Lessons of Karbala – Syeda Zainab

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When the enemy triumphantly asked Zaynab al-Kubra (sa) to describe what she had seen, she said, “I did not see anything but beauty.” Her brothers, her children, her dear ones, her closest companions, and many others had been violently killed in front of her eyes. She had seen the enemy put their heads on spears, but she said, “I did not see anything but beauty.”
Now try to combine this beauty with the narration according to which Zaynab al-Kubra (sa) did not fail to say her midnight prayers even on the eleventh day of Muharram [the day after Ashura].
Her relationship with Allah the Exalted was not undermined during her captivity. On the contrary, her relationship with God was strengthened. She is a role model.”
— Ayatollah Khamenei

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Syeda Zainab’s message through the dark alleys of history

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Part 7/20 (530 Words)
Islamic Perception(c)
Let westerns, eastern pseudo-intellectuals (who think everything new is auspicious and everything old in terms of date is inauspicious) and pseudo-religious people (who have mixed customs and religion in such a way that they are hardly distinguishable, in short their brain has ossified) to observe in you a Zainab, who sacrificed herself and her family for utterance of reality for the sake of liberation of humanity from the chains of oppressors as her religious duty before God . Why should our young generation adopt the western cultures? The culture which in the description given by Albert Schweitzer (The German-French theologian,1952 Nobel Peace Prize, 1953 for his philosophy of “Reverence for Life”) has the following features :
1.Westerns are heading towards cultural self-destruction .
2. Sophisticated development of the society has taken the entire aspect of thinking and reasoning from men and consequently they have entered a new era of medieval times.
3. Abandonment of thought in the name of freedom.( “To Have or To Be?” by Erich Fromm) One of the main problems of our new generation is that the Islamic role models have not been explained fully in terms of their characteristics, morals and valor; while westerns have presented and are presenting every day a new role model with a “lovely” and “convincing” countenance .Here we feel the vacuum in fulfilling our responsibilities of manifesting role models, these symbols of Islam who are alive. As Dr Shariati said “ to be alive means to be effective , to show the right way, to guide humanity in whatever stage it may be, in whatever land it may live, and to whatever race it may belong. “ And he himself adds that “it is not sufficient only to understand and repeat the historical biographies. We must realize how to describe, how to understand, and how to learn lessons from Fatima’s life.” So let us scrutinize life of Zainab scholastically and rationally to give a new interpretation and explanation of the real and authentic Islamic ideologies and faith which are compatible with the necessities of the present age .Let us study and present the real Zainab, an Islamic legendary woman who existed, who gave Ali-like’s lectures , who played a role in the mosque and taught women Islam and Quran, who was active in the home training her children who were martyred in Karbala, who played a role in her family’s social struggles and in Islam; a woman whose role should be cultivated in all the angles to the present generation .In this way any woman who is faithful to real and logical freedom, especially a Muslim woman, can discover the fountains of talents and capabilities in her being and come to realization of her divine and celestial substance which is the same as the man and needs to be distinguished from a solely a bodily and sexual being. This being should journey towards her origin and she should not allow any possible obstacles to lead to the discontinuation of her travelling in this sublime path to reach the divine source. As promised by God in Surah Al-Shams:
“Indeed he attains deliverance who purifies his soul”. (Surah al-Shams: 91:9)

Syeda Zainab’s message through the dark alleys of history

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Part 6/20, (480 words)
Islamic Perception(b)

But honestly how do we adopt hejab? Is it inherited from your family or it was a conventional dress and custom in your family or may be a habit or uniform? Or even worse, a Muslim woman’s hejab is something coercive. She was not allowed or she did not want to investigate the philosophy, responsibilities and messages of wearing this vitalizing attire. In all the mentioned instances your Hejab is not the manifestation of Islam which is personifying Islamic ideas. Have you ever thought about your knowledge of Islam? Is our present Islam the corrupted Islam
defined by Imam Ali (a.s) as: “(The corrupt Islam consists of) a skin-coat turned inside out, incantations on the tongues of the peers (or the so-called mystic saints) and the Qur’an placed at the cornices of the tombs!” What do you know about a Muslim woman? A poor woman whose sole philosophy of creation was to sit within four walls and cook and clean and fulfill the commands of the men of the family. And whenever she wanted to know why she has to do all of these chores she was either uttered bitterly and maliciously or compassionately and gently by the slogan “The jihad of a woman is looking after her house and her children and striving for the pleasure and satisfaction of her husband”. In fact these type of men exploit women by this fact without comprehending the real meaning and essence of this Jihad .And how wisely Imam Ali (a.s) describes this type of situations: “کلمه الحق یراد بها الباطل”
Of course one of the holiest and grand job is to bring up children, what Fatima (s.a) did. Bringing up Hassan, paradigm of patience and peace, bringing up Hussein, symbol of spiritual and religious struggle in the way of God (Jihad), and Zainab the manifestation of bearing the heavy social mission of justice and truth and awakening the society. As Imam Khomeini (r.a) said: “From Woman’s Lap Man Ascends to the Skies”. From this lap children will be brought up who will have the potential to build an effective, prospering and active society, or in words of Roman
Rollin (French dramatist and the Nobel Prize for Literaturein in 1915) “men are the creator of important tasks and women bring into existence the men.” But Islam “expects you to be a mother fighting against falsehood, injustice and tyranny, and at the same time a chaste mother bringing up faithful and justice-loving sons and daughters who need her affectionate fostering, a kind wife for the husband, and also a woman sensitive to all the social problems, and responsible before God, her conscience and the people of her land, in other words, a complete woman, a Muslim woman, and not a domestic slave, nor a slave of the bourgeoisie, nor a slave of the Marxian type.”(Beauty of concealment and concealment of
beauty)