The Brave Women in Karbala

KARBALA & THE STRENGTH OF WOMEN

Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque

Karbala & The Role Of Women

The events of Karbala arose in the 61 AH as a result of the Prophet’s grandson, Sayyiduna Imam Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) refusing to give his support to Yazid, who had become the leader of the Muslims at the time. Yazid wrote a letter to the governor of Medina at the time, asking him to demand allegiance from Sayyiduna Hussain (RA) or to threaten him with death. Sayyiduna Imam Hussain (RA) had received letters from the Muslims from the town of Kufa (Iraq) saying that they would support him if he challenged Yazid’s leadership. Gathering his supporters of about one hundred family members and friends, Sayyiduna Hussain had therefore set out from Medina to go to challenge Yazid. But on the journey, Sayyiduna Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions, including women and young members of the blessed family of the Prophet (pbuh) (Ahl-e-Bayt) were met by and challenged by Yazid’s army in a place called Karbala in Iraq, and the Battle of Karbala took place. During the battle, Sayyiduna Imam Hussain (RA) and all of his men were martyred, and the women in his family were taken prisoners. This day is known as the day of Ashura which falls on the 10th day of Murahham. On this day the Muslim community commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (ra) and his family.

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Why take women?

The question that is sometimes raised in why did Imam Husain (may Allah be pleased with him) take his family with him to Karbala? He was advised by his advisers to leave them behind, and he knew that if he took them, their likely fate was martyrdom. So why did he not leave them behind or leave them to stay in a safe place? Imam Hussain (RA) took with him all his family members, including women and children. He knew that the women, who included his wife, his sisters and daughters, would play a very important role, even if that role was not on the actual battlefield. The battle of Karbala can be seen as having two elements:

1. The martyrdom of Imam Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) and his companions during the actual battle; and
2. Accomplishing a wider mission of spreading the message of the battle. There was a role for both men and women in battle. The main role of the men was to take part in the physical battle, to fight Yazid’s army in the battlefield and we have heard the tragic stories of what went on in the battlefield. The Women did have a role in supporting and encouraging the men who participated in the actual battle. However, the main role of the women can be seen in the second element, in spreading the true account of Karbala after the event and delivering the messages from the battle.

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The Resilience of Sayyida Zaynab (may Allah be pleased with her)

The account of one woman in particular stands out. That woman was Zaynab bint Ali, the sister of Imam Hussain (RA). After the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (RA) at Karbala and his male companions, all the women and children were arrested and taken to Damascus in Syrian on camelback via Kufa. During the journey, the women were deliberately kept tired and hungry, and were mistreated. This was on top of the grief they were all suffering as a result of the martyrdoms of their male relatives. Yazid’s aim was to publicly humiliate them to and ridicule them to the point where Imam Hussain’s (RA) followers lost all public support. However, Sayyida Zaynab, a brave and bold woman, addressed Muslims everywhere along the way, exposing Yazid and his evil actions, his un-Islamic acts, and telling the Muslim world about the atrocities that were committed in Karbala. Sayyidah Zaynab and the Imam’s entire family were kept in prison in Damascus in Syria. They were brought to Yazid’s court, and Sayyida Zaynab gave a famous speech in which she rejected Yazid’s claims of being the caliph – or leader of the Muslims – at the time and thoroughly exposed him for what he really was.

She stood and said:

“God says, and He says the truth, the end of miscreants will be awful, those who belied the signs of God and mocked them. Oh Yazid, do you feel that you have made our life miserable and existence impossible? And you think that God has dishonoured us and that you have been honoured and elevated? This apparent success of yours is the result of grandeur of your might and lofty status for which you are proud…. You feel that you have conquered the whole world and your affairs are organised and that our domain is now under you control… Wait! Wait! Let not your ignorance make you so elated for have you not heard God’s words –

“Let not those who disbelieve think that our giving them respite is good for themselves. We only give respite to them so that they may increase in sins and for them is a disgraceful chastisement. (3:177)….”

Sayyida never shied from her mission, so much so that Yazid had to release her and the Imam’s entire family, they were sent back to Madina. The speeches of Sayyida Zaynab and her female companions fulfilled the role of carrying forward the messages of Karbala that we are hearing about today. Imagine if Imam Hussain (RA) had taken the advice of his advisers and set off to meet Yazid without his family – without their accounts, the true story of what happened in the battlefield may never have come out. Syeda Zainab’s role was exemplary, It showed how bold Muslim women were and how they played a key role in consolidating Islamic teachings. Today, despite so much progress and the spread of education, so many Muslim women are suppressed, they are thought of as having no role outside the home at all. However, here was Princess Zainab from the Imam’s family who became a public speaker to save Islamic values. Sayyida Zaynab was the eldest Princess among the women of the Imam’s family. The leadership of the family thus fell to Sayeda Zaynab, and she proved to be more than what was expected of her. Today, women have to learn much from her example and leadership qualities. Her public role in the Karbala saga has much to teach us. It shows that the attitude we sometimes come across that women have no place outside the home and cannot take any kind of role in public life does not fit the history of some of the greatest and most influential women of early Islam. There are great lessons to be learnt from the other honourable women who played a role in Karbala too. The sacrifices they made are unspeakable. They sacrificed things a thousand times greater than the sacrifices we complain about. They lost their husbands, brothers, and children, their protectors and their hope – they lost everything until there was nothing more left for them to loose. They lost everything, and yet they stayed strong for the sake of Allah, for the sake of spreading Imam Hussein’s (as) message. May Allah (swt) enable us all to follow the example of these great noble women, and to spread the message of Islam in whatever way we can and be prepared to make sacrifices for the sake of our Deen.

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The Imam was right: his women played a pivotal role, particularly the Imam’s sister, Hazrat Zainab. After the martyrdom of Husain and his colleagues, Imam Zainul Abidin and all women and children were arrested and taken to Damascus on camelback via Kufa. Bibi Zainab, a brave and bold woman, addressed Muslims everywhere along the way, exposing Yazid and his evil actions and un-Islamic acts.

Bibi Zainab and the Imam’s entire family were kept in prison in Damascus. When they were brought to Yazid’s court, Zainab eloquently spoke in front of Yazid’s courtiers and thoroughly exposed him. She never shied from her mission, so much so that he had to release her and the Imam’s entire family. They were sent back to Madina with their security being ensured.

Syeda Zainab’s role was exemplary. It showed how bold Muslim women were and how they played a key role in consolidating Islamic teachings. Today, despite so much progress and the spread of education, so many Muslim women are suppressed. In Saudi Arabia, for example, even a woman’s voice is considered ‘awrah i.e. so that it should not be heard in public; and here was Zainab from the Imam’s family who became a public speaker to save Islamic values.

Zainab was the eldest among the women of the Imam’s family, including Imam Zainul Abidin who was very unwell at the time.

The leadership of the family thus fell to Zainab, and she proved to be more than what was expected of her. Today, women have to learn much from her example and leadership qualities. Her public role in the Karbala saga has much to teach us.

It is wrong to think, as many Muslim men do, that women are weak and cannot achieve much in the public domain. Hazrat Zainab’s role is a wake-up call for those who feel that women are fit only for domestic chores and nothing beyond the confines of a house.

The Ladies

Aside from the ladies of the Imam’s household itself, there were many other women who played important roles at Karbala. These were the wives and daughters of Imam Hussain’s companions.

When her husband Abdullah son of Umayr Kalbi told her that he was going to leave Kufa to defend the grandson of the Holy Prophet, Lady Umme Wahab told him, “It is an excellent idea. May Allah guide you in all circumstances. Please take me with you too.”

Umme Wahab was watching Abdullah from the families’ tents when he was fighting on the day of the battle at Karbala. She became so concerned for the Imam’s safety and had such devotion to him that, even though she had no weapon and no way to fight, she grabbed a stick and came to the battlefield. She told Abdullah, “May my parents be your ransom, sacrifice your life for the sake of the children of the Holy Prophet.”

Imam Hussain then said to her, “May Allah bless you with His best rewards, return towards the women and remain with them, may Allah bless you, women aren’t supposed to fight in the war.” She returned to the tents. With his wife’s moral support, Abdullah was able to protect the Imam and became the second martyr of Karbala on the day of Ashura. When he died, Umme Wahab went to her husband’s body on the battlefield, and wiping the dirt from his cheeks she said, “May paradise of Allah be pleasant for you! I ask Allah, who bestowed upon you Paradise, to make me your companion over there.” Just then, Shimr commanded his slave to hit Umme Wahab with a stick. The blow killed her, and she died at her husband’s side.

Another family that had come to Karbala with the Imam’s caravan was that of Janada, son of Ka’b, who had come with his wife Lady Bahria and son Amr. When Janada died, Bahria sent Amr to help the Imam. Imam Hussain was hesitant to give the son permission to fight since his father had just been killed, and he thought that it would be too much of a trial for Bahria to lose her son too. The son told the Imam that it was Bahria herself who had dressed him for battle and sent him. So great was the strength of Bahria that she remained focused on the protection of the Imam when her husband had just been killed.

She had grief, yes, but she managed it for a higher purpose, which would not be an easy task for anyone in such circumstances, man or woman.

From her tent Bahria watched her son wage battle, and after Amr was martyred, Bahria herself went towards the enemy with an iron club. Such was her loyalty towards the Imam, she wanted to fight herself. In this instance also, Imam Hussain told her to go back, and she obeyed him and returned to the tents.

It must have been tempting for the women to fight when they saw their imam was in danger, but despite their feelings, they had enough strength inside to obey their Imam’s command. They submitted to Imam Hussain’s authority just as the men had submitted, because they knew he was the true leader, that he cared for them, and had a higher purpose in mind. That purpose would only become clear after the battle, when they would remain behind to continue the Imam’s mission.

Not all the women had relatives who were Imam Hussain’s companions from the start of the journey to Karbala. Some of the men switched to the Imam’s side during the journey, often due to the influence of their wives.

Most famous among these ladies is Lady Dulham. She was married to Zuhayr son of Qayn, who was on the enemy’s side during the journey to Karbala. At one of the stops, Imam Hussain sent a request for a meeting with Zuhayr, which surprised Zuhayr very much. That was when Dulham said, “Glory to Allah! The Holy Prophet’s on has called you, has sent someone to see you, and how would you refuse to see him? Why don’t you visit him and hear his words?!”

Respecting her advice, her husband went, came back elated, and declared that he was going to remain in the Imam’s company and sacrifice his life upon him. When she bid her husband farewell, weeping, Dulham said, “May Allah be your helper and protector, bestow upon you good in this journey, and don’t forget to mention about this, my self-sacrifice, to Imam’s Grandfather [the Prophet] on the Day of Judgment.” Her weeping as her husband left was not an impediment to her sacrifice – it was a part of it.

The women of Karbala contributed to the sacrifices for Islam in their own way at Karbala. These brave, pious, and modestly-attired women did not stand aside indifferently when they saw oppression taking place upon the household of the Prophet. If their male relatives were not on the side of the Imam, the women did not just keep quiet and do nothing. They used their influence in their families to encourage their husbands, sons, and brothers to support Imam Hussain, even if they would possibly have to mourn their own men. They wanted to save the Imam. Mourning the grandson of the Prophet would be worse. When the time was right, the women would speak out in their families and take a stand on the issue.

The women who were at Karbala are a supreme example of how ordinary people can become extraordinary beings who serve the Imam of their time in their own ways. By spreading the news of the events at Karbala, these women ensured that Imam Hussain’s message of truth would continue to live on.  

These were not the first women to play crucial roles in the history of Islam, nor were they the last. From the Prophet’s first wife Lady Khadija, a prominent businesswoman who dedicated her wealth to the cause of Islam, to their daughter Lady Fatima, God’s example for all women, to Lady Masooma, the sister of the eighth Imam, to Lady Hakima, the great-aunt of the Twelfth Imam (may Allah hasten his reappearance), to the same Imam’s mother Lady Nargis, women have always played an important role in serving Islam. And while these abovementioned women are very special in their own right, most of all Lady Fatima, all women today have these examples to inspire them. Finding her own way to serve the Twelfth Imam even while he is in occultation is what each and every believing woman needs to do today.

 

Women of Sacrifice in the Epic of Karbala

Lady Dulham: The  name deserves to be remembered with honor and
respect was the wife of Zuhayr bin Qayn Bajali. She was the woman who acquired
the most honorable position in the history of Islam for all times to come.

A man belonging to the tribe of Bani Fazara says: “We were returning from Makkah
along with Zuhayr bin Qayn Bajali and were proceeding to Iraq. At that time
Hussain bin Ali was also on his way to Iraq. However we did not wish to halt at
the same halting-place at which Hussain halted. Hence as and when Imam Hussain
departed from a place, we halted there and when he halted at a place we moved
on. However, on one occasion it so happened that we were obliged to halt at the
same place at which Hussain bin Ali halted. We pitched our tents on one side and
he pitched his on the other. While we were taking our meals there suddenly came
a messenger of the Imam. He saluted us and said: “O Zuhayr bin Qayn! Hussain bin
Ali has called you.”

We disliked this message so much that we put down the morsels which we had in
our hands and all of us were perplexed. However, Dulham, the daughter of Amr who
was the wife of Zuhayr said to him: “The son of the Holy Prophet of Allah has
sent someone to you and called you; are you not prepared to go to him? Allah be
praised! What is the harm if you go and see him, hear what he has to say and
then return!” The words of this woman had the desired effect and she placed her
husband in the category of the greatest martyrs of Islam. Zuhayr was impressed
by the words of his wife and presented himself before the Imam. After some time
he returned with a face beaming with happiness and ordered his tent to be
pitched adjacent to the camp of the Holy Imam.

Indeed, Allah is the guardian of those who believe. He takes them out of
darkness into light. (Surah al-Baqarah, 2: 257)

Zuhayr went with the Imam and met martyrdom and his wife returned to her
relatives.

Another honor which is recorded in history about this woman has been mentioned
in the book entitled Tazkira-e Sibt. According to it when Zuhayr was martyred
his wife said to his slave: “Go and shroud your master.” The slave came and saw
the Imam without a shroud. He said to himself: “Should I shroud my master and
leave the Imam without a shroud? By Allah I will do no such thing”. He,
therefore, shrouded the sacred body of the Imam first and then he shrouded his
master.

Lady Umme Wahab: The lady who deserves to be It praised for her lofty
character and sacrifice was the wife of Abdullah bin Umayr Kalbi. Abdullah bin
Umayr was a resident of Kufa and belonged to the tribe of Bani Ulaym. One day he
saw that a large army had gathered in the date-palm garden of ‘Kufa. He enquired
about the army. He was informed that those people were going to fight against
Hussain, son of Fatima, the daughter of the Holy Prophet. Abdullah said: ” Allah
knows that I have been keen to fight against the polytheists for His sake.
However, I now hope that the spiritual reward for fighting against these people
who are going to kill the grandson of the Holy Prophet will be not less than
that for fighting against the polytheists. Abdullah decided to leave and
informed his wife Umme Wahab, daughter of Abdullah about his intention. His wife
said: “It is an excellent idea. May Allah guide you in all circumstances. Please
take me also with you.”

Both of them left Kufa at night and perhaps reached Karbala during the night of
the 8th of Muharram. When fighting was started by the enemy in the morning of
Āshura two slaves of Ubaydullah ibn Ziyad came forward for a single combat.
Habib bin Mazahir Asadi and Burayr bin Khuzayr Hamdani got ready to fight with
them, but the Imam asked them to wait. At this moment Abdullah bin Umayr sought
the Imam’s permission to fight. He faced both the enemies alone and killed them.

When the woman observed her husband fighting with them she also picked up the
stick of a tent and entered the battlefield. She said to her husband: “May my
parents be your ransom Sacrifice your life for the sake of the children of the
Holy Prophet.” The Imam said to her: “May Allah give you a good reward! May
Allah bless you! Return towards the women and stay with them in the tent,
because women are not required to perform jihad.” Abdullah was the second person
to be martyred on the day of Āshura, the first being Muslim bin Awsaja.

Lady Rubāb: The lady whose illustrious name has been recorded in the
history of Āshura was Rubāb, daughter of Imraul Qays, a wife of the Holy Imam.
She was the wife of the Imam who accompanied him during his journey to Karbala.

As regards Shehr Banu, the daughter of Yazd Gard, the last King of Persia and
the mother of the fourth Imam, she had died about 24 years earlier than the
tragedy of Karbala.

No mention has also been made of the mother of Ja’far bin Hussain, who belonged
to the tribe of Quzā’ā. There is also no mention in the event of Āshura of the
mother of Fatima, daughter of Hussain i.e. Umme Ishaq daughter of Talha bin
Ubaydullah Taymi. Her daughter Fatima was however, present in Karbala. She also
went to Kufa and Syria.

During the period of the Caliphate of Umar he embraced Islam. From the very
first day the caliph made him the chief of the tribe of Quza’a. Besides the
honor of becoming a Muslim and an Islamic chief he also acquired another
distinction. He had three daughters and he gave one of them in marriage to Ali,
the second to Hasan and the youngest namely Rubāb to Imam Hussain. Thus he
became the father-in-law of three Imams.

Lady Rubāb had one daughter and one son from Imam Hussain who were named Sukayna and Abdullah respectively. The son who was a suckling was killed on the day of
Āshura and she herself as well as her daughter Sukayna were made prisoners.

The lady whose name may be mentioned in connection with the events of the
afternoon of the day of Āshura belonged to the tribe of Bakr bin Wa’il. She
enjoys an eminent position in depicting the tragedy of Karbala. She has recorded
on the pages of history a precise picture of the meanness of the enemy in a few
words.

She was with her husband in the army of Ibn Saad. However, when she saw that the
soldiers of Kufa had made a rush on the tents of the children of Imam Hussain
and were looting even the dresses of the ladies she picked up a sword, proceeded
towards the tents of Imam Hussain and shouted: “O children of Bakr bin Wa’il!
You are alive and in spite of this these people are plundering the tents of the
daughters of the Holy Prophet. Allah is the only Arbitrator. Come on, and avenge
the bloodshed.” By means of these brief words she showed to what extent the
enemy had become mean. It seems as if the cry of this lady is still resounding
at the doors of the tents of Imam Hussain.

While studying the history of Āshura we come across the names of many
magnanimous women who rose to support truth and the godly persons with perfect
sincerity and they are not the only four women mentioned above. However, just as
none of the martyrs, whether Hashimite or non-Hashimite, in spite of their
greatness, magnanimity and self-sacrifice, can attain to the position of Imam
Husyan, who was the leader of this revolution, none of these great women who
displayed an eminent performance at the time of the martyrdom of the martyrs or
during captivity, could acquire a position equal to that of Lady Zaynab, the
eldest daughter of Imam Ali.

It was she who could truly take the place of her brother during captivity and
followed the same movement from the afternoon of the day of Āshura till her
arrival in Madina. She truly followed what her brother said: “Abjectness and
humiliation are far removed from us, the Ahlul Bayt.” She thus discharged the
responsibility devolved upon her. We may say that it was due to the education
given to her by her mother, Lady Fatima Zahra. She ought to have been as patient
in the path of faith as her mother Fatima and her grandmother Khadija had been.
Was it not lady Khadija who was the first to believe in the Prophethood of the
Prophet of Allah, and who made greater sacrifices than anyone else for the
advancement of his religion and supported him in all difficulties and hardships
for about ten years i.e. from the first year of his prophetic mission till the
tenth year when she died?

Was lady Zaynab not the grand-daughter of the same Lady Khadija and was the path
pursued by Imam Hussain any other path than the advancement of religion and the
revival of the call of the Holy Prophet? Hence, in case it was necessary that
for the sake of the true religion of Islam and for the Holy Qur’an, women should
become captives and as a consequence of this should address the people in the
bazaars and the streets so as to nullify the unjustified propaganda of the enemy
and to make the reality known to the people. Who could be more suited for this
task than the daughter of Imam Ali who had inherited self-sacrifice from Khadija,
the greatest self-sacrificing lady of Islam, and Imam Ali the greatest supporter
of the Prophet of Allah?

Lady Zaynab, who was the daughter of Ali ibn Abi Talib and also the
grand-daughter of Khadija addressed the people in the bazaar of Kufa and spoke
eloquently like her father. It might be said that she was speaking with the
tongue of Imam Ali. By making a sign to the people she made them quiet as if
they had ceased to breathe, and suppressed the tumult.

Ahmad bin Tahir Baghdadi (d. 280 A.H.) has given three versions of her address
in his book entitled Balāghatun Nisa, one of which is reported to have come down
from Imam Sadiq.

Umme Kulsum, the sister of Zaynab also addressed the people in the bazaar of
Kufa. Both the sisters severely reproached the Kufians who were touched so much
that they began to weep and lament.

Fatima, the daughter of Imam Hussain also addressed the people in the bazaar of
Kufa and invited their attention to the great sin which they had committed and
the bad luck and adversity in which they had involved themselves.

The task of Ahlul Bayt in the bazaar of Kufa came to an end and then they got an
opportunity to speak in the court of Ibn Ziyad. The daughter of Imam Ali came in
the court in a very simple dress. She was encircled by her slave-girls. She went
and sat down in a corner of the palace. Ibn Ziyad asked: “Who is the woman who
has gone and sat down in a corner along with her slave-girls?” None gave him a
reply. He then repeated his question. Thereupon one of the slave-girls of lady
Zaynab said: “It is Zaynab and she is the daughter of the same Fatima who was
the daughter of the Prophet of Allah.”

At this moment a heavy responsibility devolved upon Zaynab. It was necessary
that she should exercise self-control. She should also give a reply to Ibn Ziyad
and should not give him a chance to let the matter be ambiguous in the eyes of
the people.

Ibn Ziyad said: “I thank Allah that He has disgraced you and killed you and made
the people aware of your fresh lies”. Ibn Ziyad uttered these blasphemous words
on account of his being arrogant on his presumed victory in battle.

Lady Zaynab said immediately in reply to Ibn Ziyad: “Allah be thanked that He
has honored us by means of His Prophet Muhammad and purified us of every
impurity. You have said that we have been disgraced but it is a libertine who is
disgraced and you have said that we have lied but lies are told by the wicked.
And I thank Allah once again that others, and not we, are the libertines and the
wicked.”

In spite of this prompt reply by the daughter of Imam Ali Ibn Ziyad said again:
“Have you seen what Allah has done with your family?” It appears that by saying
this Ibn Ziyad wanted to remind her of those who had been martyred two days
earlier so that she might be moved and possibly say something according to his
wishes or make some requests. He was however, oblivious of the fact that the
AhlulBayt did everything very intelligently and did not utter even a word which
was not worthy of their position, and whatever they said was well calculated and
according to a plan, so that the object which they had in view might be
achieved.

In reply to Ibn Ziyad’s question: “Have you seen what Allah has done with your
family?” Zaynab replied: “Nothing new has happened. These martyrs of our family
were persons for whom Allah had destined martyrdom, and they achieved this
blessing, and embraced martyrdom. However, a day will come soon when Allah will
summon you and them for the settlement of accounts and there you will grapple
and dispute with each other.”

On hearing this Ibn Ziyad was so much disturbed and annoyed that if Amr bin
Harith had not reproached him, it was possible that he might have ordered the
sister of the Imam to be killed. However, of what use could it be to him? Zaynab
had already said what she had to say. She had also identified the libertines and
the wicked and introduced the pure and sacred family of the Holy Prophet.

After a month or a few days more had passed, the daughter of Imam Ali arrived in
a more important and more delicate assembly. Here also it was her duty to speak
more clearly. As compared with the Kufans, the Syrians were more mistaken and
more unacquainted with the AhlulBayt. It was therefore necessary that she should
mention the reality and introduce the AhlulBayt more emphatically. This assembly
was organized in Damascus, the Islamic capital of the time. Here too, Lady
Zaynab addressed the people and spoke to them. This speech has also been
mentioned by Ahmad bin Tahir Baghdadi in Balāghatun Nisa. He says: “When Yazid
saw the prisoners belonging to AhlulBayt and found them standing before him he
ordered the head of Imam Hussain to be brought in a tray. He hit the teeth of
Imam Hussain with a stick which he had in his hand and recited some poetic
verses which are summarized thus: “I wish that my ancestors, who were killed in
Badr, had been alive today so that they might see the present condition of the
descendants of Muhammad and had rejoiced and said: ‘O Yazid! May your hands
never ache.” He added: “May I not be a descendant of my ancestors if I don’t
take revenge upon the children of Muhammad.”

When the matters took such a turn, and Yazid, who killed Imam Hussain, now rose
to oppose and take revenge upon the Holy Prophet. Was then lady Zaynab justified
in ignoring his words and deeds and in keeping quiet before one who claimed to
be the successor of the Holy Prophet and ruled in that capacity and killed the
most pious persons of Islam avenging the murder of the polytheists of Makkah,
who were killed by the Prophet in the Battle of Badr? Could she remain silent
when she saw that the Syrians had accepted the words of Yazid as true and
believed them? Evidently Lady Zaynab could not keep quiet at this stage.
Whatever she said was her duty that she performed. Allah also preserved her
speech and it was not eliminated like many other religious documents. We should
be thankful to the Almighty Allah for this blessing.

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