Did The Prophet Muhammad (S) Know About Karbala?

Assalamu alaykum, wa Rahmatu Allah. I hear this question all the time: did the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him and his family know about Karbala, and about the martyrdom of Imam al-Husayn, alayhi as-salam?

And indeed, the answer to this question relates to a Prophetic miracle. Many times people ask, did the prophets have any miracles? And one of the miracles that the Prophet, peace be upon him and his family had, was that he was given the earth or the clay of Karbala even before the battle of Karbala had taken place.

Because the Prophet, peace be upon him and his family, was sitting with his wife Umm Salama one day and he narrated to her that Jibra'il, alayhi as-salam, had come to him and had given him some of the earth of Karbala. When he gave him some of the earth of Karbala, the Prophet, peace be upon him and his family, took that earth, placed it on his eyes, and then Jibra'il, alayhi as-salam, told him, "Oh Prophet of God, your grandson Husayn will be martyred on the plains of Karbala.

Rasul Allah, salla Allahu alayhi wa alih, over 50 years before the events that transpired on the plains of Karbala, over 50 years, he tells Umm Salama, "Umm Salama, here is the clay. Hold on to this clay. When you hold on to it, there will be a day that this clay changes into blood. At that moment, know that my grandson Husayn has been killed."

Imagine this clay, the earth of Karbala which many people always ask us, Why do you prostrate on earth and especially the earth of Karbala? Because our Prophet, peace be upon him and his family, showed so much love and reverence to the earth the clay of Karbala. He gives it to his wife, Umm Salama. And people knew that he had given the clay of Karbala to his wife, Umm Salama. They were waiting for the day when that clay would turn into blood.

One day, Umm Salama wakes up in her dream. She has seen the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him and his family, after he has passed away. And he tells her, "Umm Salama, Husayn has been killed!" She wakes up, she goes to look at the clay and the clay has turned into blood. And it was at that moment that she knew that Husayn had been killed on the plains of Karbala.

Therefore, did the prophets of Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, mourn Imam al-Husayn, alayhi as-salam? Yes, they did. Rasul Allah, salla Allahu alayhi wa alih, certainly did. And he mourned Imam al-Husayn alayhi as-salam's martyrdom years before the martyrdom had taken place. And therefore, for us, in the same way that he mourned, we continue to mourn until today.

Wa as-salamu alaykum, wa Rahmatu Allah.
 

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