Salaam dear young friends. Hope you are all well by the grace of Almighty Lord. How are you today? How is everything going on? As the schools and universities have shifted their courses online due to COVID-19 pandemic, we need to be more attentive while attending our online classes.
Well, as you all know, the month of Muharram has ended yesterday and today is the 1st of the month of Safar.
First of Safar is a day of fresh grief, because it was the day when in 61 AH, the imprisoned womenfolk and children of the Prophet’s Household were paraded as captives in Damascus before mobs unaware of their identity, while being taken to the court of the infidel Yazid ibn Mu’awiyya.
The Prophet’s granddaughter, Hazrat Zainab (SA), rose to the occasion and through her eloquent sermons in the court of Damascus, unmasked Yazid’s hypocrisy. Thanks to her selfless efforts and that of her nephew Imam Zain al-Abedin (AS), Islam was nurtured back to life and truth became victorious.
Hazrat Ruqa’iyya (SA) despite her tender age and in spite of the fact that she was the great-granddaughter of the Prophet of Islam, was scolded for crying for her father by the so-called Muslims, who were so heartless that they snatched her earrings, ripping apart her earlobes, which dripped with blood during the arduous journey from Iraq to Syria.
In Damascus, she was horrified at the gruesome sight of her father’s head placed in a tray before the Godless Yazid, who blasphemously poked his cane at the blessed teeth of the Prophet’s grandson.
Imagine their plight, especially of 3-year old Ruqa’iyya (SA), who had to witness the gory spectacle of her father’s (Imam Husain (AS)) blood-soaked head presented before the tyrant in a tray, and on the 5th day after the arrival of the noble captives in Damascus, and only 25 days following the tragedy of Ashura, the little girl kissing the lips of her father and placing her tender head upon them, cried incessantly, until her soul flew to the ethereal heavens.
May God curse the Omayyad and all those dastards who, support them and emulate their barbaric ways against Muslims!
The 3rd of Safar is the birthday (according to a narration) of Imam Muhammad Baqer (AS), the 5th Infallible Heir of Prophet Muhammad (SAWA), who was born in Medina in 57 AH, and was present in Karbala on the Day of Ashura as a less than a 4-year boy.
He witnessed the tragic martyrdom of his grandfather, Imam Husain (AS), and in the aftermath of the heartrending tragedy was among the captives that were taken by the Omayyad hordes to the courts of the tyrants in Kufa and Damascus.
As you know, the famous Ziyarat-e Ashura that the faithful recite on the anniversary of the tragic 10th of Muharram for the Immortal Martyr of Karbala, is narrated on his authority.
So, God bless you all, stay at home and stay safe, see you next week.