Allamah Majlisi has narrated in Behaarul Anwaar from the book of Sultanul Mufarraj an Ahalal Imaan, compilation of the perfect scholar, Sayyid Ali bin Abdul Hamid Neeli Najafi that he said:
The incident of Abu Rajeh Himami in Hilla was famous in all the cities and it was known to all the people that:
“Of all those who have seen Imam Zamana (a.s.), there is the most famous and well known, and it is narrated by a group of scholars and eminent people of that town. Among those eminent personalities is also the pious, senior and virtuous Shaykh Shamsuddin Muhammad bin Qaroon.
He says that there was a ruler in Hilla called ‘Marjaan, the younger’. Some people reported to him that Abu Rajeh abuses the companions of the Prophet. So he got Abu Rajeh arrested and ordered him to be beaten. They beat him so severely that each part of his body was injured and they hit at his mouth so much that his teeth were broken.
Then they pierced his tongue with a thick iron needle. Then they pierced his nose and put a rope through it. After that he was given over to the ruler’s men to take him around the lanes of Hilla in this manner and ordered that he should be thrashed from every side. It happened in this way and the poor man fell down exhausted; people thought that he was dead.
They informed the king and he ordered his execution. Those present in the court wanted to know what purpose would be served by his execution. Since he was an old man this much punishment was enough for him. He was already dead, so he should be left now, and he would die a natural death. Why should the king take the responsibility of his death? When people petitioned much, he ordered his release.