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Martyrdom of the Two Sons of Muslim bin Aqil (A.S) - Part 1

Shaikh Sadooq has related in his Amali from his father (Ibne Babawayh Awwal), from Ali bin Ibraheem, who relates from his father, from Ibraheem bin Raja, from Ali bin Jabir, from Usman bin Dawood Hashmi, from Mohammad bin Muslim, from Humran bin A'ayan from Abu Mohammad, one of the noblemen of Kufa. He says that when Imam Hussein (A.S) was martyred, two infant boys from his cantonment were arrested and taken to Ubaydullah bin Ziyad. Ubaydullah called for the prison guard and said, "Take away these two children and imprison them. Do not give them good food or cold water, and harass them."

The infants fasted during the day and when night came the guard brought two breads of barley and a jar of water for them. When one year passed in this manner, one of them said to the other, "We have spent quite a long time in the prison and our lives are passing away, while our bodies have worn out. When the old prison guard comes to us, we shall reveal to him our status and ancestry, so that he might be compassionate towards us." Thus during night as usual the old prison guard came with two breads of barley and a jar of water. The younger one said, "O Shaikh! Do you know Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)"? He replied, "How should I not know him, for he is my Prophet." The child then said, "Do you then know Ja’far bin Abi Talib (A.S)", to which he replied in the affirmative and said, "Allah has bestowed him with two wings, so he flies along with the Angels wherever he desires." The child then said, "Do you then know Ali bin Abi Talib (A.S)"? The old man said, "Yes I do know him, for he is the cousin and brother of my Prophet." The child retorted, "O Shaikh! We are from the progeny of your Prophet and are the sons of Muslim bin Aqeel bin Abi Talib (A.S). We have been in prison under you for a long time. You do not give us good food and you persecute us in the prison." The prison guard fell upon their feet and said, "May my life be your ransom O progeny of the chosen Prophet of Allah! The doors of this prison are open for you; you may go away to whichever place you desire." When night fell, he brought two bread of barley and a jar of water and showed them the way, then said, "Travel during the night and hide during the day till Allah grants you relief."

The two children came out at night and went to the house of an old woman and said, "We are small travelers and do not know the road, and the darkness of the night has fallen. Give us refuge in your house for today’s night, and we shall go away as soon as it dawns." The woman said, "Who are you my dear ones? I have never smelt a similar fragrance which is emanating from you." They replied, "O woman! We are from the progeny of the Prophet and have escaped from the prison of Ubaydullah bin Ziyad." The woman said, "O dear ones! My son-in-law is an evil man, who was present in the massacre of Karbala among the faithful of Ubaydullah. I fear lest he finds you here and kills you." The children replied, "We desire to halt here only for a night, and as soon as it dawns, we shall go away from here." The woman agreed and brought some food for them. The children had food and water and went to sleep. The younger brother said to the elder one, "O dear brother! I desire that we spend this night in peace. Come closer so that we may embrace one another and go to sleep lest death might part us." They embraced each other and went to sleep.

Taken from the book named: NAFASUL MAHMOOM

By Haj Shaikh Abbas Qummi (a.r)

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