station 17 The Christian Monk
The prisoners of Karbalā were taken through many cities on their way to Damascus on orders from Yazīd. As they were nearing Aleppo, a Christian monk who lived there could see light emanating from the head of Imam Hussain, upwards to the sky. When the caravan stopped for rest, the monk approached them and asked if he could take the head of Imam Hussain (a.s) for the night in exchange for 10,000 dirhams that he had with him.
When they agreed, the monk took the head and placed it on a stone, whereon blood from the head fell onto it. In the morning he returned the head and professed Islam. This version of events can be found written on a plaque within the mosque itself. It is also narrated that the monk spent the night painting the face of Imam Hussain on a canvas.