Kāmil al-Ziyārāt > The Lamentation of the Owl on Ĥusain (a.s.)
Hadith #1

1 حَدَّثَنِي مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ الْوَلِيدِ وَ جَمَاعَةُ مَشَايِخِي عَنْ سَعْدِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عِيسَى بْنِ عُبَيْدٍ عَنْ صَفْوَانَ بْنِ يَحْيَى عَنِ الْحُسَيْنِ بْنِ أَبِي غُنْدَرٍ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ (ع) قَالَ سَمِعْتُهُ يَقُولُ فِي الْبُومَةِ قَالَ هَلْ أَحَدٌ مِنْكُمْ رَآهَا بِالنَّهَارِ قِيلَ لَهُ لَا تَكَادُ تَظْهَرُ بِالنَّهَارِ وَ لَا تَظْهَرُ إِلَّا لَيْلًا قَالَ أَمَا إِنَّهَا لَمْ تَزَلْ تَأْوِي الْعُمْرَانَ أَبَداً فَلَمَّا أَنْ قُتِلَ الْحُسَيْنُ (ع) آلَتْ عَلَى نَفْسِهَا أَنْ لَا تَأْوِيَ الْعُمْرَانَ أَبَداً وَ لَا تَأْوِيَ إِلَّا الْخَرَابَ فَلَا تَزَالُ نَهَارَهَا صَائِمَةً حَزِينَةً حَتَّى يَجُنَّهَا اللَّيْلُ فَإِذَا جَنَّهَا اللَّيْلُ فَلَا تَزَالُ تَرِنُّ [تَرِثُ] عَلَى الْحُسَيْنِ (ع) حَتَّى تُصْبِحَ

1. Muĥammad ibn Ĥasan ibn Aĥmad ibn Walǐd and all of my scholars narrated to me from Sa’d ibn ‘Abdillāh, from Muĥammad ibn ‘Isā ibn ‘Ubayd, from Šafwān ibn Yaĥyā, from Ĥusain ibn Abǐ Ghundar, who said: Abū ‘Abdillāh (Imam Šādiq (a.s.)) asked, “Have you ever seen an owl during the day?” (People) replied, “No, it never appears during the day. It only appears at night.” Imam (a.s.) said: The owls used to take only developed structures as abodes but when Ĥusain (a.s.) was killed, they refused to stay in developed structures and refused to take anything but wreckages as abodes. Verily the owls always fast during the day and they are grieved until nightfall. At night they chant in grief over Ĥusain (a.s.) until morning.