After the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (as), a bird whose color was white
landed on the dead body of Imam (as). He covered his wings in the blood
Imam Hussein (as) and went to a place where many birds were sat in the
shade of trees and were talking about their food. Upon reaching there he said
to the other birds, "Alas! You are talking about your food and the Grandson
(as) of RasoolAllah (saw) has been slaughtered on the plains of Karbala. His
dead body is lying on the hot sands and His blood is still fresh. When the other
birds heard this news, they flew to Karbala and saw Imam Hussein (as) laid
slaughtered while the accursed army of yazid (la) was taking His Holy Head
towards Kufa. Imam (as)’s dead body was lying there without ghusl or kaffan,
and His sacred body had been trampled under the hooves of the horses. The
hot sand of the desert was covering Imam (as)’s dead body. The animals of the
jungle and jinns were coming for the ziarat of Imam (as). When the birds saw
this great scene of oppression, they started crying loudly. All of the birds
covered their wings with the Holy Blood of Imam (as) and flew in different
They started telling people, "O’ people, Imam Hussein (as) has been
slaughtered in Karbala. Muslims have destroyed the whole Family of
RasoolAllah (saw)." Wherever these birds went, other birds would also gather
around them. All would mourn Imam Hussein (as). One of these birds came to
Medina and went to the shrine of RasoolAllah (saw). He kept telling
RasoolAllah (saw) about how Imam Hussein (as) was slaughtered. When the
other birds saw this bird, they gathered around him and all began mourning
Imam Hussein (as). When the people of Medina saw this scene, they could not
understand what had happened. They noted the day of the crying of these
birds. Then after some time, the news of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (as)
came to Medina , then they realized Imam Hussein (as) had been martyred on
the same day they had seen these birds gathered at the shrine of RasoolAllah
(saw) offering their condolences.
One bird flew from the shrine of RasoolAllah (saw) and landed in the garden
of a Jew. He sat upon a tree and cried over Imam Hussein (as) the entire night.
The owner of this garden had a daughter who was blind and disabled. The Jew
would bring his daughter in the day and bring her back into the home during
the evening. That day however the Jew was very busy and could not take his
daughter back to the home. So the girl spent the whole night under the tree in
which the bird was sat mourning over Imam Hussein (as).
A drop of Imam Hussein (as)’s holy blood fell from his wings onto one eye of
that blind girl. With the blessing of the blood of Imam Hussein (as), her sight
was immediately restored. Then another drop of the blood of Imam Hussein
(as) fell onto her other eye and sight in that eye was also immediately
restored. Then a few drops fell on her body. With the blessing of the Holy
Blood of Imam Hussein (as), all of her disabilities were healed.
In the morning, when the father came in the garden, he saw a healthy girl
walking in the garden. He asked her "Do you know where my sick and blind
daughter has gone?"
The daughter replied, "O’my father, I think you do not recognize me. I am your
sick and disabled daughter." Upon hearing this, the Jew fell unconscious.
When he came to, he asked his daughter how she had been cured. The
daughter took hold of the hand of her father and brought him to the tree upon
which the bird was sitting and mourning Imam Hussein (as). The daughter
said, "O’my father, in the night when I was lying under this tree. A few drops of
blood fell down from the wings of this bird and with the blessing of that blood
I was cured." That Jew said to the bird, "O’bird, for the sake of the one who
created you, speak to me in my language." Allah blessed this bird with the
ability to speak in the human language.
The bird said, "I was sitting with my fellow birds when suddenly another bird
came and said, "O’ birds, you are busy in gossips here while Imam Hussein
(as) has been slaughtered in Karbala. The oppressors have beheaded Him and
His whole Family has been destroyed. Upon hearing this, we immediately
went to the desert of Karbala where we saw the dead body of Imam Hussein
(as) laying on the plains of Karbala with His Holy Blood still freshly flowing.
We covered our wings with His Holy Blood and flew in different directions. I
came here to offer my condolences to RasoolAllah (saw)." When the Jew heard
this, he said, "No doubt the religion of the Grandfather of Imam Hussein (as) is
the true religion. If there is this much great blessing contained in a few drops
of His Holy Blood, then what would be the status of such personality."
The Jew embraced Islam immediately along with 500 people from his tribe.
(Mantaqib Tareehi page no 107-109)