Remembering Lady Zainab in the Heavens
The remembrance of her sacrifice and patience occurs among the residents of God’s heavens, the celestial beings, and the near angels as well. The bravery and determination of the daughter of the Commander of the Faithful has left even the heavenly angels in awe.The Divine and Godly personalities are known and recognized in this world, and they are mentioned on the tongues of the people, but their fame is not just limited to the four walls of this physical realm. Instead, their recognition is far greater and widespread in the spiritual realm and in the heavens. The near angels and other celestial beings remember these personalities much more and much more often than human beings do. In this regard, the Farsi poet Mohtashim Kashani has said about Imam Hussain (peace be upon him), “Although in the spiritual realm there is no concept of sorrow or tribulation, but even the Divine angels have their heads bowed in remembrance of Hussain’s tragedy.”
Lady Zainab (peace be upon her) is famous in this world for her courage, patience, perseverance, unshakeable faith in the face of tragedy and grief, firm belief, and unmatched sacrifice and dedication. However, the remembrance of her sacrifice and patience occurs among the residents of God’s heavens, the celestial beings, and the near angels as well. The bravery and determination of the daughter of the Commander of the Faithful (peace be upon him) has left even the heavenly angels in awe.
The remembrance of this great lady’s bravery and determination is indeed much more commonplace on the tongues of the heavenly beings. In this regard, we mention the following anecdote:
Akhund Mullah Muhammad Baqir al-Birjandi, who was a respected scholar in the previous century and the author of many important works, narrates from his colleague Sayyid Asadullah Isfehani, who attended the lectures of Mirza Hasan Shirazi with him. Sayyid Asadullah had a dream in which he saw the Imam of Our Time (may Allah hasten his reappearance). The Imam told him, “Every year on the anniversary of my aunt Zainab’s martyrdom, the angels hold a mourning ceremony, in which they recite the sermon which she delivered in Kufa, and they cry and weep profusely over her.”
This true dream, which Sayyid Jaleel al-Qadr has narrated himself from Akhund Birjandi, is a testament to the status and position of Lady Zainab. It reveals to us that even among the residents of the heavens, the respect for Lady Zainab is so great that they host a mourning ceremony for her martyrdom.
Secondly, it teaches us that this Majlis for Lady Zainab is so important that the Twelfth Imam himself is in attendance.
Thirdly, Lady Zainab’s sermon which she delivered in Kufa is recited during this ceremony. That is a testament to this sermon’s significance.