On the 13th of Muharram, Imam as-Sajjad (peace be upon him) buried the holy corpses of his father, his family and companions (peace be upon them).

On this day women from the tribe of Bani Asad were drawing water from the Euphrates River, and they found corpses scattered in the desert, covered with their blood like if they were killed on the same day.

The women came back to their tribe groaning and crying and then said: You are sitting in your houses, and this is Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) son of the Messenger of Allah (Allah's prayers be upon him and his holy Household), members of his family and companions massacred like sacrificed sheep on the sand! How would you apologize to the Messenger of Allah, the Commander of the Faithful and Fatima az-Zahra, when you will meet them? If you have missed giving support to Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him), stand up now then to the holy bodies and bury them, as if you don't bury them, we will handle burying them ourselves. So men of Bani Asad came to bury the pure bodies, but they did not identify to whom belong each body.

Suddenly, they saw a man on a horse coming their direction weeping and said: O Bani Asad, I will guide you to identify them, he came down from his horse, and walked between the corpses and stopped at the body of his father al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) and hugged him, and started smelling and kissing him, crying out loudly, saying: "O dear father! After you, our distress is long. O dear father! After you, our sorrow is long.." Then he came to the gravesite and lifted a handful of its soil. A grave already dug appeared, and so did a pre-constructed shrine... He placed his hands under the Imam's back and said, “In the Name of Allah, and according to the creed of the Messenger of Allah, Allah has said the truth, and so has His Messenger (Allah's prayers be upon him and his holy Household). The will of Allah be done; there is no power nor might except in Allah, the Great.”

Then he took it and went down without being assisted by anyone from among the Banu Asad to whom he said, “I have with me who will assist me.”

Once he laid it down in the grave, he put his cheek on his father's sacred neck and said, “Congratulations to the land that contains your holy body, for the world after you is dark whereas the hereafter in your light shall shine. As to the night, it is the harbinger of sleep, while grief remains forever, for Allah shall choose for your Ahl al-Bayt (Allah's prayers be upon them)) your abode wherein you shall abide. Peace from me to you, O son of the Messenger of Allah, and the mercy of Allah and His blessings.”

On the grave he wrote: “This is the grave of al-Hussayn son of ‘Ali son of Abu Taleb, the one whom they killed, thirsty and stranger.”

Then he walked to the body of his uncle, al-Abbas (peace be upon him), and he saw him in a condition that had left the angels anguished and caused the huris to weep even as they were in the chambers of Paradise. He fell upon it kissing his sacred neck and saying, “May the world after you be obliterated, O moon of Banu Hashim, and peace from me to you, O martyr, and the mercy of Allah and His blessings.”

He dug a grave for him and took him down in it by himself just as he had done to the corpse of his martyred father (peace be upon him). He said to Banu Asad, “There is someone with me to help me.”

Yes, he gave the opportunity to Banu Asad to participate in burying the martyrs, and he assigned for them two places, ordering them to dig two pits in the first of which he buried those slain from Banu Hashim and in the second those slain from among their companions. As regarding al-Hurr al-Riyahi, his corpse was taken away by his tribe that buried it where it now stands.

When the Imam (peace be upon him) finished from burying the pure bodies, he rode his horse to leave, Banu Asad then asked him: We ask by the right of those you have buried, who are you? He told them: I am the argument [Hujjat] of Allah on you, I am Ali son of al-Hussayn (peace be upon him), then he went back to Kufa to join the caravan of captives.
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