the blood of Muhammad’s sons

by Aqeela Naqvi

“Whoever could recognize me—has recognized me, and for those who have not recognized me, by introducing my ancestors and my family, let me introduce myself to them:

O people! I am the son of Makkah and Mina; I am the son of Zamzam and Safa; I am the son of he who, after lifting the Hajr al-Aswad in his own cloak, erected it upon its original position; I am the son of the most distinguished pilgrims of the Holy Ka’baa; […] I am the son of that Holy Prophet upon whom the Lord Almighty sent revelations; I am the son of Muhammad al-Mustafa and Ali al-Murtadha; […] I am the son of the one who beside the Holy Prophet fought with two swords and two spears; migrated twice and took the oath of allegiance twice; […] like a lion when the spears entangled with each other in war […] made them softened, crushed, and powdered, scattering them away like the wind.

He is the Lion of Hijaz, the Exalted Chief in Iraq, the Makki, the Madani, the Khifi, the Uqabi, the Badri, the Uhadi, the Shajari, and the Muhajari […] He is the Chief of the Arabs, the Lion of the Battlefield, the successor of the two Mashhar, and the father of two sons—al-Hassan and al-Hussain. Yes, he is (to whom belong all these virtues and precious distinctions) my grandfather—Ali ibn Abi Talib. I am the son of Fatima al-Zahra…”

[…] Imam Sajjad (a) continued this epic glorification until the loud cry of the people was raised. Yazeed became scared and, fearing that lest a revolution would occur ordered the Mo’adhin [announcer of the Adhaan, the call for prayer] to announce the Adhaan in order to silence Imam Sajjad with this trick.

The Mo’adhin arose and began the call for prayer: “Allahu Akbar (God is Greater)…”

Imam Sajjad: “Anything greater than Allah does not exist.”

“…Ashhadun la ilaha illallah (There is no God except Allah)…”

“My hairs, skin, flesh, and blood witness the unity of Allah.”

“…Ashhadu anna Muhammad ur RasoolAllah (I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah)…”

Looking toward Yazeed:

“This Muhammad, whose name was just now announced, is he my grandfather or yours? If you claim that he is your grandfather, that would be a lie and a denial of the truth – and if he is my grandfather, then why did you kill his family and put them through the sword?”

—excerpts, the sermon of Imam Sajjad (a) in damascus
the story of karbala, ayatullah ali nazari munfarid

ya mawla,
Imam Sajjad,
ya Zayn-ul-Abideen.

may i be sacrificed for you,
for the grieving of your heart,
the heaviness of your chains,
the redness of your tears…

how mercilessly the world has shed,

the blood of Muhammad’s sons.