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Why couldn't Mukhtar Catch up with the Caravan of Karbala?


imam hussein (a.s)

Mukhtar bin Abu Ubaid bin Masoud al-Thaqafy was born in Taif City, 1 A.H.

Mukhtar's father loyally believed in Islam. He led the Muslim army to conquer Persia. An elephant killed him at the Battle of al-Jisr. So, his son Jubair led the Muslim army. He became a martyr, too.

Mukhtar's house became headquarters. The Muslims went to it every day.

The spies told Yazid bin Mu'awiyah about Mukhtar. They also told him about al-Numan bin Basheer al-Ansary's the ruler of Kufa's mildness with him.

Yazid bin Mu'awiyah asked the advice of Sergon. Sergon was a spiteful Christian man. Sergon advised Yazid bin Mu'awiyah to appoint Ubaidullah bin Ziyad, the ruler of Basrah, ruler over Kufa.

Ubaidullah bin Ziyad arrived in Kufa. He ordered his guards to arrest Muslim bin Aqeel.

Muslim bin Aqeel disappeared in a house in Kufa. Ubaidullah bin Ziyad's guards could arrest Mukhtar. They sent him to al-Tamura. Al-Tamura was a fearful prison underground.

Ubaidullah bin Ziyad filled the prisons with innocent people. Meanwhile he sent spies all over Kufa to look for Muslim bin Aqeel.

Muslim bin Aqeel was forced to announce a revolution. Many people supported him.

Muslim bin Aqeel's forces besieged the Prince's palace for several days.

Ubaidullah bin Ziyad was wicked. He spread a rumour that an enormous army from Damascus was coming. It would destroy Kufa and kill its people.

The people believed Ubaidullah bin Ziyad's rumour. They left Imam Hussein's envoy alone. Muslim bin Aqeel was forced to disappear again.

Taua’s House

The spies found Muslim bin Aqeel in a house that belonged to a good old woman called Taua.

Ubaidullah bin Ziyad sent his forces to arrest Muslim bin Aqeel. When the forces asked him to surrender, he refused and began fighting alone.

Muslim bin Aqeel was badly wounded and the forces arrested him and took him to the prince's palace.

Ubaidullah bin Ziyad was full of spite. He hated the Ahl-ul-Bayt and their supporters. So, he ordered his guard to kill Muslim bin Aqeel. Besides he ordered them to kill one of his companions. The companion's name was Hani bin Urwa. He was a leader in Kufa.

Ubaidullah bin Ziyad ordered his guards to throw Muslim bin Aqeel and his companion down the palace.

Ubaidullah bin Ziyad began killing and imprisoning the people in Kufa for any accusation. So, the people there were afraid.

Taken from Mukhtar al-Thaqafy by Kamal al-seyyed

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The cause of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (A.S)

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