20TH OF SHUHUDA-E-KARBALA
The looted caravan's excruciating journey from Karbala to Kufa and now from Kufa to Damascus continues and it's difficult to find words which could explain how much the Holy family of Imam Husain A.S suffered the miseries and the tortures. They were faced with the worst brutality ever in the history!Our Holy 4th Imam A.S bound in heavy chains who could barely walk was told to march through the crowded streets and the busy bazaars.
Thereafter the sick Imam and the holy ladies were ordered to be present at the fully attended court of Yazid.When Bibi Zainab heard about this she first refused to attend but when her eyes fell on the severed head of Imam Husain A.S she saw tears flowing from Imam’s eyes , she cried and said:
” O my dear brother please do not cry , your sister do not carry the strength to see you crying”. The lips of Imam Husain A.S moved and uttered: ”My dear sister you have to attend at Yazid’s court because this is the will of God and my sacrifice will not be completed if you refuse.You have to endure the coming miseries ,tortures and act with patience.”
On hearing the Imam’s will, Bibi Zainab walked along with Imam Zain-ul-Abedeen A.S and the rest of the looted caravan.They were now standing before Yazid surrounded by hundreds of his courtiers.Yazid was sitting on his throne drinking wine and had put the severed head of Imam Husain A.S on a golden plate in front of him.With this head of the Holy Imam the tyrant Yazid was acting with such brutality that I do not have the strength to write about it.That wasn’t enough for the devils at this court but Yazid also tried to ridicule and humiliate the holy Imam Zain-ul-Abedeen A.S and his family who were standing before him tied in ropes as captives.
Yazid’s next act and wish was to talk face to face with Janabe Zainab and therefore ordered all the servant ladies ,who had surrounded Bibi Zainab, to move away so that he could clearly see her.On his order all the servant ladies stepped aside but there was one lady , one dark-skinned old lady , who didn’t move from her spot and still stood in front of Bibi Zainab despite the order of Yazid.This daring of this brave lady made Shimr furious and approached lady Fizza threatening with his lance to torture her.
Lady Fizza cried out to the dark-skinned servants of Yazid who were standing behind him:”Shame on you O people of Habash, a lady of your tribe is being attacked and yet you stand still with no action!” This exclamation of this lady awoke shameness in their hearts and they all immediately came close to Yazid with their swords telling him to order Shimr at once to back up or else a bloodbath should take place at this moment. Shimr was ordered by Yazid to step back.Witnessing this drama Bibi Zainab's eyes were filled with tears and she turned herself towards Madina and cried:
”O my dear grandfather, Ya Rasool-ullah! There are people who are ready to defend our servants but look at your granddaughter Zainab , she stands alone and there is no one to protect her”!!
Written by Sughra Khatoon daughter of Maulana Maqbool Ahmed.