Wednesday, 11 January 2017
The Last Male Husayni of Karbala
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
After the massacre of the Ahl al-Bayt at Karbala, the accursed ‘Ubdaydullah ibn Ziyad ibn Abi Sufyan, ordered the killing of the last surviving Husayni male of the family of the Prophet (s.a.w.), the then 14-year-old Imam ‘Ali Zayn al-‘Abidin ibn al-Husayn (q.s.). He lay sick in the ladies’ tent.
His aunt, Sayyidah Zaynab bint Fathimah az-Zahrah (q.s.) screamed, “Who will be our mahram if he is killed?” So, the soldiers left him alone.
Every sayyid, including the haba’ib of Yemen, many of the ‘ulama, the awliya’ and the a’immah of our time, and the shuyukh of the various Sufi orders, are descendants of this lone survivor of Karbala. And since the Ahl al-Bayt have this tendency to intermarry, this has become true for every lineage.