Death of the Omayyad tyrant, Mu’awiyah ibn Abu Sufyan
Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On 22nd of the Islamic month of Rajab in 60 AH, the Omayyad tyrant, Mu’awiyah ibn Abu Sufyan, died in Damascus at the age of 80, nineteen years after usurping the caliphate from the Prophet’s elder grandson, Imam Hasan Mojtaba (AS), whom he martyred through poisoning in 50 AH in violation of the terms of the treaty signed in 41 AH. Born to two of the most spiteful enemies of Islam (Abu Sufyan and Hind) and a reluctant convert to Islam in 8 AH – two-and-a-half-years before the passing away of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) – Mu’awiyah was surprisingly appointed by Omar ibn Khattab as governor of the vast province of Shaam (made up of today’s Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and the illegal Zionist entity Israel), a position he held for almost 20 years despite his dismissal by the Commander of the Faithful Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS) against whom he came out into open armed rebellion at the Battle of Siffeen.
During the almost 40 years he had entrenched himself in the Levant, he did not spare any effort to distort the teachings of Islam, oppress, torture, and kill Muslims, and indulge in all cardinal sins. On his deathbed, contrary to the terms of the treaty with Imam Hasan (AS), he named his libertine and openly infidel son, Yazid, as caliph, a criminal decision that led to three of the most heinous crimes in history. The Godless Yazid, in the first year of his reign tragically martyred the Prophet’s younger grandson, Imam Husain (AS) at Karbala.
In the subsequent two years of his evil rule, he desecrated the sanctity of the Prophet’s shrine and mosque in Medina by ordering a general massacre, rape and plunder of Muslims; and next ordered the sacrilegious storming of the holy Ka’ba in Mecca, during the midst of which he died, thereby ending the dynasty established by Mu’awiyah – although another branch of the Omayyads continued the evil work of terrorizing the Muslim ummah for some 70 more years before they were thrown into the dustbin of history.