One example of such fabrications is the story of a messenger who has brought a letter for Abu \\\\\\\'Abd Allah (\\\\\\\'a) and he awaits a reply. The Imam tells him to come after three days and collect the reply. After three days on inquiring he is told that the Imam was departing the... Show More >>
One example of such fabrications is the story of a messenger who has brought a letter for Abu \\\\\\\'Abd Allah (\\\\\\\'a) and he awaits a reply. The Imam tells him to come after three days and collect the reply. After three days on inquiring he is told that the Imam was departing the same day. He says to himself, \\\\\\\"Now that he is setting out, let us go and watch the majesty and glamour of the prince of the Hijaz He goes and there he sees the Imam, together with other Hashimis among men, seated on splendid chairs. Then the camels are brought bearing the litters draped in silk and brocade. Then the ladies emerge and with much honor and ceremony they are escorted into these litters. This description continues in this vein until they make the digression to switch to the scene of the eleventh day of Muharram, to compare the glamour and honor of this day with the sorry state of the womenfolk on the latter day. Haji Nuri calls such descriptions into question. He says, \\\\\\\"It is history which says that when Imam Husayn left Madinah he recited this Qur\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'anic verse:
He left it in the state of fear and concern. (28:21)
That is, he likened his own departure to that of Moses, son of \\\\\\\'Imran, when he fled for the fear of the Pharaoh.
He said, \\\\\\\"It might be that my Lord will guide me to the right path.\\\\\\\"(28:22)
The Imam had departed with a most simple caravan. Does the greatness of Imam Husayn lie in his sitting, for instance, on golden chairs? Or does the greatness of his family and womenfolk lie in their using litters draped in silk and brocade, or their possessing fine horses and camels and a retinue of lackeys and servants?! Show Less >>
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