Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon him) and his sacrifice for the sake of his brother

Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon him) has been granted the medal of sympathy because of his sacrifice for the sake of his brother al-Hussayn (peace be upon him). Imam As-Sadeq (peace be upon him) used to praise his uncle Al-Abbas and pay tributes to his heroic situations during the battle of at-Taff:

"My uncle al-Abbas was clear-sighted and steadfastly faithful. He fought with his brother Al-Hussayn, did very well, and was martyred." And it is narrated that Imam as-Sadeq (peace be upon him) said in his Ziyarat: "I testify that you served Allah, His Messenger, and your brother sincerely. You were the most excellent consoling brother."

Imam As-Sadeq (peace be upon him) testified that his uncle Al-’Abbas accomplished his duties towards the pledge with God and the loyalty to the Imam of his time utterly. He supported the right party, stood steadfast with his brother in the most intensive circumstances, and did not leave him until he was martyred after he had lost his two hands.

Al-’Abbas was created to be faithful; therefore his clear-sightedness, steadfast faith, valor, submission, belief, loyalty and sincerity were natural elements of his personality and were also the fruit of the unparalleled values of his parents.

Also, the Master of the Order and Time; Imam Al-Mahdi (may Allah hasten his holy reappearance) addressed Al-Abbas (peace be upon him) as following the Ziyarat Nahiyah Al-Muqaddasah:

"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, and lay down his life for Al-Hussayn, faithful unto death; and who strove to bring water for him and his children, but whose arms were both cut off. May Allah curse his murderers, Yazeed bin Ruqaad al-Heeti and Hakeem bin Tufail at-Taai."

In the previous statement, Imam Al-Mahdi praises Al-Abbas for the noble characteristics that he enjoyed, the Imam (peace be upon him) commends Al-Abbas for:

* Preferring his brother, the chief of the martyrs, over himself,

* Supplying himself with the opportunities for this life and for the life to come. This is an indication to his piety, God-fearing nature and support for the ‘right’ and its people,

* Sacrificing his brothers, sons and himself for Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him),

* Protecting his brother with his soul, and

* His efforts to fetch water to his brother and his harem when the opposite party surrounded the Euphrates so as to prevent the party of Imam al-Hussayn from having water even for their children and women.
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