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The Route of Imam Hussain (A

The Route of Imam Hussain (A

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The Route of Imam Hussain from Makkah to Karbala
Research and preparation by Syed M.R. Shabbar
After leaving Makkah there w ere 14 places mentioned in history books w here
Imam either stayed or met people or gave sermons.
1. Saffah: Here Imam met Farazzdaq the poet w hom Imam asked about
conditions in Kufa. He said, ' He said, 'People's hearts w ere w ith you but their
sw ords w ere against you.' Imam replied, 'Allah does w hat he w ishes. Ileave it to
him w ho proposes the just cause.
2. Dhat-el-Irq: Here Imam's cousin Abdullah Ibne Jafar brought his tw o sons
Auw n and Mohammed to their mother Hazrat Zainab and to help the imam. He
tried to persuade the Imam to return to Madina but Imam replied, 'my destiny is
in the hands of Allah.'

3. Batn-er-Rumma: Imam sent a letter to Kufa w ith Qais bin Mashir, met Abdullah
bin Mutee w ho came from Iraq. When he heard of Imam's intention, he tried to
stop him. He said Kufans w ere not faithful and could not be trusted. But Imam
continued his journey.

4. Zurud: Imam met Zohair Ibne Qain. Zohair w as not among the follow ers of
Ahlulbait. But w hen Imam told him of the purpose of his journey Zohair gave all
his possesions to his w ife, told her to go home and said that he w ished to be

martyred with the Imam.
5. Zabala: Imam learnt from tw o tribesmen coming from Kufa of the death of
Hazrat Muslim. Imam said, 'Innan Lillahe w a Inna Elaihe Rajeoon. Indallah-
Nahtasib Anfusana.' 'We are for Allah and w e shall return to Him w ho surely

accouts for our sacrifices. Asadi Tribesmen tried to dissuade the Imam from his
journey but he persisted. Here Imam told his companions the new s of the death
of Muslim and Hani and that people in Kufa w ere not prepared to be their
helpers. Imam said, 'Those w ho w ant to depart leave now .' Hoards of various
tribesmen w ho had follow ed the Imam in the hope of collecting the booty
realised their false hopes and scattered to their ow n homes. Only 50 odd people


6. Batn-e-Aqeeq: Imam met a man from the Tribe of Akrama w ho told him that
Kufa w as no more a friendly tow n and w as now surrounded by Yazid's army. No
one could get in or out of the tow n. But the Imam carried on.

7. Sorat: Imam stayed the night here and in the morning ordered his companions
to take as much water as they can.

8. Sharaf: While the Imam w as passing from this place, one of his companions
shouted that he could see the approach of an army. Imam asked for a safe place,
preferably a mountain behind them. A guide took them to the nearest mountain.

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