Message of Thaqalayn

A Quarterly Journal of Islamic Studies

The Role of the Women of Ashura

In all the events that occurred before, during, and after the Day of Ashura, the role of the women was especially remarkable as they were exemplars in demonstrating how to resist against oppression. There were wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters in the camp of Imam Husayn who displayed love and self-sacrifice, and fought cruelty, worldliness, and materialism. In the small desert of Karbala, people of all ages displayed facets of religion such as wilayah, hijab, patience, faith, enjoining the good and forbidding the evil, tawalli and tabarri.  The following article offers an account of the women’s unwavering support of Imam Husayn and his cause before Ashura, in the Battle of Karbala, and after the massacre.


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