The valiant Standard-Bearer of the Immortal Epic of Karbala
On 4th of the Islamic month of Sha’ban in 26 AH, the valiant Standard-Bearer of the Immortal Epic of Karbala, Hazrat Abu’l-Fazl al-Abbas (AS), was born in Medina to the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS). His mother was the virtuous lady Omm al-Baneen Fatema bint Hazam of the al-Kilabiyya clan noted for its courage and bravery. Imam Ali (AS) had married her several years after the passing away of his beloved wife, Hazrat Fatema Zahra (peace upon her) the daughter of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA).
Hazrat Abbas (AS), who was over two decades younger than his older brothers, the Prophet’s grandsons, Imam Hasan and Imam Husain (peace upon them), was very much attached to them since childhood. Out of respect for their immaculate lineage, he never called them brothers, but would refer to Imam Hasan (AS) as “Sayyedi” (My Lord), and to Imam Husain (AS) as “Mowlaie” (My Master).
He was in Karbala like a shadow beside Imam Husain (AS), and while trying to fetch water for the thirsty camp of the Imam, he sacrificed his life, but never tasted a drop of water even when he succeeded in reaching the bank of the River Euphrates. His shrine till this day stands as a sentinel to the shrine of Imam Husain (AS), with pilgrims from all over the world seeking his intercession with God Almighty by addressing him as “Bab al-Murad” or the Gateway of Needs. His birthday is marked in the Islamic Republic of Iran as “Roz-e Janbazan” or the Day of the Valiant Disabled Veterans.