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).