How Many Women Were At Karbala?

Salam 'alaikum wa rahmatu Allah. Fantastic question. For at Karbala, we had heroes, but we also had heroines, ladies, females who would remain role models for us until today. And 20 of them were present at Karbala, if one was to take the source that is Nafas ul-Mahmoom, where it says that 20 women were alongside Imam Al-Husayn 'alayhi as-salam on the plains of Karbala.

Now, many of these survived to tell us about what took place on the plains of Karbala and Kufa and Shaam. Of them, of course, there were those that died. One only remembers the wife of Wahhab, who went towards her husband's body to try and bless him and thank him and be alongside him as he became a martyr alongside Sayyid ush-Shuhadaa' only for Shimr bin Dhil-Jawshan's slave Rustam to come forward and kill her there and then.

But the other ladies, we remember them every year, Sayyida Zainab 'alayha as-salam, being at the helm. But all those ladies, be they young or old, continue to inspire us until today. Wa as-salamu 'alaikum wa rahmatu Allah.
 

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