SHAFAQNA- The Battle of Deer al-Jamajum
The two armies met at Deer al-Jamajum. A violent fight took place between the two sides. AI-Hajjaj defeated Abid al-Rahman.
Abid al-Rahman’s army scattered. Some fighters escaped. Some passed away. Abid al-Rahman himself took refuge in Turkey. Some revolutionaries such as Saeed bin Jubair and Kumail bin Zyyad disappeared.
AI-Hajjaj began looking for the revolutionaries. He executed some of them. And some were afraid of him.
After Deer al-Jamajum Battle, Kumail bin Zyyad was far away from spies.
The police were looking for Kumail everywhere.
AI-Hajjaj used a new way to arrest Kumail. He ordered the police to annoy Kumail’s followers. He deprived them of money. So, their economic condition was bad. Kumail heard about that. Thus, he decided to surrender. The police took him to al-Hajjaj.
Kumail bravely walked with the police. In the meantime, he recalled the beautiful days with his teacher and leader Imam Ali (A.S.).
Kumail remembered the days when he was a soldier in the Imam’s Army. He remembered his fights against the disloyal, the unjust and the apostates.
Kumail remembered the day when he led an army of four hundred fighters to face a raid by Maawyyah’s Army.
Kumail remembered the day when he chased the invaders in Kirkeesya. He remembered the Imam’s scolding letter because he left the borders of his country without soldiers.
The Imam’s letter read as follows: Certainly you have deeply gone into Kirkeesya. And you have left the positions without protection. The idea is incorrect You have become a bridge for your enemies to attack your friends.
Why did Kumail surrender?
Kumail believed in Allah and the hereafter. He loved all people. He loved his family and his tribe.
AI-Hajjaj mistreated Kumail’s family and tribe. So, Kumail surrendered to save them from persecution.
Kumail remembered Imam Ali’s (A.S.) words:
Kumail, order your family to do good. Order them to help people at night ..
Kumail’s face was bright. His beard was white. His heart was certain.
Kumail came into al-Hajjaj’s palace. He saw al-Hajjaj sitting and his guards standing around him. He saw a headsman carrying a sword.
Kumail new that al-Hajjaj would kill him, for Imam Ali (AS.) had told him about that.
Paying not attention to al-Hajjaj, Kumail said:
My master Imam Ali (A.S.) has told me that you will kill me. Allah’s enemy, do whatever you like! And know that the Judgement Day will be after killing.
Al-Hajjaj said: Disown Ali to save your soul.
Kumail said: Show me a religion better than Ali’s.
AI-Hajjaj ordered the headsman to behead Kumail.
Nowadays, the visitor sees Kumail shrine on a hill at Wadi al-Salam in Holy Najaf. Sweet perfume spread in Kumail shrine.
On Thursday nights, sweet words fly high in the sky full of stars. The words remind people of that great martyr whose name has connected with the supplication. So, his name will be immortal.
Adapted from the book: “The Companions of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w)”