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  1. Poem & Suffering in Karbala "Where is Hazrat Sakina a.s ???" Umar Sa'ad (L.A) asked Hur's widow to take some food and water to the ladies and the children. As she neared to where they were resting, Hazrat Bibi Zaynab (as) recognized her. She stood up, went towards Hur's widow and offered her condolences for the martyrdom of Hur. This gesture on the part of Hazrat Bibi Zaynab (A.S), who had suffered so much, lost so many, and carrying so much grief in Her heart, is a lesson in real Islamic manners which the world should never be allowed to forget. Hur bin Reyahi (ra) was a general in Yazid's (L.A) army but left the Satanic camp and joined Hazrat Imam Hussain (as). Hazrat Hur (ra) had realized and accepted the Hazrat Holy status of the Prophet's (SAWW) grandson. Hazrat Bibi Zaynab (A.S) took the jug of water. She went to Hazrat Bibi Sakina (as) who had fallen into a fretful sleep. Gently she stroked Bibi Sakina's (A.S) uncombed hair. Hazrat Bibi Sakina (A.S) opened Her eyes. Hazrat Bibi Zaynab (A.S) said, "Here is some water Hazrat Sakina, please drink a little. You have been thirsty for so long. On hearing the word 'water' Hazrat Sakina cried out hopefully, has my uncle Hazrat Abbas come back? When she was told that Hur's widow had brought the water, she got up, went to Hazrat Hur's widow, thanked her and then asked Hazrat Bibi Zaynab (A.S), Have you all drank water? Hazrat Bibi Zainab (A.S) shook her head. Hazrat Bibi Sakina (A.S) asked, why then do you ask Me to drink water? Bibi Zaynab (A.S) said, because, My dear, You are the youngest". Hazrat Bibi Sakina (A.S) replied, no, Asghar is the youngest. Hazrat Bibi Sakina (A.S) took the jug of water, ran towards where Asghar (A.S) lay buried, crying O Asghar, O Asghar. Ali Asghar (as) was Hazrat Bibi Sakina's baby brother. The Yazidees (LA) killed the six-month-old child with an arrow when Imam Husayn (as) requested them to give him some water as he was dying of thirst. This was how the homeless spent their night at Kerbala. This was Sham-e-Ghareban, the night of the homeless. They had lost everything. Their men had died. Their children had been killed. In this desolate desert the fourth Imam, Hazrat Imam Zain-ul Abideen (A.S), the women and the remaining children are huddled where only a few hours earlier stood their camps. Hazrat Abbas (A.S), Hazrat Qasim (A.S) and Hazrat Ali Akbar (A.S) had taken turns to guard the camps. Now, the daughters of Hazrat Imam Ali (A..S) and Hazrat Bibi Fatimah (A.S), Hazrat Bibi Zaynab (A.S) and Hazrat Bibi Kulthoom (A.S), lay awake to make sure that Hazrat Imam Zain-ul Abideen (A.S) and the children were not attacked. The next day, the caravan of the unfortunate was made to start traveling towards Kufa. Hazrat Imam Zain-ul Abideen (A.S), frail with illness, was bound in heavy chains and forced to walk barefooted as the Ladies, including the grand-daughters of the Hazrat Prophet (s.a.w), were forced to sit on bare backs of the camels and with their necks and hands tied tightly in ropes. The caravan suffered the tortures of the journey and when they reached Kufa they were forced to march through public roads and through the streets of Kufa. Suddenly the camel on which the Holy Daughter of Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S), Hazrat Bibi Sakina (A.S) and the Holy Sister of Imam Hazrat Husayn (A.S) , Hazrat Bibi Zaynab (A.S) were seated, stopped near a house. Hazrat Bibi Zaynab's (as)'s eyes fell on Hazrat Bibi Sakina (A.S) and immediately knew that she had something to say. She asked Her and Hazrat Bibi Sakina (A.S) answered, I am about to say something, I know my Dear Aunt, that at this moment it is impossible for You to fulfill it. When Hazrat Bibi Zaynab (A..S) insisted, Hazrat Bibi Sakina (as) replied, O my Dear Aunt, My throat is so dry I do not think I can endure My thirst anymore. Hazrat Bibi Sakina's (as) words were heard by the women who were on the top of the houses so that they could see the Holy caravan march clearly. Among these women, a good-hearted lady immediately got up from the crowd and rushed home to bring water for Hazrat Bibi Sakina (A.S). But when she came near the camel and near Hazrat Bibi Zaynab (A.S), she asked for a favour in return and said to Hazrat Bibi Zaynab (A.S) that when this thirsty child has tasted this water I want her to Pray for me. On hearing this Hazrat Bibi Zaynab (A.S) prevented Hazrat Bibi Sakina (A.S) from tasting the water and said to Her, Dear Hazrat Sakina, first fulfil this lady's request. Hazrat Bibi Zaynab (A.S) asked the lady what Hazrat Bibi Sakina (A..S) should Pray for and she answered that, My first wish is that may my children should never be orphans like YOU. Please pray for me oh my dear child , I see that you are an orphan and I am aware of that God always listens to the Prayer of an orphan. Hazrat Bibi Sakina (A.S) raised her little hands and prayed for the lady. Then Hazrat Bibi Zaynab (A.S) asked her about her second wish? The lady answered, My second desire is that I wish to visit Madina, please Pray for me that God will give me the opportunity to visit the Holy city. On hearing the name of Madina, Bibi Zaynab (A.S) asked the lady why she wanted to go to Madina. She answered, Because it is my wish to visit the Holy prophet's (P.B.U.H&F) grave and I would also like to meet my Holy lady Hazrat Bibi Fatimah (A.S). Hazrat Bibi Zaynab (A.S) replied, But don't you know Hazrat Bibi Fatimah (A.S) is no longer alive? So what, the lady said, I have also served her Holy Daughters Hazrat Bibi Zaynab (A.S) and Hazrat Bibi Umm-e Kulthom (A.S). I will go to Madina to have my last chance to have the honour to meet them. Now Hazrat Bibi Zaynab (A.S) asked her one final question. Dear Momina, if you would see your Lady Hazrat Zaynab (A.S) would you recognize her? She immediately answered, Of course I would. Hazrat Bibi Zaynab (A.S) removed her hair from the face and cried, Then your prayer has been answered, behold Umm-e Habiba, it's me Hazrat Zaynab (A.S), then why don't you recognize me, don't you recognize us all? Umm-e Habiba began to cry and said, Oh God, what crime have they committed so that they are being tortured this brutally? Bibi Zaynab (A.S) continued, We are the children of the Holy prophet (P.B.U.H&F), your Master Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S) has been martyred along with His devotees and left unburied on the burning sand in Karbala, Their heads have been taken and raised on the lances . Look ahead Umm-e Habiba, your Master's head is in front of you, the head whose lips are reciting the Holy Qur'an. From the time when Hazrat Imam Husayn (A.S) fell in the battle field, Hazrat Bibi Sakina (as) forgot to smile. Kufa saw Her as a sober little girl lost in thought. Quite often She would sit up at night. When asked if She wanted anything, She would say, "I just heard a baby cry? Is it Hazrat Asghar? He must be calling out for Me. From Kufa, the next phase of the journey started for the Holy prisoners. This journey was to take them to Damascus, in Syria, which was the capital of Yazid (L.A). Hazrat Bibi Sakina (A.S) was tied with a rope, on a bare camel. At one point in the journey, Hazrat Bibi Sakina (A.S) fell from Her camel. The caravan didn't stop. No one, apart from the Holy prisoners (A.S), noticed the fall of this little princess (A..S). After this incidence, the wretched army changed the formation of the Holy prisoners (A.S). Hazrat Imam Zain-ul Abideen (A.S), was already tied with chains in His (A.S) neck and feet, The wretched army tied His (A.S) son, Imam Mohammed Baqir (A.S)- the fifth Imam, on Hazrat Imam Zain-ul Abideen's (A.S) back and then the same rope was tied on His Sister, Hazrat Bibi Sakina's (A.S) neck, so that Hazrat Imam Zain-ul Abideen (A.S) could not stand straight.. If he did stand straight, the rope used to get tight and strangle Hazrat Bibi Sakina (A..S). Poem! Where is Hazrat Sakina? Visualize a cold cellar, where the only luminance, is the broken stream of sunlight, crossing the narrow cleft in the wall. Within sight; is a little girl, with her arms locked in chains, embracing what seems like a bruised head. She wants to cry, but halts the instant, she sees the blue lips of her father move. She places her tiny hand gently on his lips, sealing every wound on his face, by laying upon it a kiss. How can a father caress his darling, to show his affection to her five year old, when his body lays trampled by the horses? Sakina, a second Umme Abiha, for she reads her father a lullaby, as she brings his head closer to her chest. Father, she whispers; I donot complain of my thirst, my swollen arms; or of my torn ear lobes. I simply wish to let you known, that life without you is painful & sore. Even at these times of hardship and misery, Hazrat Imam Hussain (as)'s little princess always thought of the others first. She would console Her mother on the death of Hazrat Ali Asghar (A.S) and when She saw any other lady or child weeping, Bibi Sakina (as) would put Her little arms around Her. In those days, it used to take thirty two days, on a camel, to reach Damascus, but this Holy Family (A.S) was taken in such a way that it only took them sixteen days to reach Damascus. After the tragedy of Kerbala, sixteen days of suffering the miseries, the tortures and calamities for the Ahl-e-Bait - Prophet's Family (A.S), They reached Damascus. When Yazid (L.A) heard the news of the caravan reaching the outskirts of Damascus, he ordered them to stop, while he and the people of Damascus prepared for celebrations and jubilations. This caravan of Holy prisoners was made to wait out side Damascus for four days. Poem "Sorrows and Sufferings" describes the event as, Through the desert of Mesopotamia they marched on Falling every few feet, due to sheer exhaustion Ali Zain-ul Abideen was mercilessly whipped Even if he stumbled, even if he tripped. Sakina fell down from the camel's bare-back Zaynab raised an alarm; she was taken aback The soldiers were intoxicated, they paid no heed Without any succor, she would perish indeed! In desperation, Zaynab turned towards the spear "Hussain, fallen down is your daughter dear; I am helpless, my feet and hands are bound." The spear, with Hussain's head, got planted down! Khooli jumped down, to uproot the spear The stooges rushed forth, from far and near The spear remained stuck as if cemented The impact would be great, if soldiers got scent. Shimr approached Ali; his anger was boiling The Imam looked at the head; tears were trickling He turned his gaze, Zaynab caught his weeping eye "Sakina has toppled over, the child may die!" Shimr picked up the unconscious exhausted child Dumping her in Zaynab's arms, rushed the hostile Khooli could now lift the spear from the ground The caravan proceeded quietly, onwards bound
  2. Salam my fellow brothers and sisters, I had a question regarding the death of the 3rd Imam, Hussein(as). While having a discussion with a Sunni friend of mines about shi'a beliefs he brought up the idea that the people of present day Karabla ancestors had killed the 3rd Imam(as). He then claimed this was the reason behind the hitting of oneself on Ashura. They felt responsible and this was a way to show their sorrow to the Imam. My questions are as followed: 1. Does this story have any truth to it? 2. If it doesn't, why would our sunni brothers claim this? 3. If there is any truth to it, can someone explain the story to me with a reliable source to back it up? Peace be upon you all and much thanks to those that can help a brother on his path of knowledge.
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