Abd Allah al-Zubayr or ibn Zubayr (Arabic: عبد الله بن الزبير ‘Abdallāh ibn az-Zubayr; 624–692) was an Arab sahabi whose father was Zubayr ibn al-Awwam, and whose mother was Asma bint Abi Bakr, daughter of the first Caliph Abu Bakr. He was the nephew of Aisha, the third wife of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad. Abd-Allah ibn al-Zubayr was the first Muslim to be born in Medina after the hijrah.
Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr was a member of the Bani Hashim tribe and was born one year and 8 months after the hijra of Muhammad to Medina. As such, he was the first Muslim child born in Medina. He was the cousin of Qasim ibn Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr who, in turn, was the grandfather of Jafar al-Sadiq.
Ibn ‘Abbas said about him: “his (maternal) grandfather, Abu Bakr was (the Prophet’s) companion in the cave, his mother, Asma’ was ‘Dhatun-Nitaq’, his aunt, ‘Aisha was the mother of the Believers, his paternal aunt, Khadija was the wife of the Prophet , and the paternal aunt of the Prophet was his grandmother. He himself is pious and chaste in Islam, well versed in the Knowledge of the Quran”.
As a young man, Abd Allah was an active participant in numerous Muslim campaigns against both the Byzantine and Sassanid empires. He marched to Sbeitla, Tunisia, the capital of self-proclaimed local emperor Gregory the Patrician. Gregory was defeated and killed in the Battle of Sufetula in 647 CE. After the death of Uthman ibn Affan, he stayed politically inactive during the civil wars that followed; however when the Umayyad Dynasty came to power and Yazid I became the heir apparent he refused to swear allegiance
After Muawiyah I died in 680, his son Yazid I became Caliph, in the process also becoming the first one through inheritance. Both Husayn bin Ali, the grandson of Muhammad, and al Zubayr were instructed to give the Bay’ah (pledge of allegiance) to Yazid, which each refused. Both believed Yazid’s ascension to the Caliphate as illegitimate. These disagreements would lead to the period of political and military disorder known as the Second Fitna.
Muawiyah is reputed to have told his son Yazid to defeat Hussein, who was surely preparing an army against him, and to deal with him gently thereafter as Hussein was a descendent of Muhammad; but to deal with Abdullah al Zubayr swiftly, as Muawiyah feared him the most.
Ibn al-Zubayr’s caliphate
Upon the accession of Yazid I, al-Zubayr refused to swear allegiance to the new caliph, and went to Mecca. He advised Husayn bin Ali to make Mecca his base and fight against Yazid.
When Hussain was martyred in Karbala, Ibn al-Zubair collected the people of Mecca and made the following speech:
“O people! No other people are worse than Iraqis and among the Iraqis, the people of Kufa are the worst. They repeatedly wrote letters and called Imam Husayn to them and took bay’at (allegiance) for his caliphate. But when Ibn Zeyad arrived in Kufa, they rallied around him and martyr Imam Husayn who was pious, observed the fast, read the Quran and deserved the caliphate in all respects
After his speech, the people of Mecca declared that no one deserved the caliphate more than Ibn al-Zubair and requested to take an oath of allegiance to his caliphate. When he heard about this, Yazid had a silver chain made and sent to Mecca with the intention of having Walid ibn Utbah arrest Ibn al-Zubair with it.
In Mecca and Medina Husayn’s family had a strong support base and the people were willing to stand up for them. Husayn’s remaining family moved back to Medina.
Eventually he consolidated his power by sending a governor to Kufa. Soon, Ibn Zubayr established his power in Iraq, southern Arabia and in the greater part of Syria, and parts of Egypt. Ibn Zubayr benefited greatly from widespread dissatisfaction among the populace with Umayyad rule. Yazid tried to end Ibn Zubayr’s rebellion by invading the Hejaz, and took Medina after the bloody Battle of al-Harrah. He then invaded the Tihamah and lay siege to Mecca but his sudden death, in 683,ended the campaign and threw the Umayyads into disarray with civil war eventually breaking out.
Death by Abd al-Malik
The Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik then sent against ibn al-Zubayr the general al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf. When Hajjaj approached Mecca, he sent a letter to Abdullah ibn al-Zubayr telling him he had three choices; to be taken and chained to Abd al-Malik who was then the caliph of Damascus; to leave by himself wherever he wished, renouncing claim on all the lands he had under his control; or to continue fighting to the death. He then went to his mother (Asma bint Abu Bakr) for advice, and she was over a hundred years old. So Abdullah ibn al-Zubayr said to his mother:
In death I will find peace and tranquility. My people have deserted me, even my children and my family, and I am left with a handful of men around me. And the people (al-Hajjaj) are willing to give me whatever I want from this world (i.e. they would let him leave freely without hindrance). So what is your counsel?
Thereupon Asma replied to her son:
You know better than me your circumstances. But I say to you this: if you know you are upon the truth, go forth and die like your companions; and if you are after this world, then you are the most wretched of men, for you have wasted yourself and those who are with you. And for how long shall you live in this world? And if you are upon the truth, but now that your companions have left you, you have become weak… this is not the action of a free man and a man of the deen.
Then he said, “I am afraid I will be mutilated by the people of al-Sham”, to which she replied “My son, a slaughtered goat does not feel the pain when it is skinned”. He kissed her upon the forehead and said:
I swear by Allah, this is my opinion. I have no desire to live in this world, for my aspiration is the life of the hereafter, and all my life I have stood up for truth. But I wanted to know your opinion so that your opinion strengthens my opinion!
And then his mother said, “Come closer my son!” When he came closer to her, she embraced him and when she did so, she felt that he had some metal armour on. And she said, “O’ my son! What is this? For people who want Shahaadah don’t wear this!” He said, “O’ my mother! I only did this to comfort you!” She said:
My son, take it off. Tie your belt so when you fall, your ‘awrah is not exposed! Fight with bravery for you are the son of Zubayr and the grandson of Abu Bakr and your grandmother was Safiyyah.
That day he fought bravely and would repel huge numbers of men until finally, they threw a rock upon him and he was on the floor and was still fighting. Then they cut off his leg and finally, they martyred him. And when they martyred him, al-Hajjaj came to the mother of Abdullah and wanted to break her resolve, and he said, “How has Allah dealt with His enemy?” but she answered, “You have ruined his life, but he has ruined for you the hereafter!”
They beheaded Abdullah ibn Zubayr and stuck his body up on a cross. The men of al Hajjaj were saying, “Allahu Akbar, Takbir!” and Abdullah ibn ‘Umar went by and he heard them saying that, and he turned towards his body and said,
I was there the day Abdullah was born and I am here the day he has died, and I heard those who said Takbir the day he was born and I heard those who have said Takbir the day he has died, and I swear by Allah those who said Takbir the day when he was born were far greater than those who have said Takbir today!
The soldiers went to al Hajjaj and said, “Take his body down, it has been up for days.” to which he responded, “I swear by Allah I will not take it down until Asma’ begs me.”
And when they told Asma’ that, she said, “Take me to where the body of my son is.” She made du’a for her son and said, “Isn’t it time that knight of Allah was allowed to come off his horse?” And when they told this to al-Hajjaj, he felt so little and mean that he brought the body down.
Hazrat Abdullāh ibn Zubair radiy-Allāhu ta’ala anhu :
Aap ki wilaadat 2 Hijri me (Hijrat ke 1 saal aur 8 mahine baad) (624 A.D.) Madeena munawwara me hui.
Aap ke waalid ka naam Hazrat Zubair ibn Awwaam radiy-Allāhu ta’ala anhu aur waalida ka naam Hazrat Asma binte Abu Bakr Siddeeq radiy-Allāhu ta’ala anha hain.
Aap ke waalid Ashra e mubashara me se hain.
Aap Bani Asad qabeele se ta’alluq rakhte hain.
Jab aap ki waalida Makka se Madeena hijrat karke jaa rahi thi to Madeena pahuchne par un ko dard shuru ho gaya aur beta paida hua. Is tarah aap hijrat ke baad paida hone wale sab se pehle muslim bache hain.
Aap ko Huzoor sallallāhu alaihi wa sallam ke paas laaya gaya to pyare Aaqa ne aap ko chuma aur phir khajoor chabaakar kar us ke munh me rakhi (Tahneek).
Aap bachpan se hi ibaadat guzaar aur parhezgaar the.
Aap bahot bahaadur the.
27 baras ki umr me Africa, Spain aur Istanbul (Constantinople) ke khilaaf jung me Aap ne apna shuja’at dikhaai.
Hazrate Umar Faarooq radiy-Allāhu ta’ala anhu ke zamaane me Jung e Ifriqiyah (Tunisia) me jab 20000 Musalmano ne 120000 ke kaafiro ke lashkar ka muqaabala kiya. Us me aap ne bahaaduri ke saath kaafir baadshaah aur us ke muhaafiz pehredaaro ko qatl kar diya aur ‘Allāhu akbar’ ka naara buland kiya. Is se musalmano ke hosle buland ho gaye aur phir musalmano ko fateh haasil hui.
Jab muslim lashkar ke sardaar Hazrat Abdullāh ibn Abi Sarh radiy-Allāhu ta’ala anhu ko is baat ka pata chala to unho ne Aap ko mubarakbaad di aur Ameer ul mo’mineen Hazrate Umar Faarooq radiy-Allāhu ta’ala anhu ko is fateh ki khushkhabari sunaane ka sharf aur izzat ata farmai.
Hazrate Ameer Muawiyah ke wisaal ke baad jab Yazeed ne aap ko us ki bai’at aur khilaafat qubool karne ke liye kaha to aap ne inkaar kiya.
Aap ne Imaame Husain radiy-Allāhu ta’ala anhu ko apne saathiyo ke saath Makka jaane ke liye aur Yazeed ka muqaabala karne ke liye mashwara diya. Aur aap bhi un ke saath Makka tashreef le gaye.
Jab Karbala me Hazrat Imaam e Husain radiy-Allāhu ta’ala anhu aur jaan-nisaar e ahle bait ke shaheed hone ki khabar mili to aap ne ahle Makka ko jama karke taqreer ki ke ‘Iraqi se zyada bure koi nahi hain aur un me ahle Kufa sab se badtar hain. Pehle unho ne baar baar khat likhkar Imaame Husain ko Kufa aakar bai’at ke liye kaha aur jab Ibne Ziyad aa pahuncha to uske saath milkar Imaame Husain aur un ke saathiyo ko shaheed kar diya, jo nek the aur pyaase the.’
Is ke baad ahle Makka ne bai’at karke Aap ko khalifa banaaya.
Phir Aap ne Muslim ibn Shihaab ke saath aahista aahista Arab mumaalik, Iraq, Shaam aur Misr ke ilaaqo me islaami hukoomat haasil ki.
Yazeed ne Aap ko rokne ke liye Muslim bin Aqba al-Murri ke saath lashkar bhejkar Madeena munawwara par hamla kiya aur 22 Zil Hijja 63 Hijri (26 August 683 A.D.) ko Jung e Harrah hui aur phir Husain bin Numair al-Sakuni ki sardaari me Yazeedi lashkar ne Safar 64 Hijri (October 683 A.D.) me Makka mukarrama ko gher liya.
Magar us dauraan Yazeed ki maut hui aur 27 Rabi ul Awwal 64 Hijri (26 November 683 A.D.) ko Husain bin Numair al-Sakuni ko Yazeed ki maut ki khabar mili aur us ne jung rok di.
Lekin Marwaan bin Hakam ke zamaane me us ne Aap ko haraakar Misr aur Shaam par qabza kar liya. Aur phir Iraq me bhi Khaarjiyo ne baghaawat karke qabza kar liya. Sirf Hijaaz par Hazrat Abdullāh ibne Zubair ki hukoomat rahi.
Jab 67 Hijri me Mukhtaar bin Ubaidullāh al-Ṡaqafi ne Nabuwwat ka jhuta daawa kiya to Aap ke bhai aur Basra ke governor Hazrat Mus’ab bin al-Zubair radiy-Allāhu ta’ala anhu ke lashkar ne Kufa me us ke saath jung ki aur 14 Ramazaan 67 Hijri ko use qatl kya.
Phir Abdul Malik ibn Marwaan ne Hajjaaj bin Yousuf ko bheja. Us ne Maah e Ramazaan 72 Hijri me Makka ko gher liya aur phir Maah e Safar me jung me Aap ko shaheed kar diya aur phir sooli par latkaaya aur Ka’aba ko bhi nuqsaan pahunchaya aur phir se Banu Ummayya ko hukoomat mil gai.
Is tarah Aap ashaaba me se aakhri khalifa hain.
(Khilafat e raashida Hazrat Ali ibne Abi Taalib radiy-Allāhu ta’ala anhu ke zamaane ke baad khatm ho gai thi.)
Aap ka wisaal 9 Safar 73 Hijri (692 A.D.) me hua.
Aap ka mazaar Jannatul Mualla, Makka mukarrama me hai.
ALLĀH ta’ala us ke Habeeb sallallāhu alaihi wa sallam ke sadqe me
Aur Hazrat Abdullāh ibn Zubair radiy-Allāhu ta’ala anhu aur Ashaaba ke waseele se
Sab ko mukammal ishq e Rasool ata farmae aur Sab ke Eimaan ki hifaazat farmae aur Sab ko nek amal karne ki taufiq ata farmae.
Aur Sab ko dunya wa aakhirat me kaamyaabi ata farmae aur Sab ki nek jaa’iz muraado ko puri farmae.