Imam ibn al-Atsir (r.a.) on Yazid ibn Mu’awiyah's Hajj

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Imam ibn al-Atsir (r.a.) wrote, in his al-Kamil fi al-Tarikh, that Yazid ibn Mu’awiyah went on the hajj like a prince during the era of his father.  After that, he came to Madina and commenced with his drinking parties.  At one stage, Husayn (r.a.) and ibn ‘Abbas (r.a.) came to see him.  So, his companions advised him to not to let ibn ‘Abbas (r.a.) enter, so he was turned away.  Thy allowed Husayn (r.a.) to enter and he smelt the alcohol mixed with the scent of perfume, so he asked Yazid, “What is this?”

Yazid replied, “A perfume from Sham.”  Then he called for a cup and asked Husayn (r.a.) to join him in drinking it.  Husayn (r.a.) refused.  Then Yazid, who was a known poet, recited couplets the summary of which was, “My friend, I invite you to fulfill your desires: wine, women and song, but you refuse?  Indeed, among them are those who will take over your heart and you will never repent from them!”

Husayn (r.a.) got up and said, “No!  They have taken over your heart, O son of Mu'awiyah”, and left.


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