Hazrat Zainab (SA), the first granddaughter of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWA)
Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On 5th of the Islamic month of Jamadi al-Awwal in 5 AH, Zainab (SA), the first granddaughter of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) was born in Medina to the proud parents, Hazrat Fatema Zahra (SA) and Imam Ali (AS). She was named by the Holy Prophet(SAWA) as Zainab (SA), which means Ornament of the Father, and grew up along with her elder brothers, Imam Hasan (AS) and Imam Husain (AS), as the epitome of virtue.
Her piety, wisdom, knowledge, patience, courage and eloquence, was ably displayed during the tragedy of Karbala and its equally tragic aftermath when, she, along with her younger sister, Hazrat Omm Kolsoum (SA) and nephew, Imam Zain al-Abedin (AS), exposed the hypocrisy of the tyrannical Omayyad regime, despite being forced to stand as enchained prisoners in Damascus in the court of the despicable Yazid.
Hazrat Zainab (SA), whose two youthful sons attained martyrdom in Karbala, universalized and immortalized the mission of her tragically martyred brother, Imam Husain (AS), and thus nursed back to life the pure and pristine Islamic message of her grandfather, Prophet Mohammad (SAWA).
Her auspicious birthday is celebrated as Nurse’s Day in Islamic Republic of Iran, as a tribute to her selfless sacrifices for humanity.