Women who shone in the sky of the Hussayni upraising: Maria bint Munqid al-Abdi

In the eternal Hussayni renaissance, women had important roles and bright positions, recorded by history in the finest and purest words, as they were at the peak of loyalty and sacrifice and made precious efforts, and gave their sons, husbands and brothers to the support of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him).

Each of the women who supported the family of the prophet (Allah's prayers be upon him and upon his holy Household) and stood with them has a different role, but they are united by faith in the finest human concepts that Islam came up with, and summarized them in the person of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) and his goals.

One of the female names that shone in the sky of the eternal hussayni renaissance is: Maria bint Munqid al-Abdi, this woman was a widow whose husband was martyred in the Battle of the Camel in support of the Commander of the Faithful (peace be upon him), and yet she was loyal to the truth without any boredom or tirelessness.

When she learned of the arrival of Imam al-Hussayn's (peace be upon him) letters to the outskirts of Basra, she broke with her angry crying in the gathering of the honorable men to say her resounding word, after they asked her why she was angry and crying, she answered: (woe unto you.. No one made me angry, but I'm a woman, what can I make?' I have heard that al-Hussayn, the son of the daughter of your prophet, has asked you to support him and you are not supporting him?!) They apologized as they lack weapons and horses. Maria was expecting this flimsy justification, as she was ready to remove it at the same time, she was a rich woman, so she collected all her money and prepared it for this moment.

Then she took a bag full of gold dinars and silver dirhams and emptied it in front of them, and said: (let each of you take what he needs and set off in support of my Lord and my Master al-Hussayn (peace be upon him).)

The history books have mentioned the story of Yazid ibn Nabit's exit, which is as follows: (when she -meaning Maria - said her word, Yazid ibn Nabit, who is from ' Abd al-Qais tribe, said to his ten children: which of you is going out with me? He chose from them Abdullah and Ubaydullah, and his companions told him: We afraid that the companions of Ibn Ziyad kill you. He said: "by Allah, if this is the price I would pay for the support of He who asked me for support, it is then a cheap one." He was accompanied by his servant Amer, Saif ibn Malik and al-Adham Ibn Umayyah, so they came to al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) in Mecca and joined him in his journey until they arrived to Karbala and were killed with him).

The influence of this lady Maria's position was not limited to Yazid bin Nabit and his two sons, but there are other personalities who were moved by her position and her words, and saw in joining Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) the guidance and eternal happiness, and thus had the honor of martyrdom with Him, including the martyr Abdullah al-faq'asi and four of his sons.

The history books also mention that there was another martyr who went out with al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) when he saw the departure of Sheikh Abdullah al-faq'asi and his sons to support al-Hussayn (peace be upon him), namely the martyr Saeed bin Abdullah al-Hanafi, who was newly married and left his wife to join al-Hussayn, and he was the one who stood in front of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) on the tenth day when he prayed (peace be upon him) with those who remained of his companions, to protect the Imam (peace be upon him) and was receiving the arrows with his chest.

This lady remained waiting for the outcome of things and waiting for the news of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him), until she received the news of his martyrdom. And since then sadness and grief did not leave her until her death.
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