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Sermon of Imam al-Sajjad (a) in Kufa

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Sermon of Imam al-Sajjad (a) in Kufa was a speech of Imam al-Sajjad (a) after the event of Karbala in captivity in Kufa. When the captives of Karbala entered Kufa, Imam al-Sajjad (a) gave a speech after Lady Zaynab (a), Fatima Sughra (a) and Umm Kulthum and criticized the people of Kufa.

The most important messages of this sermon are:

  • Disloyalty and betrayal of the people of Kufa
  • Admonishing the people of Kufa by the Prophet (s) in the words of Imam al-Sajjad (a)
  • Elegies on the martyrdom of Imam al-Husayn (a)

According to some reports, people who were sad by Imam's (a) words began crying and made a suggestion to Imam (a) to take revenge; but, Imam (a) mentioned breaking of their promises and said, "I ask that you neither help us, nor fight us".

Some believe that the situation in Kufa and the suppression of the agents of the government and the fear of the people of Kufa from them, makes it difficult to accept that such speeches were given. Moreover, the sermon of Imam al-Sajjad (a) is very similar to his speech in the mosque of Damascus. Thus, it is mentioned possible that by the passage of time, narrators mixed the events with each other.

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