In the battle of Karbala where young and old, all inscribed the stories of bravery, the children also did not fall short. It is narrated that nine or ten children sacrificed their lives for Fatimah’s beloved in this battle. It is narrated that a child whose father had recently got martyred came forward eager for Jihad.1 (We don’t know who that child was or whose son he was)2 the child kissed Imam Al-Husayn’s feet and said, “Master! Please permit me to go to the battlefield.” The Imam looked at him and said,
“No, you shall not go. Your father’s martyrdom is enough. Perhaps your mother will not be pleased if you go.”
Hearing this, the child replied, “O Aba Abdillah! The fact is that the sword hanging from my waist is tied by my mother only. She told me to go and sacrifice my life, like my father did, for the sake of the Imam.” The child insisted so much that Imam Al-Husayn (A) allowed him to go.
Why can it not be known whether he was the son of Muslim Ibn Awsaja or Harth Ibn Junada Ansari? These two were only persons who had taken their family along with them to Karbala. Although Abdullah Ibn Umair had also come to Karbala with his family, it is a known fact that this child was not Abdullah’s.
When this child came into the battlefield, unlike others who had introduced themselves through the name of their father and grandfather and who recited in Rajaz poetry: ‘I am so-and-so son of so-and-so’, he took a completely different approach. Through his approach he obtained a unique status. On reaching the battlefield he called out in a loud voice:
“My master, Al-Husayn; what a good master he is. He is the dearest of the Messenger who was Basheer (brought glad-tidings) and Nadheer (warner).”3
- 1. Bihar Al-Anwar, Vol. 45, Pg. 27; Maqtal al-Husayn, Muqarram, Pg. 253; Mausuat al- Kalimat al-Imam al-Husayn, Pg. 457.
- 2. Muqarram writes that the eleven-year-old child was Amr. His father was Junada Ansari who was martyred in the first attack.
- 3. Bihar Al-Anwar, Vol. 45, Pg. 27; Maqtal al-Husayn, Muqarram, Pg. 253; Mausuat al- Kalimat al-Imam al-Husayn, Pg. 457.