Hazrat Bibi Zainab (AS)
By: Unaiza Haider
ider lives in Hopkinton and she is seventeen years old.
She attends Hopkinton High School and is in the eleventh grade.
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!
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
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
was the arrival of a group of women, the wives of some of the enemy
soldiers which was led by Hurís (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.
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.