THE DAY OF ASHURA (Martyrdom)

At dawn the Imam glanced over the army of Yazid and saw 'Umar ibn Sa'd ordering his forces to march toward him. He gathered his followers and addressed them thus" Allah has, this day, permitted us to be engaged in a Holy War and He shall reward us for our martyrdom.

So prepare yourself to fight against the enemies of Islam with patience and resistance. O sons of the noble and self-respected persons, be patient! Death is nothing but bridge which you must cross after facing trials and tribulations so as to reach Heavens and its joys.

Which of you do not like to go from this prison (world) to the lofty palaces (Paradise)?"

Having heard the Imam's address, all his companions were overwhelmed and cried out, O our Master! We are all ready to defend you and your Ahlu'l-bayt, and to sacrifice our lives for the cause of Islam". Ibid. p. 99

Imam Husayn (A.S.) sent out from his camp one after another to fight and sacrifice their lives in the way of the Lord. Lastly, when all his men and children had laid down their lives, Imam Husayn (A.S.) brought his six month old baby son Ali al' Asghar, and offering him on his own hands, demanded some water for the baby, dying of thirst. The thirst of the baby was quenched by a deadly poisoned arrow from the brute forces, which pinned the baby's neck to arm of the helpless father. At last when the six month old baby was also killed, Imam Husayn addressed Allah : "O Lord! Thy Husayn has offered in Thy way whatever Thou hath blessed him with.

Bless Thy Husayn, O Lord ! with the acceptance of this sacrifice. Everything Husayn could do till now was through Thy help and by Thy Grace", Lastly, Imam Hussain (A.S.) came into the field and was killed, the details of which merciless are heart rending. The forces of Yazid having killed Imam Husayn (A.S.), cut and severed his head from his body and raised it on lance.

The severed head of the Holy Imam began glorifying Allah from the point of lance saying, Allahu Akbar'. All glory to Allah Who is the Greatest !" Ibid p. 100.

THE NAMES OF THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE KILLED WITH Al-HUSAYN (A.S.)

S.No.

Name of the Martyr

Fatherís Name

Motherís Name

1

Al Abbas

Ali bin Abu Talib (A.S.)

Umm Al Baneen

2

Abd Allah

Ali bin Abu Talib (A.S.)

Umm Al Baneen

3

Jafar

Ali bin Abu Talib (A.S.)

Umm Al Baneen

4

Uthman

Ali bin Abu Talib (A.S.)

Umm Al Baneen

5

Abd Allah

Ali bin Abu Talib (A.S.)

Layla D/o Masud Al Thaqafi

6

Abu Bakr

Ali bin Abu Talib (A.S.)

Layla D/o Masud Al Thaqafi

7

Ali Akbar

Husayn bin Ali (A.S.)

Shahzanan

8

Abd Allah

Husayn bin Ali (A.S.)

9

Al Qasim

Hasan bin Ali (A.S.)

Umm Walad

10

Abu Bakr

Hasan bin Ali (A.S.)

Not Available

11

Abd Allah

Hasan bin Ali (A.S.)

Umm Walad

12

Muhammad

Abd Allah bin Jafar bin Abu Talib

13

Awn

Abd Allah bin Jafar bin Abu Talib

14

Abd Allah

Aqil bin Abu Talib

15

Jafar

Aqil bin Abu Talib

16

Abd Ar Rahman

Aqil bin Abu Talib

17

Muhammad

Abu Saíid bin Aqil bin Abu Talib