Today, I have another activity that we did last month, during the first ten days of Muharram, discussing another companion of Imam Hussain (AS).
Hazrat Habib ibn Mazahir was one of Imam Hussain (AS)’s close friends. They had been friends since their childhood, and though they lived far away from each other and could not see or talk to each other regularly, they were still friends. They knew that they could count on and trust one another.
We can illustrate this distance in their friendship using a spring. I used the springy wire that comes with a desktop computer, often to connect a keyboard. You could also use an actual metal spring, or even a slinky
In the beginning, they were close friends, so you can hold the spring close together to represent that.
Later on in their life, they were far apart from each other – we illustrated that by stretching out the spring.
However, when Imam Hussain (AS) was in a difficult situation and he needed the help of his friend, he sent him a letter. He knew that as soon as his friend received his letter, he would come to his aid. And indeed he did. When Hazrat Habib ibn Mazahir received the letter from Imam Hussain (AS), he left Kufa and came to Karbala. He sprung back to his original friendship, as if the distance had never even been there.
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