A noble and virtuous lady that quenched the Mohammadian Islam tree with the blood of her baby's neck, and embodied the fulfillment in at-Taf day that are beyond the sacrifices of a normal good wife. She is ar-Rabab wife of the Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him), and she is the daughter of Imru'u al-Qays son of 'Adiy son of Aws al-Kalbiyah. She was known by the worship, literature and poetry, as she was from a family known by eloquence, wisdom and poetry. Her father and uncles were from the famous figures of the Arabian Peninsula, they had special knowledge in genealogy of the Arabs and the resolution of differences because of their high-mindedness good rhetoric and sagacious character.
The Commander of the Faithful Ali (peace be upon him) has asked her hand from her father to his son al-Hussayn. Thus, this virtuous lady entered the house of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) full of joy for the blessing she received. She was the mother of Sakina noble lady of Quraysh and baby Abdullah who was killed in Karbala. And the Imam loved her sincerely. Regarding Sakina and her mother, Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) had said,
“By your life! I cherish the house in which there are Sakina and Rabab, I endear them both and spend most of my wealth upon them, and there is no reason for censure in that, I shall not let them be neglected all throughout my life, until I am buried beneath the earth”.
Ar-Rabab (may Allah be pleased with her) was one of the best of women, in morals and reason. She has accompanied Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) to Karbala along with his family, and she witnessed with her own eyes the great tragedy; the killing, and slaughtering of her husband Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him), his family and companions.
Lady ar-Rabab has lived the misfortunes of at-Taf and what followed the tragedy from pains and calamities. She has a steadfast determination and authentic faith, and how cannot she be so? and she lived in the house of infallibility, the wife of the a great man, learning from his morals and inspiring from the flow of his divine qualities and Mohammadian attributes, the man who stood i the face of the tyrants of his time bravely, in an epic that stunned the mankind throughout history.
The baby of Lady ar-Rabab was killed, and the loss of a son is incredibly painful for a mother, what about a mother of a baby who was deprived of her milk because of thirst, and who was slaughtered thirsty without a sin?! What about her feeling when she was given water after the martyrdom of all the family, and sensing her breasts filled again with milk, after that her baby's head was decapitated... Her position and sacrifice are still inspiring poets who write the finest poems about the pain of the bereaved mother who is slightly moving the empty cradle of her baby, and her bereavement for his loss is never calm.
She (may Allah be pleased with her) was taken captive with the captives of Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them), along with the heads of the martyrs on spears to Kufa, then to the Levant. The she came back with Imam Zayn al-'Abideen (peace be upon him) and the captives to Madinah. She remained alive for one year after Karbala tragedy and never sat under (the shade of) the roof of the house until she turned frail and died of grief. So, peace be upon her, upon her daughter Sakina and her son; baby Abdullah, whose blood dwelt in the ark of the Throne.