Hazrat Fatimah Kubra (S.A.), eldest daughter of Imam Husain (A.S.), narrates:
I was standing at the opening of the tent, watching my father fight. I saw him fall from his horse and a few moments later I saw his head being raised on a spear. The enemy’s army started shouting “Allahu Akbar” after killing the Prophet’s (S.A.W.W.) grandson and instruments of victory were being played.
Then I saw thousands of men start racing their horses towards our tents, all carrying spears. I turned around to go back into the tent but one rider thrust his spear into my back. I fell down.
When I regained consciousness, I found all the women of the Prophet’s (S.A.W.W.) household sitting huddled under the open sky with bare heads and all the tents were on fire. I turned to my aunt Zainab (S.A.) and asked where my chadar (headcover/veil) was. She replied that the veils of all women had been removed by the riders with their spears.
Together we sat there after four days of hunger and thirst with the children, crying and surrounded by the pieces of our fathers, brothers and sons whose bodies had been torn apart by riding horses over them.
All women and children were tied with ropes the next day. Husain’s eldest son Ali Zain-ul-Abideen (A.S.) was made to wear a heavy stone neckbrace, his hands and legs chained tightly. The Prophet’s family was then marched off to Damascus with the heads of their loved ones on spears in front of them. One head belonged to a six month old, with his mother watching it all.
Imagine being a part of this caravan. Do you cover your head? How would you feel if you were paraded bare-headed in streets and bazaars with crowds gathering to throw sticks, stones and fire at you? What if your brother, son or father was with you? How would he feel?
This was done to the Prophet’s (S.A.W.W.) women. The Prophet who taught Muslims about the sanctity of a woman, got this in return.