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Shahadat of Bibi Sakina(as)

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Salam aleykum,

Today is the wafat of Bibi Sakina (as) and I would like to share some history about her in honor of her:

Bibi Sakina was the youngest daughter of Imam Husayn. She was a vivacious child, full of love and happiness. Everyone loved Sakina. She was also a very religious girl. She enjoyed reading the Holy Quran and never missed her prayers. From the age of two she took great care to make sure that her head and face were properly covered when in public. Sakina was Imam Husayns most beloved child. Our Imam was often heard to say "A house without Sakina would not be worth living in!".

She always had a sweet and cheerful smile and a very friendly nature. Other children sought her company as much as the grown ups did . She was very generous and always shared whatever she had with others. There was a special bond between Hazrat Abbas and Sakina. He loved her more than he did his own children. If Sakina requested for anything, Abbas would not rest until he satisfied her request. There was nothing that Abbas would not do to make Sakina happy.

During the journey from Madina to Mecca and then Mecca to Karbala, Abbas was often seen riding up to the mehmil in which Sakina sat to make sure that she had everything she wanted. Sakina loved her uncle just as much. While in Madina she would, several times a day, visit the house of which Hazrat Abbas lived with his family and his mother, Ummul Baneen. Like any other four-five year old when Sakina went to bed at night she wanted to spend some time with her father. Imam Husayn would tell her stories of the prophets and of the battles fought by her grand-father Ali. She would rest her head on her fathers chest and Husayn would not move from her until she fell asleep.

When from the second of Muharram the armies of yazid(la) began to gather at Karbala, Husayn said to his sister Zainab, "The time has come for you to get Sakina used to going to sleep without me being there!". Sakina would follow her father at night and Husayn had to gently take her to Zainab or Rubaab.

At Karbala when from the seventh Muharram water became scare Sakina shared whatever little water she had with other children. When soon there was no water at all, the thirsty children would look at Sakina hopefully, and because she could not help them she would have tears in her eyes. Sakinas lips were parched with thirst.

On the Ashura day, she gave her Maskh to Hazrat Abbas. He went to get water for her. The children gathered round Sakina with their little cups, knowing that as soon as Hazrat Abbas brought any water, Sakina would first make sure that they had some before taking any herself. When Sakina saw Imam Husayn bringing the blood drenched 'alam she knew that her uncle Abbas had been killed. From that day on Sakina never complained of thirst.

Then came the time when the earth shook and Sakina became an oprhan! But even then she always thought of the others first. She would console her mother on the death of Ali Asghar and when she saw any other lady or child weeping Sakina would put her little arms around her.

Yes, Sakina never again asked anyone for water. Bibi Zainab would persuade her to take a few sips, but she herself would never ask for water or complain of thirst!

From the time when Imam Husayn fell in the battle field, Sakina forgot to how to smile! Kufa saw her as a somber little girl lost in thought. Quite often she would sit up at night. When asked if she wanted anything, she would say "I just heard a baby cry, is it Asghar? He must be calling out for me!". Knowing that her weeping upset her mother, Sakina would cry silently and quickly wipe away her tears! In the prison in Shaam she would stare at the flock of birds flying to their nests at sunset and innocently ask Bibi Zainab, "Will Sakina be going home like those birds flying to their homes?".

Then one dreadful night Sakina went to bed on the cold floor of the prison. For a long time she stared into the darkness! The time for the morning prayers came. Sakina was still lying with her eyes wide open. Her mother called out: "Wake up, Sakina! Wake up, it is time for prayers, my child!". There was only the painful silence! Our fourth Imam walked up to where Sakina lay. He put his hand on her forehead. It was cold! He put his hand near the mouth and the nose. Sakina had stopped breathing. In between sobs Imam Zain ul'Abideen said: "Inna lil-Lahi wa inna ilay-hi raja'uun."

How was Sakina buried? Zainab held the still child as Imam Zain ul'Abideen dug a grave in the cell. As the grave was being filled up after the burial the mother let out a scream! How could anyone console Bibi Ruhbaab? What could they say? They huddled around her, and the prison walls began to shake with the cry: "ya Sakina, ya mazloomah!" Bibi Ruhbaab put her cheek on Sakinas grave and cried out: "Speak to me, Sakina! Only a word, my child! Speak to me!"



May peace be upon you princess of Aba Abdillah(as), may peace be upon the one who slept on the cold floors of the prisons of Shaam and who died on the cold floors of the prisons of Shaam!

Please recite her Ziyara:

My Salam on you, O grand daughter of Ali(as), Amir ul-Momineen.

My salam on you, O grand daughter of Bibi Fatima(as), The Radiant

My salam on you, O daughter of Hussain(as), Mazloome Karbala

My salam on you, O niece of Abbas Alamdar(as)

My salam on you, O niece of Bibi Zaynab(as)

My salam on you, O sister of Ali(as), Zain ul Abideen

My salam on you, O noble one, from noble lineage

My salam on you, O pious, pure one

My salam on you, O young Mazloomah

My salam on you, O who suffered and was oppressed

My salam on you, O who is buried far from home

My salam on you, O who never made it out of that desolate dungeon

My salam on you, O young Hashemite Princess(as)

My salam on you, O Bibi Sakina bint Al Hussain(as)

My salams on you and may Allah(SWT) grant you abundant peace and blessings.

Allahs(SWT) choicest blessings be upon Muhammed and his holy progeny and may He hasten the return of our Imam!






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On 11/11/2016 at 0:25 PM, IbnSina said:

Salam aleykum,

Today is the wafat of Bibi Sakina (as) and I would like to share some history about her in honor of her:

Salaam and thank you for this.

Small correction - I think it should be shahadat and not wafat.

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11 hours ago, shiaman14 said:

Salaam and thank you for this.

Small correction - I think it should be shahadat and not wafat.

Ws, yes you are right! I was a bit sleepy when I wrote this.


Could you change the title and the first line of the OP please?

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Salam. The different Muslim communities around the world commemorate the shahadat of Bibi Sakina AS on different days. Any day from 3 Safar to 13 Safar. 


May Allah SWT bless you for your remembrance of Bibi Sakina AS, whenever you remember her and mourn her shahadat. 

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