by Jonathan Azaziah
If you want to know the embodiment of Ezzedine; the personification of principled; the representation of resistant; the manifestation of might; the typification of towering; the symbolization of strength and the illustration of incandescent, then we shall tell you HER name: Sayyeda Zaynab al-Kubra (A.S.), the granddaughter of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W.), the daughter of Imam Ali (A.S.) and Lady Fatima (A.S.), and the sister of Imam Hassan (A.S.) and Imam Hussein (A.S.) The Heroine of Karbala. The Dame of Dauntlessness and the Dame of Defiance. The Matriarch of Mumana’a and the Brilliant Brightness of Banu Hashim. Today is her 1,393rd birthday and there aren’t enough wishes in the 14 centuries that have passed since the love of the Zahra (A.S.) and Haydar al-Karrar (A.S.) culminated in her being that we can send upon her. Nor are there enough words in all the world’s languages and dialects for us to express how proud we are to be at her service. The Mother of Mouqawamists, she isn’t just the revolutionary woman of revolutionary women. She’s the revolutionary of revolutionaries, PERIOD. Not the warrioress of warrioresses. But the warrior of warriors, PERIOD. And not just the lioness of lionesses and the tigress of tigresses, but the lion of lions and the tiger of tigers, PERIOD. Lady Zaynab (A.S.) isn’t just an individual. She’s the transhistorical, living, transcendental spirit of revolution.
We say with loudness and clarity: There would be no Islam today if it wasn’t for her. After her brothers Imam Hussein (A.S.) and Abou Fadhl al-Abbas (A.S.), their children and their companions were butchered on the sands of Karbala in the year 680 by the tyrannical demon-spawn Yazid (L.A.), the Islam of her grandfather, Ahmad, the Mercy Unto All The Worlds (S.A.W.W.), was placed on a chopping block for execution. And the Sunnah of her grandfather, our Noble and Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W.), was set to be supplanted with the debauchery and accursedness of the Umayyad tree. Her nephew, the fourth Imam, Zayn al-Abideen (A.S.), was sickly and fighting tooth and nail to get back to full health. The Mantle of the Deen and the Standard of Aba Abdallah (A.S.) rested upon her shoulders. And she moved it… That… That weight of not one world but 100 million worlds… as if it was nothing more than a strand of silk. She was the completion of Imam Hussein’s (A.S.) mission. Allahu Akbar.
In the court of Yazid (L.A.), as he laughed at the Karbala Martyrs and insulted Ahlul Bayt (A.S.), he expected all to pay him fealty. Despite the outlawing of kingship by the Holy Qur’an, he demanded allegiance from the people as if they were subjects and he was the monarch. Indeed, he pranced around as if he was a sovereign and as if ALLAH (SWT) and ALLAH (SWT) alone was not in fact the Only One worthy of the title Al-Malik (SWT)–a3ouzoubillah. He instilled fear. He thrived on it. Many… If not most… If not all… Bowed before his corruption. But not Zaynab (A.S.)
While Yazid (L.A.) blabbered and prattled like the drunkard swine he was, Al-Kamila, Na’ibat al-Zahra (A.S.) stood up, the blood of her Pure Household (A.S.) having barely just dried on her skin and her abaya, and she enjoined good. She forbade evil. She shattered the stratagems of Shaytan. She followed Rasoulallah (S.A.W.W.), the one who had called her Zaynab after Jibreel (A.S.) had delivered the name with glad tidings from ALLAH (SWT), and she spoke truth to an unjust ruler. It was like ALLAH (SWT) had put the force of the earthquakes that had wiped out the people of Thamud for disobeying Saleh (A.S.) and the people of Midian for rebuking Shu’ayb (A.S.) into her voice-box. Using the Holy Qur’an as her guide, she proved to the oppressed people all around her that it was Imam Hussein (A.S.) who had been in the right and Yazid (L.A.) who had been in the very, VERY wrong.
She quaked and quaked the most beautiful repudiation of his nihilism and criminality as if it were a poem or a song delivered directly by ALLAH (SWT). And perhaps it was, subhan’ALLAH. Even Yazid’s (L.A.) Jewish allies, so arrogant in their support for the massacre at Karbala, quivered at the thought of Zaynab (A.S.) ever speaking that way again and they implored him to keep her under lock and key. This is the true reason for her name “Umm al-Masa’ib”, Mother of Calamities. Not only because she survived the calamity of Ashoura, but because she channeled those calamities into resistance–as if they were spears and arrows fired through her speech at the enemies of Islam. Al-Fadilah (A.S.) was no victim. She was (and is) Zulfiqar if it took the form of the best of women.
So on this day in which we celebrate her birth and thank Al-Khaliq (SWT) for creating her, we acknowledge that anyone who carries even a microscopic drop of revolutionary DNA is a child of Lady Zaynab (A.S.) Furthermore, we bow our heads for the humble soldiers who left their homes, their wives and their children to defend her shrine in Syria’s ancient capital of Damascus–Lebanon’s Hizbullah, Iraq’s Kata’ib Hizbullah, Harakat Hizbullah al-Nujaba and Liwa Abou Fadhl al-Abbas, Pakistan’s Zaynabyoun, Afghanistan’s Fatemiyoun and of course, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. In that regard, we also CURSE the Takfiriyeen for doing Zion’s dirty work and threatening the resting place of our Mother and our Matriarch who Muhammad al-Moustafa (S.A.W.W.) gave categorical instructions about, “I advise the present and the absent of my Ummah to honor and respect this girl as she looks and behaves like Khadijah (A.S.)” Simple and plain, if you wage war against Zaynab (A.S.), you are waging war against Islam and its Prophet (S.A.W.W.) And if you are safeguarding Zaynab (A.S.), you are safeguarding Islam and its Prophet (S.A.W.W.) Don’t get it twisted.
As much as we are Husseini… We are Zaynabi. Allahu Akbar. They are in fact as linked as sun and moon, night and day. Allahu Akbar. To run towards your destiny in defense of Islam and what is just, even if it means sacrificing your life, that is to be Husseini. And to rise from the ashes after you have lost everything, because Islam and what is just still need defending, that is to be Zaynabi. When you use your words to uphold the advent of Muhammad (S.A.W.W.), you are being Zaynabi. When you are alone in your challenge of a despot, but you find courage through Ar-Razzaq (SWT) to stand taller and stronger anyway, you are being Zaynabi. When you utter the truth, especially on narratives put forth by Dajjal that comprise the pillars of an evil hegemony laying waste to the world, like 9/11, the “Holocaust”, Jewish “chosenness”, the “legitimacy” of ‘Israel’, war propaganda, slandering of the Resistance Axis, fitnah of all forms and like-similar deceptions, you are being Zaynabi. And when you resist in the name of the martyrs, you are being Zaynabi to the hundredth power.
We see her essence in Sayyeda Zeenat Zakzaky, Khadijeh “Quds of Iran” Saqafi (R.A.), Saada Badreddine, Fatima Yassin, Marzieh Hadidchi (R.A.), Hajjeh Amina Salameh (R.A.), undoubtedly the Zaynabs of our era in every way. And we see the same essence in the moujahideen they hold nearest and dearest to their unsullied hearts. Because to be Zaynabi is to be Husseini and vice versa. Happy 1,393rd birthday to our Lady of Mouqawamah; our Lady of Haqq. Just as you stood up to Yazid (L.A.), ready to join your brothers, your father, your mother and your grandfather – the peace and blessings of ALLAH (SWT) be upon them all – in Jannat al-Firdaws, we would and will die for you. It is our eternal pledge to you o’ Kubra (A.S.) Labayki ya Zaynab (A.S.)! Labayki ya Zaynab (A.S.)! LABAYKI YA ZAYNAB (A.S.)!