Al-Husayn (‘a) left Medina for Mecca on the eve of a Sunday, two days before the end of Rajab, accompanied by his offspring, brothers, and the offspring of his brother al-Hasan (‘a) together with his family1 He kept reciting this verse from the Holy Qur’an:
“So he went out of it fearful, apprehensive. Said he: Lord! Save me from the oppressive people!” (Qur’an, 28:21).
The Imam (‘a) took the main highway, whereupon some people suggested to him to take a side route as Ibn al-Zubayr had done, perhaps he would not be caught by those who sought to arrest him. “No, by Allah,” said the Imam (‘a), “I shall not abandon it till Allah carries out His will.”
He reached Mecca on a Friday, three days after the beginning of the month of Sha’ban as he was reciting,
“When he went in the direction of Midyan, he said: Perhaps my Lord will guide me to the right way”2 (Qur’an, 28:22).
He stayed at the house of al-’Abbas Ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib3 here the people of Mecca and those who went there for the ‘umra met him, and so did those who came from the suburbs.
[‘Abdullah] Ibn al-Zubayr was camping near the Ka’ba as al-Husayn (‘a) kept meeting people. It was hard for him to see al-Husayn (‘a) entering Mecca because he (‘a) was greater than him and more prestigious and because people were more willing to swear fealty to him; so, nobody would go to Ibn al-Zubayr to swear it to Yazid.
Al-Husayn (‘a) went out one day to visit the grave of his grandmother Khadija. He prayed there then supplicated to Allah for a good while.4