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Wadih and Aslam

When Wadih, a Turkish slave of al-Harith al-Mathhaji, received a heavy blow, he sought the help of al-Husayn (‘a) who came to him and hugged him. Having seen that, he retorted saying, “Who can be as lucky as I am when the son of the Messenger of Allah (S) puts his cheek on mine?!” Having said so, his pure soul parted from his body.55

Al-Husayn (‘a) walked to Aslam, his slave, and hugged him. He was breathing his last and was able to smile. He felt proud and died with a smile lighting his face.56

Notes:

55. ’Abdullah Nur-Allah al-Bahrani, Maqtal al-’Awalim, p. 91. Ibsar al-’Ayan, p. 85. al-Khawarizmi, Maqtal al-Husayn, Vol. 2, p. 24. In the latter reference, the author says that the Turkish slave was one of the slaves of al-Husayn (‘a) who used to recite the Holy Qur’an and was familiar with Arabic. When he fell, al-Husayn (‘a) placed his own cheek on his, so the dying slave smiled.

56. Thakhirat al-Darayn, p. 366.

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