Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328) on the Martyrdom of Imam Husayn (d. 680)

Despite some questionable positions held by Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328) with regard to the events surrounding the massacre at Karbala, such as his downplaying of Yazid’s direct culpability in the act of murder, he does have two particularly interesting statements which deserve consideration since they reflect his views that Karbala was a tragedy of immense proportions and not, as some Sunni scholars insist today, merely an insignificant–albeit tragic–historical incident:

“There is no doubt that al-Husayn ibn ‘Ali  and a group of his family were killed unjustly. The murder of al-Ḥusayn was one of the greatest catastrophes in history. His murder—like the assassination of ‘Uthmān —was one of the central causes for the strife and bloodshed which befell the Muslim community. Verily, his killers are the worst of creation in the eyes of God” (Majmū‘ al-Fatāwa 3: 411).

Elsewhere in the same collection, Ibn Taymīyya exclaims: “As to those who killed al-Ḥusayn or assisted in that act or was pleased with it, may the curse (la’n) of God, the angels, and all the people be upon them. No deed or righteous act will be accepted from these people from God as compensation for their heinous crime” (Majmū‘ al-Fatāwa 4: 487)


3 thoughts on “Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328) on the Martyrdom of Imam Husayn (d. 680)

  1. Are you sure people aren’t going to begin claiming that the Majmu’ al-Fatawa was a falsely attributed work or something? Hahaha

    • Well, it was compiled after his death but it is a collection of various works of his which have been arranged in a certain way. It poses its own set of problems for the historian ofcourse, but to my knowledge no one denies the veracity of these statements quoted above.

      • What sort of questions would this pose to historian? Can you please elaborate further. Thanks.

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