“Zainab (sa), the daughter of Ali (as), shared her father’s skill in orations and sermons. She learned bravery and eloquence from her father and her brothers Hassan (as) and Hussain (as). She learned the maidenly lessons of chastity, purity, and modesty from her mother, who was the daughter of the Prophet [Muhammad] (as). In any case, the blood of the Prophet (as) was flowing in her veins… It is not only her bloodline, but also her incredible personality, that makes her a leading female protagonist in the Muharram cycle. She is an inexhaustible reserve of physical and psychological strength and energy.”

Ref: Peter J. Chelkowski (2005), “Iconography of the Women of Karbala: Tiles, Murals, Stamps, and Posters”, in The Women of Karbala, Edited BY Kamran Scot Aghaie, University of Texas Press