The Abbasid Caliphs
Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On 12th of the Islamic month of Rabi as-Sani in 132 AH, the new breed of usurpers of the Islamic realm, the Abbasids, officially commenced their rule, with Abu’l-Abbas Abdullah ibn Mohammad, assuming the title of caliph after defeating Marwan al-Hemar, the last ruler of the Godless Omayyad dynasty. The new caliph was known as “Saffah” because of his wanton shedding of Muslim blood.
The Abbasids, who rose to power by deceiving the people, especially that of Iran, Iraq and Hijaz, by claiming to restore the political rule to the Prophet’s Ahl al-Bayt, turned out to be the mortal enemies of the Infallible Imams of the progeny of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA). The Abbasids were helped by their Iranian agent, Abu Muslim Khorasani, who inflicted a series of defeats on the Omayyads.
Saffah not only massacred almost all the Omayyads, except for Abdur-Rahman who fled to Spain and founded a dynasty there, but he also dug up the graves of the Omayyad caliphs including Mu’awiya ibn Abu Sufyan and burned their bones. It is interesting to note that on opening the grave of the accursed Yazid, the perpetrator of the tragedy of Karbala, nothing was found in the grave except a burnt thigh and ashes, as if divine wrath had already struck the killer of the Prophet’s grandson, Imam Husain (AS).