Sermon of Kufa by Syeda Sakina (asws)
The granddaughter of Moula Ali (asws), daughter of Moula Hussain (asws), Syeda Fatima (sa) bintul Hussain (asws) also known as Syeda Sakina (sa) who was only 4 years old delivered such an amazing sermon in Kufa that it caused the people to become astonished at Her eloquence and Her knowledge. This sermon had a major effect upon the people and caused them to feel immense shame and regret. It also caused them to realize how great the sin which they had committed was. The following is the sermon:
“All praise is for Allah. A praise which numbers more than the grains of the sand and is weightier than the earth and Arsh (throne) combined. I praise Him, trust Him and I testify that there is no god except Allah. He is alone and has no partner. Muhammad (saw) is His servant and messenger, and the Pure Offspring of Muhammad (saw) were slaughtered near the banks of the River Furat.
O’Allah! You took from Your creation the promise of allegiance for the wilayat of Ali (asws) ibn Abi Talib (as) and made this wajib (obligatory) upon them, but Your creation has broken this promise of allegiance. They usurped His (Ameerul Momineen asws) right and martyred Him. Then they martyred His Son Hussain (asws).
O’Allah! You are well aware that My Grandfather (asws) was martyred in Your House (masjid) in the presence of other “muslims”. These “muslims” admitted to oppressing Ameerul Momineen (asws), but for Your sake My Grandfather (asws) was patient. He left this world but His attributes and greatness will remain for all of eternity and no one will ever be able to reach His status.
O’Allah! I am very young, but I am aware of the greatness of the attributes of My Grandfather (asws).
O’Allah! You are well aware of how My Grandfather (asws) protected Your tauheed (oneness) and Your Prophet (saw). He had no concern for this world. He fought in Your way. You chose Him and declared Him to be Your “Siratul Mustaqeem” (the right path).
O’people of Kufa! O’ cheaters! Allah tested you through Ahlul Bayt (asws). Through Us, your iman (faith) was tested and verily, We are the successful of those who are tested. Allah has given His knowledge to Us and made Us as the trustees of His knowledge. We are the source of His wisdom. We are the hujjat (proof) of Allah upon the heavens and the earth. Allah honored Us and raised Our status before the creation through Muhammad (saw).
You denied Us and committed kufr with Allah. You made slaughtering Us lawful and looted Our wealth. In your eyes, We were not the Offspring of RasoolAllah (saw). You treated Us as if We were a group of common rebels.
You martyred My Grandfather (asws) and your swords are dripping with the blood of Ahlul Bayt (asws). For a very long time now, your hearts have been filled with hatred and animosity towards Us. You slaughtered Ahlul Bayt (asws) and afterwards you rejoiced and celebrated. You attributed lies to Allah. You were deceitful and Allah does not allow those who are deceitful to succeed.
You committed every atrocity against Us and looted Our wealth, but you will not gain any benefit from this. Whatever We had to face in this world it was for the sake of Allah. Do not be pleased with the atrocities and acts of oppression which you committed against Us. Verily, Allah curses those who are proud and arrogant. May Allah destroy you.
Soon the wrath and curse of Allah that has become your destiny will fall upon you. You will have to face the immense wrath of Allah. Verily, you will taste of its severity. May the curse of Allah be upon the oppressors.
Woe be upon you! We know those who obeyed Us and those who waged war against Us and those who came to Our support and those who abandoned Us, and you were amongst those who waged war against Us because your hearts have become impure from filth. Allah sealed your hearts, eyes, and ears. Shaitan became your leader and led you astray.
O’people of Kufa! May Allah destroy you!
What wrong did RasoolAllah (saw) do against you that caused you to commit such atrocities against His Brother and My Grandfather Ali (asws) ibn Abi Talib (as) and to His Offspring (asws)? You felt pride in Our martyrdom and Our imprisonment. How can it be that this ummah (nation) can feel pride in slaughtering those whom Allah Himself made as Pure and kept all impurities from coming near to Them.
Verily, every person will reap whatever he has sown. Woe be upon you!
You became envious of Us because of the status and greatness which was bestowed upon Us by Allah. However, Allah blesses those whom He chooses. Those who were not created from Noor can never be like those who were created from Noor. “
There are 3 points which can be found in this glorious sermon which was delivered by the one who was raised in the house of prophet hood and imamate.
- Syeda Sakina (sa) specifically mentions the wilayat of Her Grandfather, Ameerul Momineen (asws). She also makes reference towards His sufferings. Moula Ali (asws) who is haq (truth) and the example of justice upon the earth. He was martyred in the house of Allah and Ameerul Momineen (asws) is that personality who was chosen by Allah and through whom Allah manifested His attributes
- Syeda Sakina (sa) mentions the sufferings of Ahlul Bayt (salam of Allah be upon Them). They are the leaders of the ummah and this ummah will be questioned regarding Ahlul Bayt (asws). Those who helped them and those who oppressed th Syeda Sakina (sa) also mentions how this ummah committed atrocities against Aal e Muhammad (asws) and how Aal e Muhammad (asws) withstood these sufferings and atrocities.
- She warned the people of the immense wrath of Allah that they will face due to their treatment of Ahlul Bayt (asws).
The effect of this sermon upon the people:
This sermon of Syeda Sakina (sa) effected the people greatly. People began weeping and said, “O’ Daughter of Purity for the sake of Allah, stop Your speech. Your words are burning our souls. We feel as if we are about to die. For the sake of Allah, stop mentioning the sufferings which we committed against You. Do not reveal our wretchedness. We admit to committing grave sins.”
Reference Hayat al Imam al Hussain (asws) 3rd Vol pg 230 by Syed Muhammad Baqir Qarshi; Seerat Syeda Zainab (sa)al Kubra; Tareekh al Hussain (asws)