Martyrdom of Hazrat Ali Akbar (as)
by : Fatima Jafri
The night of Shabe-Ashoora was scorching and miserable. The echoes for water haunted Imam Husayn (AS). What could our Imam do for these parched and famished children? Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS) was the son of Imam Husayn (AS). He was a handsome young man of eighteen. He so much resembled the Holy Prophet (SAW) that Imam Husayn (AS) was often heard to say that whenever I want to remember the Holy Prophet (SAW) I look at Akbar (AS). Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS) had a powerful beautiful voice. It was he who always recited adhaan.
The morning of Ashoora was no different, Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS) recited adhaan. Every one knew that it was the last time they would hear his brawny and beautiful adhaan. Imam Husayn (AS) began to weep and the ladies could also front of Imam Husayn (AS). He said, "Father please I request for permission to go and fight the enemies of Islam." Imam looked at his son lovingly. He said, "Akbar, you have my permission. May Allah be with you! But Akbar, you know how much your mother, sisters and aunts love you. Go and say farewell to them. And ask for their permission too".
Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS) went into the tent of his mother. Every time he wanted to come out of the tent his mother, aunts and sisters would pull his cloak and say, "O Akbar, How can we live without you!" The flap of the tent would continuously open and close. The Bibia could not see this young man go into the battlefield.
Umme-Laila (AS) sorrowfully let her adored son go but knew she was doing the right thing in her heart. Bibi Zainab (AS) was the most reluctant to let her beloved nephew go, she said, "I would sacrifice a thousand lives to save Bibi Fatima’s (AS) son, Husayn." Finally, Imam Husayn (AS) had to go in and plead with all to let his son go. Imam helped his youthful son to mount the horse.
Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS) looked back and said for the last time "Khuda Hafiz" to all. As Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS) began to the ride towards the battlefield, he heard footsteps behind. He looked back and saw his father. He said, "Father, we have said good-bye. Why are you walking behind me". Imam Husayn (AS) replied, "I want to see my son for as long as I can. I will stop now but please look back every step. I want to see my son for as long as I can." Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS) fought very bravely. No one dared come close to him in single combat after he had killed many well-known warriors. Umar Sa'ad ordered his soldiers to finish off the young man saying, "When he dies, Husayn will not want tolive! Ali Akbar is the life of Husayn." This sad statement was so true. While a few soldiers attacked Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS) another slowly crept up to him and threw a spear at his chest with such ferocity that it penetrated Ali Akbar’s (AS) chest and he felt faint.
As he was falling from his horse, he cried out. "O Father, my last salaams to you!" As he hit the ground the spear broke but the blade remained lodged in Hazrat Ali Akbar's (AS) chest. When Imam Husayn (AS) heard Hazrat Ali Akbar's (AS) salaam he looked at Furaat where Hazrat Abbas (AS) lay and said, "Abbas! Now when your brother needs you most, where have you gone? Oh Abbas". With all his strength sapped by the anguish in Ali Akbar's (AS) voice, Imam Husayn (AS) began to walk towards the battlefield. When Imam Husayn (AS) got to where Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS) lay he took him in his arms. Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS) had his right hand on the chest. He placed his left arm over the shoulder of his father. Imam Husayn (AS) said, "Akbar, why do you embrace me with one arm only?" Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS) would not reply. Imam Husayn (AS) tried to move Hazrat Akbar’s (AS) hand, however he resisted. Imam (AS) gently moved the hand. Then he saw one of the most horrific sights of the day of Ashoora! He saw the blade of a spear.
Imam Husayn (AS) laid Ali Akbar (AS) on the ground and then sitting on his knees he put both his hands on the blade of the spear. He then looked at Najaf, and cried out, "Baba Ya Mushkil Khusha (Help me Baba!)" He pulled out the blade, Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS) took a deep sigh, and then lay still forever. At such a young age Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS) gave up his life for Islam. His bravery and faith should be a lesson for all of us to overcome our daily jihad to stand up for the respect of our religion it so undeniably deserves. Imam Husayn’s (AS) family sacrificed their lives for Islam and that alone deserves much respect.
May Allah Give Our Young Generation The Taufeeq To Follow The Footpath Of Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS) And Allah Give Life, Health And Iman To Our Youth For The Sake Of Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS) Ameen.
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