Shrine of Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him)

Shrine of Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him)

Shrine of Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) – Photo: tourismlandscapes.blogspot.co.uk

This is the resting place of Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) in Karbala. He was the son of Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) and the grandson of the Prophet Muhammed (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). 

  • Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) was born in Sha’baan 4AH. He was brought to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), who was overjoyed. He chewed a date and placed it in the newborn’s mouth which he began to suck. The first thing to enter his stomach was the Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) blessed saliva. He then gave adhaan and iqaamat in his ears and named him Hussain. On the 7th day, he instructed that the head should be shaved, and that Sadaqa of silver should be given equivalent to the weight of the hair. Thereafter he did the aqeeqah, (sacrificed two goats for him).
  • Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) was looked after and breastfed by Ummul Fadhl Radiallahu (may Allah be pleased with her) , the wife of the Prophet’s uncle Abbas. She mentions that once the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was holding Hussain  (may Allah be pleased with him) in his lap and was in a cheerful mood. He suddenly began to cry. She enquired about the reason. He replied “Jibreel just informed me that my Ummah will one day kill this beloved son of mine.” [Bayhaqi]
  • The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has stated in a hadith:
    “Hussain is mine and I am Husain’s. May Allah love the one who loves Hussain. Hussain is a mighty grandson”. [Ibn Majah]
  • Hussain narrates that his grandfather the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him):
    “It is from the beauty of a person’s Imaan that he leaves aside things that don’t concern him”
Dome above the shrine of Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him)

Dome above the shrine of Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) – Photo: Wikipedia Commons

  • Ibn Kathir writes, “Sayyiduna Abu Bakr may Allah be pleased with him) used to show great respect to the family of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). He used to treat Hussain with love, affection, and special attention. Same was the case with Sayyiduna Umar and  Uthman (may Allah be pleased with them). [Al-Bidayah, Tajalliyate Safdar]
  • When the daughter of Kisra by the name of Princess Sheherbaanu was brought to Madinah Munawwarah among the captives, Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “She is only suitable for Hussain.” He gave her to Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) who freed her and married her. She gave birth to his son Ali Ibn Al Hussain who was later titled Imam Zain al-Abideen, due to the beauty of his worship.
  • During the caliphate of Abu Bakr and Umar (may Allah be pleased with them), Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) was still growing up. In 26AH, during the Uthmani caliphate, he took part in the conquest of Tripoli. He was instrumental in that victory as well many others that followed. In 30AH, he was with Saeed Ibn Al-Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) in the conquest of Tabristaan, and thereafter in the conquest of Jurjaan.
Entry gate to the mosque of Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him)

Entry gate to the mosque of Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) – Photo: Wikimedia Commons

  • In 34AH, when the rebels surrounded the residence of Uthman (may Allah be pleased with them) and were thirsty for his blood, this brave prince offered his life, along with a group of youth. They would stand by the door and would guard his house, drawing the rebels back. Despite repeated requests to finish off the rebels and having the ability to do that, Uthman (may Allah be pleased with him) forbade them from shedding a single drop of blood for his protection. In the end, the rebels forced their way in to the neighbours’ property and jumped the walls. They then murdered Uthman (may Allah be pleased with him).
  • After the martyrdom of Uthman (may Allah be pleased with him), the Muhajireen and Ansar pledged their allegiance to Ali (may Allah be pleased with him). Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) was at his father’s side throughout the five years of his caliphate. He was a very obedient and humble son and took part in the notable battles of Jamal and Siffeen.
  • After the death of his father, he treated his elder brother Hassan (may Allah be pleased with him), like a father figure. He would always be at his side and consult him in important affairs.
  • After remaining khaleefa for just 6 months, Hasan  (may Allah be pleased with him) handed the reign of leadership to Muawiyah (may Allah be pleased with him). Muawiyah (may Allah be pleased with him) treated the Ahle Bayt with utmost respect. He had fixed an allowance of 100,000 per annum for Sayyiduna Hasan and Hussain (may Allah be pleased with them). When they would travel to Shaam or Muawiyah  (may Allah be pleased with him) would come Madinah, they would treat each other with generosity and hospitality.
The mosque of Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) in 1932

The mosque of Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) in 1932 – Photo: Wikimedia Commons

  • When Hassan  (may Allah be pleased with him) died in 50AH, Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) became the eldest among the prophetic household. He was the best person on the face of the earth at that time. Once Abdullah bin ‘Amr ibn al-Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) was sitting in the Haram shareef, near the Ka’ba, when Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) entered. He looked at his radiant face and remarked, “Among all the people on the face of this earth, this person is the most beloved to the angels of the heavens”. Abdullah Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) would feel proud in holding on to the stirrup of Husain’s (may Allah be pleased with him) saddle when he would ride on the horse.
  • Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) was martyred in Karbala in 10 Muharram 61AH. He was aged 57.

References: Shaykh Abdul Raheem Limbada

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