Six months after Al-Hassan was born, Fatima (A) became
pregnant with her second child.
Lady Fatima started noticing the signs that childbearing
was near, but the Prophet (S) had already foretold of Imam Hussain's birth.
Imam Sadiq (A) said:
"Once, Umme Ayman's neighbors came to the Prophet and said:
"Messenger of Allah, Um Ayman did not sleep last night because of crying; she surely cried until morning. "
The Prophet summoned her and said:
"Umme Ayman, your neighbors say that you spent
the night crying, may Allah not cause your eyes to cry!! What made you
She answered: "Messenger of Allah, I had a fearful
dream which caused me to cry all night long."
The Prophet said: "Tell me your dream, for surely Allah and His Messenger are most knowledgeable.
She said: "Last night I saw a dream as if one of your limbs was thrown in my house!!"
The Messenger of Allah said: "Your eyes have slept,
but you visioned a good thing. Umme Ayman, Fatima will give birth to Al-Hussain,
and you will bring him to me. So one of my limbs will be in your house."
When Al-Hussain was born, Umme Ayman brought him to
the Prophet (S) who said:
"Both the carrier and he who is being carried are
welcome. Umme Ayman, this is the interpretation of your dream."
Umm al-Fadhl, Al-Abbas's wife, had a similar dream.
Safia Bint Abdul Muttalib, Asma Bint Umais, and Umme
Salama were present when Imam Hussain was born. When the Prophet asked
Safia (his aunt) to bring him the newborn child, she said: "We have
not cleaned him yet."
When the Prophet (S) heard this, he said: "You
clean him?! Surely Allah the Exalted has cleaned and purified him."
After Al-Hussain was born, Gabriel again descended
to the Prophet and revealed to him to give the new baby the name Al-Hussain.
Al-Hussain is the Arabic version of the old Hebrew name Shabbir, which
was Haroun's second son's name. When Gabriel descended to the Prophet,
scores of angels accompanied him to congratulate and console the Prophet
for Hussain's birth and expected martyrdom.
Imam Hussain (A) was not nursed by any woman, including
his mother (A); instead he suckled the Prophet's tongue until he grew old
enough to eat. Because of this, his characteristics were exactly as those
of the Prophet (S).
Seven days after the birth the, Messenger of Allah
shaved Hussain's head and gave the weight of his hair as charity for him.