Al-Ruhayma

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Al-Ruhayma is a station on the way from Mecca to Kufa where Imam Hussain’s Caravan stayed for a rest.

Location[edit | edit source]

According to Mu’jam al-Buldan, it is located about three miles from Khifya, and the latter is located westward more than ten miles from al-Rahba.

Events[edit | edit source]

At al-Ruhayma, a Kufian named Abu Haram met the Imam and said to him, “O son of the Messenger of Allah! What made you leave the sanctuary of your grandfather?” The Imam said, “O Abu Haram! Banu Umayyah taunted my honour, and I took to patience. And they confiscated my wealth, and I again took to patience.

Then they sought to kill me, so I fled. By Allah! They will kill me. Allah will then cover them with an overwhelming humiliation and with a sharp sword which He will place over their heads, a word that will abase them[1] till they become more abased than the people of Saba' (Sheba) who were ruled by a woman over their wealth and their lives.”[2]

Source[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. al-Saduq, Amali, p. 93, majlis 30.
  2. al-Khawarizmi, Maqtal al-Husayn, Vol. 1, p. 226. Ibn Nama, Muthir al-Ahzan, where the entire hadith is cited.