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Baynul Haramain: a Moment of Hesitation at the Baqee of Karbala

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To visit the Holy Shrine of Imam Hussain first or that of Hazrat Abbas… that is the question!
As I stand at the center of Baynul Haramain intending to proceed towards the twin Harams

I gaze at both directions and feel the light of divine spendour shining equally from both
Standing between the holy Harams realizing that here I set my foot in the heart of Paradise!

Feeling great anxiety which urges me to run forward quickly to meet my beloved ones
Yet I hesitate as I wonder whom to pay my respects first?

To visit first Hussain, the holy grandson of the Seal of Prophets?
Or pay tribute first to Abbas, the flag-bearer of Hussain?

To visit first Hussain, the son of the Chief of the Executors?
Or pay tribute first to Abbas, the pious obedient servant of Allah, His Messenger, Ali, Hasan and Hussain?

To visit first Hussain, the Father of the Imams?
Or pay tribute first to Abbas, the Moon of the Hashimites?

To visit first Imam Hussain, the Master of Martyrs?
Or pay tribute first to his beloved brother and representative of his father, Abul Fadl Al Abbas?

To visit first the Master of the youth of Paradise?
Or pay tribute first to he who is the guardian of Lady Zainab?

To visit first he who is Tharullah (the Revenged one)?
Or pay tribute first to he whose death broke the back of Tharullah himself?!

To visit first the Arc of Salvation?
Or pay tribute first to the very Door of that Arc?

To visit first he under whose dome prayers are guaranteed?
Or pay tribute first to the Door to Fulfilling Needs (Babul Hawa'ej)?

To visit first Hussain whom the all prophets and messengers sought refuge?
Or pay tribute first to he whom Hussain himself sought refuge!

To visit first Hussain, the fifth member of the People of the Cloak?
Or pay tribute first to Abbas, the Hero of Alqamah?

To visit first he whose dead body was left naked on the plains of Karbala for three days?
Or pay tribute first to he whose body was abandoned alone near the Euphrates river?

To visit first the son of the Lion of God?
Or pay tribute first to the Dauntless Lion himself?

To visit first he whose chest was trampled beneath the hooves of horses?
Or pay tribute first to he whose hands were severed and eyes pierced?

To visit first he who died thirsty and hungry?
Or pay tribute first to he who resisted water after remembering his brother's thirst?

To visit first the Protector of the Deen?
Or pay tribute first to he who protected the Protector of the Deen?

To visit first he who is Nafs Al-Rasool?
Or pay tribute first to he who is the right hand of Ibn Al Batool?

To visit first he who is the inheritor of Adam and Nuh?
Or pay tribute first to he who inherited the courage and chivalry of Hussain?

To visit first he who is the opponent of the path of transgressors?
Or pay tribute first to he who defied the sinister offer of Shimr in defense of his Master?

To visit first he who bore the tribulations of Karbala with firmness and forbore their troubles such that the Angels of the Heavens were astounded at his pa­tience?
Or pay tribute first to he whose museebat of failing to bring water to quench the thirst of little Sakina breaks every heart made of stone!

To visit first he within whose soil's grave Allah placed a cure?
Or pay tribute first to he under whose grave water runs eternally and miraculously?

To visit first Hussain whom Angel Mikael spoke to tenderly in the cradle?
Or pay tribute first to Abbas who did his best to support his friends and defend his beloved ones?

To visit first Hussain who sacrificed himself up to the last drops of blood in his heart?
Or pay tribute first to Abbas who lived and died as the warriors of Badr and soldiers of Allah?

To visit he for whom the heavenly Angels wept and the rocks spit blood?
Or pay tribute first to he whom Hussain himself grieved most bitterly for his loss?

To visit first Hussain who didn't find any answer to his call for help?
Or pay tribute first to Abbas, who couldn't bring a drop of water back to the tents?

To visit first he who was attacked with spears raining down over his body?
Or pay tribute first to he whose flask was pierced with arrows that affected him more than his wounds?

To visit first he who was betrayed by the people of Kufa
Or pay tribute first to he who did not lag behind and did not turn away his face?

To visit first Hussain whose front teeth were beaten with a rod?
Or pay tribute first to Abbas whose existence was created to serve Hussain alone?

To visit first Hussain who was slain by those of illegitimate birth?
Or pay tribute first to he whose birth was planned carefully by Ameerul Momineen?

As I stand there contemplating over these two great, exceptional personalities
I couldn't help but feel inspired to visit he who brought happiness to Hussain's eyes

Abul Fadl Al Abbas – the Door to Hussain and the Standard Bearer of Karbala
My heart convinces me that visiting Al-Abbas pleases Hussain more than visiting Hussain himself!

To pay respects to he who served Hussain and set the greatest example of servitude for all
He whose revenge on the Day of Judgment will be sought first by the mother of Hussain

With these pondering thoughts I make my way to towards the holy shrine of Hazrat Abbas
While my heart and soul oscillates everlastingly between the two Harams

As I slowly come to the realization that this place named Baynul Haramain is in essence the Baqee of Karbala!
Dreaming that my body and soul takes this unique spot as its eternal grave

Hoping to dwell forever in this piece of Paradise called Baynul Haramain!
That which is located exactly between my Mawla Abbas and Imam Hussain!

Author of this article: Jerrmein Abu Shahba
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