Battle of Harrah

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Battle of Harrah
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AuthorMohammad Ali Chenarani
SeriesSecond Edition
PublisherCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

The book Battle of Harrah with the aim of conveying the message of Islam to the people of the world illustrates as much of the Harrah tragedy and issues related to some of its important aspects that have been recorded in history's memory.

About the book[edit | edit source]

This book was published by Mohammad Ali Chenarani in 2003 in 2,000 copies by Astan Quds Razavi Islamic Research in Iran, and by Ahmad Rezvani in 1000 copies has been translated into English so that English speakers can also get acquainted with this event.

The English version of this book published in CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Second Edition (April 24, 2014), has 70 pages.

Chenarani’s book shows that the essence of Umayyad monarchy demanded involvement in open onslaughts of murder and pillage of the household of Prophet, forcing such great men as Imam Hussain, who refused to recognize their rule, to pay for his religiosity and noble-spiritedness by his own blood and that of his loved ones.

Abstract of chapters[edit | edit source]

Introduction[edit | edit source]

This section provides a brief introduction to the Battle of Harrah, its time and its location.

The battle of Harrah was a bitterly disastrous and painful event that took place in 63 A.H. (682 C.E.) during the reign of Yazid ibn Mu’awiyah between the Syrian troops and the people of Medina and for three days and nights, any attack on the lives and property of Muslims against the Sham (Syria) Army was allowed.

Chapter 1: Causes of the Revolt[edit | edit source]

The first section of the book examines the reasons for the uprising. The communal and tribal diversity of the participants in this popular movement suggests that various social, religious, political, and emotional factors have prompted harmonious sentiments among the people of Medina that culminated in a widespread uprising, and cutting off the hands of Yazid’s agents and administrators from that city. In the battle of Harrah and the social movement of Madinans, religious, political, historical, and emotional grounds caused such a movement without enjoying an outstanding leadership being able to bring the scattered tribes and various clans settled in Medina to integrate their power and capabilities toward rising up against Yazid and his agents.

Chapter 2: Open Confrontation of the People of Medina against Umayyad Government[edit | edit source]

Two main issues made the atmosphere quite ready for a serious action against the Umayyid government. the beginning of Muhajirin and Ansar’s open confrontation with the Umayyid rule:

  • Including expulsion of the governor of Medina
  • Yazid’s reaction against the people of Medina

Chapter 3: Imam Zayn al-Abidīn’s Stance in the Uprising of Medinans[edit | edit source]

The author in this part studies the role and position of Imam Zayn al-Abidin in the protest rallies of the people of Medina against the Umayyad’s rule is possible from two different aspects:

  • Historical glance at Imam Zayn al-Abidin’s position
  • Ideological glance at Imam Zayn al-Abidin’s position

Chapter 4: The Medina Uprising; a Right or Wrong Movement?[edit | edit source]

This part examines the degree of legitimacy of the Medina uprising upon several factors including the motivations, goals, methods, prevailing circumstances, and conditions.

Chapter 5: Tribes that Actively Participated in the Medina Uprising & Those Who Were Executed[edit | edit source]

In this part we see detailed lists of several tribes residing in Medina and the number of people belonging to those tribes who were killed in the uprising, and also the name of influential and well-known figures of Medina who were sentenced to death upon special hearings.

Chapter 6: The Aftermaths of the Battle of Harrah[edit | edit source]

This part examines Yazid's leadership and what happened to the Syrian army after the Battle of Harrah.

Chapter 7: Death of Yazid ibn Mu’awiyah[edit | edit source]

The author in this part, gives a report of the Syrian army commander, Yazid’s doom and ends the book by the Prophet Muhammad’s words:

“The one who sets out toward Medina with an ominous intention and commits any evil to it, Allah will soon wipe him out. “

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