The World Federation is pleased to announce its latest publication: The Story of Nabi Yusuf, written by Shaykh Ali Azhar Arastu. The author is originally from USA, and has been studying in Qum for the past 11 years.
Empowering ourselves through the Timeless Legacy of Lady Zaynab (sa)
Lady Zaynab (as)’s unparalleled personality shines like a beacon of light through the dark clouds of despair, dread and depression that humanity faces today. Her resolve, resistance and revolution in the face of adversity preserves the message of Islam. She is a role model for men and women alike. Each one of us can find empowerment through the many virtues she manifested and through these videos, we hope to honour her by reflecting upon her timeless legacy.
Episode 1 – Resilience
Every time you face difficulties and challenges in the world, especially during this pandemic, remember to bring Lady Zaynab (as) at the forefront of your thoughts. Take this opportunity to feel empowered by remembering the trials and tribulations that she went through on the day of Ashura, how she displayed resistance and perseverance when she saw the children being burned and the tents lit on fire. Lady Zaynab (as) did not hesitate and immediately took on the role of a nurse, she became a fearless warrior and confronted the despot rulers.
Episode 2 – Sabr
As if the tragedy of Ashura itself wasn’t enough of a calamity, Lady Zaynab (as) also endured being taken captive and witnessed the decapitation and trampling of the body of Imam al-Husayn (as). She wasn’t ready to give up, showing strength through practising sabr, reminding us that Allah SWT is with the persevering ones (2:153). We too should try and embody the beautiful practice of sabr within our lives whenever things seem to fall apart as they often do.
Episode 3 – Tawakkal
What gave Lady Zaynab (as) the strength to stand up, hold her head high and speak defiantly to the tyrant who had brought them as captives? She drew her energy from relying on Allah (SWT). She didn’t allow herself to deplete due to trials and challenges because she had a greater purpose, every action that she manifested was only and only for the pleasure of Allah SWT.
As we celebrate the birth anniversary of Lady Zaynab (sa), donate to our Zaynabiya Child Sponsorship Scheme that was set up in her honour to educate deserving children.
Updated 18 September 2013
As the new academic year begins, this poem asks: Is it not time we invested into the spirit and futures of our children by establishing where we have not, Muslim schools that provide parents with an alternative to secular education?
When she first opened her beautiful, innocent eyes
And her tiny, fragile fingers clasped mine
With all my heart, I pledged
My child’s spirit, I would protect
The Imam Ali Chair is the first chair of Shia Islamic Studies in the world. Dr. Sayed Ammar Nakshwani will be the first occupant of the chair.