7TH MUHARRAM UL HARAM

  • It was the 7th day of Muharram when ‘Yazīd ibn Mu‘āwiya’ banned the access of water to “Hazrat Imam Hussein ibn Ali (R.A)” and of his family and fellow companions. Yazīd did it as tactic to trick people into thinking that some man came to ‘River Euphrates’ in order to control the water line only to get killed in the retaliation. He knew it very well that if people by any chance came to knew that what actually he was doing with the descendants of “Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H)”, people will take up arms against him and his kingship will be in trouble. So, he created this conspiracy in order to cover his real crimes. Moreover, it was a tactical move in order to subdue Imam Hussein (R.A), so that He (R.A) may agree to his demands and may agree to his authority. However, none of his devil’s business worked and Hazrat Imam Hussein (R.A) stood his ground firmly without any trouble.

    7th day of Muharram is also associated with ‘Hazrat Qasim (R.A)’ – son of “Hazrat Imam Hassan ibn Ali (R.A)”, one of the youngest martyrs of ‘Karbala’. In some narrations, Qasim (R.A) was married to the daughter of Imam Hussain (R.A), and his marriage exactly took place on 7th Muharram under ‘Hazrat Abbass (R.A)’ or Imam Hussain (R.A) himself. However, some accounts vary as to did and when this marriage took place. Although, there are 2 reasons that are associated with his marriage accounts in which - 1) It was done in order to honor and fulfill the wish of Qasim’s (R.A) late father, Hazrat Hassan (R.A), and 2) It was a tradition in Arab that no war will be fought and no blood will be shed in battlefield if there is new groom among army men. However, Yazīd nor honored the lineage of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) and neither the traditions of Arab and ordered to kill Hazrat Qasim (R.A) on the battlefield after which to some accounts, 5000 horses were ran over His (R.A) dead body in order to mutilate and dishonor him.

    Dr. K. Sheldrake writes: “Of that gallant band, male and female knew that the enemy forces around were implacable, and were not only ready to fight, but to kill. Denied even water for the children, they remained parched under the burning sun and scorching sands, yet not one faltered for a moment. Husain marched with his little company, not to glory, not to power of wealth, but to a supreme sacrifice, and every member bravely faced the greatest odds without flinching.”