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Al-Qasim Ibn al-Hasan (a.s.)

Al-Qasim was on top of the children of Imam al- Hasan (a.s.). He was martyred with his paternal uncle Imam al-Husain (a.s.), the master of martyrs, at the Battle of Karbala. He was then in the prime of youth. He looked like the moon in beauty, and freshness. He took part in the Battle of Karbala. That was when he saw that his uncle al-Husain (a.s.) was alone, the choice of his house had been martyred. The womenfolk of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) were crying and lamenting loudly. He could not stand that sight. So he went to his uncle Imam al-Husain (a.s.), kissed his hands his feet, and asked him to permit him to defend him, and the Imam permitted him. As for how he was martyred, it is very sorrowful. The historians and biographers have mentioned it in detail.

Aliakbar Ibn al-Husain (a.s.)

Historians are unanimous that Ali Akbar, son of Imam  Husain  (a.s.) resembled his grandfather,  His Eminence,   the Messenger of Allah   (s.a.w.a.)   in appearance and manners.  He possessed the same qualities that elevated him among all the prophets. And what a great wealth it was that the son of Hashim had. He possessed all the human capabilities and lofty values that the great reformers gain prominence from.

Among the outstanding examples of the manners of His Eminence were, magnanimity, great courage, self-respect,  powerful  and  continuous  steps  in  the fields of human perfection; because he considered death preferable and regarded life worthless in the way of nobility and he did not submit to the orders of that spurious one, son of the spurious one. When Ibn Saad dispatched one of his men to call to him, “You are having a kinship to Chief of believers, Yazid. And we want to respect this relationship. Thus if you like we shall guarantee your safety!!”

Ali bin al-Husayn ridiculed him and shouted at him, “Relationship with the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) is more deserving of respect.” (Nasab-e-Quraish, p. 57)

He was among the most righteous sons of the Holy Imam and the foremost of them in his loyalty and defence of His Eminence.

Amr bin Hamaq al-Khuzai

Among the martyrs in the path of religion was Amr bin Hamaq al-Khuzai. The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) prayed for him: “O Allah! Make him enjoy his youth.” The Almighty Allah answered the plea of His Messenger and even when Amr reached the age of eighty not a single hair of his beard was seen to have greyed. (Al-Isabah, vol. 3, p. 53)

Amr learnt the mannerisms of Ahlul Bayt (a.s.) and benefited from their sciences and became a prominent Shia personality. As a result of the great mischief that had started due to the rulership of that tyrant Ziyad and their pursuit of Amr, Amr became sure that the regime was after his life. So he, along with a friend, Rufa bin Shaddad fled from Kufa and took shelter in a cave and after that, he went to Mosul.

The police became tense and they set out in search of Amr. But Rufa was able to escape and they could not lay their hands on him. They took Amr as a prisoner to Abdur Rahman Saqafi the governor of Mosul. He reported the arrest to Muawiyah. Muawiyah ordered that he be executed with nine stabs of dagger because he had stabbed Uthman Ibn Affan. Executioners began to stab him but he passed away in the very first stab. At that time they severed congratulate the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) on the birth of Imām Husain (a.s.) and condole him for his martyrdom, and revealed the reward reserved for the Imām. They showed him the grave of Imām Husain (a.s.), and the Prophet prayed,

“O Allāh! Forsake him who forsakes Husain, and slay him who slays Husain, and do not bestow abundance to the one who wishes to derive advantage from his death.”1

1 Ibne Shahr Āshob writes in Manāqib that one day Jibra’eel descended and saw Hazrat Fātemah (a.s.) sleeping while Imām Husain (a.s.) was feeling restless and weeping. Jibra’eel sat down and consoled and played with the child until Hazrat Fātemah (a.s.) awoke, and the Prophet apprised her of this. Sayyed Hāshim Husain Bahrāni quotes in his Madinatul Ma’ājiz from Sharhabeel bin Abi Awf, that when Imām Husain (a.s.) was born, an Angel from among the Angels of the High Paradise descended and  went  to  the  Great  Sea  and called out between the Heavens and the earth, “O servants of Allah! Wear the dress of grief and sorrow, and mourn, for the son of Mohammad (s.a.w.a.) lies beheaded, oppressed and subdued.” his head and sent it to the tyrant at Damascus. He ordered that it be taken around in Syria.

Historians say: It was the first severed head in Islam that was taken around in different areas. After that Muawiyah ordered that it be taken to his wife Amina, daughter of al-Shareed who was in one of Muawiyah’s prisons. The head was brought and put on her lap while she was inattentive and had no information about her husband’s affair. She was shocked and on the verge of death. After that, she was taken from the prison to Muawiyah. A dialogue ensued between her and Muawiyah which proves Muawiyah’s baseness and his disregard for Arabian Islamic values. That is a good behaviour to ladies and not punishing them for the actions of their husband.

{Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) prayed: O Allah! Join me for my brothers. His companions enquired: Are we not your brothers? He answered: No! You are my companions. My brothers are a nation of people of the last era who have kept their faith on me while they have not seen me. Then he (s.a.w.a.) described their virtues.}

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