Amazing Incidents after the Martyrdom of Sayyiduna Imam Hussain ‘Alaihi Salaam
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Aaina-e-Qiyamat (The mirror unto the day of Reckoning)
by Ustaz-e-Zaman Mawlana Hasan Rida al-Qadiri Alaihir raHmah
It is recorded that when this blessed head arrived before the unclean Yazeed, he began to touch it with his cane. At that moment, a Christian ambassador from Rome was also present. When he saw this, he remarked surprisingly,
“In a church on one of our islands, there a hoof which is said to belong to Nabi Esa’s donkey. Every year, people come from far and wide to see this hoof and also take oaths through it. We also respect it as you people respect the Kaba. However, what have you done with the son of your Prophet Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim? I bear witness that you people are indeed misguided.”
Another Jew remarked that,
“There were seventy generations which separated me from Nabi Daud (as family) and yet, the Jews still respected me. And yet, you people have yourselves killed the son of the Holy Last Messenger Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim.”
In the evening, this caravan travelled onwards towards Madina Sharif. On arrival in Madina Sharif, it brought with it a scene from Qiyamat. Every house was filled with grief and sadness.
It is said that immediately after the martyrdom of Imam Hussain ‘Alaihi Salaam, blood actually rained down from the sky. A person called Nasra Azdayah admits that,
“When we awoke in the morning, every container in the house was filled with blood. The sky was so dark during the day that even the stars could be seen. Whatever stone was turned in Syria, below it was blood.”
In one narration it is stated that
“This darkness in the sky lasted for nearly seven days and the walls seemed like it was covered by red colour similar to a flame. It seemed like there was a continuous storm among the stars and they were also smashing against each other.”
Abu Sa’eed says that
“Whatever stone was overturned in the world, below it was fresh blood. The sky rained blood. In the lands of Khurasan, Kufa and Syria, the houses and walls were dripping with blood.”
The Ulama declare that this redness which is seen during the dawn was never present before the actual Shahaadat. This redness remained in the corner of the sky, then become apparent everywhere.
The frightful end of those who took part in the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain ‘Alaihi Salaam
Abu Shaykh narrates that whoever took part or assisted in the martyrdom of Imam Hussain ‘Alaihi Salaam, each and every one became victims of some tragedy.
Once, an old man proudly boasted that nothing had ever happened to him. When he was trying to set a light, suddenly fire engulfed him. He began to scream, “Fire, fire” and jumped into the Tigris. However, he could not manage to put off the fire until finally he went to his final destination which was the fire of hell.
Mansoor bin Ammar narrates that
The killers of Imam Hussain ‘Alaihi Salaam became victims of such immense thirst that no matter how much they drank, they could not quench their thirst.
Sadmi narrates that
“A person once invited him to Karbala and people were speaking among themselves that whoever was responsible for the martyrdom of Imam Hussain ‘Alaihi Salaam had died a disgraceful death. The person who had invited me declared that he had also been involved in this and that nothing had ever happened to him. The following night, while he was preparing a fire, suddenly the fire engulfed him and he was burnt beyond recognition”. The narrator admits that when he saw the body, it was burnt to ashes.
Imam Zuhri admits that,
“Some were killed, some became blind and the faces of some became black.”
Imam Waaqidi narrates that,
“There was once an old man who was present during this incident but was not involved. Suddenly he became blind. When he was asked the reason for this, he replied that he had seen the Holy Last Messenger Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim in his dream. The sleeve of the Holy Last Messenger Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim was folded and in his blessed hand was a sword. In front of the Holy Last Messenger Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim, ten of the killers of Imam Hussain ‘Alaihi Salaam lay dead. He then turned to the old man and said angrily, “By been present, you had increased their numbers. He then placed a drop of the blood of Imam Hussain ‘Alaihi Salaam on my eye and when I awoke, I found that I was blind.”
Sabat ibn al-Joza narrates that
“The person who had hung the blessed head of Imam Hussain ‘Alaihi Salaam on his horse, after a few days, his face became blacker than coal. When people asked him the reason for this and also mentioned to him that his face used to always look bright and fresh, he replied that, ‘Every night, two people approach me and grabbing me by my shoulders, they throw me into a flaming fire with my head over the fire. The flames continue to lick away at my face.’ It is said that he had a very bad death.”
An old man admits that
Once he saw the Holy Last Messenger Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim in a dream in front of which there was a tray of blood. People were then presented to the Holy Last Messenger Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim and each person is stained with this blood. When this old man approached the Holy Last Messenger Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim, he admitted that, “I was not present.” However, the Holy Last Messenger Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim replied, “But this is what you wished in your heart.” The Holy Last Messenger Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim then pointed at him with his right index finger and in the morning, he found that he was blind.
Imam Haakim narrates that once the Holy Last Messenger Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim declared to Jibreel-e-Ameen,
“Almighty Allah has declared that in retaliation for the death of Nabi Yahya bin Zakariyah, I have killed seventy thousand and in revenge for Hussain ‘Alaihi Salaam, I have killed seventy thousand and another seventy thousand.” [Al Mustadrak, Vol. 3, Page 485, Hadith no. 4408]
All praise is due to Almighty Allah in that He has taken his retribution from ibn Ziyad for the sake of Imam Hussain ‘Alaihi Salaam. It is stated that when he was killed with his companions, all their heads were placed and people came to see. The narrator declares that,
“I saw a snake suddenly appear. After going through all the heads, it finally came to the unclean head of ibn Ziyad. It went through one nostril opening and appeared through the other nostril. This continued for a few times.”
Mansoor narrates that,
“I saw a person in Syria once whose face resembled that of a pig. When I asked him the reason, he replied, that, ‘I used to curse Hadrat Ali and his pure family. One night, I saw the Holy Last Messenger Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim in my dream and Imam Hasan ‘Alaihi Salaam complained about him. The Holy Last Messenger Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim cursed him and spat on his face. Suddenly his face took the shape of a pig.”
wa al-‘Ayadhu Billahi Ta’ala!!