The pious lady, Hazrat Omm al-Baneen, the mother of the valiant standard-bearer of Karbala
On 13th of the Islamic month of Jamadi as-Sani in 69 AH, the pious lady, Hazrat Omm al-Baneen, the mother of the valiant standard-bearer of Karbala, Hazrat Abbas (AS), passed away in Medina, and was laid to rest in the Baqie Cemetery, next to Safiyyah and Atikah, the paternal aunts of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA). Her real name was Fatema, the daughter of Hazam of the Kilabiyya clan, noted for its courage and bravery.
Imam Ali (AS) married her several years after the passing away of his beloved wife, the Prophet's only daughter Hazrat Fatema Zahra (peace upon her). Omm al-Baneen means the Mother of Several Sons, and this noble lady bore the Imam four valiant sons – Abbas, Abdullah, Ja'far and Uthman – all of whom were martyred in Karbala, in defence of their brother, the Prophet's younger grandson, Imam Husain (AS).
Omm Al-Baneen, along with her sons, was devoted to the cause and rights of the Prophet’s Household, the Ahl al-Bayt. After the heartrending tragedy of Karbala, she accomplished her political and social mission, namely the keeping alive of the epic of Ashura in the best possible way, including the eloquently moving elegies she composed. Alas, like all other shrines of the sacred Baqie Cemetery, her holy tomb was destroyed by the heretical Wahhabis, who currently occupy the holy land of Hijaz.