her veil

she asks for her veil if only to mourn freely
if only to hide tears
if only to display courage
if only to bury her sorrow
she asks for her veil if only as a shroud…

The Battle of Karbala was waged against Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammed, by the despotic ruler and tyrant Yazeed. Hussain and his band of 72 faced bravely an army of 30,000+ They were denied water and the fairness of a one-to-one combat. Furthemore, the ladies of Hussain’s camp had their veils snatched away. They were not even given the opportunity to cover the corpses of their family members

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6 thoughts on “her veil

  1. Dear Sonya,

    Thank you for creating and sharing it. I like how you have pointed to them. Like the heart, which can expand and constrict, the veil has many places.

    All good wishes,



  2. A fitting verse for the start of the month of Muharram… Their veils though performed the sacred duty of protecting Islam… For it is said that the martyrdom at Karbala is what reignited the fervour of the Muslims of the time towards their faith…


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