WHAT HAPPENED AFTER KARBALA?
changed the governor of Madina from Waleed bin Utbah, to Uthman bin
Muhammad. When Uthman bin Muhammad reached Madina, he asked a small
number of respected people to go to meet Yazid in Syria. Amongst the
people were Abdullah bin Hanzalah, Abdullah bin Abee Amar, Munzeer bin
Zubear. When they reached syria, Yazid respected them as a guest is
supposed to be respected. He gave Abdullah bin Hanzalah a gift of
100,000 Dirhams, and gave the rest of them 10,000 Dirhams. When this
caravan came back to Madina, the people of Madina asked Abdullah bin
Hanzalah about the character of Yazid. He replied, "We come from a
person who does not practice religion. He drinks alcohol and listens to
music." If there were any pious people there, they would gather the
people and overthrow him. The people said, "We have heard that Yazid
respected you and has rewarded you for your alleginace to him."
Abdullah said, "Yes he has, and I have taken the money so that I can
buy weapons to fight against him."
of this news, the people of Madina removed Uthman bin Muhammad from his
post and his officials were prisoned. Abdullah bin Muti was appointed
as the new governor. Uthman bin Muhammad wrote a letter to Yazid
explaining everything. Upon reading the letter, Yazid prepared an army
of 12,000 people and said to them "The people of Madina have broken
their allegiance to me and have chosen a new governor, Abdullah bin
Muti'. I want you to go there and bring Madina under my kingdom again."
He tried to make Umar bin Sa'id, the commander of these 12,000 men but
he refused to be in charge. Then he asked UbayduLlah bin Ziyad. His
repley was "In the beginning I listened to you and martyred Imam Husain
but I do not want to make the same mistake again. I do not want to
fight with the people of Madina or become a bad person in the sight of
Allah Most High (1)
then turned to Muslim bin 'Uqbah Murri and said, "Do you want to become
a leader of the army?" He agreed and said that he would, and if need
be, fight with the people of Madina. They prepared to leave for Madina.
Yazid went with them for a while giving guidance on what to do. Burning
with rage, Yazid said, "When you reach Madina, tell the people that you
will give them three days to re-instate the governor of Madina Make
sure you obtain allegiance from them. And remember do not harm Ali bin
Husain (who is known as Zain-ul 'Abdin), because he has not taken any
step against our government."
The people who say that it was right to kill Imam Husain should read
these words very carefully. Why would the person who had martyred Imam
Husain say that he had committed a great error. The enemies of Imam
Husain should really think hard at this point before saying or making
these false accusations and claiming that Ibn Ziyad or Yazid acted
lawfully under the Shari'ah.
ALL THE ROADS INTO MADINA WERE BLOCKED
Muslim bin Uqbah reached Madina, he blocked all the entrances into the
city and camped outside, so that noone could come to help the people of
Madina. He then sent a messenger to Abdullah bin Muti' and the people
of Madina telling them that if within three days they had not agreeed
to the terms of the King, he was prepared to go to war with them, and
he would take all their possessions.