Martyrdom of the Two Sons of Muslim bin Aqil (A.S) - Part 2
When night advanced, the evil son-in-law of the old woman came and slowly knocked at the door. The woman inquired as to who it was. He replied that he was her son-in-law. She asked him "What brought you here at this time?" The man replied, "Woe be to you! Open the door before I may turn insane and my bladder may burst due to pursuit and due to what has befallen me." The woman said, "What has befallen you"? He replied, "Two children have escaped from the clutches of Ubaydullah bin Ziyad, and he has announced that whoever brings one of their heads to him, he shall be rewarded one thousand Dirhams. While he shall give two thousand dirhams for both their heads, and I have borne pains (in pursuing them), while nothing has reached my hands." The old woman said, "Fear the wrath of the Holy Prophet on the day of Judgment." He replied, "Woe be to you! This world should certainly be desired." She said, "What will you do with this world when it is not accompanied by the Hereafter"? The man answered, "Why do you defend them such drastically as if you are aware of their whereabouts. Come, so that I may take you to the commander." The woman said, "What work does the commander have with me, an old woman, who lives in a corner of the desert"? He said, "I am in their pursuit. Open the door so that I may relax a bit and during morning I may think what mode should I adopt to seek them." The woman thus opened the door and brought food for him. He ate and slept.
During the night he heard the children’s snoring and he searched the house until he found them.
The younger one asked, "Who are you?"
He said, "I am the owner of the house. Who are you?"
The younger one woke up his elder brother and said, "Arise O brother! For we have fallen prey to that what we feared." He again inquired of them as to who they were, to which they relied, "O man! Do you promise our safety if we reveal to you our identity"?
Again the man insisted, "Who are you?"
They answered, "If we tell you the truth, will you leave us alone?"
He said, "Of course. You are in my house and the clemency of the Messenger of God is for you."
They said, "Allah is the judge and witness upon whatever we shall tell you now"? He accepted it. Then the children said, "We are from the progeny of your Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and have escaped from the prison of Ubaydullah bin Ziyad in fear of being killed." He replied, "You have escaped from death and have again fallen prey to it. Praise be to Allah Who has given me victory over you." Saying this he arose and tied the hands of the children. The children’s hands lay tied until morning. And when it dawned, the man called his black slave named Faleeh, and said, "Take these two children to the shore of Euphrates and strike off their heads and bring it to me, so that I may take it to Ubaydullah and earn the reward of two thousand dirhams." The retainer lifted his sword and started walking with the children. They had not reached far from the house, when one child told him, "O black slave! You resemble Bilal the Mu’ezzin (the caller of Prayer) of the Prophet of Allah (PBUH)." The retainer said, "My master has ordered me to kill you, but tell me:" who you are"? They replied, "We are from the progeny of your Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and have escaped from the prison of Ubaydullah bin Ziyad in fear of death. The woman had offered us shelter in her house while your master intends killing us." The retainer fell on their feet and kissing them said, "May my life be your ransom O children of Allah’s chosen Prophet! By Allah! I shall not perform the act which would invite the wrath of Muhammad (PBUH) on the day of Judgment." Saying this he threw away his sword and jumped into the sea and swam away to the opposite shore. When his master saw it he screamed, "You have disobeyed me." To which he relied, "I have never disobeyed you until you yourself disobeyed Allah. And now that you have disobeyed Allah, I disown you in this world as well as the Hereafter."
Taken from the book named: NAFASUL MAHMOOM
By Haj Shaikh Abbas Qummi (a.r)
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