The holy city of Makkah was savagely attacked by the Omayyad forces of Yazid ibn Mu'awiyah
Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On 3rd of the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal in 64 AH, the holy city of Mecca was savagely attacked by the Omayyad forces of Yazid ibn Mu'awiyah, who ordered the desecration of the sanctity of the holy Ka'ba by raining down fire and brimstone through catapults placed on mountains overlooking the Masjid al-Haraam or the Grand Sacred Mosque.
As a result the supreme symbol of monotheism was badly damaged and many men, women and children who had sought refuge in the holiest sanctuary of Islam were killed or badly burnt. The people, inspired by the valour of Mukhtar ibn Abu Obayda Saqafi, bravely defended the city.
The siege of Mecca and the sacrilege of the Ka'ba by the Omayyad commander, Haseen ibn Numayr – a bloodthirsty and blasphemous person involved in the martyrdom of the Prophet's grandson Imam Husain (AS) in Karbala – ended some two weeks later when news reached of the sudden death of the tyrant Yazid.
During the three years of his illegal rule, the accursed Yazid perpetrated three shockingly sacrilegious acts. He ordered the slaughter of Imam Husain (AS) and other members of the blessed household Prophet Mohammad (SAWA). He then attacked the Prophet's city Medina, killing at the infamous Battle of Harra hundreds of companions of the Prophet and then ordering his commander Muslim ibn Uqbah to violate all Islamic laws in the city through bloodshed, plunder of public property, and rape of women for three days.
Next he sent his forces to capture or kill the seditious, Abdullah ibn Zubayr, who had taken refuge in Mecca. Before reaching Mecca, God's wrath struck Muslim ibn Uqba in the form of a sting from a poisonous scorpion and he instantly died. The command of the army was taken over by the equally criminal Haseen ibn Numayr, who was later to meet a humiliating death a year or so later at the hands of the forces of Mukhtar, who had launched his uprising in Iraq to avenge the killers of Imam Husain (AS).
The Godless tyrant, Yazid ibn Mu'awiyah
On 14th of the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal in 64 AH, the Godless tyrant, Yazid ibn Mu'awiyah, was struck by divine wrath and fell into the bowels of hell, after committing three most blasphemous crimes during his illegal rule of 3 years and nine months. Born out of wedlock to a nomadic Arab Christian concubine of the Omayyad usurper, Mu'awiyah ibn Abu Sufayn, he was named as caliph by the latter on his deathbed in Rajab 60 AH, in gross violation of the treaty of 41 AH with Imam Hasan (AS), the elder grandson of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA).
The first thing the libertine Yazid did was to demand allegiance to his ungodly and un-Islamic rule from the Prophet's younger grandson Imam Husain (AS), and when this was rejected he had the Imam mercilessly martyred in Karbala in 61 AH along with 18 members of the Prophet's family, including the 6-month infant, Ali Asghar. The children and womenfolk of the Prophet's progeny were then dragged as captives to his court in Damascus.
The second abominable crime committed by him was to attack the holy city of Medina in Zilhijja 63 AH after the infamous Battle of Harra in which 10,000 people were massacred, including hundreds of the Prophet's companions. Yazid's soldiers entered Medina, desecrated the Prophet's shrine, and were given permission to loot public property and rape women for three days – resulting in the birth of several thousand illegitimate children that year who are known in history as "Awlad-e Fitna".
In the beginning of Rabi al-Awwal 64 AH, Yazid ordered his forces to attack Mecca and storm the holy Ka'ba. Catapults were placed on mountains overlooking the “Masjid al-Haraam” (Sacred Mosque) to hurl blazing naphtha pots at Islam’s holiest sanctuary. The Symbolic House of God caught fire and was almost burnt to the ground when the attack was called off because of Yazid's sudden death this day in Damascus. Yazid, who since the martyrdom of Imam Husain (AS), suffered severe bouts of headache, collapsed in the state of drunkenness in the toilet and died. He was 37 years of age and his whole body had turned black.
Some 58 years later in 132 AH, when the Abbasid caliph, Abu'l-Abbas as-Saffah, ordered the opening of the graves of the Omayyad caliphs, including that of Mu'awiyah, and the burning of their bones, only a piece of a leg bone was found in Yazid's grave and nothing else except blackened dust resembling ashes after the body and skeleton has been burnt, which indicates divine punishment. Both Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims consider Yazid as an infidel, for openly saying there was neither any Prophet nor divine revelation.
At the sight of Imam Husain's head placed before him in a tray, he wished if only his infidel ancestors were alive to see how he has avenged the death of his kinsmen killed in the Battles of Badr and Ohad against the Prophet.