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Muslim-the Holy Imam's Deputy to Kufa

THE HOLY IMAM commanded his cousin Muslim, son of Aqeel, to proceed to Kufa and to report from there, after studying the bona-fide of the call from the people of the place. On t4th Ramadhan 60 A.H. Muslim left Mecca with two guides of the route. Muslim took two young sons of his, along with him. The party lost their way and both the guides perished in the desert. Muslim taking the death of the guides as an inauspicious omen and reaching a halting place called 'Altizeeq min Ratne Janne wrote to the Holy Imam informing him of the fate of the guides and requesting him to spare him and depute someone in his stead. The Holy Imam wrote back to Muslim saying:

"This is from Husain son of Ameerul Momineen Ali ibne Abi Taleb, to cousin Muslim son of Agee!. Verily I have heard my Grandfather, the Holy Prophet, say* that we Ahlul-Bait take not omens from events extraordinary. The moment thou receivest this letter, proceed thou as I have commanded thee. Peace and the blessings of God be with thee."

Muslim receiving the reply continued his journey and somehow reached Kufa.

Adapted from the book: "Husain; The Saviour of Islam" by: "S.V. Mir Ahmed Ali"

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