Arbaeen: The Day on which the Magnetism of Hussein (a.s.) Magnetizes the World

Arbaeen was the day on which the magnetism of Hussein (a.s.) began to magnetize the world. This magnetism made Jabir ibn Abdullah go from Madina to Karbala. This is the same magnetism which attracts the hearts and souls of you and me even today although many centuries have passed since the day of Ashura. Those people who are sympathetic to the Holy Prophet’s (s.w.a) household, always keep alive the love of Karbala in their hearts. The love of Hussein (a.s.), the Master of the Martyrs, and his shrine has started since that day. Jabir ibn Abdullah was one of the mujahedeen during the Islamic era. That is to say, before Imam Hussein (a.s.) was born, he was serving the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) and he was fighting beside him. He had seen Imam Hussein’s (a.s.) birth and childhood with his own eyes and he had seen how he grew to maturity. Jabir ibn Abdullah had definitely seen that the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) cuddled Hussein ibn Ali (a.s.), kissed his eyes, kissed his face, fed him with his own hands and gave him water.Jabir ibn Abdullah has most probably seen these things with his own eyes. Jabir ibn Abdullah had definitely heard with his own ears that the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) referred to Hassan (a.s.) and Hussein (a.s.) as the “Masters of the Youth of Paradise”. After the Holy Prophet’s (s.w.a.) demise, he was witness to Imam Hussein’s (a.s.) position and character whether during the time of the caliphs, during the time of the Commander of the Faithful (a.s.), when he was in Madina or when he was in Kufa. Now Jabir has heard that Hussein ibn Ali (a.s.) has been martyred. The Holy Prophet’s (s.w.a.) dear grandchild was martyred while he was thirsty. Jabir has set off from Madina. Atiyyah has joined him from Kufa. Atiyyah narrates, “Jabir ibn Abdullah came beside the Euphrates. He performed ghusl there, wore a clean, white garment and then he walked in a slow and respectful manner towards the grave of Imam Hussein (a.s.)”. The narration which I saw says, “When he reached the grave, he loudly said three times, ‘Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar’”. That is to say, when he saw how the Holy Prophet’s (s.w.a) and Hazrat Zahra’s (s.a.) dear one was innocently martyred by oppressive and savage people, he says, “Allahu Akbar”. The narration goes on to say, “Jabir ibn Abdullah became unconscious over the grave of Imam Hussein (a.s.) and fell as a result of deep sorrow”. We do not know what was happening after that. But this narration says that when he regained consciousness, he started to speak to Imam Hussein (a.s.): “Greetings be upon you God’s household. Greetings be upon you God’s chosen people”. * Ayatollah Khamenei‘s Speech at the Shrine of Imam Ridha (a.s.) 21/03/2006