SIXTY-FOUR -- The Amir sets
out for Mecca the Great, and is martyred at the ever-victorious side of
the Master of the Universe, God’s peace and blessing be upon him, and the
dastan is concluded.
The narrators who weigh their words tell this
interesting dastan in this way: When the Amir had become somewhat
resigned, and his heart had found some peace after its anguish, Ga’olangi
said, “You said that you would cause me to kiss the feet of the Final Prophet
of the Age, God’s peace and blessing be upon him, and would surely show
me his auspicious beauty. So please now proceed to Mecca.”
The Amir, taking Ga’olangi and his companions, set out for Mecca.
He arrived in Fate and Destiny. Saryal bin Salsal, welcoming him,
took the Amir to his house, and fulfilled the duties of hospitality.
After some days, Saryal’s father passed away. The Amir, having him
shrouded and buried, comforted Saryal. Seating him on the throne,
he went on toward Mecca.
After some days of traveling, he drew near
to Mecca. Ga’olangi and all the Amir’s companions, kissing the feet
of the Final Prophet of the Age, God’s peace and blessing be upon him and
his family, were ennobled by Islam, they were well thought of by everyone.
One day the Final Prophet of the Age, God’s peace and blessing be upon
him and his family, was in the mosque, when a Bedouin submitted, “Oh Prophet
of God, God’s peace and blessing be upon you and your family. The
infidels of Egypt and Rum and Syria have joined together to create turmoil,
they have brought a numerous army with them.”
First Hazrat sent Amir Hamzah, with other
warriors, to Mount Abu Qubais. Later, he himself went there.
The infidels arrayed their ranks. The Amir gave Ga’olangi permission
to fight. An infidel powerful of body made many proud boasts before
Ga’olangi. Ga’olangi lifted him up from the ground and spun him around
so many times that he was half-killed, he was extremely helpless and shocked.
When Ga’olangi hurled him to the ground, the small breath of life that
was left in him went out of his body. Another infidel came.
The same thing happened to him. In this way a number of infidels
died at Ga’olangi’s hands. The infidel army was utterly terrified;
no one came out to confront Ga’olangi, all their hearts were full of fear.
Finally the Prince of Hind, whose name was
*Pur-e Hindi, urged his horse into the field. Doing battle with Ga’olangi,
he gave him such a spear-thrust in the chest that the spear came out from
Ga’olangi’s back, and from this thrust Ga’olangi rendered up his soul.
The Amir was very sorrowful at this. Growing angry, he himself came
to confront him. Pur-e Hindi said, “Oh old man, why have you come
to give up your life, what half-baked notion do you have in your heart?
Whereas even the young men don’t have the courage to confront me!
Anyway, tell me your name, so you won’t die anonymously.”
The Amir said, “Oh you jabberer of nonsense,
my name is Hamzah bin ‘Abdul Muttalib.” He replied, “I’ve heard that
Hamzah has gone to Bakhtar.” The Amir said, “That’s true. I’ve
been back from there for some days. Come on, show me--what kind of
an attack can you make?” Pur-e Hindi aimed his spear straight at
the Amir. The Amir, seizing its hilt, snatched the spear away, and
left him helpless. And he drove that same spear into his liver, so
that it came out from his back. Pur-e Hindi, falling from his horse,
died, he gave up his soul at once.
The Amir, raising a battle-cry, fell on his
army, and killed many infidels; thousands of wretches were killed.
The infidels, helpless before the Amir, took the path of flight, they all
alike showed their backs. The Home of Prophethood, God’s peace and
blessing be upon him and his family, took the Amir and entered Mecca, victorious
and triumphant; he returned thanks to the Lord for this victory.
The narrator writes that Pur-e Hindi’s mother,
hearing of her son’s death, came to Ctesiphon with the kings of Hind, Rum,
Syria, China, Zanzibar, and Turkestan, and a fierce army. She demanded
justice from Hurmuz. Hurmuz too, with an army, joined her.
Eventually, all these armies drew near to Mecca. The Prophet, God’s
peace and blessing be upon him and his family, hearing of this, said, “My
uncle Hamzah by himself is sufficient to destroy these armies.” Since
Hazrat had not first uttered, “If God Most High wills,” the Indivisible
One was displeased.
When Hazrat, with his companions, went to
confront the infidels, Hurmuz said to his army, “Don’t fight these Arabs
one by one! Fall on them all together, and kill them hand-to-hand;
otherwise you won’t prevail over them.” Hurmuz’s army burst on the
army of Islam all together. Landhaur, and Sa’d bin ‘Amr bin Hamzah,
and ‘Adi, etc., all the comrades of Amir Hamzah were martyred, to the last
man. And the infidels began to rain arrows on Hazrat ‘Ali bin Abi
Talib, God be pleased with him; arrows began to come at him from all directions.
And one infidel, throwing a stone, martyred the tooth of the Prophet, God’s
peace and blessing be upon him and his family and companions.
‘Amar bin Umayyah Zamiri gave this news to
Amir Hamzah, he informed him of this mortal peril. The Amir armed
himself and mounted his horse, he prepared to kill the infidels.
And he slaughtered the infidels until he reached Hurmuz himself.
Hurmuz, seeing Amir Hamzah, jumped down from his throne and ran away.
His army too fled, no one had the hardihood to remain. The Amir pursued
them for eight miles, and in a number of places he piled up heaps of the
slain. At length, victorious and triumphant, he turned back toward
On the road *Hindah, the mother of Pur-e Hindi,
who was lying in ambush for him with an army, came from behind and struck
Ashqar such a sword-blow that all his four feet were cut off. Amir
Hamzah was not alert; the moment his horse fell he landed on the ground.
That ruinous bitch struck such a blow with her blood-drenched, poisoned
sword at Amir Hamzah’s blessed head, that the Amir’s head was separated
from his body. And cutting open the Amir’s stomach, she pulled out
his liver and ate it, and she cut his blessed body into seventy pieces.
Afterwards, when her intoxication of heedlessness
abated, she was worried: “When Quraishah, Amir Hamzah’s daughter,
hears of her father’s martyrdom, she will come with an army of Devs and
Jinns and take vengeance on me!” With this thought, she went to the
Prophet, God’s peace and blessing be upon him and his family, and sought
refuge with him, and pleaded and wept a great deal before the Prophet,
God’s peace and blessing be upon him and his family. And she accepted
Islam. Hazrat commanded, “Show me the corpse of my revered uncle,
show me where that Lion of the Lord is.”
Hindah, taking Hazrat with her, showed him
the Amir’s body, she brought Hazrat to where Amir Hamzah’s body lay.
The Hazrat, God’s peace and blessing be upon him and his family, collecting
the pieces of the Amir’s body, said a separate prayer over every piece.
And at that time Hazrat stood on tiptoe. After burying the body,
people asked him why he had said the prayers while standing on tiptoe.
Hazrat said, “I stood like that because there were so many angels that
there was no room in the field, and the angels offered prays seventy times
over every piece of the body.” He gave everyone the good news of
this exalted rank and holiness.
At last, when Hazrat returned after burying
the Amir, Hindah came before the Prophet, God’s peace and blessing be upon
him and his family. The Hazrat turned his face away from her, he
paid her no attention at all. Just then a revelation descended:
“Oh my dear one, Hamzah has been martyred. But look up into the sky!”
Hazrat lifted his head and saw Amir Hamzah seated on a jewel-encrusted
throne in Paradise, while Houris and youthful slaves stood before him with
folded hands. Hazrat, God’s peace and blessing be upon him, smiled
and gave redoubled thanks to the Lord.
After some days, Quraishah, with a countless
army, presented herself in the Hazrat’s service, and demanded her father’s
murderer. Hazrat showed her the heavenly rank of Commander of the
Faithful attained by Hamzah, God be pleased with him, and commanded, “Be
very happy, and give thanks to the Lord. Oh Quraishah, if your father
had not been martyred, he would not have attained this rank, why would
God Most High have raised him to such a station? Thus you must give
up your revenge.” The narrator writes that it was then that the Sura
of the Jinn descended. Finally Quraishah, as Hazrat, God’s peace
and blessing be upon him and his family, had ordered, gave up her revenge,
she spoke no more of vengeance. Taking leave, she went to her own
One school of thought holds that Hazrat, without
saying, “If God Most High wills,” had said, “My uncle by himself is sufficient
to destroy this army, this warrior by himself is sufficient to slaughter
hundreds of thousands of infidels.” These words displeased the Most
High Presence, and for this reason Amir Hamzah’s blessed body was cut into
seventy pieces, and the Hazrat’s blessed tooth was martyred.
And the second account is that one ‘A’ishah
God be pleased with her, was mending her robe, she was sewing up and putting
to rights her torn garments, when the Hazrat came in, and it happened that
the lamp was blown out, and the thread slipped out of the needle’s eye;
the Mother of the Believers was very distressed. The Hazrat smiled.
In the light of his teeth, Hazrat ‘A’ishah, God be pleased with her, threaded
the needle. Hazrat said, “Do you see how bright my teeth are?
You threaded the needle in their light! My teeth served as a candle.”
These words displeased the Most High Presence, and for this reason the
Hazrat’s tooth was martyred.
And in this same battle an arrowhead broke
off in the foot of Hazrat ‘Ali, may God exalt him, the Commander of the
Faithful, and remained lodged there. However much the surgeons sought
to pull the arrowhead out of the wound, it wouldn’t come out. However,
when Hazrat was performing the final prostration of his prayers, the Prophet,
God’s peace and blessing be upon him and his family, commanded, “Pull out
the arrowhead from ‘Ali’s foot, God be pleased with him, right now, so
he won’t feel the pain.”
Some champions seized the arrowhead in a pair
of forceps and pulled it out. The Hazrat was not at all aware it.
When he had finished his prayers, he saw the blood and asked, “Where does
this blood come from, when did you pull the arrowhead out of my wound?”
His companions told him what had occurred, and asked, “Oh Hazrat, did you
really not know?” He said, “La vallah la”/2/--that
is, “I swear by God, I didn’t know at all when the arrowhead was pulled
Oh Lord, by virtue of the martyrdom of the
blessed tooth of the Prophet, God’s peace and blessing be upon him and
his family, and through the grace of the wound in the blessed foot and
the prayers and humility of ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, God be pleased with him,
may this translator and writer come to a good end in the world to come,
and not be indebted to anyone in this world, and be honored as much as
he wishes with treasures of the Unseen; and may the truth or falsehood
of this qissah be attributed to the inventive narrators.
Prophet’s favorite wife.
by God, no” in Arabic.