SERMON OF IMAM ZAIN-UL-ABIDEEN (a.s) TO THE KUFANS (l.a)
November 19, 2010 in KARBALA
“O people! Whoever knows me knows me, and he, who does not know me, should know that I am the son of that person, who was dishonoured and whose entire belongings were looted and plundered, and whose women and children were made prisoners……… ”
“I am the son of the man who was beheaded on the bank of the Euphrates although he had not shed the blood or usurped the right of anyone”. ” I am the son of the man who was attacked by a huge number of people and martyred when he was no longer capable of fighting and had fallen on the ground owing to weakness. This is sufficient honour for us”.
“It is a sufficient honour for us that our blood was shed, our property was looted, we were insulted and our women and children were made prisoners”.
“They killed us and plundered whatever we had and this is a sufficient honour for us”.
“O people! I put you on your oath to tell me in the name of Allah (swt), whether you know that at one time you wrote letters to my father and then deceived him. You made firm promises with him and then rose to fight against him. May Allah destroy you, may you reap the harvest of your misdeeds in both the worlds, and may you be disgraced for the indecent policy, which you have adopted. How will you face the Prophet of Allah (s.a) when you are brought before him on the Day of Judgment and with which eyes will you look at him? At that time the Holy Prophet (s.a) will tell you: “You have killed my children and behaved towards me dishonourably. You are not my followers”.
“May Allah (swt) bless those, who accept my advice and put into practice my recommendations about their duty to Allah (swt), the Prophet of Allah (s.a) and the Progeny of the Prophet (a.s), for it is incumbent upon us to follow the Prophet of Allah (s.a)”.
The Kufans (l.a) on hearing our beloved Imam (a.s) cried: “O son of the Prophet of Allah (s.a)! All of us will hear what you say and obey your orders. We will honour the promises made with you. We will not forsake you and will not side with anyone else. We are ready to act upon whatever you say. We will fight with him, against whom you fight, and will make peace with him, with whom you make peace. We are prepared even to take steps to arrest Yazid (l.a). We hate those who oppress you”.
Imam Sajjad (a.s) replied : “O unfaithful and inconstant people! You will never succeed. Do you want to behave towards me in the same manner in which you behaved towards my forefathers? NO! It cannot be so. I swear by Allah(swt) that the wounds of my heart have not yet healed up. Yesterday my father (a.s) and his companions met martyrdom. I have not yet forgotten my being bereaved of the Holy Prophet (s.a), my father and my brothers have not overcome this grief. What I want you to do is that you should neither support us nor oppose us. Husayn bin Ali’s(a.s) being martyred is also not surprising. Was not his father Ali (a.s) better than him and was he not assassinated? O Kufans! It was you, who killed Ali (a.s). May I be sacrificed for my father (a.s) who was martyred on the bank of the Euphrates. The punishment for his killers (l.a) is Hell”.
“We shall be perfectly satisfied with you if you give up the practice of siding with us on one day and opposing us on another day”.