The skeptics find it hard to digest that the skies wept over Imam Husain’s (عليه السلام) martyrdom. They find this particularly astonishing, since they don’t even endorse weeping by humans, leave alone the skies and earth.
1 Weeping of skies and earth in the Holy Quran
It is surprising how evident verses of the Holy Quran are ignored by the skeptics of mourning. These verses acknowledge that weeping is common, more so since there is no other verse that prohibits weeping.
Sample this verse which proves weeping of the skies and earth:
‘And the skies and the earth did not weep for them nor were they given a respite.’
- Surah Dukhan (44): 29
If the skies and earth do not weep or cannot weep, it would be pointless saying they do not weep over them (Firaun and his people). Specifying them in the verse, means that there are certain people over whom the Holy Quran does weep.
2. Weeping of skies and earth in the Sunnah
There are many reports by the Ahle Tasannun of the skies weeping over others. So it’s surprising why an exception should be made for Imam Husain (عليه السلام).
3. Skies and earth wept over Umar Ibn Abdil Aziz!
Skeptics claim regarding the Umayyad king, Umar Ibn Abdil Aziz:
It is documented in the Torah that most certainly the skies and earth wept for 40 days and nights over Umar Ibn Abdil Aziz…
- Seyar Aalaam al-Nobala (Ahle Tasannun) v 5 p 142
- Tarikh al-Khulafa v 1 p 245
As if outrageous claims about rulers and companions was not enough, we see even scholars elevated to exaggerated levels.
4. Skies wept over the scholar – Ibn Asakir!
It is reported regarding Ibn Asakir (exp. 571 AH) the author of Tarikh Dimishq, which spans 80 volumes:
It rained heavily in the year (he expired) and rainwater flowed so abundantly that it rose as high as his bier. It was as if the skies were weeping inconsolably over his death.
- Al-Wafi bi al-Wafiyyaat v 20 p 217
- Mojam al-Udaba v 4 p 41
As evident from the Holy Quran and books of the Ahle Tasannun, weeping by the skies and earth is nothing to be astonished about. If it happened for others, it can very well be a reality for Imam Husain (عليه السلام).