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Hanzalah al-Shabami

Adapted from: "Maqtal al-Husayn; Martyrdom Epic of Imam al-Husayn (a.s.)" by: "Abd al-Razzaq al-Muqarram"

Hanzalah Ibn Sa’d al-Shabami called out, “O folks! I fear for you the like of the day of al-Ahzab, the like of the people of Noah, of ‘Ad, of Thamud, and of those who came after them. Allah never intends to deal unjustly with His servants.

O people! I fear for you the Day of Arguing, when you go without having anyone to protect you from Allah. Whoever Allah permits to stray, none can guide him. O people! Do not kill Husayn else Allah should chastize you with a terrible chastisement, and those who falsify shall be disappointed.”

Al-Husayn (‘a) prayed Allah to reward him well for having made such a statement saying, “May Allah have mercy on you! They have now become worthy of the chastisement because they rejected your call to the truth and rose to spill your blood and that of your companions; how is it now that they have killed their righteous brethren?”

Hanzalah said, “You have said the truth, O son of the Messenger of Allah! Are we not going to the hereafter?” Al-Husayn (‘a) then permitted him to go to perform jihad, so he bid al-Husayn (‘a) farewell and advanced. He fought till he was killed.60


60. al-Tabari, Tarikh, Vol. 6, p. 254.


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