15 - The Infant Martyr
"Is there not a protector who
can defend the sanctity of the Prophet? Is there not a believer
who may fear God of that which is befalling us?
The crescendo of women and children crying and
waiting reached a new peak.
As-Sajjad, Ali son of Hussain got up leaning on a stick and dragging his sword for he was ill and could hardly move. Hussain shouted at Umm Kulthoom;
"Do not let him lest the earth should be devoid of the stock of the posterity of Mohammad".
She returned him to his bed.
He ordered his family to stop
crying and bade them farewell. He was wearing a dark jubba (a long
outer garment, open in front, with wide sleeves), a flowered
turban with its two ends loosened, covered with the Prophet's
garment, and wearing his sword,
Imam Hussain asked for his son to kiss him farewell. Zainab brought him Abdullah son of ar-Rabbab; he put him in his lap kissing and cuddling him murmuring;
"Away with those people! for your grandfather, the chosen Apostle, will be their opponent on the Day of Judgement".
Clutching him in his arms, he approached the enemy and asked for water for the baby. Harmalah bin Kahil al-Azdi shot him with an arrow and slew him. Hussain scooped the blood into his hands and threw it to the sky.
Abu Ja'far al-Baqir was reported as saying;
"Not a drop [of Abdullah's blood] descended to the ground".
The Awaited Imam (May Allah hasten his reappearance) was also reported as saying;
"May peace be with Abdullah, the
infant who was slain by an arrow, drenched with blood, and whose
blood ascended to the heavens. May Allah curse his killer Harmalah
bin Kahil al-Azdi".
Imam Hussain said;
"I find solace in the fact that what has befallen me is in the way of Allah, the Exalted. O Lord. Let his position with you not be less than the station of the young (weaned) camel of Salih's she-camel. O Lord! if you have withheld victory from us, substitute it with that which will be better than victory; exact your revenge on the oppressors, make the afflictions that befell us in this world a treasure for us in the hereafter."
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