The Only Hope For A Cancer Patient... - Words Of Sayyida Zaynab

He said, "in the eight years that I have known that I'm fighting this illness and in the last six months when the doctors have told me you will not live longer than six months, anyone in that situation would have gone mad."

A lot of times we tell people to find solace and comfort in the Masa'ib of Husayn, alayhi assalam. But I tell you, when you cannot find solace and comfort in anything else, then reflect on the musibah of Zaynab, alayha assalam, she will inspire you in ways that you cannot imagine.

You know, I have a dear friend who passed away just about three weeks ago after a long battle with cancer, and he had all but stopped even going to the mosque because with all the chemotherapy and so on, he couldn't bear scents and people applied perfume and so on. And about a month or two ago when we were marking the wiladat of Sayyidah Zaynab, alayha assalam, I used to speak to him often and he said to me, today, I'm going to the mosque.

I said to him "Why are you going to the mosque? Because I know the scent and today is the wiladat of Sayyidah Zaynab, there will be perfume people will be applying it will bother you. He said, I have to go and pay my respects to this bibi. And these are his exact words in Gujarati. He said to me, "Bibi nah haqq adah karwa jau". So I said to him 'What do you mean that you're going to pay your respects and this haqq that you do adah of Zaynab, alayha assalam.

He said: you know, in the eight years that I have known that I'm fighting this illness and in the last six months when the doctors have told me you will not live longer than six months and almost to the date you lived for only six months, anyone in that situation would have gone mad.

And I have seen very few people like him with such courage. But he says that keeps me going every day is the words of Zaynab, alayha assalam. And I said, what words that is?

He said when Yazeed had taken everything she had, when he had killed her sons and her brother, when he had tied her in ropes and chains, when he had trampled the body of her brother, when he had brought her to his darbar, where his ambassadors and wazirs were sitting on thrones when he thought he had broken Zaynab. And then he looked at her and said, "Oh, Zaynab, now that Allah has killed your brother and your sons, and now that Allah has punished you in this manner, what do you think of what Allah has done with you and your family?" He said Zaynab looked back at him and said, "Ma ra'itu illa Jameela" "i have not seen anything in Allah's decree except beauty."

And he said to me, I have to go and do this Haqq Adah and thank her that if I have withstood my suffering, it is because of these words that ring in my ears Ma ra'itu illa Jameela". You see fourteen hundred years later how she inspires. If you understand who Zaynab, alayha assalam is.

And I am being audacious in saying that the masa'ib of Zaynab was greater than the Masa'ib of Husayn. Why? Because at the end of Hussain's trials, there was shahadah, there was Maqam. He went back to Rasul Allah. There was the end of his thirst and hunger. He was again with his Aliun al-Akbar and Abul Fadhil Abbas.

But Zaynab, alayha assalam, had to continue living with the loss of Husayn and having to leave behind, to stay behind, knowing you have lost someone like Husayn that is the musibah that is unbearable.