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Letters of the people of Kufa to Imam Hussein (A.S) (Part 1)

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When Imam Hussein (A.S) intended going towards Mecca, Abdullah bin Muti' came to meet him and said, "May I be your ransom! Where do you intend going"? Imam replied:

"Presently I have decided to go to Mecca, after that I shall seek consultation from the Almighty."

Abdullah said, "May Allah destines goodness for you! You may go to Mecca, but lest you go to Kufa for it is an ill-omened city. Your father was assassinated therein and your brother was rendered helpless.

Shaikh Mufeed says that Imam Hussein (A.S) proceeded towards Mecca taking the main roads .Someone told him, "It would be better if we take a crooked road as Abdullah bin Zubayr and avoid the main road, so that those in our pursuit might not reach you." Imam replied:

"No by Allah! I shall not forsake this road, until Allah commands me further."

As regards the people of Kufa, when they received the news of the death of Mu’awiyah they started vilifying Yazeed. Besides they were informed that Imam Hussein (A.S) had refused to swear the oath of allegiance to Yazeed and had gone to Mecca. While Abdullah bin Zubayr too had fled to Mecca with him and competed with him.

The followers (Shea) of Imam gathered at the house of Sulayman bin Surad Khuza'i and discussed about the death of Mu'awiyah and praised and glorified Allah. Suleiman arose and said, "Mu’awiyah is dead, and Imam Hussein (A.S) has refused to swear the oath of allegiance to Yazeed and has proceeded towards Mecca. You are his and his father’s followers (Shea), then if you desire assisting him and fighting his enemies, write to him and inform him about it. But if you fear lest you would turn sluggish and retreat, then do not betray him (by inviting him here)." Everyone unanimously swore that they would support him and fight his enemies under his command and offer their lives for sacrifice. When Suleiman heard this he invited them to write letters addressing to the Imam and they wrote as follows:

Letters of the people of Kufa to Imam Hussein (A.S) (Part 2)

Taken from the book named: NAFASUL MAHMOOM

By Haj Shaikh Abbas Qummi (a.r)

Other links:

Imam Hussein’s Will to Muhammad ibne Hanafiyah

Dialogue of Ummu-Salamah with Imam Hussein (A.S)

Conversation of Jabir bin Abdullah Ansari with Imam Hussein (A.S)

No’man bin Basheer issues warning to the people of Kufa

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