Today I would like to narrate the sufferings of one of the sons of Imam al-Hasan (A). Abdullah was the brother of Qasim. (Imam al-Hasan (A) was poisoned ten years before the incident of Karbala. It is narrated that this child was ten years old. Perhaps, this child was born after the martyrdom of Imam al-Hasan (A). Anyhow, he did not remember his father. He grew up in the house of Imam Al-Husayn (A) who was his uncle and guardian).
Imam Al-Husayn (A) had handed over that child (whose name was Abdullah) to his aunt, Lady Zaynab (s.a.) who was a special caretaker of children. Abdullah Ibn Hasan was one of those children who used to try again and again to go to the battlefield but were somehow stopped.
I don’t know how this ten-year-old managed to come out of the tent and reached the place where Imam Al-Husayn (A) had fallen fighting. When this child came out of the tent Lady Zaynab (s.a.) ran to stop him, however he managed to free himself and ran away saying, “By God, l would not leave my uncle alone.”
This child soon reached the place where Imam Al-Husayn (A) lay, about to be martyred, and threw himself on his uncle. When Imam Al-Husayn (A) held him in his arms the child started talking to him. At that moment an attacker came forward to attack the Imam. The child cursed him and said,
“Have you come to shed my uncle’s blood? By God, I would not allow you to do so.” As soon as the enemy pulled his sword to behead Aba Abdillah al-Husayn, the child covered him with his hands, which got cut off with the sword and just hung from the skin. Now the child started crying, “O uncle! See what this cursed one has done to me.”1
وَسَيَعْلَمُ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا أَيَّ مُنْقَلَبٍ يَنْقَلِبُونَ
And they who act unjustly shall know to what final place of turning they shall turn back. (26:227).
- 1. Irshad, Shaykh Al-Mufid, Pg. 241; Bihar Al-Anwar, Vol. 45, Pg. 53; Mausuat al-Kalimat al-Imam al-Husayn, Pg. 507.