Life of Hazrat Zainab Bint Ali

by | Jun 6, 2012

Hazrat Zainab Bint Ali had life which can be taken as model for any woman. As she grew up, she took the responsibility of all the household tasks. She always created the means to comfort her brothers and sisters. She was inherited with best attribute of her parents and Grand Parents.

Hazrat  Zainab (R.A) was not only a faithful daughter but she was also very generous towards poor and orphans. Due to which she was referred to as “Zahidah” (abstemious) and “Abidah” (devoted) by masses. She had least interest in worldly lustres and her only interest was to please Allah Subhana . Hazrat Zainab kept struggling to please Allah and for success of here after.

Physical appearance:

Historian are quiet about her physical appearance, but when she was forced to go out uncovered after the tragedy of Karbala, people remarked at her appearance as “shinning sun” and “piece of moon”.

Married Life:

Hazrat Zainab (R.A) was married to her Ist cousin Abdullah ibn Ja’far Tayyar who was known for his good looks and manners. He was brought up by Prophet (PBUH) in his early life and later after Prophet (PBUH) Death, Hazrat Ali (R.A) took this responsibility. Abdullah ibn Ja’far Tayyar and Zainab, both were known all around for their hospitality, generosity and kindness toward poor and orphans. Hazrat Ibn Ja’far Tayyar is often quoted to said that, “Zainab is the best housewife.”

Allah blessed them with four sons and one daughter, namely, Ali, Aun, Muhammad, and Abbas, and daughter, Umm Kulthum.

Hazrat Zainab and teaching of Islam:

Hazrat Zainab use to arrange classes for women regularly to teach them perspectives of Islam when she was in Medina. She had a vast knowledge about Deen Islam and teachings of Holy Quran. She was highly reputed among women for her wisdom and intellect. Her teaching methodology was so effective and fluent that her nephew Zain ul Abideen (A.S) titled her as ‘Alimah Ghayr Mu’allamah’. She who has knowledge without being taught.

Preparing for the journey of karbala:

When Zainab (R.A) got the news of her brother’s journey, she requested her husband to permit her to join her brother in the hour of need. She was mentally prepared for the forthcoming disaster that had to come in their lives. Her husband warned her about the hardships of the journey. But she accepted to face the hardships of the right path. Surrendering on her determination, Hazrat Abdullah permitted her to accompany her brother.

When the caravan reached Ruhayma, Hur ibn Yazid blocked their way. Hazrat Zainab was highly distressed and asked her brother to talk to them and tell them about his Kinship with the last Prophet of Allah and his Affection with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Hazrat Hussain (R.A) told her that he did talk to them in detail but the enemies were not ready to move a step down from their evil intentions. He tried to make her understand that they have to face this tragedy as per their Grandfather Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) prediction and it is inevitable.

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