History of Yazid bin Ameer Muawiyah (Muawiya) - What is the Role of Yazid in Islamic History?
History of Yazid - The Most Hated Person in Islamic History
It is told that Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) one day said to Muawia that your descendents could kill my offspring. In response Muawia said, “I will never marry in this life.” So, Muawia did not marry until the time he was bitten by a scorpion on his penis. The Doctors advised him that he would die if he did not marry. So under compulsion he had to marry and as a result of this marriage Yazid – the most poisonous person in the history of Islam was born.
Yazid was the eldest son of Muawia. Yazid was a dissolute young man, given to the soft pleasures of the harem. Born about 26 A.H. during the Caliphate of Othman, Yazid grew up in the lap of luxury. The over-indulgence of Yazid's parents and the flattery of the attendants kept Yazid out of touch with the realities of life. Yazid inherited none of his father's great qualities. Yazid developed a strong passion for wine and women and gave himself up to a life of ease and merriment.
Yazid’s education and training did nothing to prepare him for the great task which his father planned for him. True Islamic traditions expect a Caliph to be pious and politically wise. Yazid had neither of these qualities. He cared little for the welfare of the state and still less for the moral code of Islam. He was drunk most of the time and was surrounded by gay people of his own type. Muawia did his utmost to make Yazid a capable man, however, people close to the court knew what kind of person Yazid actually was.
The Karbala tragedy made Yazid the most hated man in the Muslim world. Yazid's mind soon became unhinged, so much so that he violated the sanctity of the sacred city of Mecca. Before long, the burden of sin weighed so heavily on his diseased mind that he broke down under its weight.
How Yazid Died?
According to reports, Yazid was in love with a prostitute. One day, she called Yazid to a lonely placed and killed him. No one could find his remains. This shameful death was the divine justice.
When the dark career of Yazid was over, his son Muawiya, refused to become the Caliph. The efforts of Amir Muawiya produced no lasting results. The empire he took such pains to build up and to hand over to his son, Yazid, stayed in his family no more than a few years. And his beloved Yazid got nothing out of it except abiding infamy.