The words of the infallible are words of wisdom that all the glossaries and dictionaries of all times would stand powerless before their deep meanings, shrewd interpretations and true significance … All of that and more because they are a whiff from the Divine Throne and a fragrant scent from the Preserved Slate …
And, from the sayings of our saint Imams (peace be upon them) about Aba Al-Fadl Al-Abbas (peace be upon him) is what Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) has told him on the 9th day of Muharram, when he (peace be upon him) sent him to the enemies to ask for a respite. The master of youths in paradise, Prophet’s beloved grandson, and head of martyrs in the world told his brother: "May I be your ransom! Ride on the horse …"
How can the Imam (peace be upon him) ransom his brother who is not an Imam like him? Unless these words of the Imam intend to state the sanctity and greatness of his brother ... Words that foreshadow the high position reached by our Master Aba Al-Fadl (peace be upon him), whom Imam As-Sadeq (peace be upon him) called him as righteous and obedient Servant, and stated in his Zyarat: "Then may Allah curse the people who killed you and may Allah curse the people who oppressed you. And may Allah curse the people who considered the prohibited concerning you as lawful thus violating the sanctity of Islam."
Al-Abbas (peace be upon him) was the son of the greatest, the Commander of the Faithful (peace be upon him) and was cultured in the house of infallibility, he (peace be upon him) did not abandon even for one moment his brother through his life, and did not spare any effort for obedience and service. In the human history, no brother could be found to be as honest, dedicated, devoted, obedient and submissive as Al-Abbas (peace be upon him) for his brother, the Master of martyrs (peace be upon him). His loyalty, decency and courtesy have become a saying in the history. He never sat before Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) unless asking for permission. Al-Abbas for Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) was the same as Imam Ali was for the Holy Prophet (prayers and Allah's peace be upon him and his holy Household).
Al-Abbas (peace be upon him) was informed from the childhood by his father Imam Ali (peace be upon him) about his role in Karbala and knew that for what a day he has been reserved, and for whom he shall devote himself. On this account, he was sincerely attached to his brother, Al-Hussayn; loved him; was proud of serving his brother warmly; He always addressed Aba Abdellah Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) with the titles like “O my Master”, “O Aba Abdellah” and “O son of the Messenger of Allah”. He boasted of serving two beloved heritages of Prophet (prayers and Allah's peace be upon him and his holy Household). Although he was the known with valour and championship, he was submissive and obedient to his brother earnestly.
He was chivalrous, tactful, brave, faithful, courteous, obedient to the Master’s order, worshipper and absorbed in the prominent character of his brother (peace be upon him). These attributes lead him to the position of command and standard-bearing in Karbala, where he could exhibit his fidelity and valour.
Aba Al-Fadl Al-Abbas (peace be upon him) is that same person whom when Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) hurried to his martyred body, made a statement that he had never before: a statement, which is another proof for the status of Al-Abbas (peace be upon him). In losing his brother, Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) said: "(and) now my back has broken!"
Imam As-Sajjad (peace be upon him) has said about his uncle: "May Allah bless Al-Abbas the son of Ali, who dedicated (his life), was examined by calamity, and lost his life for his brother to the extent that his two hands were cut off. Verily Al-Abbas has a status in the presence of Allah that all the martyrs will envy on the Day of Judgement"
In the Ziyarat of Nahiya, Imam Al-Mahdi (May Allah hasten his holy reappearance) addresses him as the following:"Peace be upon Aba Al-Fadl Al-Abbas, son of the commander of the believers, the one who protected his brother with his own life, and collected provisions from his past for his future. It is he who sacrificed himself for his brother, made his own life a shield, and made sufficient effort for his sake"
From this standpoint, the Department of gifts and vows at the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine ordered sewing and embroidering this timeless saying of Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) about his brother "May I be your ransom! Ride on the horse …" on a banner and hanging it on the main entrance of the holy shrine of Aba Al-Fadl Al-Abbas (peace be upon him) from the side of Bab Al-Qiblah, so that whoever comes to visit him will read it and meditate about it, especially that underneath it is also hung an ancient bottle of water, which has a great symbolic about the sacrifice and martyrdom of Aba Al-Fadl Al-Abbas (peace be upon him) on the day of Ashura.
Thus, we too would like to say: "Infinite peace and blessings be upon you and your righteous and enlightening behaviour, O Aba Al-Fadl! Peace be upon you as you reached your high status and courageously accomplished the path you faced. Peace be upon you as you are among the greatest, most shining, and most sacrificial martyrs in the presence of Allah."