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The Imam Husayn's (a.s.) Nephew, Qasim

Then, Qasim the son of Imam Hasan and nephew of Imam Husayn fought until he was killed. He was below the age of maturity. He had sandals on his feet and, during the fight, one of the straps of sandals came off. In the heat of the action, he stopped and fixed it as if to say that all of these soldiers are not even worth his one sandal.

During the fight Ibn Nafil came forward to kill him, but Hamid Ibn Muslim came and said, "What do you want with this boy? Leave him. Do you not see all the people surrounding him?"

Ibn Nafil answered him, "No! I want to kill this boy!" And he went and hit Qasim on his head and killed him.

Just before he died, he hollered, "O uncle!" And the Imam reached him like an angry lion. The Imam hit the killer and the killer yelled so loud that all of the army came forward to rescue him, but they could not, and, instead, they ended up running over his body.

When the dust settled, they saw the Imam standing by the head of the boy, saying, "Woe to those who killed you. On the Day of Judgment your grandfather will be their enemy. It is hard for your uncle to be called without being able to help you. It is hard for your uncle to reply without being able to do anything."

He carried him and put him with 'Ali al-Akbar's body, and said, "O God! Do not leave any of them alone and never forgive them for what they have done. O, my People of the House! Be patient. Be patient."

Adapted from the book: "Karbala & Ashura" by: "Ali Hussain Jalali"

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