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 Articles \ Lady Zainab: The Daughter of Her Mother 
By Jerrmein Abu Shahba

One way to better appreciate the elevated status of Al Aqeelatu Zainab bint Ali (AS) is to draw a simple comparison on the striking resemblances between her life and the life of her purified mother, Seyyida Fatima Al Zahra (AS). The purpose of this exercise is not at all to bring the status of Seyyida Zahra (AS) down to anyone else no matter how great they are. After all, Lady Fatima (AS) is the Infallibe Master Lady of all Worlds and she is the Hujjah (proof) over the Infallible Imams while our Imams act as Hujjah on us. Recognizing these similarities is only a humble attempt to better understand the prominent position of Seyyida Zainab's and her high rank which we are ignorant of. After all, if a person resembles "light" in many ways, then surely that person has achieved close proximity to that light, and hence, will become a reflection of that divine light.

Sure enough, Zainab (AS) was the mirror reflection of the light of Seyyida Fatima Al Zahra (AS) in her chastity and modesty. She was the imitation of her grandmother Khadija (AS) in her sobriety and serenity. She was the echo of her father Imam Ali (AS) in his eloquence. She was the carbon copy of her brother Imam Hasan (AS) in his forbearance and patience. And most certainly, she was the twin of Imam Husain (AS) in his bravery and tranquility!

We present to you a few examples of the beautiful similarities which both noble ladies share:

1- Both Seyyida Fatima Zahra (AS) and Zainab (AS) were orphaned on the mother’s side at a very young age.

2- Fatima (AS) is the Kauther to her father, and Zainab (AS) is the Zain (adornment) of her father.

3- Just like Seyyida Fatima (AS) was the ‘mother of her father’, Zainab (AS) grew up playing a similar role with responsibility of looking after her brothers and tending to her father.

4- Both Seyyida Fatima Zahra (AS) and Zainab (AS) had the same dowries.

5- Imam Ali (AS) testified that Fatima was “a good helper and wife in the way of Allah”. And Abdullah ibn Jafar testified that his wife Zainab is “the best housewife”.

6- Both ladies inherited the eloquence from their fathers, delivered keynote speeches, and resembled their fathers in their demeanor.

7- When Fatima and Zainab (AS) started their well-known speeches, they signaled to their audience to be quiet, and immediately all was pin-drop silence! This detail as narrated by most historians points to the status of Wilayah Takweeniya which they both enjoy over the universe!

8- Fatima (AS) in her own words suffered the weight of calamities (Masa’eb) which befell her “Calamities showered on me such that if they were placed on days, they would’ve turned into nights!” Similarly, Seyyida Zainab (AS) was afflicted with 1001 misfortunes such that she is known today as Umm Al Masa’eb (Mother of Misfortunes)!

9- Just like Fatima’s house was afflicted with fire by those who oppressed her, Zainab’s tents were also burnt with fire.

10- Just like Fatima AL-MOMTAHANA (the tested one) experienced most calamities immediately after the death of her most beloved one, Rasulullah (SA), Seyyida Zainab AL-MASBEYA (the captive) experienced suffering of captivity & humiliation right after the martyrdom of her beloved brother, Husain (AS).

11- Both Fatima and Zainab (AS) were physically abused and violated by the worst of creation at their time in defense of truth!

12- Both Fatima and Zainab (AS) gave away their beloved two sons in the way of Allah (SWT) – [Hasan and Husain & Aun and Muhammad].

13- Before his death, Prophet (SA) entrusted his beloved daughter Fatima as Wadee’a (trust) to her husband Imam Ali (AS). And before his death, Imam Ali (AS) entrusted his beloved daughter Zainab to her brother Abul Fadl Al Abbas (AS). Unfortunately both valuable trusts were violated and departed this life in the worst of conditions, both physically and emotionally!

14- No more than a year passed when Fatima (AS) departed this world to join her beloved Muhammad. And no more than a year passed when Zainab (AS) departed this world to join her beloved Husain!

15- Without Seyyida Fatima (AS), we would’ve never known today about the injustice & conspiracy committed by some companions of the Prophet (SA). AND without Seyyida Zainab (AS) we would’ve never come to know about the Tragedy of Karbala and Museeba of Husain (AS)!

Sadly, one obvious difference between the two noble ladies is that the holy shrine of Seyyida Zainab (AS) is well-known and visited by many in Syria, while the blessed gravesite of Seyyida Zahra (AS) is unknown and hidden to us till today!

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