ARRIVAL OF IMAM HUSSAIN (A.S) IN KARBALA
Imam Husayn was on his way to Kufa when he met Hadhrat Hur and his companions on the 1st of Muharram, 61 A.H. He found out that Hur and his companions were extremely thirsty, and so ordered that all of his stocks of water be given to Hur’s army in order to satisfy their thirst.
As they were drinking from Imam’s water supplies, Hajjaj bin Masruq Juafi, one of the martyrs of Karbala, prounounced the adhan. Imam then came out of his tent and conversed with them after the call to prayers. Then after praising the Almighty Allah he said, ” O people! My excuse before Allah and you Muslims of Kufa is that I did not proceed to Iraq without reason. Your representatives came to me and you wrote in your letters that you had no Imam and asked me to come to you so that Allah might guide you through me. I have come now. If you are prepared to assure me by renewing your promises and covenants I shall come to your city, but if you don’t do so or are worried and disturbed on account of my arrival I am prepared to return to the place from which I have come”.
Hur and his companions chose not to give a reply to Imam and proceed to pray congregational prayers behind him. After the prayers, Hur said, “We shall not leave you until we take you before Ibn Ziyad.”
The Imam said: “This is not possible before death”.
The Imam and Hur mounted along with their respective companions and adopted a route that led neither to Madina nor to Kufa.
On Thursday, the 2nd of Muharram 61 A.H. Imam Hussain camped at a place in the region of Naynava called Karbala. On the following day Umar bin Sa’ad bin Abi Waqqas Zohari reached there from Kufa with 4000 soldiers and encamped opposite the camp of Imam.