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 Updated: October 28, 2015

Banu Assad tribe commemorates burial of Imam Hussein (p)

By: Ismail Zabeeh


HOLY KARBALA, Iraq: Banu Assad tribe commemorated the ceremony of burial of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (p) and other martyrs of Karbala on 13th of Moharram (Oct 27, 2015) by holding Husseini procession. This historic commemoration is also called 'Azzao Banu assad'.

A number of Husseini groups from other clans and tribes also contributed in the commemoration. Women led the procession in memory of Al-Assadiah women’s high stance on 3rd day after the martyrdom of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (P).

It was 13th of Moharram 61 H, three days after the Imam Hussein (AS) martyrdom when a number of women from Banu Assad tribe came in the plain of Karbala and saw headless and unburied corpses; fragrance was coming out of them telling that these were holy and sacred.

The women returned to their men (who were afraid of Yazid) and forced them to go and bury the holy corpses. They came with devices used for digging graves and burial. But as corpses were heedless they were unable to recognize. At that time Al-Imam Zayn Al-Abideen (AS) came there by the will of Allah and told them about each and every corpse and then they buried.

Since that day, every year clan of Bani Assad along with devices to dig graves came at the holy shrine of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (AS).

The commemoration continued for hours and ended at the holy mausoleums of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (p) and his brother Al-Abbas (P).

Burial of Karbala Martyrs by Bani Assad – a historical perspective

Allamah Ne’matollah Al-Jazaeri narrates from Abdullah Al-Assadi, and Sayyed Muhammad Ali Shah Abdul-Azimi writes in Iqaz-ol Qaloub that when Al-Imam Al-Hussein (p) was martyred on Ashura Day along with his 72 near and dear ones, and Omar bin Sa’ad (c) planned to depart Karbala for Kufa, he wrote to Ibne Zyad asking him what to do now. Ibne Zyad (c) ordered him to bury slain of Yazidi army, chain the holy chaste ladies of Holy Prophet (p)’s house, raise the heads of martyrs of Progeny of Prophet Muhammad (p) on lances and leave the holy bodies of Imam Hussein (p) and his companions without shrouds and burial on the burning plain.


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