In this compilation we provide the history of the tragic events of Karbala as recordedby Imam al-Tabari. Although many contemporary Ahlus Sunnah scholars have written aboutKarbala, none of them have the reputability amongst the Ahlus Sunnah historians as doesImam al-Tabari. His recording of this tragic historic event is the lasting testimony of AhlusSunnah for the undeniable horrible massacre of the Household of the Prophet (peace andblessings be upon him) at Karbala.In regards to the authenticity of the narrations found in the History of al-Tabari,Allamah Shibli Numani wrote,Among books of historical character, an authentic and very comprehensive book isthat of the Imam al Tabari, known was Tarikh Kabir. Al Tabari is a writer whosescholarly attainments and whose sure and extensive knowledge are unanimiuoslyrecognized by the traditionists. His commentary by far is the best of thecommentaries. The well known traditionalist, Ibn Khuzaima, says that he knew no man learned thanal Tabari. Al Tabari died in the year 310A.H - 921 C.E. Some traditionists, al Sulaimani in particular, have remarked that al Tabari coined traditions for the Shia.Regarding this charge against al Tabari, Allama al Dhahabi, in his Mizan al-I'tidalsays:
This is an allegation based on false misgivings. The fact is that Ibn Jarir is one of the most trust worthy Imam.
al-Dhahabi has further remarked:
All the authentic and comprehensive books of history, such asTarikh al Kamil and those written by Ibn al Athir, Ibn Khuldun,Abual Fida etc, are based on his work and abridged Tarikh of al-Tabari.
:Sirat an-Nabi -- The Life of the Prophet, by Allamah ShibliNumani, English version, v1, p25