By Mu’awiyah’s coming to power, the pre-Islamic idol ruling replaced the democratic ruling of Islam. Vice, indecency, and violation of good manners found themselves expansive places under the consent of the Umayyad individuals.[^161]
From his father who was the bitterest enemy of Islam, and from his mother who, out of her malice against Islam, ate the liver of Hamzah during the Battle of Uhud, Mu’awiyah inherited enmity against the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.). Furthermore, the son exceeded his parents; he could not hide his real feelings as the name of the Holy Prophet (a.s.), during the five-time per day declaration of prayer, was annoying him.[^162]
In sequence, he hated the Prophet’s Householdand offspring as extremely as possible. He therefore issued the most malicious decision of concealing their virtues and merits.
Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafi’e; the founder of the Shafie Islamic school of law answered those who asked him to say his opinion about Imam Ali Amir al-Mu’minin (a.s.):
“What can we say about a person whose partisans have had to hide his merits because of fear, and enemies have hidden his merits out of envy? But between these two, his merits that have become widely known are too numerous to be counted.”[^163]
During the reign of Mu’awiyah, the partisans of Imam Ali (a.s.) and the Ahl al-Bayt (a.s.) had to suffer various sorts of persecution. For instance, the criminal Bisr ibn Arta’ah killed and burnt more than thirty thousand individuals, Samarah ibn Jundab killed eight thousand individuals from Basra, and Ziyad ibn Abih, who exceeded everyone else in criminality, cut the limbs of the Imam’s partisans. Even the women who showed loyalty to Imam Ali (a.s.) and the Ahl al-Bayt (a.s.) were not saved from the inhuman procedures of Mu’awiyah’s criminal authorities. Furthermore, Mu’awiyah gave the orders of destroying the houses of the Imam’s partisans and leaving them homeless. He also deprived them of their shares from the public treasure[^164] and refusing their testimonies in the official courts. Eventually, Mu’awiyah exiled more than fifty thousand of them to Khurasan, northeast Persia.
By the way, those exiles propagandized Shiism in that province whose people, later on, changed into a strong front of opposition against the Umayyad ruling until they, under the leadership of Abu Muslim al-Khurasani, could overthrow their oppressive state.
Assassination of Imam Al-Hasan (a.s.)
Anyhow, the gravest crime of Mu’awiyah was assassinating Imam al-Hasan (a.s.) after he had pledged, through a famous truce with the Imam, to hold the position of leadership to the Imam. Thus, he could establish an Umayyad royal state.
As he looked in the long list of the criminals whom may do this mission so completely, he could not find anyone more qualified than Jo’dah daughter of al-Ash’as, even though she was the Imam’s wife. This lady was brought up on betrayal and perfidy.
Mu’awiyah sent a lethal poison to Marwan ibn al-Hakam and asked him to seduce Jo’dah to poison her husband under promise of marriage to Yazid, Mu’awiyah’s son.
Due to her nature, Jo’dah did not hesitate; she poisoned the Imam’s food.
The Imam (a.s.) began to suffer the pains of poison and vomit pieces of blood in a washtub. When Lady Zaynab (a.s.) visited him, he ordered to take away that washtub so that she would not see that hurting view. Yet, she became very sad as she realized that her brother would depart her forever very soon.
The Imam (a.s.) then advised his brothers and companions to adhere to the nobilities of character, good deeds, and fear of Allah (s.w.t.). While he was reciting Verses of the Holy Qur’an, his soul exalted to the Heavens to join the endless world there.
Imam al-Husain (a.s.) undertook his brother’s funeral ceremonies and intended to bury him next to his grandfather, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.a.). But Aishah, owing to incitement of the Umayyads, rode a mule, shouted, “Do not take to my house those whom I do not like” and created a big seditious matter due to which the blood of huge numbers of Muslims was about to be shed. Evading such a matter, Imam al-Husain (a.s.) had to change his mind and bury his brother in another place.
Assigning Yazid as the Coming Caliph
Mu’awiyah sealed his criminal reign with imposing his son, Yazid, as his successor. Like his father and grandfather, Yazid was known of his hypocrisy, treachery, and enmity against Islam. He, publicly, slighted all human values and principles. He used to drink wine in every moment of his life that some historians have specified dipsomania as his death cause. He was also fond of breeding animals, especially monkeys.
In abstract, Yazid represented all vices and offenses and had nothing to do with Islam or leadership of the Islamic Ummah.