Departure from Medina


Al-Husayn (‘a) left Medina for Mecca on the eve of a Sunday, two days before the end of Rajab, accompanied by his offspring, brothers, and the offspring of his brother al-Hasan (‘a) together with his family (al-Tabari, Tarikh, Vol. 6, p. 190.) He kept reciting this verse from the Holy Qur’an:

“So he went out of it fearful, apprehensive. Said he: Lord! Save me from the oppressive people!” (Qur’an, 28:21).

The Imam (‘a) took the main highway, whereupon some people suggested to him to take a side route as Ibn al-Zubayr had done, perhaps he would not be caught by those who sought to arrest him. “No, by Allah,” said the Imam (‘a), “I shall not abandon it till Allah carries out His will.”


He reached Mecca on a Friday, three days after the beginning of the month of Sha’ban as he was reciting,

“When he went in the direction of Midyan, he said: Perhaps my Lord will guide me to the right way”.  (Qur’an, 28:22).   

 (al-Mufid, Irshad.) 

He stayed at the house of al-’Abbas Ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib (Ibn ‘Asakir, Tarikh, Vol. 4, p. 328.) here the people of Mecca and those who went there for the ‘umra met him, and so did those who came from the suburbs.

[‘Abdullah] Ibn al-Zubayr was camping near the Ka’ba as al-Husayn (‘a) kept meeting people. It was hard for him to see al-Husayn (‘a) entering Mecca because he (‘a) was greater than him and more prestigious and because people were more willing to swear fealty to him; so, nobody would go to Ibn al-Zubayr to swear it to Yazid.


Al-Husayn (‘a) went out one day to visit the grave of his grandmother Khadija. He prayed there then supplicated to Allah for a good while. (Shaikh Ja’far al-Shushtari, Al-Khasa’is al-Husayniyya, p. 35 (Tabriz edition).’Abdullah Nur-Allah al-Bahrani, Maqtal al-’Awalim, p. 20.)


My heart do I present to the noble ones who

To nobility they saddled their mounts

Trailed by fates, troubled with eulogies,

A caravan for whom Paradise is the destination,

Passing through many a trial and tribulation,

The earth shrunk for a man like al-Husayn,

Not knowing a haven, an entrance,

Seeking security in the desert while

Being ever apprehensive of Banu Sufyan.

The Sacred House was honoured by him,

After blindness, his line became clear to all.

O perturbed one! None other than the light

Of your will can guide anyone at all.

Vast in munificence, to space confined,

Should anyone else be with calamity strained?

Who would from his trouble free?

O king! You did your own subjects oppress

Your Lord decreed caliphate should you possess.

(.Excerpted from a poem by Hujjatul-Islam Shaikh Muhammad Husayn Kashif al-Ghiťa’,

may Allah sanctify him.)




Ove knjige su samo jedno skromno djelo. To je prica o putovanju i velikom otkricu, ali ne onom kao u tehnickim ili prirodnim naukama, nego otkricu u polju religije i filozofije. Posto je svaki pronalazak zasnovan, prvenstveno na zdravoj pameti i jasnom razumijevanju - po cemu se ljudi i razlikuju od drugih stvorenja - ove knjige su posvecene svakoj zdravoj pameti. Pameti koja stavlja istinu na provjeru i razlikuje je od zla koje lezi u zabludi.Pameti koja procjenjuje sve sto je receno po mjerilu pravde i uvijek daje prednost logici. Pameti koja poredi rijeci i kazivanja i posjeduje sposobnost da razlikuje izmedju logicnog i onog sto nije bas logicno - da razlikuje izmedju jasnog i zbunjujuceg.



A call for good faith

O brothers, until when will this disagreement last? What are these enmities and hatred for? Allah, the One and Only, is the Lord of us all. Islam is our religion. The holy Qur'an is the Book of all of us. The Kaaba is our Qiblah. The master of the prophets and the last of the messengers Muhammad bin Abdullah is our Prophet. His sayings and doings are our Sunna. The daily five prayers, fasting Ramadan, zakat and hajj are our obligations.

The permissible things are the things that Allah and His Messenger have permitted and the impermissible things are the things that they have prohibited. The truth is what they have determined as the truth and the untruth is what they have rejected. The guardians of Allah and His Messenger are our guardians and the enemies of Allah and His Messenger are our enemies. The day of Resurrection will come no doubt and Allah will resurrect the dead from their graves

“ that He rewards those who do evil, according to their deeds, and He rewards those, who do good, with what is best” (Qur’an 53:31).