Imam Hussain (A)ís martyrdom spectacle in words of Imam of Era (A)
The monumental tragedy of Karbala has
been illustrated in historical books vividly, and at great length.
However, some historians have recorded this tragedy without adequate
research on this topic. This has robbed their works of credibility.
The last imam from the progeny of holy Prophet Muhammad (S), Imam
Mahdi (A), has depicted the tragedy of Karbala in 'Ziarate Nahiyah',
in graphic detail, highlighting the enormity of this tragedy. This can
only be expected from Imam (A), as he alone is the inheritor and
successor of Imam Hussain (A), and knows best what atrocities were
heaped on the latter in Karbala. We have mentioned below extracts from
this heart wrenching account of the tragedy of Karbala that underlines
the grief of Imam Mahdi (A), for his grandfather, Imam Hussain (A).
Imam (A) being the Imam of his time has power over everything after
Allah. When he narrates this tragedy, it is as if the tragedy actually
unfolds before his very eyes. He from his 'Ilme Ghaib' (knowledge of
the unseen) is aware of certain facets of Karbala that even the most
astute historian could never discern. That is why in many ways this is
the most reliable account of Karbala. Imam (A) has a first hand
account - narrative of all the brutalities that were perpetrated on
Imam Hussain (A) in Karbala, the intense thirst, the scorching heat,
the humiliation of the ladies, Shimr's malicious disposition and the
children's pleas for help.
Imam Mahdi (A) actually witnesses the entire tragedy, and nothing
about Karbala is concealed from his knowledge. Therefore, his distress
and anguish is manifold.
It is hoped that this Ziarat will also leave the readers of this
article aggrieved, with tears welling up in their eyes, as it leaves
our Imam (A) sorrowful, with tears of blood. It is also hoped that
readers will get some insight into Imam's (A) frame of mind and sense
of bereavement, every time he recites this Ziarat.
Imam Hussain's (A) exalted station and
Imam Mahdi (A) deliberates on Imam Hussain's (A) excellent traits in
Ziarate Nahiyah thus:
"O master! You were most careful about your duties and
responsibilities, possessed outstanding virtues, were matchless in
generosity and nobility, always performed 'Namaze Shab' in the
darkness of nights. The ways you adopted were firm and resolute, while
you were the most exalted of Allah's creatures in virtues and
magnificence, and were without parallel in genealogy. You possessed an
august station, boundless merits, were a model for others to emulate,
dignified, magnanimous, most knowledgeable and discerning. You
possessed brilliance and radiance, recognized Allah, were a beacon of
guidance, fearful (of Allah), sympathetic and compassionate towards
His creatures, loved Allah and submitted to His decrees quickly,
"You, are the Prophet's (S) son, protector of Qur'an, helper and aide
of Islam, most eager in obeying Allah's commands and upholder of
covenants and pledges. You remained aloof from transgressors, readily
endeavored in Allah's ways, with your heart and soul, so as to realize
His aim, and remained engrossed in 'Ruku' and prostration for long
"Master, you renounced this world, and looked at it with the
indifference of one who was all set to leave it, and as one fearful of
it. Your hopes and aspirations were affixed beyond the world. Your
endeavors and zeal remained unaffected by the distractions of the
world. You never cast even a fleeting glance, at its pomp and
splendor, and, were always attached only with the Hereafter."
Servitude of Imam Hussain (A):
Imam Mahdi (A) presents himself in Imam Hussain's (A) service, and
sends his salutations upon him as if he is the attendant, while the
latter is his master. Imam (A) exclaims:
"O master, accept my salutations. I present my salutations to you with
expectations of success and prosperity. O master, accept salutations
of the one who has approached you after having recognized your honor
and distinction, has acknowledged your guardianship (wilayat) with
sincerity, aspires to gain proximity with Allah through your love, and
dissociates himself from your enemies. Accept salutations of your
distressed devotee, whose heart is wrenched due to the grief and
tribulations that you were made to undergo, and who sheds tears of
blood in sympathy for you.
"O master, accept salutations of the one who is distressed and
restless, from your grief and suffering. Master, acknowledge
salutations of the one, who, if he was present in Karbala, would have
confronted swords and lances, and laid down his life so as to
safeguard yours. He would have struggled in your path with intense
fervor, and would have wrestled with death to help your cause. He
would have displayed his courage, gallantry and grit in combat. He
would have aided you in confronting the rebels, willingly, and in the
process would have sacrificed his heart and soul, wealth, family and
children, everything, in your way."
Imam Hussain's (A) departure from Medina:
Imam Mahdi (A) recollects how Imam Hussain (A) was forced to forsake
the cherished city of Medina, his place of birth, and the burial place
of his esteemed grandfather, the Prophet Muhammad (S).
Imam Mahdi (A) reflects:
"The time finally arrived when tyranny reared its ugly head and
despotism casts its dark shadow. Oppression summoned its cronies, and
marched forth to wage battle against you. At that time, you had taken
asylum in your grandfather's shrine, remained aloof from the tyrants
and despots, confined yourself to the niche of the mosque and had
forsaken all inordinate desires and craving. You forcefully renounced
the evils in society with all your faculties, and prohibited the
people from adopting corrupt and depraved ways. Then through your
discerning knowledge, you declined from paying the allegiance that was
sought from you, and instead resolved to confront the forces of
transgression and corruption.
"Then you set forth with your family, children, Shias, lovers and
adherents and clearly distinguished the truth from falsehood with
explicit arguments and proofs. You invited the people with wisdom and
excellent exhortations. You exhorted the people towards obedience of
Allah's commands, and restrained the people from giving into their
corrupt and debase tendencies. But the people resolved to confront you
with tyranny and oppression. But you continued to warn them about
Allah's wrath, and exhausted all arguments, and (when everything
failed) you finally decided to wage 'jihad' against them. The people
abandoned the allegiance that they had paid to you, violated the
covenant that they had made with you, and insisted in waging battle
with you, and in the process displeased your Lord and your respected
Imam Hussain's (A) rank and distinction:
Imam Mahdi (A) enumerates the unlimited merits of Imam Hussain (A) in
Ziarate Nahiyah thus:
"Salutations upon Hussain, who sacrificed his life in Allah's way with
Salutations upon the one, who submitted to Allah's commands secretly
Salutations upon the one, whose soil is blessed with healing powers.
Salutations upon the one, within whose shrine Allah accepts all
Salutations upon the one, within whose progeny continues the chain of
Salutations upon the son of Allah's final Apostle (S).
Salutations upon the son of the chief of successors (A).
Salutations upon the beloved son of Fatima Zahra (A).
Salutations upon the grandson of KhadijatuI Kubra (A).
Salutations upon the inheritor of 'Sidratu! Muntaha'
Salutations upon the son of 'Jannatul Ma'wa'.
Salutations upon the son of 'Zamzam' and 'Safa'.
Salutations upon the one, who was purified by Allah, the High.
Salutations be upon the one, who was a source of immense pride for
Salutations upon the one, who was put to sleep in the cradle by 'Mikaeel'.
Salutations upon the fifth individual from the 'People of the Cloak'.
Salutations upon the one, who is a pride of all martyrs.
Salutations upon the one, on whom the angels have wept bitterly.
Salutations upon the one, whose progeny is pure and immaculate.
Salutations upon the chief of religion.
Salutations upon the chief of all chiefs."
The Oppressions on Imam Hussain (A):
Imam Mahdi (A) reflects upon the astonishing tribulations that Imam
Hussain (A) was subjected to, thus:
"Salutations upon the one, who was smeared with blood and dust.
Salutations upon the one, whose government was looted.
Salutations upon the torn shirts.
Salutations upon the parched lips.
Salutations upon the ones, who were victims of untold grief and
Salutations upon those souls, whose bodies were put to the sword
Salutations upon the unshrouded and unattended corpses.
Salutations upon the corpses whose colours were transformed by the
Salutations upon the pools of blood that were absorbed by the earth of
Salutations upon the scattered, dismembered limbs.
Salutations upon the (severed) heads that were raised on lances.
Salutations upon the pure ladies, that were paraded without their
Salutations upon the one, whose bloodthirsty enemies violated their
covenants regarding his honor and the honor of his family.
Salutations upon the one, with the shedding of his blood, the sanctity
of Islam was desecrated.
Salutations upon the one, who was inflicted with fatal wounds all over
Salutations upon the one, whose acute thirst was quenched with the
stabbing of sharp spears and lances.
Salutations upon the one, who was targeted for oppression and tyranny,
and whose tents and clothes were plundered.
Salutations upon the one, who was, abandoned alone in the universe.
Salutations upon the one, who was left unclothed the likeness of which
is not found.
Salutations upon the one, whose jugular vein was severed.
Salutations upon the supporter of religion, who waged a holy war
without any assistance and support.
Salutations upon the holy beard that was dyed in blood.
Salutations upon the cheeks that was smeared with dust.
Salutations upon the plundered corpse.
Salutations upon the blessed teeth, that were jabbed at
disrespectfully, with a cane.
Salutations upon the pure head, that was hoisted on a lance.
Salutations upon the purebred corpses, whose limbs were scattered
across the desert.
"Alas! If only I had been with you."
Imam Mahdi (A) rues the fact that he was not present in Karbala, thus:
"O my master, I was born after the incident of Karbala, and by the
decree of Allah was deprived of the honor of assisting you. I could
not participate along with the others in the battle, and could not
repel your enemies. That is why I shall always feel agitated and
disturbed at your tribulations and sufferings, and out of my distress
and anguish, I shall lament ceaselessly for you, morning and evening,
and in place of tears, I shall shed blood for you."
Imam Mahdi (A) in his restlessness and
anxiety narrates further:
"Then finally you plunged into the battlefield. You wielded your
(sword) 'Zulfiqar', and trampled upon the army of transgressors with
lightening speed. You hurtled into the clouds of dust (raised by the
horses), and displayed valor, that reminded the onlookers about the
valor of your father, Ali (A). Your enemies when they witnessed your
resolve, stead fastness and gallantry, were demoralized, and resorted
to trickery and deceit, and laid traps to overcome you. With this
objective, 'Umar b. Sa'd, the accursed, ordered that your camp should
be deprived of water, and all means of access to the river were
"Then the enemies commenced the battle, and assaulted you with lances
and spears from all directions. As a result of this ceaseless assault
of swords and arrows, you were fatally wounded. Seeing your
helplessness, you were then made the target of loot and plunder.
"You were foremost in the battlefield, and embraced the difficulties
and afflictions with amazing courage, which perplexed even the angels
of the celestial world.
"Then the raiders surrounded you from all sides. They continued to
inflict wounds upon your already wounded body, not giving you time
even to breathe. And very soon you were all alone, without any aide
and ally. You in your solitude witnessed everything, with
steadfastness and fortitude. You remained preoccupied in shielding
your women and children from the attacks of the raiders. Till the
time, the enemies brought you down from your mount, onto the earth.
"You fell upon the earth while your body was disfigured with wounds.
Then the enemies charged you from all sides, and trampled you with the
hooves of their horses.
"Then the perspiration of death appeared on your forehead, and your
hands and feet folded and unfolded to the right and left. You glanced
helplessly for the last time at your tents, children and women. And
your loyal mount galloped towards your camp, weeping and lamenting.
"When the ladies of your house saw your horse, without its rider, with
its saddle hanging, they became restless and came out of the tents.
Their hair was tousled, while they slapped their faces, and wailed and
lamented. They were calling out the names of their ancestors out of
sheer helplessness, and rushed to the spot of (Imam Hussain's (A))
Martyrdom of Imam Hussain (A):
"Then Shimr, the accursed, straddled your chest and began running his
sword across your neck. He clasped your pure hair, with his (impure)
hands and was slaughtering you with his sharp Indian sword. To the
extent that you became motionless and stopped breathing, and your head
was triumphantly raised on the lance."
Arrest of the Ahlul Bayt (A):
Regarding the detention of the Ahlul Bayt (A) Imam Mahdi (A) relates:
"And your women were apprehended like slaves, chained in heavy, iron
fetters, and were made to mount camels without saddles. The sultry
heat of the desert had transformed the color of their faces, while
they were taken around in the desert and jungles. Their hands were
bound to their necks, and in this condition, they were paraded through
markets and streets."
Damnation upon the killers of Imam Hussain
"Woe be upon the disobedient transgressors, who in fact killed Islam
by killing you."
The oppressed progeny of Imam Hussain (A):
Imam Mahdi (A) recites:
"Salutations upon you, and upon your martyred sons. Salutations upon
you, and upon your progeny, who aided you under most difficult
Salutations upon you, and upon the angels in the vicinity of your
Salutations upon your brother (Imam Hasan), who was poisoned.
Salutations upon Ali Akbar.
Salutations upon the infant (Ali Asgar).
Salutations upon the delicate bodies, that were left without clothes.
Salutations upon your family, who were paraded from one place to
Salutations upon those corpses, that were scattered over the plains of
Salutations upon the ones who were forcefully evicted from their
Salutations upon those who were buried without shrouds.
Salutations upon those heads that were severed from the bodies.
Imam's (A) salutations upon those who
visit Imam Hussain's (A) mausoleum:
"Salutations upon those who stand below your dome,
upon those who faithfully hover over your earth,
upon those who circumambulate (tawaaf) your pure tomb,
and upon the angels who frequent your shrine."
"O Allah! Make us share these moments of sorrow and anguish of Imam
Mahdi (A). And when Imam (A) reappears, include us among his
companions, so that we can avenge the atrocities that were heaped on
Imam Hussain (A), alongside Imam (A)."
These were extracts from Ziarate Nahiyah. Illustrious scholars have
recorded this Ziarat in their books, viz.,
Tohfatuz Zaa'ir by Allama Majlisi (r.a.)
Kitabul Mazaar by Shaykh Mufeed (r.a.)
Iqbal by Sayyed Ibne Taoos (r.a.)
Biharul Anwaar, vol. 98, pages 317-328 by Allama Majlisi (r.a.)
better than wealth because it protects you while you have to
guard wealth. it decreases if you keep on spending it but the
more you make use of knowledge ,the more it increases . what you
get through wealth disappears as soon as wealth disappears but
what you achieve through knowledge will remain even after you."MORE