Our Lady Zaynab (peace be upon her) was steadfast like a lioness despite all the calamities the captives form the Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them) faced. So she saved her brother’s children and his family from all the dangers that befell them during the captivity’s march, including her position in the assembly of the tyrant Yazeed (may God curse him) in the Levant.
It is reported that Fatima daughter of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon them) said: "a Shami (Syrian) with reddish complexion stood and said: "Amir-al Mo'mineen (Commander of the Faithful), please hand over this girl to me", pointing towards me. At that time, I was a good looking and tender-aged girl. I shuddered with horror and clutched my aunt's dress; she was older and more mature than me and knew well that this could never happen.
She [Lady Zaynab (peace be upon her)] said loudly: "You are a mean fellow, neither you nor he (Yazeed) has any right to do that!
Angered by her courage and boldness, Yazeed retorted: "You are babbling a lie! I have every right; I can do it right now, if I wish to!"
Zaynab replied: "No never! God has never given this right to you. Of course, the matter would be different if you get out of our religion and embrace some other religion.”
Yazeed got all the more enraged with this reply and quipped: "Your father and your brother have already got out of the religion".
Zaynab, unhesitatingly retorted: "By Allah's religion, my father's religion and my grand-father's religion you, your father, your grand-father have been guided, if you are a Muslim".
Yazeed shouted back: "Oh enemy of God, you are a liar"!
Zaynab replied: "You have assumed ruler ship through oppression; you abuse people with tyranny and suppress God's creatures".
Fatima daughter of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) continues to say: "Perhaps he felt somewhat ashamed hearing all these invectives, because he did not utter a word to her after that".
The Syrian repeated: "Commander of the Faithful, give me that girl," Yazeed said to him, "Go away! May God strike you dead"!
In the narration of Sayed Ibn Tawoos, the Syrian said: Who is this maid?
Yazeed said: This is Fatima daughter of al-Hussayn, and this is Zaynab daughter of Ali Ibn Abi Taleb.
The Syrian said: Al-Hussayn son of Fatima and Ali Ibn Abi Taleb?
He said: Yes.
The Syrian said: May God curse you, O Yazeed. You kill your Prophet’s family and exile his descendants! By God, I thought they were Roman captives.
Yazeed said: By God, I will make you join them. Then he ordered to cut his neck.