While Imam Hussain(a.s) was proceeding towards Kufa, several hundred people joined him at various places. Among them was a young man named Wahab Ibn Abdullah Kalbi. Kalb was a very large tribe and many of them had stayed Christians, such as Wahab and his family. He lived with his middle-aged mother and the bride of a few days, in a tent out of the city. When they met Imam Hussain(a.s) on his way toward Karbala, they were very impressed by Imam’s personality, honesty, piety and knowledge. Being enamoured of Imam Hussain (a.s ), they embraced Islam and continued with his caravan until they arrived in Karbala. The situation in Karbala was quite different. Everybody had understood that staying with Imam Hussain(a.s) meant definite death, so many of those who had came for their advantages, left him and just a few faithful companions remained to defend Imam(a.s). Although wahab and his family had converted to Islam recently, they perceived Imam’s truthfulness and stayed with him.
On the day of Ashura, according to her mother advice, Wahab approached Imam Hussain(a.s) and asked his permission to go and fight for him and give his life for Truth and Justice. When her newly bride, Hanieh, understood that Wahab was going to the battlefield, she went to Imam Hussain(a.s) and asked him: ‘if Wahab dies in this way, will he go to the Paradise?’ Imam said: ‘Yes, he would.’ Then she said:’Can you promise me that you would not let Wahab enter Paradise without me ?’ Imam said:’ Yes, I promise you, you and Wahab will enter Paradise together.’ Wahab then ran into the battlefield with his sword in hand reciting war-poetry. He fought furiously and killed several enemy soldiers, returned to his mother and asked:’ Mother ! are you pleased ?’ The mother said:’May Allah be pleased with you. But I would really be pleased when I see you dying in action protecting the grandson of the prophet.’ Wahab returned to the battlefield with a new determination and started fighting even more intensely. The mother stood by her tent and kept encouraging and exhorting him to fight. Finally, Wahab was wounded and surrounded by enemies from all sides and was soon killed by the Yazidi soldiers.
When Hanieh saw this, she ran to Wahab’s side, sat down and wept with her face on her husband’s body. Shamr was watching this. He ordered his slave to go and kill the young woman. Shamr’s slave came and hit her with his mace on the head. The bride died by her bridegroom’s side and thus Iman Hussain’s(a.s) promise to her was fulfilled. Umar bin S’ad, the commander of Yazid army, ordered his soldiers to cut Wahab’s head off and throw it to his mother. The soldiers did that. Wahab’s mother came forward. Picked up his severed head. Wiped the dust off his forehead, kissed it and threw it back saying: ‘This is something given away in Allah’s way. I won’t take it back.’
Such were the followers and companions of Imam Hussain(a.s) at Karbala. They were fewer in number but had mountain-like determination and were overfilled with spirituality.
DUA: Allah please accept this from us. You are All-Hearing and All-Knowing. You are The Most Forgiving.You are The Most Relenting and repeatedly Merciful. Allah grant us The Taufiq to read all the 5 prayers with sincerity.
(Taken from: To Be Earnest In Prayers By Amina Elahi)
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