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    Husayn

    THE THIRD SUCCESSOR OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD(Peace and Blessings be Upon Them Both)
    http://al-islam.org/nutshell/files/husaynviews.doc

    check out the link..couple of them are below:

    Edward G. Brown
    Sir Thomas Adams Professor of Arabic and oriental studies at the University of Cambridge.q " a reminder of the blood-stained field of Kerbela, where the grandson of the Apostle of God fell at length, tortured by thirst and surrounded by the bodies of his murdered kinsmen, has been at anytime since then sufficient to evoke, even in the most lukewarm and heedless, the deepest emotions, the most frantic grief, and an exaltation of spirit before which pain, danger and death shrink to unconsidered trifles."[A Literary History of Persia, London, 1919, p. 227]

    Peter J. ChelkowskiProfessor of Middle Eastern Studies, New York University.q "Hussein accepted and set out from Mecca with his family and an entourage of about seventy followers. But on the plain of Kerbela they were caught in an ambush set by the caliph, Yazid. Though defeat was certain, Hussein refused to pay homage to him. Surrounded by a great enemy force, Hussein and his company existed without water for ten days in the burning desert of Kerbela. Finally Hussein, the adults and some male children of his family and his companions were cut to bits by the arrows and swords of Yazid's army; his women and remaining children were taken as captives to Yazid in Damascus. The renowned historian Abu Reyhan al-Biruni states; " then fire was set to their camp and the bodies were trampled by the hoofs of the horses; nobody in the history of the human kind has seen such atrocities."[Ta'ziyeh: Ritual and Drama in Iran, New York, 1979, p. 2]

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