Every awakened mind will surely confess that it is not possible for any mortal to understand the great heavenly personality which enacted the absolute submission to the Lord, which he displayed on the field of Karbala.
Having lost every one of his faithful comrades including his baby son, himself fully wounded from head, to toe with arrows struck in his holy body with his blood flowing from the wounds, his clothes drenched with blood, and that of his comrades, his kith and kin whose dead bodies he removed from the field of the massacre to a tent in his camp to spare them from being trampled under the hoofs of the cavalry of the heartless enemy, hungry with choking thirst for the last three days, Imam Hussain was seen seated on his horse the 'Zul Jinah', looking every now and then towards Heaven with prayers for the acceptance of his sacrifices. In the midst of the indescribable miseries, sorrow and grief, and under the indefinable agony of the worst torturous and the most painful death, the Holy Imam ever remained mindful of the Lord and his submission to Him with the desire not to leave the world defaulting not even a single one of the prayers (Namaz) prescribed by him for man in this world. Imam Hussain (pbuh) returned his sword back into the sheath so that he could prepare for Asr prayers.
"YAA AYYATUHAN NAFSUL MUTMAINNAH, IRJI'II ILAA RABBIKI RADHIYATAN MARDHIYYAH, FADKHULII FII IBAADII WADKHULII JANNATII."
"O soul that is at rest satisfied. Return to your Lord well-pleased (with Him), well-pleasing (Him). So, enter among My servants, and enter into my Paradise." (Al-Fajr 89:27-30)
His condition was such that Imam Hussain now could not of his own efforts get down from the horse. Imam Hussain hinted to his horse (which was presented to him by his Grandfather) saying:
"Will you my dear 'Zul Jinah' kneel down a little to enable me to roll myself down to the ground?"
The faithful animal which was itself hungry, thirsty and wounded, spread its legs in such a way that the Godly soul, one of the most brilliant stars of the heaven of divinity, slid himself down.
Now lying with his bleeding wounds on the flaming sand of the burning desert, Imam Hussain (pbuh), desirous of offering his prayers and engaged in his last prayer (Namaz) on earth, resting his wounded forehead on a heap of the burning sand. Thus ultimately the wounded Holy Imam (pbuh) lay in communion with the Lord.
When 'Umar son of Saad' saw this he ordered his army to attack him in force. Some of them threw stones, while some attacked him with swords and others with arrows. Imam Hussain (pbuh) was very badly wounded; he was bleeding from head to toe, and the sacred blood of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Imam Ali (pbuh) and Fatima (pbuh) was flowing on the earth.
Even in the last moments when that accursed wretch approached him to sever his sacred head, he says, "When I approached Imam Hussain son of Imam Ali and my eyes fell on him, the light and burnish of his face so gripped me that I forgot my intention to kill him. The light of his face and its awe-inspiring beauty so gripped me that I was distracted from the thought of killing him."
Several men one after another, were deputed by the Commander of the enemy forces to cut off the head of the Holy Imam (pbuh), but every one that came near the Holy one lying on the burning sand, found his lips moving and heard to say:
"O All-Merciful Lord of the Universe accepts the humble sacrifice of Hussain." And at the end of the prayers it was heard: "O Lord! O Lord! Being repeated several times."
Hearing these last prayers of Imam Hussain (pbuh), none dared to cut off his holy head, even on an offer of thousands of Gold coins with promises of highly tempting rewards, but Shimr, the stone-hearted brute committed the heinous crime.
In those days they used to train Arabic horses for the battlefield, such a horse would show a particular reaction when its master was killed. The members of Imam Hussain's household were in the tents waiting for the Imam, that he might return to them once again and they might see his angelic visage once again. Suddenly they heard the sound of the neighing of the Imam's horse 'Zul Jinah'. They rushed to the tent's door imagining that the Imam had come. But they saw the horse without its rider with its saddle overturned. It was then that the children and the women raised the cries of Wa Husaynah! And Wa Muhammada! They surrounded the horse and each of them began to mourn for him. Mourning is part of human nature.
Bibi Zainab (pbuh) ran to Imam Zainul Abideen (pbuh), and told him what had just happened. They stood silently, tears rolling down their cheeks. A strong gust of wind blew on the desert. They felt as if nature itself was crying with them. The silence was only broken by the beating of drums from the enemy camp. They were celebrating their victory. It was indeed a hollow victory, won by a well fed huge army of more than thirty thousand (30,000), fighting against an army of seventy two (72) brave warriors, who died hungry and thirsty.
Note: It is worth knowing that Yazid ruled the Islamic world for three (3) years only. His main achievements of crimes during these three years were.
- The first year he Martyred Imam Hussain (pbuh), the Grandson of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
- The second year he invaded Madina the capital of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and permitted his solders to kill, steal and rape all the women and children in Madina for three days after killing all his oppositions.
- The third year he invaded Makkah and ruined the Kaaba using ballista.