The Birth Anniversary of al-Abbas ibn Ali (p)
by Liaison Office of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Al-Sistani in North America
[Note: The Center for Islamic Pluralism reposts this announcement in honor of Albanian Bektashi Sufi veneration of Abaz Aliu (as he is known in Albanian.)]
Monday, May 1st, 2017, marks the Birth Anniversary of al-Abbas ibn Ali (p), 4th of Sha'ban, 1438 A.H.
Title: Qamar Bani Hashim (Moon of the Hashemites)
Kunya: Abu al-Fadl
Father: Ali ibn Abi Talib (Peace be upon them)
Mother: Fatimah bint Hizam al-Qilabiyyah (Umm al-Baneen)
Born: 4th Shaban, 26 AH/647 CE in Madinah, Hejaz region of the Arabian Peninsula
Died: 10th Muharram, 61 AH/680 CE, after being martyred in the Battle of Karbala
Age at Martyrdom: 33
Buried: Karbala, Iraq
Al-Majlisi has narrated that "Al-Abbas was a handsome man. When he would mount the horse his feet would reach the ground. He was called the full moon of banu Hashim and He would keep the banner of al-Hussain, peace be upon him."
On the 10th of Muharram, when the enemy blocked him from the water, he came out against them reciting:
"I am not afraid of death because death keeps calling for retaliation, I fight until I cannot be seen in the heat of the battlefield, my soul is to protect the soul of al-Mustafa, the purified one, I have come with the waterskin [to fetch the water] and I am not afraid of [the coming] battle."
(From Behar al-Anwar, Vol. 45)