The consequence of shooting an arrow at the Imam
‘Allama Muhammad bin Yousuf Salihi (May Allah shower His mercy on him) relates in Subul Ul Huda War Rashad:
Translation: ‘Abbas bin Hisham bin Muhammad Kufi narrates on the authority of his father who narrates on the authority of his grandfather, he says: There was a person in Karbala by name Zara’a. This accursed man had shot an arrow at Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him) when he had asked for water and wanted to drink it. His arrow had come between the Imam and the water. The Imam supplicated: O Lord Almighty! Make him thirsty.
The narrator says: A person who was present at the time of his death told me that this person was feeling a lot of heat in his stomach and coldness in his back because of which he started screaming and shouting although ice was placed on his stomach and fans were used and at the back an urn was placed. He would shout: Give me water. This thirst is killing me. Honey mixed with barley, water and milk was brought to him in such quantity that it would suffice for 5.
He would gobble up everything and again cry out: Satisfy me. This thirst is killing me. At last, his stomach split open like a camel’s. (Subul Ul Huda War Rashaad, Vol. 11, Pg. No. 79)
The person who shot an arrow at the Prince in whose excellence the Holy Quran was revealed and whose excellence has been mentioned in the Hadith, his end was so frightening that in spite of having all facilities, he could not have a shred of comfort. He had a complaint of heat in his stomach and very severe cold in his back. Because of disrespecting Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him), he spent his life in such agitation and when his death came, it came as a warning to all others. Through this, Almighty Allah made it clear that those who oppress the Prophet’s Family, they will be punished in this world and the punishment of the hereafter will be even severe.