Sayyidah Zaynab bint ‘Ali (RA) was the daughter of Ali (RA) and Fatimah Bint Muhammad (RA) and was the sister of Hasan (RA) and Hussain (RA)
Who was Zainab Bint Ali (RA)?
She was the granddaughter of our beloved Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). She was the third child of Ali (RA)’s first wife Fatimah Bint Muhammad (RA).
She was a woman of courage, who stood up against Yazid in Karbala. Because of the sacrifice, she made in the battle of Karbala, she was named “Heroine of Karbala”.
Life of Zainab Bint Ali (RA)
She was born in Madina, om 5 Jumada al awwal, 5 AH (October 2) 626 CE Julian calendar. Just like Hassan (RA) and Hussain (RA), she was also named by Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Ali (RA)’s three daughters were named “Zainab” so, she was called as “Zainab the Elder”. By the time her (RA) mother (RA) died, she was just 7 years old.
As per a biography, The Victory of Truth, She (RA) used to teach Quran to the women. and continued teaching even after moving to Kufa.
Martial Life of Zainab Bint Ali (RA)
She was married to Abdullah ibn Ja’far (RA), who was the nephew of Ali (RA). She and her husband spent a modest life. Zainab (RA) had five children, four sons Ali (RA), Aun (RA), Muhammad (RA), and Abbas (RA) and a daughter Umm Kulthum (RA).
Zainab Bint Ali (RA)’s Role in Karbala
After the martyrdom of the family in the Battle of Karbala, She (RA) was the one who supported the other family members. She (RA) and her family members were marched all around the Syria. Traditions state that at the time she (RA) was suffering from severe mental and physical pain after seeing her brother Hussain (RA) die.
Zainab Bint Ali (RA)’s Sermon
After they have been presented in the court of Yazid, Zainab (RA) said a Khutba (Sermon), which still Muslims all around the world and get inspired by the references and words she used to counter Yazid’s misbehavior.
She started her sermon with the name of Allah;
Death of Zainab Bint Ali (RA)
She was buried in the Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque. She (RA) died on 15th Rajab 62 AH and she was just 57 years old. Today there are two shrines one in Cairo and the other in Damascus where She (RA) is said to be buried. But, Damascus shows the higher claims of being her being buried there.