Prophecy of the Martyrdom of Imam Husayn (‘a) in the Musnad of Ibn Hanbal
By:Dr. Sayyid Kŕzim Tabŕtabai
Ibn Hanbal says:
Muhammad bin ‘Ubayd has related to us from Sharhabīl bin Madrak from ‘Abdullāh bin Nujayy from his father who narrates that he was marching with (Imam) ‘Alī [(‘a)] towards Siffīn and when we reached Ninevah, (Imam) ‘Alī [(‘a)] cried in a loud voice:
“O Abā ‘Abdillāh! Be patient. O Abā ‘Abdillāh! Be patient beside the River Euphrates.”
I asked him:
“Once when I went to the Prophet I saw tears in his eyes and asked him:
O Messenger of Allah (S) who has made you upset? Why are your eyes moist with tears?
Bal qāma min ‘indī Jibra’īlu qabl, fahaddathanī anna al-Husayn yuqtulu bishatt al-Furāt. Qāla: Hal laka an ushimaka min turbatih? Qāla: Qultu: Na‘am. Famadda yadahu faqabaza qabzatan min turābin fa a‘tānīhā. falam amliku ‘aynī an fāzatā (A while ago [the Archangel] Gabriel left. He has informed me that indeed Husayn will be killed beside the River Euphrates.
Then he [the Prophet] said:
Do you like to smell part of his soil [where Imam Husayn (‘a) will be killed].
He stretched his hand and taking a fistful of soil gave it to me. As a result, tears started rolling down uncontrollably from my eyes.)”
The annotator of the Musnad regards the isnād of this hadith as sahīh and writes that Nujayy is not the only one to narrate this from Imam ‘Alī (‘a).
 Ibn Hunbal's Musnad, hadith no. 6480 (Ahmad Shākir).