Sons of Muslim AqeelMartydom of Sons of Hadhrat Muslim (A.S)

Martyrdom: 22nd Dhu al Hijjah 60 AH

Muhammad and Ibraheem were the two sons of Hadhrat Muslim (A). Hadhrat Muslim (A) had taken them together with him on the way to Kufa. After Hadhrat Muslim was killed, Muhammad and Ibraheem were also arrested and put into a dungeon. It is said that Muhammad was just eight years old and Ibraheem was ten years old.

On the 20th of Dhu al Hijjah 60 AH, when the jailer came to give the children their evening meal, he saw them saying their prayers. The jailer waited until the boys had finished their prayers and asked them who they were. When the jailer found out that they were the sons of Muslim Ibne Aqeel and the grandsons of Hadhrat Ali (A), he let them escape.

It was a dark night when the children escaped. Their first thought was to go to Imam Hussain and warn him not to go to Kufa. All the roads were blocked by Ibne Ziyad’s soldiers. It was impossible to get out of Kufa. Now it was almost day-break and the two boys didn’t know where to go.

They found themselves by the side of the river Euphrates. They drank some water from the river and then went up a tree to hide for the day. Just then a woman came to the river to get water. She saw the two young boys and asked them who they were. Ibraheem said, “We are two orphans, could you please leave us alone and not tell anyone that you have seen us?” The woman asked them to accompany her to her mistress who would help them.

The woman’s mistress was a kind lady. After talking to the boys for a while she realized who they were. She gave them food and said to them that they could spend the day at her house and she would try to help them. Unfortunately her husband Harith worked for Ibne Ziyad but he was out at that moment. She told them to rest in the spare room and to make no noise so that her husband would not find out that the boys were there when he came back.

The children said their prayers and went to sleep. In the evening Muhammad woke up and started crying. Ibraheem asked him why he was crying. Muhammad said that he saw their father in a dream. He was calling out for them. Ibraheem told his brother to be patient as he too saw their father in a dream. They both started weeping. Harith, who had come back heard the children crying. He opened the door and asked the children who they were. On learning they were the sons of Muslim Ibne Aqeel, he tied both the boys to a pillar. Harith’s wife tried to stop him, but he beat her up. Harith wanted to collect the reward which Ibne Ziyad had offered to anyone capturing the children.

The children spent the whole night tied to the pillar. In the morning Harith dragged them to the river-bank. He took out his sword. Ibraheem asked him, “Harith, are you going to kill us?”. Harith said “Yes !”. Ibraheem said, “In that case give us time to finish our morning prayers”. The two boys said their prayers. They raised their hands and cried out “Inna Lillaah wa Inna IIay-hi Rajeeoon! O Allah we are coming to you. Give our mother courage when she hears of our death and judge between us and our killers!!” The sword came down! There were splashes in the water. Two young bodies were seen floating away in the waters of the river Furaat.