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Imam al-Husayn (as) in the words of the tabi‘in

Imam al-Husayn (as) in the words of the tabi‘in27

1. Mu‘awiyah said to ‘Abd Allah ibn Ja‘far, “You are the chief of Bani Hashim!” ‘Abd Allah replied, “The chiefs of Bani Hashim are al-Hasan and al-Husayn (as).”28

2. When Marwan ibn Hakam suggested killing Imam al-Husayn (as) to the general governor of Medina, Walid ibn ‘Utbah ibn Abi Sufyan, he answered, “I swear to Allah, O Marwan! I would not desire to own the world and all its possessions as long as my conscience knows that I bear the responsibility of killing al-Husayn (as). Praise Allah! Should I kill al-Husayn (as) just because he has refused to swear the oath of allegiance to Yazid ibn Mu‘awiyah? I am certain that on the Day of Judgement, the bad works of the person that kills al-Husayn (as) will outweigh his good works.”29

3. Ibrahim Nakha‘i says, “If I were one of al-Husayn’s (as) killers and still managed to enter Paradise in one way or another, I would be ashamed and embarrassed to look upon the face of Allah’s Prophet (S).”30


27. After the death of the Holy Prophet (s), there came a generation called the tabi‘in. This generation did not personally meet or see the Holy Prophet (s), but they met his companions.

28. Al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali (as), Kamil Sulayman, p. 173.

29. Ibid., p. 147.

30. Al-Isabah, vol. 1, p. 335.

Adapted from: "The Uprising of Ashura and Responses to Doubts" by: "‘Ali Asghar Ridwani"