Ali Akbar (a.s.) had a loud beautiful voice. It was he who always recited adhaan.
The day of Ashura unfolded on the land of Kerbala. It was Fajr time. Husain (a.s.) called his son, Ali Akber.
"My son, Ali Akber, go and give the Adhan. Ali Akber I want to hear the voice of my grandfather. Ali Akber, you sound so much like your great grandfather, the Holy Prophet."
Ali Akbar's Adhan echoed through the land of Kerbala.
Ali Akbar's last Adhan…….It was no ordinary Adhan……..
It was filled with emotion…
Husain began to cry. He remembered his grandfather.
All the ladies in the tents began to cry. Zainab burst into tears.
After Zuhr prayers Ali Akbar (a.s.) stood in front of Imam Hussain (a.s.). He said, "Father I request for permission to go and fight the enemies of Islam." Imam (a.s.) looked at his son lovingly. He said, "Akbar, you have my permission. May Allah be with you! But Akbar, you know how much your mother, sisters and aunts love you. Go and say farewell to them." Ali Akbar (a.s.) went into the tent of his mother. Every time he wanted to come out of the tent the mother, aunts and sisters would pull his cloak and say, "O Akbar, How can we live without you!" Finally Imam Hussain (a.s.) had to go in and plead with all to let Ali Akbar (a.s.) go.
Imam helped his youthful son to mount the horse. As Akbar (a.s.) began to the ride towards the battlefield, he heard foot steps behind. He looked back and saw his father. He said, "Father, we have said good-bye. Why are you walking behind him." Hussain (a.s.) replied, "My son, had you been a father of a son like you, you would surely have understood !!"
Ali Akbar (a.s.) fought very bravely. No one dared come close to him in single combat after he had killed many well known warriors. Umar ibn-e-Sa'ad ordered his soldiers to finish off the young man saying, "When he dies, Hussain will not want to live! Ali Akbar is the life of Hussain." While a few soldiers attacked Ali Akbar (a.s.) another (Haseen ibn-e-Nameer) slowly crept up to him and threw a spear at his chest with such ferocity that it penetrated his chest and he felt faint. As he was falling from his horse, he cried out. "O Father, my last salaams to you!" As he hit the ground the spear broke but the blade remained lodged in Akbar's (a.s.) chest.
When our Imam (a.s.) heard Akbar's (a.s.) salaam he looked at Furaat where Hazrat Abbas (a.s.) lay and said, 'Abbas! Now that this brother of yours needs you most, where have you gone?' With all his strength sapped by the anguish in Akbar's (a.s.) voice, Imam Hussain (a.s.) began to walk towards the battle-field.
When Imam Hussain (a.s.) got to where Akbar (a.s.) lay he took him in his arms. Akbar had his right hand on the chest. He placed his left arm over the shoulder of his father. Hussain (a.s.) said "Akbar, why do you embrace me with one arm only?" Akbar (a.s.) would not reply. Hussain (a.s.) tried to move Akbar's (a.s.) hand. Akbar (a.s.) resisted. Imam (a.s.) gently moved the hand. Then he saw it! He saw the blade of the spear. Imam Hussain (a.s.) laid Ali Akbar (a.s.) on the ground and sitting on his knees he put both his hands on the blade of the spear. He then looked at Najaf, and cried out, "Father, I too have come to my Khaiber!". He pulled out the blade. Angel Jibraeel (a.s.) cried out "Marhaba! Marhaba!" Akbar (a.s.) took a deep sigh and then lay still.
Husain, our Maloom Imam, sacrificed the most precious thing - the life of Husain, the darling of Zainab and Umme Laila, the image of the Holy Prophet - HIS TEENAGE SON - HIS 18 YEAR OLD SON - ALI AKBAR...