When the news of his birth reached Imam Ali (AS), he prostrated himself on the ground as a token of his humble thanks to Allah. Imam Hussain (AS) took the baby in his arms and recited the Azan and Iqamah (call for prayers) in his right and left ears respectively. Then the new-born baby opened his eyes to see the face of his elder brother Imam Hussain (AS), before looking at anyone else. On the 7th day of his birth, the ceremony of Aqiqah (sacrifice of an animal on the occasion of a child's birth) was performed and Imam Ali (AS) named him Abbas.
Hazrat Abbas (pbuh) was a towering and handsome personality. His dauntless courage, supreme confidence and unflinching loyalty earned him many titles. He was called "Qamar-e-Bani Hashim" (the moon of the Hashemites), because of his imposing appearance.
His remarkable horsemanship made him "Seyyed-ul-Forosan" (the chief of horseman). His ability to lead people gained him the title of "Ra’eis-ul-Shuja’an" (the leader of the valiant), and the manner in which he sacrificed his life earned him the title "Afzal-ul-Shohada" (the best of the martyrs) and "Saqqa" (water carrier), because he sacrificed his life in an effort to procure water for Imam Hussain's children in the tragic battle of Karbala. He fully lived up to his name Abbas, which in Arabic stands for Lion.
Imam Ali (AS), who himself was known as the "Lion of God", brought up Hazrat Abbas (pbuh) and ably guided him until he was fourteen years old. The next ten years of Hazrat Abbas's life were spent under the careful eye of Imam Hassan (AS), and the last ten years with Imam Hussain (AS). Thus it was no small wonder that Hazrat Abbas (pbuh) acquired near perfection in so many aspects of life. His gallantry, boldness and courageous outlook were inherited from Imam Ali (AS). Imam Hassan taught him patience and tolerance. His lion-hearted loyalty and self-sacrificing nature were the results of his association with Imam Hussain (AS).
Imam Ja’far Sadiq (AS) has said: "I bear witness, O Abbas, that you have reached the zenith of perfection in the matter of self-resignation, loyalty and obedience.
Imam Zain-ul-Abedin (AS) has said: "May Allah shower His blessings on my uncle Abbas. The manner in which he laid down his life for his brother, Imam Hussain (AS), showed supreme self-sacrifice.”
Imam Ali's desire was to ensure that Hazrat Abbas (pbuh) preached the religion of Islam and served the Prophet's family. Hazrat Abbas (pbuh) saw his first battle when only eleven. This was the Battle of Siffin. One day he appeared fully disguised, masked and armored, on the battle-field. When Ibn-e-Shasa, a brave and famous Syrian fighter saw the masked person, he asked one of his seven sons to slay him. Instead, the son was quickly put down. Similarly, the other six sons tried to fight this masked warrior, but they all met the same fate. Finally, Ibn-e-Shasa himself came forward and the manner in which he was also beaten, made all the other people stare in disbelief. They thought the masked fighter to be Imam Ali (AS), and no one dared to come forward and fight. But when Hazrat Abbas (pbuh) removed the mask, people were surprised to see he was not Imam Ali (AS), but Abbas (pbuh), the inheritor of Imam Ali's gallantry.
Hazrat Abbas's devotion, respect and affection for Imam Hussain (AS) was so deep that he detested anyone taking precedence in serving Imam Hussain (AS). He stayed beside Imam Hussain (AS) ever since they left Medina and he was loved by all the members of the Imam's family.
Hazrat Abbas (pbuh) was martyred in the Battle of Karbala on 10th of Muharram, 61 AH.
Hazrat Abbas is a symbol of dauntless courage, supreme confidence and unflinching loyalty
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Hazrat Abbas (pbuh) was the son of Imam Ali (AS) and Hazrat Fatima (SA), was also known as "Ummul Banin". She was the daughter of Huzam Ibn Khalid, an illustrious person of the Kalb-a tribe, distinguished for its chivalry. He was born in Medina on 7th of Rajab 26 AH.