Prophecy of the Martyrdom of Imam Husayn (‘a) in the Musnad of Ibn Hanbal
Ibn Hanbal says:
Muhammad bin ‘Ubayd has related to us from Sharhab?l bin Madrak from ‘Abdull?h bin Nujayy from his father who narrates that he was marching with (Imam) ‘Al? [(‘a)] towards Siff?n and when we reached Ninevah, (Imam) ‘Al? [(‘a)] cried in a loud voice:
“O Ab? ‘Abdill?h! Be patient. O Ab? ‘Abdill?h! Be patient beside the River Euphrates.”
I asked him:
“Once when I went to the Prophet I saw tears in his eyes and asked him:
O Messenger of Allah (S) who has made you upset? Why are your eyes moist with tears?
Bal q?ma min ‘ind? Jibra’?lu qabl, fahaddathan? anna al-Husayn yuqtulu bishatt al-Fur?t. Q?la: Hal laka an ushimaka min turbatih? Q?la: Qultu: Na‘am. Famadda yadahu faqabaza qabzatan min tur?bin fa a‘t?n?h?. falam amliku ‘ayn? an f?zat? (A while ago [the Archangel] Gabriel left. He has informed me that indeed Husayn will be killed beside the River Euphrates.
Then he [the Prophet] said:
Do you like to smell part of his soil [where Imam Husayn (‘a) will be killed].
He stretched his hand and taking a fistful of soil gave it to me. As a result, tears started rolling down uncontrollably from my eyes.)”
The annotator of the Musnad regards the isn?d of this hadith as sah?h and writes that Nujayy is not the only one to narrate this from Imam ‘Al? (‘a).
 Ibn Hunbal's Musnad, hadith no. 6480 (Ahmad Sh?kir).
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