THE FATE OF ALI (A.S.)'S FOLLOWERS.
During the days of Moaviya and Ummayed large number of people were arrested for the simple reason of being Ali (A.S.)s friends and suffered the most severe tortures, but they did not surrender their love and friendship of Ali (A.S.), and stood firm to the end of their lives. History has recorded the names of such people who faced torture and death courageously for being in love with Ali (A.S.) even hundreds of years after his death. A man like Meesam-e-Tammar who twenty years after Ali (A.S.)s martyrdom spoke from the crucifying cross, the virtues and human qualities of Ali (A.S.). Those were the days when the entire Muslim community was being suffocated, their freedom crushed, and their souls made prisoners in their own breast. A mortal silence appeared like the mist of death on every face. Meesam Tammar calls the people from the crucifix to come and listen to what he is going to say about Ali (A.S.). People thronged round him to hear him. When the powerful tyrannical government of Ummayed saw danger to their existence they ordered to put a gag in his mouth, when the gag proved ineffective Meesam was slain.
Similarly Ibne Sikkit was another such lover of Ali (A.S.). He was a great scholar and an authority in Arabic literature. Mutawakkil, the Banu Abbaside Caliph had engaged him to teach his two sons. One day Mutawakkil comparing his two sons with the sons of Ali (A.S.), Hasan (A.S.) and Husain (A.S.) asked Ibne Sikkit who was more dear to him. Ibne Sikkit replied, "By Allah I swear that Alis slave Qamber is definitely dearer to me than these two sons and their father". Mutawakkil ordered to severe his tongue, which was immediately cut before the assembled people. This too, two hundred years after Ali (A.S.).