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Name: Zainab

Title: Siddiqa-e-Sughra

Kunyat: Umm-ul-Massaib

Born at: Medina on 5th Jamadi ul Awwal

Fathers Name. Hazrat Ali-Al-Murtaza (as)

Mother's Name: Janab e Fatema Zahra (as)

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Hazrat Zaynab (SA)

Messenger Of the Karbala Revolution

When the baby-girl was brought before the Prophet (pbuh), he held her in his lap and kissed her. Angel Jibrail came to him and conveyed the name that was to be hers and then began to weep. The Prophet (pbuh) asked Angel Jibrail why he wept and he answered:

“O Prophet of Allah! From early in her life, this girl will remain entangled in tribulations and trials of this world. First she will weep over your separation (from this world). Thereafter she will mourn the loss of her mother, then her father, and then her brother Hassan. After all this she will be confronted with the trials of the land of Karbala and the tribulations of that lonely desert, as a result of which her hair will turn gray and her back will be bent.”

The life and example of Zaynab (SA) crystallized the figure of the ideal woman in Islam. Her versatile and innumerable virtues and sublime personality, modesty, chastity and knowledge reminded one of her mother, Fatimah (SA). In the realm of devotion and dignity, she followed the example of Bibi Khadija (SA) (Zaynab’s grandmother). Traces of her father’s awe-inspiriting speeches can be found in her eloquent, fervent orations. Her revolutionary patience and forbearance was a reminder of her brother, Imam Husayn (as).

During her childhood, Zaynab (SA) used to rest on her father’s bosom, listening carefully to register his esteemed teachings in her fresh and keen mind.

Once Imam Ali (as) asked his beloved daughter to repeat the number “one” after him. Zaynab (SA) obeyed the father’s order. However, she refused to reiterate number “two” after the Imam (as).

When she was asked to justify her deed, she said:

“Dear father, how can a tongue which has got used to saying “one” (referring to the Unity of Allah), reiterate word “two”.

Upon hearing his daughter’s meaningful assertion, Imam Ali (as) became delighted and caressed and kissed her. Monotheism, in its truest sense, was deeply-rooted in her pure soul since her early childhood.

Another day, she asked her father: “O, father! Do you like me?”

“Sure, how can I not like you?” Imam Ali (as) replied.

Zaynab (SA) said: “Dear father, affection and the feeling of devotion only befit Allah, the Great, and what I request is your kindness.”

Such a belief reflects the height of gnosticism and insight in Zaynab (SA). It also bespeaks of her monotheistic beliefs in other dimensions. However, the perception of such unique and exalted merits in her, is not surprising since she was an offspring of Fatimah (SA) and was nourished at the virtuous lap of such a magnanimous mother. Zaynab’s (SA) noble character was thus instructed by the spirit of her mother, Fatimah (SA).

Besides, she was brought up in the company of two great Imams: Imam Hassan (as) and Imam Husayn (as) and enjoyed the companionship of the Holy Prophet (pbuh), Imam Ali (as),

Fatimah (SA).

In her character she reflected the best attributes of those who raised her. In sobriety and severity, she was likened to Umm al-Momenin Hazrat Khadijah (SA) - her grandmother. In chastity and modesty to her mother Fatimah az-Zahra (SA); in eloquence to her father Imam Ali (as); in forbearance and patience to her brother Imam Hassan (as) and in bravery and tranquillity of the heart to Imam Husayn (as). Her face reflected her father’s awe and her grandfather's reverence.

In Medina, it was Zaynab’s (SA) practice to hold regular meetings for women in which she shared her knowledge and taught them the precepts of the religion (Deen) of Islam as laid out in the Holy Qur’an. Her gatherings were well and regularly attended. She was able to impart the teachings with such clarity and eloquence that she became known as Fasihah (Skillfully fluent) and intensely eloquent (Balighah).

The depth and certainty of her knowledge earned her epithel given to her by her nephew, Imam Zayn al-Abedin (as) of ‘Alimah ghayr Mu’allamah’ - she who has knowledge without being taught by anyone.

Zaynab (SA) also Nicknamed Zahidah

She was also named Zahidah (Abstemious) and Abidah (Devoted) because of her abstemiousness and piety. She found little interest in worldly adornments. She always preferred the bliss and comfort of the next world over that of this world. Zaynab (SA) held such an elevated position in the field of science as well as insight and wisdom, that she was usually referred to as an all-knowing scientist whose overflowing knowledge was not acquired from any specific school or teacher.

The indisputable competence, insight and mental growth seen in Zaynab (SA) were so noteworthy that her brother, Imam Husayn (as) revealed his secret will to her before attaining martyrdom. In a bid to safeguard the life of the 4th Imam (as) who would take over the Imamate after Imam Husayn (as), he called Zaynab (SA) his successor for a while.

Gnosticism and Devotion to Allah

Hazrat Zaynab (SA) in her great enthusiasm to fulfill religious duties including daily obligatory prayers, etc. had taken example from her beloved mother, Hazrat Fatimah (SA). Even on the very same night when her brother. Imam Husayn (as) attained martyrdom on the Day of Ashura (i.e. 10th Muharram, 61 AH), indeed one of the most distressing and arduous nights of her life, she prayed her mid-night prayers. It is narrated that, on that night her brother Imam Husayn (as) asked her to remember praying for him in her mid-night prayers.

Her Devotion and Self-sacrifice

Although her husband, Abdullah ibn Ja’far Tayyar, was a wealthy man and enjoyed a comfortable life, Zaynab (SA) preferred to accompany her brother on his tiresome and adventurous trip to Karbala. She even sent her two beloved sons, Mohammad and Oun to help Imam Husayn (as) in carrying out his mission at the desert of Karbala. Both her two sons were martyred in the battlefield.

Her Role in the Negation of Oppression

Zaynab (SA) assumed the task of delivering the message of the martyrs of Karbala to the people of her time and to the generation to come. She spared no time disclosing the plots hatched by the ruling system to distort the real importance of the Karbala Movement. Her provocative speeches delivered in the Court of Yazid in Kufa, when taken as a captive, still echo throughout the Muslim World.

Delivering a fiery speech in Kufa, at the seat of Ibn Ziyad, she condemned and unveiled his inhumane attitude. In a long speech in Damascus at Yazid’s court, she castigated vicious Yazid and cursed him because of his mischievous acts.

She said:

“O Yazid! You are an oppressor and have inherited cruelty and atrocity from your ancestors. You are the grandson of “Hind” who disemboweled the martyr of Uhud (referring to Prophet’s uncle, Hamzah) and ate his liver. Hence, we cannot expect more than this from you. I regard confronting you as a shame. Now that I have been brought here at your court as a captive you and your gaudy court seem so worthless to me and I still curse and rebuke you with all my might.”

Thus was how Zaynab (SA) relayed the message of the martyrs of Karbala to the people, enlightening their minds towards the realities. Through her awe-inspiring speeches, she sought to disclose the tyranny of Umayyad’s rulers. Like sparks of fire, her fiery speeches would penetrate deep into the hearts of the staunch enemies, making them tremble on their feet.

Indeed, it is with the deepest feeling of sorrow that we condole on this day, commemorating the death anniversary of this great lioness to Muslims all over the world, especially to those devoted women who are making her an example and are striving to carry out her holy mission.

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The Lady of Wilayah

After Lady Fatimah (SA), Lady Zainab (SA) is the unique hero amongst the women in the history of Islam.

With her brave and outstanding character, her deep faith, and her strong belief in Allah (SWT), she had a significant role in protecting religion on its original path.

Her name always follows the name of Imam Husain (as). Shiite historians have recognized her as the second most significant character in the tragedy of Karbala. More importantly, her role in the tragedy had great impact in keeping the movement of Ashura alive. Hence, historians consider Lady Zainab (SA) as the key to the victory Imam Husain’s (as) rising.

The sermon that she delivered in Kufah is a brilliant example of how her bereaved heart impacted the people through her sermon.

The caravan of the captives, which consisted of women, children, soldiers holding spears that carried the heads of the martyrs, and the army men of Ibn Ziad entered the city of Kufah. As they entered, the people were cheering and expressing their joy of victory!

But the sermon of Lady Zainab (SA) was so powerful that it converted the glorious show of victory into a mournful ceremony, where the evils of the governor were revealed. The sermon caused for the delighted happy faces to sadden, and many even began to cry. As a matter of fact, her eloquent speech even boosted people’s anger toward the governor.

There are several significant points concerning her sermon. The first point is that the speaker is a captive woman who is among many victorious soldiers and higher rank army men. She has to consider that the enemy’s anger may cause another attack upon the captives. Furthermore, since the people of Kufah knew Imam Ali (as) and his children, Lady Zainab’s (as) sermon should have been in such a manner that people could fully understand the importance of such a tragedy(1).

She pointed people to be quiet. The breathing of people remained in their chest. After Praising Allah (SWT) and Prophet Mohammad (S) she said:

“O people of Kufah! O you deceivers! O you who break your pledges and retreat back! You traitors! May the cries never end and the tears never diminish. You are like the woman who painstakingly and with great labour twines a strong rope, and then herself unwinds it, thereby wasting her effort and energy. Your false pledges contain no element of truth and sincerity. Your tactic has become flattering the maids and nodding your heads in agreement to the enemies.

Beware, for you have sponsored a very wrongful act for which Allah is totally displeased with you. Without doubt, His wrath shall soon descend upon you.

Are you now crying? Yes, by Allah you must weep because you deserve the tears. Cry immensely and laugh less, for you are contaminated with such shame and disgrace, that you will never be able to wash it off.

How could you exonerate yourself from crime of slaying the son of the Last Prophet and the mine of prophethood? Was he not the master of the youth in Heaven? Was he not the one who you would go to him whenever you had tribal fights and disagreements? Was he not your best choice to solve your own problems and worries?

What bad have you brought upon yourselves, and what heavy burden are you carrying: annihilation, downfall! Efforts were lost, and hands ceased from work causing for business and capital to be lost. You placed yourself in the anger of Allah , and you manifested yourselves in greed and begging.

O the people of Kufah! Woe be upon you! Do you know which part of the Messenger of Allah (S) you have cut? And which vow you have broken? And whose blood you have shed? And which respected family you have brought to the public (as captives)? And whose sanctity you have violated? You have done that, which could tear down the skies, open the earth, and make the mountains vanish. As far as the earth goes and as deep as the skies go, your obvious deed has no like, no similarity and no decency. Indeed you have done the ugliest, the most grievous and gruesome deed.

Will you be surprised if the sky rains blood? Remember! The punishment of the Day of Judgment which will be much more severe and much harsher! That is because no one has the power of Allah (SWT).” (2)

We Congratulate Imam Mahdi (as) and all others on the 5th of Jamadi al-Awwal, the anniversary of the birth of the remembrance of Karbala, Lady Zainab (SA).

Roshd Islamic Shia website: www.roshd.org

1- Selected from “The Life of Lady Zainab (SA)” by Dr. Ali Qa’emi

2- Narrated from “The Life of Lady Fatimah al-Zahra (as)” by Dr. Sayyed Ja’far Shahidi

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A lady of light and the daughter of the ultimate lady of light. May her memory echo in every land on such a day... and may her bravery, courage, eloquence, patience, and compassion live on in those who have taken it upon themseleves to walk on an excellent path, that paved by her (as).

Marbruk Ya Sahibalzaman, bi Wiladat Ammatika Zaynab (as).

Mabruk Ya Karar wa Ya Zahra, bi wiladat Al-Howara (as)...

Mabruk Ya Shiat Aal Mohammed, Bi wiladat binti Taha, Al-Mustafa (as)

Thanks for sharing, may God bless you and unite you with her in this life and the next!

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Hazrat Bibi Zainab (as)

It was after 'Asr on the day of Ashoora. Imam Husayn (as) lay dead. The earth had trembled! Furaat had broken its banks! From the camp of the family of the Holy Prophet (SAW) such lamentation arose as had never been heard before!

As the night descended, Bibi Zainab (as) gathered all the women and children, in to one small space in between the gutted tents. Imam Zain-ul 'Abideen (as) lay on the ground surrounded by these widows and orphans. There was no fire, no light. Only the moon cast its dull light. This was how the homeless spent their night in Karbala. This was Shaam-e-Gareeba, the night of the homeless. They had lost everything. Their men had died. Their children had been killed. Bibi Zainab (as), who had been left in charge of the camp by Imam Husayn (as), was at a loss as to what to do. She went to the seriously ill Imam Ali Zainul Abideen (as) to ask his advice. He was burning with fever but with a great effort he replied that it was compulsory on them to save their lives and he asked her to get everyone out from the burning tents into the open. Suddenly, Bibi Zainab (as), noticed that Sakina (as) had disappeared.

She looked around, but Imam Husayn's (as) daughter was not to be seen. Bibi Zainab (as) slowly walked to the battlefield. She came to where Hazrat Abbas (as) lay wounded. "Abbas! Abbas! My dear brother, have you seen Sakina?" There was silence! She made her way to where Imam Husayn's (as) headless body lay. There, hugging her father, she found Sakina (as), deep in sleep! Bibi Zainab (as) took the little child's hand and led her back to the camp where her mother Bibi Rubab (as) waited anxiously. She had just returned the exhausted child to her mother when she noticed that a group of people were advancing towards the camp carrying flame torches.

It was the arrival of a group of women, the wives of some of the enemy soldiers which was led by Hur’s (as) wife. Hur's (as) widow said, "Dear lady, we have been asked to bring food and water for the children of your camp." She continued sadly, "I am the widow of Hur who died fighting for your brother." Bibi Zainab (as) offered her condolences at the death of Hur and apologized that they had not been able to offer him much hospitality. This remark prompted Hur's (as) widow to say, "My lady, I do not know how to offer you condolences, because you lost not one, but 18 members of your family." Bibi Zainab (as) supervised the feeding of all the children and ladies. She then took a broken sword in her hands and began going around the camp ensuring that the small group was safe from any further disturbances during that night.

This is the story of the victory of Truth. It is the story of a unique woman whose own fate was bound with the historical events of Karbala, that have impressed upon mankind the true reality of living Islam.

After Karbala no one was left that had the courage to stand up to speak the Truth, and submit to the consequences. A twist in history created the conditions that forced Janabe Zaynab (as) to declare, not herself, but the Truth. It was her destiny to proclaim to the world the sacrifices made by Imam Husayn (as) and the other members of the family of the Holy Prophet (SAW) for the cause of Islam. She exposed the evil deeds of Ibn Ziyad and Yazeed with courage and fearlessness. The sorrow and grief she expressed was an outpouring of her intense humanity. Never did she rebel against the destiny decreed by Allah.

The spirit of Bibi Zaynab (A.S.) will live forever. Her courage and submission will continue to inspire those who hear her story for all times to come


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Lady Zainab’s (as) speech in the court of Yazid

Name: Zainab

Title: Seddiqat as-Soghra

Konyat: Umm al-Masaeb

Born at: Madinah on 5th Jamadi al-Awwal

Fathers Name. Hadhrat ‘Ali al-Mortadha (as)

Mother's Name: Fatemat az-Zahra (as)

”Oh Yazid, practice any trick you can and do anything that you think would vanish Islam, but you should know that you can not eradicate our message, path and memory. You should know that our memory will never die.”

Yazid recited the blasphemous poetic verses of ‘Abdollah ibn Zab'ari Sahmi which he had composed while he was an unbeliever and also added some poetic verses of his own and said openly that he wanted to take revenge upon the descendants of Mohammad because Mohammad and his companions had killed his polytheist ancestors.

Zainab, the daughter of ‘Ali, rose and began speaking. She added a new chapter to the history of the Caliphate of Yazid which covered a period of three years and a few months, and said: "Oh Yazid! Allah and His Prophet have said that committing sins and considering the signs of Allah to be false is ridiculing them", i.e. deny the sign of Allah today and hold them in derision and have become happy, and recite poetic verses on account of the martyrdom of the children of the Holy Prophet just as the polytheists of Makkah became happy and sang songs because of the martyrdom of some Muslims in the Battle of Ohod, and talk about taking revenge upon the Holy Prophet. This is how you become like them and how you have reached this stage? You have reached this stage because you have committed too many sins. Whoever treads the path of sin and persists in committing sins will, according to the verdict of the Qoraan, deny the signs of Allah one day and eventually will ridicule them and then deserve Divine punishment.

She added: "Oh Yazid! Do you think that we have become humble and despicable owing to the martyrdom of our people and our own captivity? As you have blocked all the paths for us, and we have been made captives and are being taken from one place to another, do you think that Allah has taken away his blessings from us? Do you think that by killing the godly persons you have become great and respectable and the Almighty looks at you with special grace and kindness? For this reason and on account of this wrong thinking you have become elated and arrogant. You have become boastful because you have seen that the matters have taken a turn in your favour. You have, however, forgotten what Allah says: The disbelievers must not think that Our respite is for their good We only give them time to let them increase their sins. For them there will be a humiliating torment." (Surah Aale Imran, 3: 178)

Then Zainab reminds Yazid that his grandmother and other relatives came into the fold of Islam only after the fall of Makkah at the hands of the Muslims. Since Makkah was taken without any war or bloodshed, legally the entire inhabitant could have been made the slaves of the Prophet. But the Prophet, out of his mercy, declared to the people of Makkah that 'I release you from the bonds of slavery, you are free.' In other words, Zainab wanted Yazid to remember that his ancestors were the 'freed slaves' of her grandfather. Look at the courage of Zainab! Standing as a prisoner in the court of Yazid, she does not hesitate to remind him of his reality.

She said: "Oh son of the freed ones! Is it justice that you keep your women and slave-girls in seclusion but have made the helpless daughters of the Holy Prophet ride on swift camels and given them in the hands of their enemies so that they may take them from one city to another.”

Then she said: "Why shouldn't Yazid be spiteful against us, it is he, who looks at us with hostility. You say with perfect intrepidity and without imagining that you are committing a sin: 'I wish that my ancestors who were killed in Badr had been present here today'. Then you strike Imaam Husain in his teeth with a stick in your hand! Why shouldn't you be like this, although you have done what you wanted to do and have pulled out the roots of piety and virtue! You have shed the blood of the sons of the Holy Prophet and have hidden the brilliant stars on the earth from amongst the descendants of ‘Abdol-Mottaleb under the clouds of oppression and injustice. However, you shall go before Allah soon.

You shall meet your ancestors and shall also be taken to their place. At that time you will wish that you had been blind and dumb and had not said that it was a day of rejoicing for your ancestors.” At this stage the daughter of Imaam ‘Ali prayed to Allah and said: "Oh Lord! Procure our right and take revenge upon those who have oppressed us.”

Then she turned to Yazid and said: "By Allah you have pulled off your skin and cut off your flesh. You will soon go before the Prophet of Allah and will see with your own eyes that his children are in Paradise. It will be the day when Allah will deliver the descendants of the Holy Prophet from the state of being scattered and will bring all of them together in Paradise. This is the promise which Allah has made in the Holy Qoraan. He says: Do not think of those who are slain for the cause of Allah as dead. They are alive with their Lord and receive sustenance from Him. (Surah Aale ‘Imraan, 3: 169)

Oh Yazid! On the day when Allah will be the Judge and Mohammad will be the petitioner, and your limbs will give evidence against you, your father, who made you the ruler of the Muslims, will receive His punishment. On that day it will become known what reward the oppressors earn, whose position is worse and whose party is more humble. Oh enemy of Allah and Oh son of the enemy of Allah! I swear by Allah that I consider you to be humble and not fit even to be reprimanded and reproached. But what am I to do? Our eyes are shedding tears, our hearts are burning, and our martyrs cannot come to life by our reprimanding and reproaching you. My Husain has been killed and the partisans of Satan are taking us to the fools so that they may get their reward for insulting Allah. Our blood is dripping from their hands and our flesh is falling down from their mouths. The sacred bodies of the martyrs have been placed at the disposal of the wolves and other carnivorous animals of the jungle. If you have gained something today by shedding blood, you will certainly be a loser on the Day of Judgement. On that day nothing but your deeds will count. On that day you will curse ibn Marjaanah and he will curse you. On that day you and your followers will quarrel with one another by the side of the Divine scale of Justice. On that day you will see that the best provision which your father made for you was that he enabled you to kill the children of the Prophet of Allah. I swear by Allah that I do not fear anyone except Him and do not complain to anyone else. You may employ your deceit and cunning efforts, but I swear by Allah that the shame and disgrace which you have earned by the treatment meted out to us cannot be eradicated.”

The daughter of Fatemat az-Zahra ended her speech with offering thanks to Allah. She said: "I thank Allah Who has concluded the task of the chiefs of the youths of Paradise with prosperity and forgiveness and accommodated them in Paradise. I pray to Allah that He may elevate their ranks and favour them more with His kindness, for Allah is Omnipotent.”

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Lady Zainab (as) – Umm al-Masaeb

Lady Umm Kolthoum (as) made herself fall from the camel and Lady Zainab (as) wailed on the body of her brother Husain (as) which made even the enemies to weep. Kamel ibn Asir edition 4 page 81 says that Lady Zainab (as) raised the body of her brother toward sky on her hands and said: “Oh, Allah! Accept this sacrifice of ours.” She continued: “Oh, the Prophet of God! Angels at earth and sky send peace on you, this is your Husain (as) whose body has been cut into pieces and beheaded, this is your Husain (as) whose body is lying in this desert without any coffin or grave, wind is putting earth on it and every friend and foe is shedding tear on him.”

Then she addressed her mother Fatemat az-Zahra (as) and said: “Oh, Dear mother! Oh, the daughter of Khair al-Bashar! Glance towards the desert of Karbala and see your son whose head is on the point of a spear and whose body is lying on earth saturated with blood in this desert. Oh, Dear mother! See toward your daughters, their tents have been put on fire and they have been made to ride camels without seats, we are your offspring and are engrossed in helplessness.”

Then she addressed Sayyed ash-Shohadaa (as) while tears rolling down her cheeks saying: “We sacrifice our lives for him whose army was martyred, whose tents were uprooted, who is not disappeared so that we may hope for his return, neither he is injured so that we may hope for his recovery, for him who was martyred in sorrow, broken heart and thirsty, blood was running from whose beard, whose grandfather is Mohammad Mostafa the Prophet of God (pbuh), who is the son of Khadijat al-Kobra (as), Ali al-Mortadha (as), Fatemat az-Zahra (as), for whom the Sun turned back so that he may say his prayers.”

Then she addressed pious companions of Rasoul-Allah (pbuh) saying: “Oh, Grief! Today my forefather Rasoul-Allah (pbuh) has left this world, Oh, the companions of Rasoul Allah (pbuh)! These are the followers of Rasoul-Allah (pbuh) who are being taken away like prisoners.” The Yazidi forces started shedding tears on her utterance, animals and marine life got upset. It is said in “Mahr Qalqaloub” that at that time majority of people saw that horses in the Yazidi forces shed so much tears that their foot became wet with them.

My Question: There is a saying of Mawla ‘Ali (as) that even if mountains love us, they would fall apart. While human being best of all creatures , then why not they would shed tears, recite latmiyah, perform ma’tam, Zanjir Zani and Qamah Zani in the love of Ahl al-Bait who are the source of survival for them?

Azadari is a universal protest against oppression and brutality.

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Zainab (as) Zenith Of Humanity

By Anita Rai

The world came to know of Husain, his sacrifice and his mission through his spokeswoman, Zainab. In Zainab, Husain had a perfect comrade. It was Zainab who established Husain's ideals drenched with his blood, forging a new bond between the brave and the conscientious of all races and all nations. It was Zainab who exposed the evil deeds of criminals like ibn Ziyad, Shimr and Yazid with courage and fearlessness. Had it not been for Zainab, the Message of Karbala and Islam itself would have been wiped away by the evil designs of politics and greed. Zainab endured physical pain and mental torture with unforeseen fortitude and was a constant source of strength and succour to everyone around her. Every time there is a call for prayer from any mosque anywhere in the world, the Muslims should remember this unparalleled woman and bow down in gratitude.

This was the moment Zainab had been reared, geared, and prepared for, all through her life. The entity of her being was anchored on this moment of Time. This was the moment of Truth. Only through truth can untruth be vanquished. I would urge my readers to recollect the saying of Lady Jane Wilde quoted earlier in Chapter 1. I am going to rearrange and reshape it in the following manner: We have now traced the history of women from Paradise to the 21st century and despite the clank of their fetters, have heard and seen on a few remarkable occasions through the long roll of the ages, absolutely magnificent celebration of truth, emblazoned with faith and sincerity of purpose.

This was the moment Eve had waited for, this was the moment Adam had waited for; this was the moment Hagar had waited for, this was the moment Abraham had waited for; this was the moment Mary had waited for, this was the moment Jesus had waited for; this was the moment Aminah had waited for, this was the moment Abdullah had waited for; this was the moment Fatemah bint Asad had waited for, this was the moment Abu Taleb had waited for; this was the moment Fatemah bint Mohammad had waited for, this was the moment Ali ibn Abu Taleb had waited for; this was the moment Khadijah had waited for, this was the moment Mohammad (S) had waited for, this was the moment Zainab had waited for, this was the moment Abdullah ibn Jafar had waited for. And this was the moment Husain was waiting for. Zainab was ready to fulfil her end of the Husain-Zainab partnership deal.

Zainab drew herself up bravely in front of the most notorious man of all time, who puts to shame even the likes of Nero and Hitler. She delivered her speech in front of the greatest terrorist the world will ever see. Zainab began boldly and loudly for all to hear (I am at my wits end in trying to understand that after all she has undergone how in the name of God, did she have the stamina to remain bold and composed?): Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds and blessings on my grandfather, the Chief of divine prophets. Oh Yazid, Allah says, and his word is true, that: ˜Then evil was the end of those who did evil because they rejected the communications of Allah and used to mock them [30:10]

Among the gathering was a red haired Syrian who saw Fatemah Kobra, daughter of Husain and asked Yazid to give her to him. When the girl heard this she clung to Zainab and started to weep. She feared that now after the loss of her father she was to be made a slave girl. Zainab turned to Yazid and told him that he had neither right nor authority to give the young girl away like that, at which he bristled, retorting that he could do so. Zainab riposted, You are abusing me because of your authority and power. This silenced Yazid. To the Syrian she said: May the curse of Allah be upon you. May hell be your eternal abode. May your eyes be blinded and your limbs paralysed. Immediately paralysis gripped the man and he fell to the ground dead.

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“Zainab (a.s), who is she?”

She was knowledgeable without being taught, daughter of Imam Ali ibn abi Talib and Fatimah Zahra. She was born a few years before the death of her grand-father, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w).

At the time of her birth the Prophet was away, and so she was not named until he returned. He called her Zainab (the adornment of her father); while crying, he kissed her and said; “she will accompany my grand-son Hussein in his sufferings.”

She was nurtured by her grand-father who taught her piety, her father who taught her courage, and her mother who taught her the secrets of womanhood. She was very close to her brothers Hassan and Hussein.

Hazrat Zainab (a.s) suffered tremendous calamities throughout her life. She was hardly six years when her grand-father died, after which Islam began to change she hoped her father would strengthen it again, only to see it weaken further by his sudden martyrdom, leaving his eldest son Hassan alone with only a few faithful followers.

When Zainab came of age, she married her cousin, Abdullah ibn Jaffar al – Tayyar (her father’s nephew). They had four sons, Aun, Muhammad, Abbas and Ali, and their daughter, Kulsum. Aun and Muhammad were martyred in Karbala, Abbas did not have children, and her progeny was spread from her youngest son Ali. She loved her children dearly and was dedicated to the success of Islam, she showed great self – sacrifice and endurance when the time came to speak out against the injustice done to her and her family, which is why she encouraged her sons to join the army of their uncle Hussein.

Is the world able to present a better example of rights and honor of women, better than her (the leader of the women of the leaders of all the youths of Paradise)? This world in which women allow themselves to be used as objects to encourage consumerism? It is because of their rebelliousness and ignorance they fail to see the subtle beauty and quiet strength of the hijabi woman, because of their self – respect and a great opportunity to lead fulfilling lives, and earn Allah’s love which is far greater than that of man’s.

Even after the martyrdom of her beloved brother Hussein, she did not falter, instead she grew stronger, as her responsibilities grew greater. She took care of the grieving women and children, as well as the sick, while herself was tortured, hungry, thirsty, humiliated, disgraced and bereft in her struggling to safeguard her veil, but she stood strong, showing no sign of weakness, as she believed in “There is no god but Allah”, and that “Allah is Just and All Powerful, as the Qur’an says:

“Verily He knoweth the declared and what is hidden.

We shall ease (thy way)

Unto an ease (for thee)” Surah 87:7 – 8

All of Hazrat Zainab’s (a.s) qualities were manifested at the time of Karbala, proving that women (hijabi) are neither weak nor feeble, like anyone else she does not accept oppression and will fight against it, through her eloquent speech.

Zainab – e – Kubra proved this when she stood up to Yazid and his army –

‘O Yazid, open your ears and listen to what Almighty Allah has to say in the Holy Qur’an:

“And let not the unbelievers suppose that the indulgence we grant them is better for them;

We grant them this indulgence only that they may increase in sin and

Verily there awaits them a painful chastisement.” Surah 3: 177

She can never be forgotten. Her birthday is celebrated as “Nurses' day” in the Republic of Iran. There will never be a better nurse, more careful guardian or propagator of the mission Islam, she was infallible. She rests in peace today in the sprawling shrine called ‘Zainabiyya’ in Damascus, May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon her.


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Sayyeda Zainab(s.a.): the Sage of Bani Hashim

Sayyeda Zainab (s.a.), the daughter of Imam Ali (a.s.) and Sayyeda Fatima (s.a.), was an exemplary woman of great ability, intelligence, knowledge, insight, courage and perseverance; she performed her divine duties to the best of her ability. She was born to a family formed by the Prophet (SAW), the most outstanding figure in history. The Prophet's wife Sayyeda Khadija (s.a.) a devoted woman, was her maternal grandmother, and her paternal grandmother was Fatima daughter of Assad, who mothered and nursed the Prophet (SAW). The members of the family, in trio hierarchical order, were all great.

Sayyeda Zainab (s.a.) was a brilliant star in the mandate sky that received rays of holiness from the five suns. It was through her holy origins and pious edification that she manifested so great a fortitude in Karbala (Iraq).

The life of the daughter of Sayyeda Al-Zahra (s.a.) was always laden with hardships, but she never feared coping with difficulties, this enhanced her endurance and elevated her soul.

The Birth of Sayyeda Zainab (s.a.)

There is divergence of opinions about the birth date of Sayyeda Zainab (s.a.). Some say it was in Medina 5th of Jamadi Al-Awwal, and others say it was 1st in the month of Shabaan, in the 6th Hijra year.

It was five years after the Muslims had accompanied the Prophet (SAW) and his family in the migration (Hijrah) to Medina, when the Holy Prophet's daughter, Sayyeda Fatima (s.a.), gave birth to a little girl.

When her father, Imam Ali (as), saw his daughter for the first time Imam Hussain (a.s.), who was then almost three years old, was with him. The boy exclaimed in delight, "O father, Allah has given me a sister."

At those words Imam Ali (a.s.) began to weep, and when Hussain (a.s.) asked why he was crying so, his father answered that he would soon come to know.

Sayyeda Fatima (s.a.) and Imam Ali (a.s.) did not name their child until a few days after her birth, for they awaited the Prophet's return from a journey so that he could propose the name.

When finally the baby girl was brought before him he held her in his lap and kissed her. The Angel Gabriel came to him and conveyed the name that was to be hers, and then he began to weep. The Prophet (SAW) asked why Gabriel wept and he answered, "O Prophet of Allah. From early on in life this girl will remain entangled in tribulations and trials in this world. First she will weep over your separation (from this world); thereafter she will bemoan the loss of her mother, then her father, and then her brother Hassan. After all this she will be confronted with the trials of the land of Karbala and the tribulations of that lonely desert, as a result of which her hair will turn gray and her back will be bent."

When the members of the family heard this prophecy they all broke down in tears. Imam Hussain (a.s.) now understood why earlier his father had also wept. Then the Prophet (SAW) named her Zainab (s.a.).

One day, when Zainab (s.a.) was about five years old, she had a strange and terrible dream. A violent wind arose in the city and darkened the earth and the sky. The little girl was tossed hither and thither, and suddenly she found herself stuck in the branches of a huge tree. But the wind was so strong that it uprooted the tree. Zainab (s.a.) caught hold of a branch but that broke. In a panic she grabbed two twigs but these top gave way and she was left falling with no support. Then she woke up. When she told her grand father, the Prophet (SAW), about this dream he wept bitterly and said, "O my daughter. That tree is me who is shortly going to leave this world. The branches are your father Ali and your mother Fatima Zahra, and the twigs are your brothers Hassan and Hussain. They will all depart this world before you do, and you will suffer their separation and loss."

She had barely attained the tender age of seven when her beloved mother passed away. Her mother's death had closely followed her cherished grand father's passing away. Some time later Imam Ali (a.s.) married Umm ul-Banin, whose devotion and piety encouraged Zainab (s.a.) in her learning.

Whilst still a young girl she was fully able to care for and be responsible for the running of her father's household. As much as she cared for the comforts and ease of her brothers and sisters, in her own wants she was frugal and unstintingly generous to the poor, homeless and parentless. After her marriage her husband is reported as having said, "Zainab is the best housewife."

From very early on she developed an unbreakable bond of attachment to her brother Imam Hussain (a.s.). At times when as a baby in her mother's arms she could not be pacified and made to stop crying, she would quieter down upon being held by her brother, and there she would sit quietly gazing at his face. Before she would pray she used to first cast a glance at the face of her beloved brother.

One day Fatima (s.a.) mentioned the intensity of her daughter's love for Imam Hussain (a.s.) to the Prophet (SAW). He breathed a deep sigh and said with moistened eyes, "My dear child, this child of mine Zainab would be confronted with a thousand and one calamities and face serious hardships in Karbala."

Zainab (s.a.) grew into a fine stature young woman. Of her physical appearance little is known. When the tragedy of Karbala befell her in her mid fifties she was forced to go out uncovered. It was then that some people remarked that she appeared as a 'shining sun' and a 'piece of the moon'.

In her character she reflected the best attributes of those who raised her. In sobriety and serenity she was likened to Umm ul-Muminin Khadija, her grandmother (s.a.); in chastity and modesty to her mother Fatima Zahra (s.a.); in eloquence to her father Imam Ali (a.s.); in forbearance and patience to her brother Imam Hassan (a.s.); and in bravery and tranquility of the heart to Imam Hussain (a.s.). Her face reflected her father's awe and her grandfather's reverence.

Ibn Abbas quoted Sayyeda Zahra (s.a.) as having said that her daughter Zainab, like her father, was unparalleled in literary eloquence and courage. The speech she delivered in the assembly in presence of Yazid was at the zenith of eloquence and impressiveness. (Refer Famous Women, Dr. Ahmed Beheshti, and p.51)

After the demise of the Holy Prophet (SAW), there came the period of distress and hardship in the life of Sayyeda Zainab (s.a.). She stood by her mother as far as the question of supreme mandate of her father was concerned. When her mother delivered the Fadak sermon, she was only 4 years old, but narrated the sermon so lucidly and expressively that the people from Bani Hashim remembered it by heart. Later the Shiite scholars recorded it that is why she is called Zainab the narrator of traditions.

Sayyeda Zainab's Marriage

When the time came for marriage, she was married in a simple ceremony to her first cousin, Abdullah Ibn Ja'far Tayyar. Her marriage settlement was equal to that of her mother's. Imam Ali (a.s.) told Ja'far not to prevent Zainab from going on a journey with Imam Hussain (a.s.), her brother.

Abdullah had been brought up under the direct care of the Prophet (SAW). After his death, Imam Ali (a.s.) became his supporter and guardian until he came of age. He grew up to be a handsome youth with pleasing manners and was known for his sincere hospitality to guests and selfless generosity to the poor and needy.

Although Zainab's husband was a man of means, she lived a modest life, not a life of luxury. She and her husband were charitable to the needy people. The Arab tribes called Abdullah "the sea or the cloud of munificence".

The marriage of Zainab did not diminish her strong attachment to her family. Together this young couple had five children, of whom four were sons, Ali, Aun, Muhammad, and Abbas, and one daughter, Umm Kulthum.

In Medina it was Zainab's practice to hold regular meetings for women in which she shared her knowledge and taught them the precepts of the Deen of Islam as laid out in the Holy Quran. Her gatherings were well and regularly attended. She was able to impart the teachings with such clarity and eloquence that she became known as Fasihah (skillfully fluent) and Balighah (intensely eloquent).

In the thirty-seventh year A.H. (after Hijrah), Imam Ali (as) moved to Kufa to finally take up his rightful position as khalifah. He was accompanied by his daughter Zainab (s.a.) and her husband. Her reputation as an inspiring teacher among the women had preceded her. There too women would throng to her daily sittings where they all benefited from her erudition, wisdom and scholarship in the exegesis of the Qur'an.

The depth and certainty of her knowledge earned her the name given to her by her nephew, Imam Ali Zayn ul-Abidin (a.s.), of Alimah Ghayr Mu'allamah, 'she who has knowledge without being taught'.

Sayyeda Zainab (s.a.) and Imamate

In her life Zainab (s.a.) always saw the evildoers, oppressors, insurgents and breakers of covenants defy the truth and Imam Ali (a.s.), the supporter of the truth and justice had to quell their revolts. Finally, an evil hand gave Imam Ali (a.s.) a stroke from a poisoned sword on his head in the mosque of Kufa. After Imam Ali (a.s.), his son Imam Hassan (a.s.) became the Caliph. Hassan was also greatly oppressed until at last he signed a peace treaty with the ruler of that time and moved to Kufa in the company of Zainab, her husband, and his own companions. Imam Hassan (a.s.) was poisoned by his treacherous wife Joda, by the order of the Caliph of that time. After Imam Hassan, Imam Hussain (a.s.) became the Imam, but the ruler of Syria Mavia violated the peace treaty and appointed his son Yazid as his successor and insisted that Imam Hussain (a.s.) should pledge allegiance to him. Imam Hussain refused to pledge allegiance and made up his mind to move to Mecca.

Zainab (s.a.) said farewell to her husband and went with her brother accompanied by her sons Muhammad and Aun. They reached Mecca in 61 Hijra year.

Imam Hussain (a.s.) was informed that some agents of the ruler of that time had come to Mecca to assassinate him while circumambulating the Holy Ka'bah. Imam Hussain (a.s.) deemed it advisable to move to Kufa and let people know of his secret mission. They arrived at Karbala on the 2nd Muharram. Zainab had heard from her grandfather and father that Karbala would be the place where Imam Hussain (a.s.) would be martyred.

Sayyeda Zainab (s.a.) in Karbala

Zainab (s.a.) is the shining sun in the history of Islam and of humanity. Her brother's name and Karbala associate the idea of freedom, justice, humanity, virtue, fighting against despotism, with the realization of the sovereignty of Allah. The history of Karbala is based on two pillars: the rising of Imam Hussain (a.s.) and the rising of Zainab (s.a.). She was an outstanding figure in the history of Karbala endowed with divine steadfastness and fortitude. She sacrificed her two sons and one should not say anything if one devoted his life for the cause of Allah. After the martyrdom of her brother and her two sons, she said: "O my Lord! Accept our humble sacrifice to You."

When Zainab reached Kufa, she addressed people with fury words: "Praise to Allah, and may the blessing of Allah be upon Muhammad and his progeny. O people of Kufa, you are hypocrites and deceitful. You feign to be sorry for the death of my brother and his companions. May you always shed tears. I find nothing in you but flattery, evil acts and thoughts, pride and spite and ill will. By Allah! You deserve lasting sorrow instead of joy. Shames on you, your hands are imbrued with the blood of the son of the Holy Prophet (SAW), the one who was your sole refuge in case of adversity. By your evil act and disloyalty, you incurred the wrath of Allah against you. Woe betides you! No one will intercede with Allah for you." Her furious words provoked people of Kufa to avenge Hussain's martyrdom. This frightened Ubaidullah and his cruel agents. She also delivered a furious sermon in the court of the caliph that made his authority and despotic rule feel undermined. She said: "I fear no one but Allah. Make whatever evil plot you can. Blazes are waiting for you in the hereafter. You'll he accountable to Allah for your atrocities."

The Foundation of Mourning (Majales A'azaa)

Another unique feature of Zainab's character was her establishment of mourning ceremonies. This tradition which has lived in the memories and hearts of millions of Muslims to this day, has kept the sacrifices of Imam Hussein alive, and brought dynamism to every movement that aimed at removing injustices on earth.

After every Majlis, the women would offer their condolences to Zainab (s.a.) and the men to Imam Zain-ul-Abedeen. These majales made quite a stir in the cities, and the sound of crying and beating of chests and heads affected the minds of the inhabitants, and made them sadder and wiser to the events of Karbala.

In the end...

As it is said, "the word is mightier than the sword", this should stay in the minds of all Muslims, particularly the women. They should realize that they could always make a difference. They can always reach for the better. Also, they can make their Ummah look better.

The Muslim women should read more about the hardships which faced the great women of Islam understand and practice the patience that characterized the life of Zainab (s.a.), and teach their children the value of these acts.

The men alone cannot win independence and prosperity, neither can the women. Together, and under the banner of Islam, they can achieve success.

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Lady Zaynab (as) in Kufah – Patience and Courage of Lion-hearted Daughter of ‘Ali (as)

ibn Ziyad, the Governor of Kufah, had declared a holiday. The city was decorated with flags and pennants. People had been told that the rebels who wanted to attack their city and murder them had been defeated at Karbala and that their women were being brought into the city as prisoners. Those who believed this, and many did, came out to line the city streets through which the procession was to pass so that they might mock and jeer at the prisoners.

Big crowds had gathered everywhere. There was a holiday mood. The procession slowly entered the city and began to move towards the Governor’s palace. People jeered and shouted at the prisoners. There were a few, however, who guessed the truth. When they saw Imam Husayn’s head, and saw the misery and grief of the widows and orphans, they began to shed tears. The majority were ignorant. They believed, or found it convenient to believe, the lies which ‘Umar ibn Sa’d had told them.

As the procession neared the palace, the crowds thickened. Most of the people who gathered around the Governor’s palace were those who worked for Yazid or supported him. The jeering and insults grew louder. The face of Lady Zaynab (as) was red with anger. She stood up on the camel, looked at the crowd and in a loud and clear voice said:

“Praise be to God and blessings upon my grandfather Muhammad, His beloved Prophet!! Woe unto you, Oh people of Kufah! Do you know whom you have killed? Do you know what pledge you have broken? Do you know whose blood you have shed? Do you know whose honour you have defiled?”

There was a stunned silence. Then a gentle sound of people crying! There was a blind old man in the crowd. He had been a companion of Imam ‘Ali. When he heard Lady Zaynab’s voice, he cried out, “By God, if I had not known that he had died, I could have sworn that what I just heard was the voice of my master ‘Ali ibn Abu Taleb.” Imam Zayn al-‘Abedin went up to him and said, “Oh Shaykh! This is not ‘Ali but his daughter Zaynab bint ‘Ali! She is the daughter of Fatemah (as), the beloved daughter of the Holy Prophet. “The sound of weeping from the crowd grew louder.

But as Lady Zaynab continued, immediately there was a hushed silence:

“And well may you weep, Oh people of Kufah! The crime which you committed against your Prophet was so great that the skies shook, the earth trembled, and mountains crumbled down! You have killed your Imam, and by doing so lost your shelter against hardship, evil and disbelief! His blood stains your souls. Nothing can protect you from the anger of God for having killed the son of the last of His prophets!”

People could no longer control their wailing. ‘Umar ibn Sa’d was frightened and quickly led the prisoners into the palace. The prisoners were brought before ibn Ziyad.

Shaykh al-Mufid (ra) reports that ibn Ziyad sat on his throne and in front of him was the head of Imam Husayn. He frequently poked the face with his cane. An old companion of the Holy Prophet, Zayd ibn Arqam, was in the court and when he witnessed this indignity being inflicted on the head of Imam he cried out, “Take your cane away from those lips! By God I have seen the lips of the Apostle of God on those lips!”

ibn Ziyad was livid with rage. He retorted, “Oh old man! How dare you interrupt our celebrations of the victory of our Imam, Yazid ibn Mu’awiyah. Because of your age I spare your life. Leave my court immediately.”

ibn Ziyad then pointed at Imam Zayn al-‘Abedin and asked: “Who is this young man?” “He is ‘Ali ibn al-Husayn,” replied ‘Umar ibn Sa’d. “Why is he alive?” asked ibn Ziyad and added, “Kill him straight away!”

Lady Zaynab rushed forward and planted herself in front of Imam Zayn al-‘Abedin. “You will have to kill me first!” She said looking at ibn Ziyad with such defiance, determination and anger that ibn Ziyad got up and walked away ordering that the prisoners be locked up.

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Sayyedah Zaynab (as), who laid the Foundation of ‘Azadari

Daughter of the Holy Prophet’s (S) daughter. Sister of the King of Martyrs. She is a true role model for any woman today of any religion. She showed the world the definition of womanhood. Her bravery and courage stands alone in a field of millions. She was tied up and taken as a prisoner. She had her scarf ripped off her head; she had her house burned to the ground. She was Sayyedah Zaynab. With a father like ‘Ali, a mother like Fatemah, a grandfather like Muhammad and brothers like Hasan and Husayn, Sayyedah Zaynab was brought up in a house of God. After losing both her grandfather and her mother at a young age, Sayyedah Zaynab spent all her time along side her father. Even after her marriage to her father’s nephew, she never left his side. She was and still is a true example for all the wives and the daughters in this world. But her love for her family did not stop there, for she later proved to be the ultimate sister to her loving brother, Imam Husayn (as) in Karbala.

After the death of her brother on the 10th of Muharram, Sayyedah Zaynab became responsible for all the women and the children. After she was taken to Kufah and eventually to Shaam as a tied up prisoner, along with the others, Sayyedah Zaynab never stopped preaching the importance of her grandfather’s mission. She would constantly remind the people of Kufah who her brother was and what he stood for. It was in Yazid’s Court in Shaam, in front of a crowd of people, where Sayyedah Zaynab delivered some historic sermons. The following is an example of such a sermon:

“You have harmed your souls with such terrible deeds that God is angry and you are doomed for eternal torment. You have forfeited the right to laugh and now there is nothing left for you but to mourn and weep. Do you realize that you have shed the blood of the Holy Prophet’s successor, Imam Husayn, the person who could have been your saviour? Imam Husayn, the leader of the Youths of Paradise, was the one you needed for guidance and towards whom you could have turned in your time of need.”

Sources say that at the end of her sermons, the majority of the crowd would hide their faces in their hands and cry out of shame. She truly represented Imam ‘Ali’s voice in Karbala. After being tortured in the dungeons of Shaam, Sayyedah Zaynab along with Imam Zayn al-‘Abedin (as) were released. After returning to Karbala and burying the headless bodies, including her own brother’s, Sayyedah Zaynab returned to Madinah. Upon arrival, she went straight to her grandfather’s grave telling him the entire story of Karbala with a river of tears in her eyes.

It was in Madinah where Sayyedah Zaynab and the Imam who laid the Foundation of ‘Azadari (mourning) for Imam Husayn (as). She used to lay a mat on the ground and have the Imam sit on it and narrate the story of Karbala while the Quray[Edited Out]e and Hashemite women would come in their mourning clothes and cry upon hearing the events. The women would cry so much that they would beat themselves in sorrow. After these Majales the women would offer their condolences to Sayyedah Zaynab and the Imam. Sayyedah Zaynab lived the rest of her life in mourning for her brother.

Sayyedah Sukaynah

It was her father who was brutally killed in Karbala. It was her baby brother who had an arrow shot through his neck. It was her beloved uncle that had both his arms cut off. It was her who spent her last days in a dungeon. The daughter of Imam Husayn (as), the sister of Hadhrat ‘Ali Asghar, the niece of Hadhrat ‘Abbas, the standard-bearer. She was Sayyedah Sukaynah.

The four year old daughter of Imam Husayn (as) was loved by everyone. There was a special bond between Hadhrat ‘Abbas and Sukaynah. He loved her more than he did his own children. If Sukaynah requested for anything, Hadhrat ‘Abbas would not rest until he satisfied her request. There was nothing that Hadhrat ‘Abbas would not do to make Sukaynah happy.

On the night of ‘Ashoura, when Imam Husayn (as) and his companions were lying headless in the battlefield, back in the tents, Sayyedah Zaynab was gathering all the children and the ladies together. She noticed that little Sukaynah was missing, panicked and ran out of the tents looking for her. Calling out her name, she searched everywhere. She, then, noticed a man passing by and asked him if he had seen the little girl. He had replied no, but he also added that when he stopped by the river to give his horse some water he heard such a painful cry that his horse stopped drinking. He, then referred her to the direction from which the cries came.

Sayyedah Zaynab started walking towards the direction of the battlefield where the bodies lay scattered, headless and bare. She saw Sukaynah lying on Imam Husayn’s chest crying. Sayyedah Zaynab asked her, “Oh, Sukaynah! How did you recognize your father? A person can be recognized by their face or the clothes they wear. Your father has neither.” Sukaynah replied, “I ran out into the battlefield crying for father, not knowing which body was his. Then, I heard a voice saying, ‘Oh Sukaynah, my daughter, I am here come to me!’ Then I laid down putting my head on his chest as I used to every night.” With great pain and difficulty, Sayyedah Zaynab separated Sukaynah from her father and brought her back to the tents.

After the 10th of Muharram, Imam Zayn al-‘Abedin (as), the women and the children were taken as prisoners to Kufah and Shaam. In the Dungeons of Shaam they were given very little food and water. They were forbidden to cry or mourn for their loved ones. Sukaynah could not control herself as she cried day and night for her father. Yazid ordered her family to make her stop crying to avoid punishment. But, she continued. Then, finally he asked, "What would make her stop crying?” The reply was to send the head of her father so that she may be comforted for the time being.

The head of Imam Husayn (as) was sent into the dungeon as per Sukaynah’s request. She wrapped her arms around his head, put her cheek against his and cried until she collapsed. Sayyedah Zaynab summoned Imam Zayn al-‘Abedin (as) to check the status of Sukaynah as they thought she had fallen unconscious. When the Imam went over to check on his sister, he had noticed she had stopped breathing. That is when he realized that Sukaynah was no more and buried her in the same ripped, burnt clothes right there in the Dungeons of Shaam.

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Sharikat al-Husayn: Condolences on the Martyrdom Anniversary of Hadhrat Zaynab (SA)

It was five years after the Muslims had accompanied Prophet Muhammad (S) and his family in the migration (Hejrah) to Madinah from Makkah, when Prophet Muhammad’s (S) daughter, Hadhrat Fatemah az-Zahra (SA), gave birth to a little girl. When her father, Imam ‘Ali (as), saw his daughter for the first time Imam Husayn (as), who was then almost three years old, was with him.

The boy exclaimed in delight, “Oh father, God has given me a sister.” At those words Imam ‘Ali (as) began to weep, and when Imam Husayn (as) asked why he was crying so, his father answered that he would soon come to know.

At the time when Hadhrat Fatemah az-Zahra (SA) gave birth to Sayyedah Zaynab (SA), Prophet Muhammad (S) was not in Madinah. When Sayyedah Zaynab (SA) was born, Hadhrat Fatemah az-Zahra (SA) told Imam ‘Ali (as), “Since my father is on the trip and is not present at this moment, you choose a name for this child.” Imam ‘Ali (as) said, “I will not precede your father (in naming this child); wait until he [Prophet Muhammad (S)] returns. Then he will name this child whatever he prefers best.”

Three days later Prophet Muhammad (S) returned from his trip and like all other times, he first went to Hadhrat Fatemah az-Zahra’s (SA) house to greet them. Imam ‘Ali (as) told Prophet Muhammad (S) about the newborn baby and how they waited for his return, to name this baby.

Prophet Muhammad (S) said, “even though Fatemah az-Zahra’s (SA) children are my children, I will wait for a revelation because this matter is with God.” At this moment Gabriel (Jibrail) descended and said, “Oh Messenger of Allah, the Lord sends his regards upon you and says, “Name this child ‘Zaynab’ because we have written this in a preserved tablet (Lawh al-Mahfoudh).”

Then Prophet Muhammad (S) asked them to bring the newborn baby.

He held her close to his chest, kissed her, and named her Zaynab.

Afterwards he said, “My will to the people, to those who are present and to those who are absent is to keep the respect for this child, for she truly resembles Khadijah.”

Then Gabriel (Jibrail) began to weep. Prophet Muhammad (S) asked why Gabriel (Jibrail) wept and he answered, “Oh Messenger of Allah, from early on in life this girl will remain entangled in tribulations and trials in this world. First she will weep over your separation (from this world); thereafter she will bemoan the loss of her mother, then her father, and then her brother Hasan. After all this she will be confronted with the trials of the land of Karbala and the tribulations of that lonely desert, as a result of which her hair will turn grey and her back will be bent.”

Hadhrat Zaynab (SA) was a constant companion of Imam Husayn (as) at every stage. She too descended from the same bloodline and lineage and also accompanied him in his trials and calamities. Companionship of an infallible Imam is not a trivial honour.

Imam al-Mahdi (AJ) graphically describes the events of ‘Ashoura and the agony that Imam al-Husayn (as) and his family faced on that horrific and ominous day. Referring to one of tragic scene Imam (as) said: “as-salamu ‘alal-juyoubil-mudharrajat,” “Peace be upon the bloodstained chests.”

On the night of the eleventh of Muharram, the ruin and confusion brought about by the atrocious army was so great that Zaynab, the daughter of ‘Ali (as), had great difficulty in gathering the orphaned children, whom she had to appease and to appease and console till late midnight.

Imam as-Sajjad says, “My aunt Zaynab always performed her prayers standing. But on that night, intense grief and the extra-ordinary effort of gathering, guarding and consoling the children and women had made her so tired that she performed her night prayers sitting, for she could stand only with great effort.” Allahu Akbar.

From Karbala to Kufah, Kufah to Shaam, painful journey, unsaddle camels and endless torture, but look at the courage of Lion Hearted Daughter of Imam ‘Ali (as). Hadhrat Zaynab drew herself up bravely in front of the most notorious man of all time, who puts to shame even the likes of Nero and Hitler. She delivered her speech in front of the greatest terrorist the world will ever see.

Zaynab Spoke boldly and loudly for all to hear (I am at my wit’s end in trying to understand that after all she has undergone how in the name of God, did she have the stamina to remain bold and composed?

She protected the Imam of her time, and supported him. When the enemies contemplated killing him, she came in front and saved his life. In Madinah, Hadhrat Fatemah (SA) saved the life of Imam ‘Ali (as) and in Karbala and after Karbala, Hadhrat Zaynab (SA) saved the life of ‘Ali ibn Husayn (as); she indeed was the successor to Hadhrat Zahra (SA).

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When the Holy Ahlul Bayt AS were in captivity and forced to travel from Karbala to Kufa to Damascus, it was the heroic valour of Imam Ali AS that was ruling in the heart of Imam Zain ul Abideen AS. It was the patience of Fatima Zahra AS that was inspiring Bibi Zainab AS.


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According to moon sighting in the United States and Canada. In some countries, Rajab 15 might be on a different day, depending on your location. Please check with your local authorities.


Sayyida Zaynab (p) is reported to have said to Yazid, “Scheme whatever you may scheme, and strive for whatever you may strive, and put forth your best efforts – but, by God, you will never erase our mention.”

[Al-Majlisi, Bihar al-anwar, vol. 45, p. 135]

روي عن السيّدة زينب (ع) مخاطبة يزيد: فَكِدْ كَيْدَك، وَاسْعَ سَعْيَك، وَنَاصِب جهْدَك، فَوَاَللَّهِ لَا تَمْحُو ذِكْرَنَا

[المجلسي، بحار الأنوار، ج ٤٥، ص ١٣٥]

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"Peace be upon you O daughter of the Master of the Prophets"

[Ziyarah of Sayyida Zaynab bint Ali (p)]

"اَلسَّلامُ عَلَيْكِ يا بِنْتَ سَيِّدِ الأَنْبِياءِ"

[زيارة السيّدة زينب عليها السلام]

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Jumaada al-Awwal 5 - Birth of Lady Zainab AS in the US and Canada. 


Narrations report that Imam Zayn al-Abidin (p) told his aunt, Sayyida Zaynab bint Ali (p),

“Praise be to God, for you are knowledgeable without being taught [by conventional means].”

[Shaykh al-Tabrasi, Al-ihtijaj, vol. 2, p. 31]

روي عن الإمام علي بن الحسين عليه السلام [أنّه قال لعمّته زينب]

"يا عمة أنت بحمد الله عالمة غير معلمة"

[الشيخ الطبرسي، الاحتجاج، ج ٢، ص ٣١]

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Rajab 15 is the Death Anniversary of Sayyida Zaynab bint Ali AS. 


Sayyida Zaynab(p) is reported to have said to Yazid:
 “Scheme whatever you may scheme, and strive for whatever you may strive, and put forth your best efforts – but, by God, you will never erase our mention.”
[Al-Majlisi, Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 45, p. 135]

روي عن السيّدة زينب (ع) مخاطبة يزيد: 
"فَكِدْ كَيْدَك، وَاسْعَ سَعْيَك، وَنَاصِب جهْدَك، فَوَاَللَّهِ لَا تَمْحُو ذِكْرَنَا"
[المجلسي، بحار الأنوار، ج ٤٥، ص ١٣٥]

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