Description of Pendant containing Imam Husayn's Turbah Soil of Karbala (تربة کربلاء) and Dried Green Plant Garden
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said:
“Husain and Hasan are my two flowers of the world” and “Whoever loves them loves me and whoever hates them, hates me.”
(Sunan ibn-Majah and Musnad Ahmad ibn Hanbal)
This exquisite silver-plated pendant measures 32mm x 9mm and contains the blessed clay of Karbala from the spot where Imam Husayn, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, was martyred and is buried. It also holds a selection of hand-pressed dried green plants to celebrate his blessed memory since the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has stated in a hadith: ‘Al-Hasan and Al-Husayn are the masters of the youth of Paradise.’ (Sahih Al-Bukhari, II, XXIII, 480).
Symbolically, the pendant contains the clay from where Sayidna Husayn was martyred, representing his sanctified life lived in truth, sacrifice, and beauty. The wild green foliage garden represents the life in the eternal abode of Paradise where he now rests. For believers, there is an understanding that there would be no gardens, no rivers, and no fruit in this world if it were not for their archetypes in Heaven.
In a hadith cited by Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani and Imam al-Suyuti, it is recorded that Umm Salama (AS) once saw Husayn, as a child, sitting on the lap of his grandfather ﷺ. In his hand, the Prophet held soil which he kissed while weeping. Umm Salama inquired about the soil and the Messenger of God ﷺ responded: ‘Gabriel has informed me that my son, this Husayn, will be murdered in Iraq. He has brought this earth for me from that land. I am weeping for the suffering that will befall my Husayn.’ The Prophet ﷺ then handed the soil to Umm Salama and said to her: ‘When you see this soil turn into blood, you will know that my Husayn has been slaughtered.’ Umm Salama kept the soil in a bottle and watched over it until she saw on the day of Ashura, 10th of Muharram 61 AH, that it turned to blood; She knew then that Husayn bin Ali had been martyred.
The brutal massacre after starvation and thirst of Imam Husayn (AS), along with eighteen members of his household and sixty companions, by an army of 4000 in Karbala, is a story that resonates deeply and painfully across the Islamic world. The tragedy of Karbala is one of those events of cosmic significance. Its lessons concern not just one group of men and their relationship to the world, but all mankind. It is a moral paradigm. It teaches sacrifice and opposition to injustice: it teaches integrity of purpose, love of family, gentleness, and bravery. In fact, in the account of the tragic journey and martyrdom of Imam Husayn, there are lessons in all the moral virtues. Perhaps the one that strikes most of us most forcefully, is our own inadequacy in comparison with the enormous sacrifice Imam Husayn made on behalf of mankind.
In the words of the friend of God, Sheikh Khwaja Syed Moinuddin Hasan Chisti (also known as Gharib Nawaz or Benefactor of the poor):
Deen Ast Hussein Deen Panah Ast Hussein Shah Ast Hussein Badshah Ast Hussein Sar dad na daad dast dar dast e yazeed Haqaaq e Binaa e Laa iLaha Ast Hussein
Ruler is Husayn, Emperor is Husayn Faith is Husayn, guardian of faith is Husayn Offering his head and not his hand [in allegiance] to Yazid Indeed, Husayn is the foundation of ‘there is no god [but Allah]’.
Details of Karbala Soil and Plant Pendant
The Karbala turbah (soil) and garden pendant include the following:
۩ A round silver-plated pendant, measuring 32mm x 9mm (41mm in height, including the hook), with clay from the ground of Karbala and dried green plants. The plants and soil are encased in protective resin.
۩ Included is a Rumi's Garden in-house certificate explaining the significance of the pendant and soil.
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