If a person surveys the words of Imam Al-Husayn (A) at the time of his last departure from his Ahl al-Bayt he gets drowned in the ocean of amazement. He begins to think, “O God! What faith and tranquility did Al-Husayn (A) have! From where did he get this faith and tranquility and such kinds of elevated emotions and enthusiasm?”
It is mentioned in books that when Imam Al-Husayn (A) came to bid farewell for the second time, he told his Ahl al-Bayt, “Be prepared to bear difficulties and know that God is your helper and supporter.
Allah will save you from the mischief of the enemies and your end shall be good. Allah will involve your enemies in different kinds of sufferings and you will be rewarded with numerous bounties and honours for the difficulties borne by you. Beware of uttering even a single word of complain and do not say a thing, which would bring down your status.”1
Imam Al-Husayn (A) was advising his Ahl al-Bayt to be patient because of his confidence in his victory, whose source was the following verse of Qur’an:
وَمَنْ يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَلْ لَهُ مَخْرَجًا
And whoever is careful of (his duty to) Allah, He will make for him an outlet. (65:2)
This confidence of Imam came from the Holy Qur’an. It is the same type of faith and tranquility, which was gained by Prophet Yusuf (A) at that time when he succeeded because of his piety and was very happy and pleased at that. He was saying:
إِنَّهُ مَنْ يَتَّقِ وَيَصْبِرْ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُضِيعُ أَجْرَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ
Surely he who guards (against evil) and is patient (is rewarded) for surely Allah does not waste the reward of those who do good. (12:90)
However, the greatness of Imam Al-Husayn (A) is in the fact that he could see the end of an affair and its result before it came to an end and before people could come to a conclusion.
The words of Imam Al-Husayn (A) were inscribed on the hearts of Ahl al-Bayt. They bore all calamities but did not forgo patience and piety at any moment. At last, the result was same as assured by Imam Al-Husayn (A) and as guaranteed by God in the Holy Qur’an. We have seen that a few days later, Lady Zaynab Kubra (s.a.) calmly repeated the words of Imam Al-Husayn (A) in Yazid’s court.
The soul of Karbala had scratched the face of the kingdom in desert and now it was slapping it openly. Ali’s daughter said, “O Yazid! (You have dug your own grave) You may do whatever evil you can and try as much as you can.
I swear by God, you will never be able to wipe our love, which resides in the hearts of people. The revelation, which has got life in our family, cannot be put to the sleep of death by you. There is nothing in this world except disgrace for you.”2
In the name of Allah and by Allah and on the religion of the Messenger of Allah (S)