Arbaeen of Imam Hussain (a.s)

 

The moon was almost setting, casting its dying rays on the waters of the rivulet Al Quma and the few tents that were pitched on its banks. Beside these tents, there were a few graves which were scattered over some distance. The only noise that could be heard for miles around was the chirping of the night insects and the monotonous rippling of the waters of the stream.

 

Suddenly, flap of a tent was lifted and an old man, came out of it followed by a young person. Slowly he advanced towards the other tents and shouted for the inmates of the other tents to come out. He seemed to their leader as they reverentially addressed him with bent heads. One of these persons, who perhaps were closer to him, came hurriedly to the old man and said: O' Jaber, what is the matter with you that you woke up so early before the break of dawn? We all felt frightened by the thought that some illness had come to you. Pray tell us the cause of your perturbation, if it is not connected in any way with your health.

The old man was no other than Jaber Ibn Abdullah Ansari (r.a). He had on hearing about martyrdom of Imam Hussain (a.s) and his companions and the imprisonment and humiliation of the surviving members of his family hastened towards Karbala with his devoted friends and follower. He had heard that bodies of the martyrs of Karbala were left without any burial.

 

On reaching Karbala he saw that the Bani Asad, who were some distances away from Karbala has covered the bodies with sand to protect them from ravages but no proper burial had been given to the martyrs. Jaber (r.a) and his friends prepared the graves of the martyrs.

Jaber (r.a) explained to his friends that the reason why he had awakened them so early that morning was that in his dream he had seen the Holy Prophet (s) who had told him the captives caravan, comprising Zainul Abedeen (a.s), his infant son Muhammad al Baqir (a.s), Imam Hussein's sisters were to reach Karbala that morning. The Prophet (s) had asked him to go forward to greet them and to convey to them his salaams and condolences. He told that he had awakened after this to accompany him so that they could go forward to receive the caravan and play hosts to the family of the Prophet.  

 

 

One of the entourage of Jaber (r.a) recited the call to prayers and all offered their morning prayers. No sooner had they finished the prayers than they saw a cloud of dust rising indicating the approach of a caravan. Jaber (r.a) and his friends rode their mounts to receive and welcome the Prophet's family. As soon as they were at a hailing distance, they got down from their steed and, with profound respect offered their salutation to Imam Zainul abedeen (a.s). Jaber (r.a) went over to the Imam (a.s) and respectfully led him towards his camp with the rest of the caravan following them. He told the Imam (a.s) about the purpose of his visit to Karbala, what he had seen and heard during his halt there, and what he had done. He also respectfully enquired from Imam (a.s) about treatment meted out to him and the Prophet's family. When this question was put to him the Imam (a.s) wept silently for quite some time and then softly replied:
                               "O' Jaber it is a story of sufferings which will be written in blood and tears for future generations to read! What suffering shall I recount to you which we endured after the tragedy here?  The defy description".

When the Imam Hussein’s family saw the graves of their dear ones, they fell one by one form their camels. Each lady poured her heart over the grave of her dearest, narrating all the sufferings she endured. Zainab (s.a) darted straight towards grave of Imam Hussain (a.s) and said: "My beloved brother, I have returned to you but without Roghayeh (s.a). My dearest brother, your beloved Roghayeh (s.a) tolerate all the suffering mutely till she could no longer endure them and surrendered her soul to her Maker. Forgive me, if I faltered in any way in fulfilling the mission you entrusted to me."

با سلام خدمت همه عزیزان

اربعین حسینی(ع) را به شما عاشقان امامت و ولایت تسلیت میگم.

به همین مناسبت ما داستانی در مورد اولین زائر قبر اباعبدالله(ع)٬ جابر بن عبدالله انصاری (ره) و همچنین ورود اسرا و خاندان پیامبر اکرم (ص) به صحرای کربلا نوشتیم.

انشاءالله که خوشتون بیاد

ممنون از همه شما خوبان.

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