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The Battle Of Karbalaa’; I Am Interested In Knowing What Exactly Happened In The Battle Of Karbalaa’?

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Question:

I am interested in knowing what
exactly happened in the battle
of Karbalaa’?

Fatwa:
All perfect praise be to Allah,
The Lord of the Worlds. I testify
that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that
Muhammad is His slave and
Messenger.

Al-Husayn Ibn Ali, may Allah be
pleased with him, was martyred
in Karbalaa' on the tenth of
Muharram when he was 56
years old. The main reason was
that he refused to pledge
allegiance to Yazeed Ibn
Mu’aawiyah after his father
Mu’aawiyah, may Allah be
pleased with him, chose him as
the Caliph and people
acknowledged him for a Caliph.

Al-Husayn Ibn Ali, may Allah be
pleased with him, was one of
four who refused to
acknowledge Yazeed Ibn
Mu’aawiyah for Caliphate. The
other three were Abdullah Ibn
Umar, Abdullah Ibn az-Zubayr
and Abdur Rahmaan Ibn Abi
Bakr, may Allah be pleased with
them.

Yazeed sent an order to al-
Waleed Ibn Utba, the ruler of
Madeenah to take a pledge to
him (Yazeed). In the meantime,
messages came from Iraq
asking al-Husayn, may Allah be
pleased with him, to come and
to stay with the people there.
He took his whole family and
when he reached Karbala’a,
close to Koofah, Abdullah Ibn
Zeyaad’s army attacked and
killed him and many members
of his family. Indeed, Allah
honored al-Husayn may Allah be
pleased with him, and his family
with martyrdom by these
people.

Although al-Husayn’s killing was
an event which saddened and
depressed all Muslims, these
are no Islamic rules related to
it. Some people believe wrongly
that the day of his martyrdom
should be celebrated by
showing great sorrow, beating
oneself … etc. All this has
nothing to do with Shariah. In
fact, it is nothing but
innovations in Islam which are
forbidden.
Muslims lived many sad events
before the murder of Al Husayn,
the most important being the
death of Prophet Muhammad
the death of Caliph Abu
Bakr, may Allah be pleased with
him, and the murder of the
three other Caliphs, may Allah
be pleased with them. If
Muslims had to have some
special rituals to show sadness
and sorrow on the anniversary
of these occasions, they would
spend most of their lives in
mourning. Such remembrances
have nothing to do with the true
religion.

In fact, it is so far from the
guidance and conduct of the
Prophet . The Prophet
lost seventy of his companions,
Allah be pleased with them,
among whom was his uncle
Hamzah, may Allah be pleased
with him, in Uhud and a similar
number in Bi’ir Ma’oonah and
he did not make from any of
the two days a yearly occasion
to mourn or show sadness and
grief.

Allah Knows best.

www.islamweb.net/en/article/142320/the-battle-of-karbalaa

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