I have repeatedly underlined the very sorry practice of our world, where people fall for the created perception (by the media and others) without investigating the reality. But then why would anyone like to investigate on something which apparently has very little to do with their daily life. Fair enough? Maybe, maybe not!
There is a common perception that Islam the religion discourages the very idea of woman taking the charge or leading. Some believe that women under the veil in the Muslim society have the value similar to that of the animals which are tied in a farm. And little effort was made by us to negate the very idea. As a matter of fact we wrapped our inhuman and male chauvinist practices under the plaster of religion to cover up our misdemeanors.
But the history that represents the true religion of God is full of description of the noble and pious women, who hold more gratitude and importance then many saints and men of God. Bibi Fatima Zehra (AS), Hazrat Maryam A.S (akaVirgin Marry), Hazrat Hawwa A.S (aka Eve), Hazrat Khadija (AS) and Hazrat Aisha (RA) are just the few names. But today I would like to speak about one lady whose bravery, leadership and intellect has inspired millions both men and women. She holds such a legacy that the heritage of many Kings, Queens and generals appear colorless. I am talking about the daughter of Ali (AS) and Fatima (AS), the sister of Hassan(AS) and Hussayn (AS) and the grand daughter of the Prophet Muhammed (SAW); “Bibi Zainab Al-Kubrah (SA)”.
She is regarded as the heroin of Karbala, the one who led the women, children and Men after the great tragedy of Ashoura. We witness a mother who encourages her two young boys to give their lives for the religion. I challenge the historians of the world who signify the greatness Greek and Roman Gods and Godesses find a mother who is as brave as Zaynub (SA). I can tell you about the arrogant Pharo; Remises who was willing to settle with Moses and save his son’s life.
We all are aware that even in this age of awareness and media, Dictators, rulers (and establishment) even in the most democratic countries are able to suppress the voices of the poor. To standup against the man in power is the most difficult thing of any time. But we witness Zainub (SA) who lost his brothers and nephews in the battle against the tyrant Yazid defeating him and his establishment in front of the whole world. It was in Yazid’s Court in Shaam, in front of a crowd of people, where Janab-e-Zainab delivered some historic sermons. The following is an extract 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 Husain, the person who could have been your saviour? Imam Husain, 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 Kerbala.
It was Zaynub herself who laid the very foundation of Azadari (mourning) along with her nephew (son of Imam Husssayn); Imam Zain-ul-Abdin (AS). The azadari exhibits how battles are won on intellectual grounds without drawing swords and other weapons. The very idea shows that if one wants his/her voices to be heard and issues to be notice then there is no way but to follow the path of Zaynub. Zaynub represents the true Islam not Al-Qaeda or Taliban. She’s is the leader of all mankind, especially of the men and women who are forced to face hell on the God’s green earth. She has attained this stature by passing the exam, which even the Prophets will find hard to pass.