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Chapter 16-Prophecy of the Martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a)

Chapter 16 

Prophecy of the Martyrdom of Imam Husayn (‘a)


 Ibn Hanbal says:

 Muhammad bin ‘Ubayd has related to us from SharhabÄ«l bin Madrak from ‘Abdullāh bin Nujayy from his father who narrates that he was marching with (Imam) ‘AlÄ« [(‘a)] towards SiffÄ«n and when we reached Ninevah, (Imam) ‘AlÄ« [(‘a)] cried in a loud voice:

 “O Abā ‘Abdillāh! Be patient. O Abā ‘Abdillāh! Be patient beside the River Euphrates.”

I asked him:

 For what?

 He said:

 “Once when I went to the Prophet I saw tears in his eyes and asked him:

 O Messenger of Allah (S) who has made you upset? Why are your eyes moist with tears?

 He said:

 Bal qāma min ‘indÄ« Jibra’Ä«lu qabl, fahaddathanÄ« anna al-Husayn yuqtulu bishatt al-Furāt. Qāla: Hal laka an ushimaka min turbatih? Qāla: Qultu: Na‘am. Famadda yadahu faqabaza qabzatan min turābin fa a‘tānÄ«hā. falam amliku ‘aynÄ« an fāzatā (A while ago [the Archangel] Gabriel left. He has informed me that indeed Husayn will be killed beside the River Euphrates.

 Then he [the Prophet] said:

 Do you like to smell part of his soil [where Imam Husayn (‘a) will be killed].

 I said:


 He stretched his hand and taking a fistful of soil gave it to me. As a result, tears started rolling down uncontrollably from my eyes.)”[61]

 The annotator of the Musnad regards the isnād of this hadith as sahÄ«h and writes that Nujayy is not the only one to narrate this from Imam ‘AlÄ« (‘a).


[61] Ibid, hadith no. 6480 (Ahmad Shākir).

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