Sharaf

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Sharāf (Arabic:شَراف) is among the stations on the way of Mecca to Kufa. In the Event of Karbala, Imam al-Husayn (a) ordered his companions to take and spare some water in this station. When they arrived in Dhu Husam, they gave that water to the thirsty army of Hurr b. Yazid al-Riyahi.

Location and Cause of Naming

Sharaf means a height from the waters on the way of Mecca to Kufa which is located between Waqisa and Qar'a'. Its distance from Waqisa is 2 Mils (about 3 Km) and from Lawza is 11 Mils (about 16 Km).

The cause of its naming is that a man named Sharaf had dug watery wells in this place. It is said that Sharaf and Waqisa were daughters of ‘Amr b. Mu'taq, a descendant of Sam b. Noah (a).

Related Events

After Batn al-'Aqaba, Imam al-Husayn (a) and his companions arrived in this station. Since there were a lot of water there, Imam (a) told his companions to take some water. After they moved from there, they encountered the army of Hurr b. Yazid. By the order of Imam (a), his companions gave from that water to the thirsty army of Hurr and their horses in Dhu Husam station.

According to some sources, the encounter of Imam (a) with the army of Hurr b. Yazid took place in Sharaf which is probably because of its proximity to Dhu Husam station.

References

  • The material for this article is mainly taken from شراف in Farsi WikiShia.