by Jonathan Azaziah
No Martyrs Gallery. No Pantheon of Heroes. No Fortress of Legends. And no Hall of Revolutionaries would be complete without Sayyeda Amina Haydar al-Sadr (R.A.), known to many as Shahida Bint al-Houda. She was born on this day 82 years ago in the holy Iraqi city of Kazimiyeh, under the illuminated minarets of the shrine of her great ancestor Imam Moussa al-Kazim (A.S.), where she would visit often in her adult days to pray and meditate. She was named after the Holy Prophet Muhammad’s (S.A.W.W.) mother because her father, Ayatollah Sayyed Haydar al-Sadr (R.A.), a profound Islamic authority and one of the intellectual architects of the 1920 Great Iraqi Revolution of 1920 against the British colonizers, intended for her to be a mother of a pivotal movement–man, was he right! He died when she was only two years old.
It was her mother Umm Isma’il (R.A.), the daughter of Ayatollah Sheikh Muhammad Rida al-Yassin (R.A.), and her brother, Ayatollah Sayyed Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr (R.A.), the “twin of her soul” as she called him and Iraq’s greatest Martyr in the modern age, who would teach her the religion of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W.) from the moment their father passed. She was incandescently bright and showed an otherworldly talent for writing–which only expanded as she got older–along with abyssal Islamic insight. She loved to read as well, drawing on the commandment of Rasoulallah (S.A.W.W.) to read and deepen the knowledge-well at every turn. The little bit of pocket money that she was allotted every month was spent on books.Continue reading Happy 82nd Birthday To Shahida Bint al-Houda, Sayyeda Amina Haydar al-Sadr (R.A.): A Manifestation Of Lady Zaynab (A.S.) For The Ages