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Zuhayr and Ibn Mudarib

Adapted from: "Maqtal al-Husayn; Martyrdom Epic of Imam al-Husayn (a.s.)" by: "Abd al-Razzaq al-Muqarram"

Salman Ibn Mudarib al-Bajali, a cousin of Zuhayr Ibn al-Qayn al-Bajali, came out and fought till he was killed. He was followed by Zuhayr Ibn al-Qayn who put his hand on al-Husayn's shoulder and sought permission to fight with these verses:
Advance, may you guide, O guided one!
For today shall I your grandfather the Prophet meet!
And I shall meet al-Hasan and ‘Ali the pleased one!
And the one with Two Wings, the valiant youth greet,
The lion of Allah, the living martyr!
Zuhayr am I and the son of al-Qayn
With the sword do I defend Husayn!

Al-Husayn (‘a) responded by saying, “And I, too, shall follow.” As he fought, Zuhayr kept reciting this verse:
Zuhayr am I and the son of al-Qayn
With my sword do I defend Husayn!
He killed a hundred and twenty men. Kathir Ibn ‘Abdullah al-Sa’bi and al-Muhajir Ibn Aws jointly attacked and killed him. It was then that al-Husayn (‘a) stood up and said,

“May Allah never keep you distant from us, O Zuhayr, and may He condemn those who killed you as He had condemned those whom He turned into apes and pigs”.46


46. al-Tabari, Tarikh, Vol. 6, p. 253. al-Khawarizmi, Vol. 2, p. 20.


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