7th Muharram-

Prevented From Accessing Water

As a strategy of war, on the 7th Muharram, they prevented 
Hazrat Imaam Husaein [Radiyal Laahu ‘Anhu] 
 and his followers from taking water from the river. Seven thousand soldiers comprising, two thousand on mounts and five thousand on foot were ordered to guard the river. The order was that not a drop must be given to the Hussaeini. As you have been informed that the Husaeini camp had women and children in it. They were surprised that thousands of soldiers had come to confront them. The surprising aspect of this strategy was that water was being denied to the grandson of the owner of the fountain of Kauser [Maalik-e Kauser] in paradise and the son of the water bearer at Kauser [Saaqi-e-Kauser]. 

A poet has said,

"Haakim Kaa Yeh Hukam Thaa Keh Paani Bashar Piyay

Ghoray Piyay, Oonth Piyay, Ye Ahle Hunar Piyay

Sab Piyay Charind aur Parind Piyay, Manaa Tum Naa Kijiyoon

Magar Ek Fatimah Keh Laal Ko Paani Na Dijiyon"

The authority has ordained that any man may drink water

The horses, camels and intelligent man may.

All may drink the grazing animals and birds

But don’t give water to Fatimah’s beloved!

All including unbelievers and polytheists were allowed to take water from the river, including grazing animals and birds but the water was closed on the grandson of the owner of the fount of Kauser [Maalik-e Kauserr] in paradise and the son of the water bearer at Kauser [Saqi-e-Kauser].

Hazrat Imaam Husaien [Radiyal Laahu ‘Anhu]  
mounted his horse rode to face the enemy forces and delivered a brief sermon. He explained to them to stop groping in the darkness and not to stain their hands with his blood, since deliberately killing somebody was purchasing hell. He further explained that he was the grandson of their  
Prophet [Sallal Laahu ‘Alaiehi Wa Sallam], 
 upon whom they testify faith, and at this moment in time there was no other grandson of the prophet on earth. He said that he was that same Husaien[Radiyal Laahu ‘Anhu] 
 about whom the  
Holy Prophet [Sallal Laahu ‘Alaiehi Wa Sallam], 

Hassan and Husaien are the leaders of the youth of paradise…

He also explained that when he used to cry whilst his mother cared for him then the  
Holy Prophet [Sallal Laahu ‘Alaiehi Wa Sallam], 

O Faatimah! Don’t make Husaien cry, since I become uneasy when he cries.

He told them, ‘Think if the  
Holy Prophet [Sallal Laahu ‘Alaiehi Wa Sallam], 
could not bear me crying in the care of my loving mother, then if you trouble me in this far off land, stain your hands with my blood and trouble my children then try and fathom how aggrieved will the Holy Prophet [Sallal Laahu ‘Alaiehi Wa Sallam], be’.

Don’t you read in the Qur’aan

[the 33rd Soorah, Al-Ahzaab, verse 57):

Those who annoy Almighty Allaah and His Messenger, Allaah [Subhaanuhu Wa Ta'aalaa], has cursed them in this world and in the Hereafter, and has prepared for them a humiliating Punishment.

Hazrat Imaam Husaien [Radiyal Laahu ‘Anhu] 
 presented these proofs and tried to reason with them since he had harmed them in no manner and had only come on the invitation of the Kufan’s who had betrayed him. They had become hardhearted and stubborn since hell was their fate so the Imaam's sermon had no effect on them. They shouted that they had not come to listen to a lecture but to secure his allegiance and since he had refused he must get ready to fight. He said that he had done his duty so that none of them could complain on the Day of Judgment that they were unaware and none had explained to them.

He said, ‘Now the proof has been presented to you do as you would’.

[Allaah Kareem says in the Holy Qur'aan, the 17th Sura, al-Israa, Verse: 15]

Nor do We punish until We have sent a messenger 
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