The Hussain Legacy
Jabir ibn ʿAbdullah al-Ansari was born in Yathrib (now known as Medina) 15 years before the Hijra. He belonged to a poor family of Yathrib. He was from the tribe of Khazraj. Jabir ibn Abdullah Ansari is said to have accepted Islam from the age of 7. Jabir was a loyal companion of the prophet and the Ahlulbayt, he fought in the battle of Uhud alongside the prophet and in every battle after the prophets’ demise, alongside Imam Ali (AS). Jabir had a long life and became blind in his old age. As a devout worshipper, the prophet had told him, he would live long enough to see the 5th Imam and that when he would, he should convey a special message.
Each morning he would come out from his house, sit by the roadside and wait for the sound of the footsteps to recognize the fifth Imam. One such day while he was waiting in the street of Medina, he heard someone walking towards him, the sound of footsteps reminded him of the way Muhammad used to walk. Jabir stood up, stopped the man, and asked his name. He replied, “Muhammad”, Jabir asked, “whose son”? He replied “Ali ibn Hussain”. Jabir immediately recognised the man he was talking to was the 5th Imam. He kissed his hands and conveyed the message of Muhammad.
After the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, Jabir ibn Abdullah Al Ansari departed from Madina with the intention of paying homage to the graves of Imam Husayn and his devoted friends, who bravely met martyrdom, and arrived in Karbala on Arbaeen. He is considered to be one of the first people to visit the burial site of Imam Hussain [as].