Im trying to understand the conflict between Muawiyah (ra) and Ali (ra) and also the reason for Karbala.
What I dont understand is, why did Hasan (ra) agree with Muawiyah in appointing Yazid as the caliph when this would clearly turn the khilafa into a dynasty? Why did muawiyah (ra0 want to appoint his son as a caliph in the first place? I dont mean to question the decision of a sahabi, but Im just very confused.
Also, how did Hasan ibn Ali die? Shia's say that he was poisoned by his wife on the order of Muawiyah, is this true? This wouldn't make sense though.
Also, I came upon this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muawiya...flict_with_Ali
Its says that in the battle of the Vamel, Ali's (ra) army kill Talhah (ra) and al-Zubayr (ra) ! How can this be when these were all companions of the Prophet, why did they fight each other to death? I just don't understand how one Sahabi could kill another, especially one like Talhah (ra) who was one of the Promised Ten.
If someone could kindly explain the answer to these questions I'll be satisfied.