SHAH QASIM, the 13 year old son of Imam Hassan and Umme Farwah. Ashura
came to the land of Kerbala. Ali Akber gave the Fajr Adhan. Everyone
prayed the Fajr Namaaz. One-by-one Husayn's companions went to the
battlefield and gave their life for Islam. By Zuhr time, Imam Husayn was
left with only his family, Auno-Mohammed. Qasim, Ali Akber and Abbas. The
companions of Imam Husayn whilst they were alive did not let Imam Husayn's
family go to the battlefield. No one was left now. Auno - Mohammed were
keen to help their uncle save Islam. They went to the battlefield and
Qasim took permission from his mother, Umme Farwah, to fight. Then he
went to his uncle, Husayn to ask for his permission to fight. How can
Husayn give permission to his brother's son to die? How can he allow a
young child to die? "Qasim, you are young. You are the only child of your
mother. Qasim, you are my brother's son. I have promised my brother to
look after you. My darling Qasim, you are the image of my brother. You
remind me of Hassan. No, Qasim, no. I cannot allow you to die." Qasim was
very disappointed. He went to his mother for help. His mother reminded him
of the taveez his father had tied to his arm. Qasim opened the taveez, and
placed inside found a letter for Husayn. Qasim was pleased to see the
letter. He took the letter to his uncle, Husayn. Husayn read the letter
from his brother, Hassan: "Brother Husayn, a day will come when Islam will
need to be saved by sacrifice. Husayn, I will not be alive on that day,
however my son, Qasim will be there. It is my wish that Qasim should
represent me on that day." "My dearest Qasim how can I stop you now. Go,
Qasim, go." He took Qasim to Bibi Zainab. "Zainab, bring me Hassan's abaa
and his turban." Husayn dressed Qasim with Hassan's abaa (cloak) and
turban. "Zainab! Look at Qasim, doesn't he look handsome? He looks just
like our brother Hassan."
Tears flowed from Husayn's and Zainab's eyes as they remembered their
brother. Husayn then dressed Qasim with the battlefield uniform. Qasim was
so young that his sword touched the ground as he walked.
He could not
mount his horse on his own. Abbas, his uncle helped him mount the horse.
The young fighter Qasim rode to the battlefield. A rider whose feet did
not reach the stirrups, the foot straps on the horse, but he was keen to
save Islam. He was the young son of Hasan, the grandson of Ali and he was
trained by Abbas. Qasim fought gallantly, he fought a battle history will
never forget. The enemy could not overpower him. One of Yazid's cowardly
soldiers came from behind and hit Qasim on the head with a sword. Qasim
was covered in blood. The young Qasim, thirsty for three days, could not
take it anymore. He fell from his horse. As he fell he cried out; "O,
UNCLE! COME QUICKLY. HELP ME, UNCLE!"
Husayn and Abbas rushed to the battlefield. Dreadful events then took
place. The enemies of Islam thought that Husayn and Abbas were coming to
attack them. They got scared. There was confusion. Horses ran from one
side to another, from here to there! From there to here! The horses ran
over Qasim, who was lying wounded on the ground. He got trampled on.
Husayn and Abbas were searching for Qasim. My darling Qasim, where are
you? Qasim! speak to your uncle. Qasim! Qasim! Where are you my son?"
Qasim could not reply. Qasim had stopped breathing. When the enemies
withdraw, what did Husayn see? Qasim was not in one piece. The horses had
trodden on him and torn him to pieces. Imagine Husayn's feelings! His
brother, Hasan's son lying trampled into pieces. ALLAHO AKBER! ALLAHO
AKBER! What shall Husayn do now? What shall Husayn do now?
Qasim torn into pieces! His arms and legs scattered on the sand of
Kerbala. Husayn took off his abaa and spread it on the ground. He gathered
the pieces of Qasim’s body and placed them on his abaa. He then tied the
abaa into a bundle. Abbas helped Husayn carry Qasim's trampled body. When
Husayn reached the camp, he cried out: "Z-A-I-N-A-B! HELP ME ZAINAB. My
heart is broken, Zainab. I have no strength left to carry Qasim's body to
the tent. Zainab, ask Amma Fizza to help you take Qasim to the tent."
INNA LILLAHE WA INNA ELAIHI RAJEOON!
"To Allah We belong, and to
Him is our return"
- Holy Quran, Chapter 2:156
Tears for Kerbala
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