving mother came, the loving aunts came, the children came, and surrounded the body of Ali Akbar. They looked at Akbar's face and then at Husain's. They knew that their weeping would add to Husain's grief which was already brimful. Ali Akbar's mother went up to her husband, and with stifled sobs and bent head, she said to him: My master, I am proud of Akbar for dying such a noble death. He has laid down his life in the noblest cause and this thought will sustain me through the rest of my life. I implore you to pray for me, to pray for ail of us, that Almighty Allah may grant us patience and solace. Saying this she turned to the dead body of her son lying on the ground and put her face on his. Zainab and Kulsum, Sakina and Rokayya had all flung themselves on Akbar's body. The tears that were flowing from their eyes were sufficient to wash away the clotted blood from the wounds of Akbar. Husain sat for a few minutes near the dead body of his son; the son whom he had lost in such tragic circumstances; the son who had died craving for a drop of water to quench his thirst. He felt dazed with grief. He was awakened from his stupor by Qasim, the son of his brother, who had come to seek his permission to go to the battlefield. He rose from the ground, wiped the tears from his aged eyes and muttered Verily from God we come, and unto Him is our return . Hardly Requested please Send your Feelings now. How I Improve it better.
  4. 14 Masomeen Sayings / Speeches / Sermons of 14 Infallibles / Infallible and Ahlal Bait a.s http://www.14sayings.blogspot.com Please fwd this Blog as you can & share knowledge with others
  5. Karbala Special, Ashura 2010 TV Show, with Hujjatul Islam Ocaq Nejad Agha, as guest. This video explains everything in brief. And I think it will be beneficial to everyone, especially, to the new-to-shia-Muslims and non-Muslims. The topics discussed are: The forms of Quran and the status of Ahlulbayt (Household of the Prophet) in Islam.Why did Imam Hossein rise?Why do we commemorate the tragedy of Ashura after all these years?The Days of God in the Holy Quran.Why do we cry for Imam Hussein?What is the wisdom behind matam (mourning)?The spiritual levels of mourning.Going to the excess and extremism in azadari and the middle path.
  6. Zibh-e-Azeem' the Great Sacrifice http://www.khanwadeabutalib.com/public/ilm/article/806/58#.VDMlmWddW84
  7. Salam Alaykum, I searched for this all over ShiaChat but either there isn't much here or I'm having trouble navigating. Can anyone please share any information they may have about Hawza short courses for 2014 and/or 2015. From what i have heard, the majority of short courses work in a way that "you bring a group of people and tell us the dates, we'll orgnise the course for you" - i.e. there are no set dates or structured programs which people can enrol into and attend. I live in Australia and would prefer something in Karbala, Najaf, Qom or Mashhad. Jazakallah
  8. Salam Alaykum, Does anyone know anything about studying physiotherapy in Iraq or Iran (preferably Karbala, Najaf or Qom)? Any information whatsoever would be helfpul. Jazakallah.
  9. (bismillah) (salam) I recently heard from an 'Aalim that Sayyeda Fatimah (as) had not 2, but three daughters. He (may Allah bless him) said that there was not only Zaynab al-Kubra and Zaynab as-Sughra, but there was also a Zaynab al-Wusta. This has left me in a confused position. It is well known that Zaynab al-Kubra is the famous lady Zaynab of Karbala. She is buried in Syria. I knew there was a Zaynab as-Sughra, who is also known as Umm Kulthoom. She is buried in Egypt. I did not know of Zaynab al-Wusta, but according to the Shaykh, she died during the life of Imam Husayn (as) and is buried in Jannatul Baqee'. Now I am confused, was there really a Zaynab al-Wusta? And if there was, is Zaynab al-Wusta really Sayyeda Umm Kulthoom, and Zaynab as-Sughra another Zaynab? You see, before I heard this, I though Zaynab as-Sughra was Sayyeda Umm Kulthoom. But according to the Shaykh, Zaynab al-Wusta is Sayyeda Umm Kulthoom, and Zaynab as-Sughra is the third Zaynab who is buried in Jannatul Baqee'. Which one is it? And for those of you who do not know, Zaynab al Kubra means the greater/older Zaynab. Zaynab al-Wusta is the middle Zaynab. And Zaynab as-Sughra is the lesser/younger Zaynab. I know much about Zaynab al-Kubra from Karbala, as do many of us. But I know very little about Zaynab al-Wusta (Umm Kulthoom) and practically nothing about Zaynab as-Sughra. Can someone please clear this up for me? (wasalam)
  10. Salam Alikum Momneen How many of us has walked from Najaf to Karbala this year (Dec 2013) How long it took How was experience
  11. (bismillah) 1st terrorist attack of new year 2014 on shias pilgrims coming back from karbala after ziarat of imam Hussain (AS) At least three people were killed and 24 others injured when a bus carrying pilgrims was hit by a roadside blast in Akhtarabad town in Quetta, police and witnesses said Wednesday. The bus, carrying at least 50 Shia pilgrims, was travelling from Iran to the city of Quetta in Balochistan when the attack happened near Qambrani Road. The bus burst into flames after the intense blast. Panic gripped the area after the incident. Passersby and local residents shifted the victims to nearby hospitals on a self-help basis. Emergency and rescue teams were dispatched to the blast site. An emergency has been declared at Bolan Medical Complex. Security personnel were cordoning off the blast site to control the situation. No group has admitted carrying out the attack but police say they believe the motive was sectarian. Buses leave Quetta every day to carry pilgrims to the Shia holy sites in western Iran and parts of southern Iraq. The area has been frequently been targeted in sectarian, suicide and other militant attacks in the past. Ya Imam e Zaman (AS) come for help :cry:
  12. (salam) Some people say that Hazrat Sakina a.s was much elder than being of 4 years at the time of Shahadat of Imam Hussain (a.s) and there was no 4 years daughter of Imam Hussain (a.s) in Karbala to whom many incidents are attributed even according to Shia history books. But we have heard much about it like she being slapped before Imam Hussain (a.s) by Shimar (laeen) or she stopping Imam (a.s) from going to battle field, her cloths being burnt after the Khayam were burnt, she was slapped by Shimar (laeen) during the voyage from Karbala to Syria, and she died inside the prison. If there was no such child then why these stories? I want answer from any learned brother because i admit i have no deep knowledge.
  13. http://www.NajafToKarbala.info Walk From NAJAF to KARBALA with us - Arba'een 1434 Hijri Assalam-o-Alaikum, Like last year, we would like to announce the walk schedule from Najaf to Karbala. Anyone can meet and join us at 6:45 am (sharp) on 15th Safar, 29th December, 2012 - outside Haram-e-Imam Ali (as) - Bab-e-Tousi... InshaAllah, we'll accompany you with some other volunteers in the walk - You can join alone or with group or family and we will try to help you out, in-case you need any. Contacts can be made from 11th Safar/25th December, 2012 on the Iraqi number, +964 (0) 7711775480 (English/Urdu) or NajafToKarbala@Gmail.com (Anytime and during the walk as well). Anyone coming to Karbala on Arbaeen should not miss the walk! This is a voluntary service. No registration required - just meet up at the spot and walk with us. You can confirm your attendance in advance via email or if you have any other questions, please contact us on the email address or the phone number below. May Imam (A.S) accept the effort and the Ziyarat. InshaAllah, see you in Najaf. Please forward to those, who will be in Karbala, this Arba'een. NajafToKarbala@Gmail.com Helpline +964 (0) 771-177-5480 (English/Urdu) Email: NajafToKarbala@Gmail.com Complete Details on www.NajafToKarbala.info ===== Najaf to Karbala Walking Suggestions Download as PDF | DOC Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq (A.S) said, 'If one of our Shia goes for Imam Hussain's (a.s.) Ziarat, then he will not return but all his sins will be forgiven. For every step that he or his mount takes, 1,000 virtues are written for him, 1,000 sins are forgiven and his status is elevated by 1,000 degrees.' (Behaarul Anwar, vol 101, pg 25, tradition 26; Kamiluz Ziaraat, pg 134) Details: Total Distance 80 Km Total Number of Poles 1452 Poles Distance Between Each Poles 50 meters [20 Poles = 1 Km] Approx. Walking Time Required 16 to 23 hours Estimated Time to Reach the Destination 2-3 Days Preferred Start Time 15th Safar [29th December, 2012] - After Fajr – 6:45 AM Expected Completion Time (InshaAllah) 17th Safar [31st December, 2012] – Dhuhr – 12 PM Who Can Do This? Anyone (Male/Female/Families) Directions: Take an Exit from Imam Ali (A.S) Haram from Bab-e-Tousi (Opposite to Bab-e-Qibla) and start walking straight on Shahra-e-Tousi - After about 500 meters, Wadi-us-Salam Cemetry will start - Keep walking straight and you will eventually get to the Highway (on the right), turn left, where hundreds of thousands of people will be walking towards Karbala – Join them and you will reach the Haram of Hazrat Abbas (A.S) after about 70 Km at Pole # 1452. View Larger Map Landmarks (Poles) – Pole Numbers are mentioned along the road from Najaf to Karbala on every Pole: Poles Starts After 10 Km. Pole # 1 Ministry Office on Left side of the Road Pole # 345 Concrete Walls - Temporary Checkpost Pole # 578 City of Haidariya - Haidariya Hospital Pole # 647 Proper Permanent Washrooms Pole # 960 Large Checkposts Pole # 1183 Checkpost Pole # 1237 Imam Ali (A.S) City - Washrooms, Mosque, Rest Area etc. Pole # 1252 Ministry of Import/Export - Office Pole # 1285 Checking Checkpost - Entrance of Karbala Pole # 1294 [Optional Shortcut] Turn Right – After about 4.5 Km (New 1-100 Poles on this Route) – Original Poles will again start from 1407 Pole # 1407 First Sight to Roza-e-Hazrat Abbas (A.S) - People who Have Turn Right at 1294 will Join here (Note: Remove your Shoes in Respect to Haram) Pole # 1452 End of Poles 25 Meters Bab-e-Qibla - Roza-e-Hazrat Abbas (A.S) Recommended Stops/Milestones: Keep on walking until the poles start - Preferably don't stop before the poles' starts. Try to spend the 1st Night in any Moukkab somewhere between 400-500 Poles. Try to spend the 2nd Night in any Moukkab somewhere between 950-1100 Poles. You should take stops after every 100/200 or so poles to re-group with family/friends and take a rest of 10-15 minutes to ease your muscles. Walking Notes: · Start walking after Fajr and stop walking at Maghrib. · Don’t over-stretch yourself during the walk. Take a rest, when required. · After Namaz e Maghrib, get a place to sleep in one of the Camps or Hussainiyah - There are thousands, so you don't have to worry much. Belongings' Notes: Try not to get too much weight with you. Don't take anything to eat or drink, there is already too much on the way. Take any regular medicines that would be required during the 2-3 days’ walk. Prefer a lightweight backpack instead of a shopping bag to carry stuff during your journey. Proper clothes to avoid the cold - Socks, Hand Gloves, Cap, Ear-cover, Jacket & preferably a shawl. Any suitable cream for rashes. You can get a small pocket Quran/Duas/Ziyarat or put them in your mobile (if possible) to pass your time while walking. Don't wear new shoes - Try to wear something comfortable, that you can walk with. Passport, Mobile Charger (if you are carrying a mobile). Important Notes: You don't have to worry much about doing it completely. If you ever think, that you cannot continue at any point, you can take a van to reach Karbala, there are hundreds everywhere. An average male/female above the age of 10 years is 99.99% likely to complete it on the 3rd day without any issues. You should at least give it a try – it is definitely worth it!! Make sure you know the name of the Hotel; you are intended to stay in Karbala. If you want to make a phone call, make it before Fajr to get your calls through, as they normally don't go through rest of the day due to high network traffic. You can use AsiaCell’s GPRS to communicate. Landmarks/Re-Grouping Stops: Pole # 72 Moukkab Aal-e Abi-Talib (A.S.) Pole # 297 Moukkab Al-Abrar Pole # 458 Moukkab Imam Zain-ul-Abedin (A.S.) Pole # 602 Moukkab Aal-e-Fakhruddin Pole # 795 Moukkab Muzeef-al-Hussain (A.S.) Pole # 1086 Moukkab By Pakistanis Pole # 1237 Imam Ali (A.S.) City Note: There are literally thousands of Moukkab (Camps/Buildings) and you can stay anywhere, you want - this detail is just handy, if you are travelling with family/friends to set a re-grouping point. Sayings of Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq (A.S) About Ziyarat-e-Imam Hussain (A.S): When the visitor leaves the house, each and every spot that he steps on, prays for him. (Behaarul Anwar, vol 101, pg 15, tradition 14) When the rays of the sun fall on the visitor of Imam's (a.s.) shrines, it consumes his sins like the fire consumes wooden sticks. The sun does not leave any sin on his body and he returns home sinless. In fact on his return he is granted a status that is not even given to those who shed their blood in Allah's path. (Behaarul Anwar, vol 101, pg 15, tradition 14; Kamiluz Ziaraat, pg 298) When a Shia knows Imam Hussain's (a.s.) right over the people and leaves his house for Imam's (a.s.) ziarat in this condition, without any pride and conceit, then a 1,000 angels accompany him from the right, with another 1,000 angels on the left. And he will be rewarded as if he has performed 1,000 Hajj and 1,000 Umrah with a prophet or with the successor (wasi) of a prophet.(Behaarul Anwar, vol 101, pg 91, tradition 33) NO COPYRIGHTS. The above information can be edited/re-posted/re-published. NajafToKarbala@Gmail.com www.NajafToKarbala.info Walk Helpline +964 (0) 7711775480(English/Urdu)
  14. “Surely, you have been made to see if (only) you care to see; surely, you have been guided if (only) you care to take guidance; and surely, you have been made to hear if (only) you care to lend your ears.” –Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) I have decided to open this short article with the above quote for one reason. It is my sincere wish that whoever reads it can sincerely and with an open heart embrace these words, and implement them. In this context I hope that these words will guide some of you to be, if anything more understanding of Shia Muslim beliefs. It seems to me that each year around Ashura, attacks on Shia Muslims increase from all sides. From bombings on mosques, to attacks on pilgrims, to YouTube videos mocking Shia expressions of devotion, down to rude comments on social media, it seems that Shias are constantly being vilified by those who have little to no understanding of our beliefs. This is especially exemplified during the time of Ashura. Ashura is the tenth day of Muharram, it is a day of mourning, NOT celebration for Shia Muslims. For Shia Muslims, this day marks a very symbolic event, the battle of Karbala in 61 AH (680 AD). On this day the third Imam, Imam Hussain ibn Ali (as) the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) along with other members of his family and members of the tribe of Banu Hashim (numbering around 100) were slaughtered by the army of Yazid I which numbered several thousand. Hussain (as) only had an army of 32 horsemen and 40 infantrymen. In the days preceding the battle, in a very unislamic and inhumane act, the army of Yazid blocked off access to the river preventing the women and children, including Hussain’s (as) infant son from having drinking water. This move by Yazid, was similar to what his father Muawiyah had done in the battle of Siffeen, where he blocked the Euphrates and prevented Imam Ali’s (as) army from drinking water. When Ali’s (as) army recaptured the river, he allowed Muawiyah’s army free access to the river, stating “they are human beings and though they have acted inhumanely, I cannot follow their example and cannot refuse a man food and drink because he happens to be my worst enemy.” Such was the character of Ali (as) and his son Hussain (as). Despite knowing that they would be slaughtered, Hussain (as), held a night vigil of prayer with his soldiers before the battle. During the vigil, he gave permission to his soldiers to leave if they wished, none of them left his side, despite knowing death was certain. The following day the battle ensued and all of Hussain’s (as) men were killed, when Yazid’s army surrounded the wounded Hussain (as) the commander, Umar ibn Sa’ad ordered a man by the name of Shimir to finish off Hussain (as). Shimir, wearing full armor, went to Hussain (as) and kicked him in the ribs until he fell to the ground, got on top of him, and cut his head off with a blunt knife. Following the massacre, the tents were all looted, the granddaughters of the Prophet (SAW) had were unveiled in mockery, and taken prisoner. Such was the fate of the Ahlul Bayt (as). The reason why Shias hold this event is not because we believe Hussain (as) to be some sort of messianic savior. We remember Karbala because he provided us a real life example of a Muslim exemplifying bravery, justice, compassion, and sacrifice for the truth, in the face of tremendous odds. His example served as a wake-up call to Muslims that their sunnah was being hijacked and mislead by a vile tyrant, Yazid, who was leading them astray. Hussain (as) is often referred to by some as the savior of Islam. This term is NOT applied the same as in Christianity. Its meaning lies in the fact that Islam was being led astray by a tyrant (Yazid) and by offering his life as a sacrifice Hussain (as) provided Muslims with a wake-up call that would put them back on the path the Prophet (SAW), his grandfather, had taught. That form of “saving” is through action, devotion to Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì, and most importantly a living, breathing, example of the faith as the Prophet (SAW) had taught. Just as Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì had rescued the Israelites from the tyranny of Egypt, so too did he rescue Muslims from the tyranny of Yazid at Karbala. Some might say that Shia’s overanalyze this event. But to me Islam is more than just rules and regulations, and banging your head on the ground five times a day. It is a religion of depth and spirituality, and with a purpose. For any human who loves truth and justice, the tragedy of Karbala serves as a powerful example of how to stand up for the principles of truth and justice, no matter how stacked the odds are against you. Karbala is a deep wound in the history of mankind, it’s a summary of the best and worst of humanity, it’s the epitome of good vs. evil, and its tune is a prelude to the final battle on Earth. How you feel about Karbala is a reflection of how you will feel at the final battle. Will you be on the side of Yazid, Hussain (as), or will you simply not care?
  15. The 2nd of Muharram - Arrival of Imam Hussain(a.s.) and his family and friends in Karbala. It was the 8th of ZilHijjah when Imam Hussain (a.s.) converted his Hajj plan into Umra and left Makkah [Mecca] just two days before the Hajj. He is the first haji to do so in the history of Islam. He took along most members of his immediate family and some steadfast friends and set off for Iraq in order to avoid bloodshed in the Holy city of Makkah. On his way, he was confronted by one of the Lieutenants of Yazeed named Hur along with his army. Hur asked Imam(a.s.) to abandon his plan to go to Kufa and that he should accept the Caliphate of Yazeed or could opt to go to some other place which is outside the Caliphate of Yazeed. Imam(a.s.) told him not to demand the acceptance of Caliphate of Yazeed since it was not possible and because Yazeed was a usurper and wanted to destroy the face of Islam. Imam Hussain(a.s.) started traveling again along with his family members and companions. Hur and his soldiers accompanied them in order to make sure that they do not head towards and arrive in Kufa. On the 2nd of Muharram, this group arrived at a place where Imam(a.s.) picked up some sand and smelled it and after smelling inquired from the local inhabitants as to what was the name of this place. Some people said it was called NAINAWA, some said it was called GHAZARIYA and then a group of old men mentioned that it was also called KARBALA. On hearing this, Imam(a.s.) ordered his men to stop and camp there and then said “This is the place about which was mentioned to me by my grandfather and my father. We will stay here and our blood will be spilled here and our women and children will be made captive here.” He then pointed out to various places and indicated that “My son Ali Akbar will be killed here, my nephew Qasim will be killed over there and my brother Abbas will be killed here close by the river and at the end, I will be slaughtered here”. The womenfolk and children of Imam(a.s.) were also listening to this sermon and finally when Imam(a.s.) said “... and my son Ali Asghar will be killed by a spear over here....” his daughter Sakina(a.s.) said “O my father, will the tyrants enter our camps” Imam(a.s.) replied “not until I am alive, I will carry Ali Asghar myself into the battle field”. Ala Lanatullahe ala Qaum-az-Zalimeen - May Allah curse the cruel tribe which committed atrocities on the Ahl-e-bait(a.s.) of Prophet Mohammad(sawaw)
  16. Salaam, i came across this video and i want to know your thoughts on it .. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PogOOpI1j-c
  17. http://imhussain.com/e_index.php?ac=news&id=33%C2'> In the occasion of Eid al-Adha, the Aid and Charity Fund in the Shiite Endowment began distributing subsidies to the needy and orphan families registered in it, in compliance with the directive of the head of Shiite Endowment his Eminence Sayyid Saleh al-Haidary. A source in the Media Department of the Endowment reported that the manager of the Aid and Charity Fund, Sayyid Abdul Redha Hadi Saleh, confirmed in a press release that 6213 families including those who have orphans, widows and divorced spouses are registered in the Fund. The Shiite Endowment emphasizes to the distribution of subsidies before every religious or national occasion, pointing out to the continuous funding of subsidies until the last day of Eid al-Adha. It is worth mentioning that the assistances received are from the General Commission for investing the funds of the Shiite Endowment in the case of lack of aid from the Ministry of Treasury for this year. The director of the Charity Fund said a registration department will be opened in the Fund and will have one condition which is that the family receiving assistance mustn-t receive any other aid from other funds. Note: We are the International Media Unit in the holy shrine of Imam Hussain. Our main aim is to spread the message of Ahlul-Bayt worldwide. Please join our Facebook Group at Hussein Revivalism follow our Twitter account @ImamHusainMedia follow our Instagram account @imamhussainmedia Thank you, may Allah and the Ahlul-Bayt bless you.
  18. As Iranian religious leaders abstain from issuing fatwas instructing their followers to go on jihad in Syria, Iranians from different youth organizations continue to attend mass gatherings calling for the protection of shrines, tombs and mosques from salafist militants. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qsq8T9pgWRo Thoughts?
  19. salam wa aliakum, i watched mukthar nama serial on youtube. i couldnt understand some of his actions (as per the serial mukthar nama) 1st thing - is the serial authentic? why did mukthar al thaqafi lie? he claimed that ibn hanafeya gave him a verdict declaring jihad and that ibn hanafeya made him the leader of the uprising why did he forge the seal of ibn hanafeya? and in his verdict it is inscribed as "mahdi" did he believe that ibn hanafeya was the mahdi? was his aim to secure power (reign over iraq) in disguise of "revenge for hossein a.s." ? he took the help of abudullah ibn omer ibn al khattab to escape from prison twice.why did he do so? in the serial they also show that the shiites respected the 2 caliphs. is it true that the hatred towards them came only much later in the shiite communities? what is the opinion of scholars on him?
  20. Salaam brothers and sisters it is 4:30 AM and i cant sleep soooo i thought i'd start my topic now :) who has been to karbala? Soo beautiful i can't wait to go visit!! My mom and dad are from there and my mom promised me a trip to go to karbala. My friends that have been there say its beautiful and cant wait to go back! Inshallah the day comes when i can go visit imam hussein ( as)
  21. Salaam everyone, I wanted to share this great charity with you. It is Development and Relief Foundation (DRF), and it was founded and is run by Seyed Ali Qazwini and his family. DRF has many projects, including Karbala Hospital, a new girl’s junior and senior high school, orphan support, orphan and widow assistance, and food distribution. Their website is www.drfcharity.org and they are on Facebook at www.facebook.com/developmentandrelieffoundation. You can make a donation and specify to which project you want to contribute.
  22. Salaamu 'Alaikum, I made a video in regards to this previous Arba'een mashi (walk) from Najaf al-Ashraf to Karbala al-Muqadissah. It is unedited just a collection of videos during my walk, also I didn't have an expensive camera, so the quality may not be that great. Nonetheless, this is a video of my experiences which I would like to share with you all. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xwvcrv_arbaeen-2013-mashi_travel#.USwiW9SdY-h -Agha Shabbir Abbas
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