As Imam Hussain was leaving Medina to embark on his journey, he visited the shrine of his grandfather Prophet Mohammed (SAW). He prayed several supplications before setting out on his journey. In his supplications, Imam Hussain (as) outlined his future cause and the significance of his movement. He expressed his readiness for martyrdom, while stressing on his complaint against the Umayyad rulers, all in a single and short sentence: “This is my complaint to you until I come to your presence”.
Imam Hussain’s discourse is indicative of a significant and critical incident, which he was able to view due to his disposition which was an established part of the Imam’s character. Imam Hussain had passionate love for goodness and truth, and utter hatred towards evil and injustice. This ardent love and profound resentment – endorsed by Allah and His Prophet – necessitated his eagerness to give everything he had to establish truth and justice and demolish the basis of evil and inequity, even at the cost of his life.
Imam Hussain spent that night worshipping to Allah and performing prayers by the tomb of the holy Prophet Mohammed. He was so deeply engrossed in prayer that the sound of his tears being shed could be heard from a distance.