HILLA, Iraq: Hundreds of thousands of mourners
participated in the mourning programs marking the martyrdom
anniversary of Haleef al-Quran Zed bin Ali ibn al-Hossain al-Imam
Zeinol Abideen (peace be upon them) in Hilla on 3rd safar 1436 Hijri.
According to the shrine secretary Qassem Hasnawi, more than 150
organizations offered mourning rituals.
Hasnawi said: “High security arrangements were made for protection of
the mourners by Babylon provincial and local administration."
Historians recorded that when Hasham ibn Abdu'l-Malik
came into power, he committed many atrocities particularly with the
Bani Hashim. At last, Hazrat Zaid ibn Ali (as), well known as a great
scholar and a pious theologian, went to see the caliph to seek redress
for the grievances of the Bani Hashim.
As soon as Zaid arrived, the caliph, instead of greeting him as a
direct descendant of the prophet, abused him. Therefore, Zaid left
Syria for Kufa and stood against Umayyads.
He was martyred on the 2nd of Safar in 120 A.H. at the age of
forty-two by Yusuf ibn 'Amr (the Umayyad governor).
Under Yusuf's orders, his body was exhumed; head was cut
off and sent to Hasham in Syria. In the month of Safar, 121 A.H.,
Hasham had the sacred body of this descendant of the Prophet placed on
the gallows entirely naked. For four years the sacred body remained on
the gallows. Thereafter, when Walid Ibn Yazid ibn Abdu'l-Malik ibn
Marwan became caliph in 126 A.H., he ordered that the skeleton be
taken down from the gallows, burnt, and the ashes scattered to the