The Martyrdom of
When most of Imam’s followers were martyred,
Abbas let his brothers (Uthman, Jafar and Abdollah) to go and
fight. They went and got martyred. Then he went to Imam and said
“I ask permission to fight.” Imam said “You are my
standard-bearer” Abbas said “I can not stand. I hate the life in
this world and want to revenge these dissenters.” Imam said “If
you want to go, first bring some water for the children.” He had
brought some water for three nights for the children, because
they had been banned from water for 3 days.
Abbas (A) goes to bring water, he rides on the
horse and has a sword in his hand. He goes to Furat river on the
horse and fills the goatskin. Then he cups his hands and brings
water near his mouth but doubts, and does not drink the water.
He may does so because he thinks Imam said “bring water for the
children” and he did not want to drink water, himself and did
not let Abbas drink either.
When he went out of water said: “Thee Abalfazl, I
do not want you to be alive after Husayn. He is dying thirsty
and you want to drink water. You should be magnanimous, and have
apathy. Husayn is your Imam. I do not let myself do so.”
On his return, Abalfazl changed his way and
returned through palm grove to take the goatskin safely to the
tents. The enemy blocked his way and Nofel Azragh cut his right
hand by a sword. He took the goatskin on his left shoulder. He
cut his left wrist. He took it by his teeth and bent on it but
suddenly an arrow fired the goatskin. You can imagine how did he
feel at the moment. He might have thought of the children asking
him for water.
Another arrow went to his chest and another arrow
pierced his head and he fell down. At this time he called his
brother for the first time. Imam heard him and came to him and
saw his injured body and amputated hands and started crying and
said “It is intolerable and I have no way. Abbas asked Imam to
clean his eyes so that he could see his Imam once more. Then he
asked Imam not to take him to the tents so that children would
not see him. Since he had promised them to bring water.
Um-al-Banin was Khazam-Ibn-Khalid’s daughter and
Shimr’s sister, so Shimr was Abbas’s uncle and Imam Husayn’s
Abbas(A)’s tomb is
near the site of his martyrdom by Furat and at the time of
martyrdom he was 34 years old.
Husayn Imad Zadeh a renown author has written
about Abbas(A). When he went to his majesty’s Shrine, the
janitors let him go into the shrine and go to the special place
as a reward for his book. He said there, he saw a small ditch
filled with water when he asked about it they said as his
majesty’s shrine is near Furat river and you can find water near
the earth surface, we have dug a ditch so that water could not
reach the tomb. It is sorrowful that his majesty did not drink
water at the time of his martyrdom but the water comes near his
Now after centuries, when we talk about him we
start crying. When they could amputate his hand, they dared to
come close and attack him. An arrow had entered one of his eyes
and he did not have hands to take it out. He tried it by his
feet. He could see no where so he called his brother for the
first time as brother (he had always called him as his master).