Dr. Ahmed Behishti writes in “Famous Women” thus: Ibn Abbas quoted Hazrat Zahra (a.s) as having said that her daughter Zaynab, like her father, was unparalleled in literacy eloquence and courage.
SERMON IN KUFA:
When Zaynab (a.s) reached Kufa, she addressed people with fury words:
“Praise to Allah, and may the blessing of Allah be upon Muhammad and his progeny. O people of Kufa ! you are hypocrites and deceitful. You feign to be sorry for the death of my brother and his companions. May you always shed tears. I find nothing in you but flattery, evil acts and thoughts, pride and spite and ill-will. By Allah ! You deserve lasting sorrow instead of joy. Shame on you, your hands are embrued with the blood of the son of the Holy Prophet, the one who was your sole refuge in case of adversity. By your evil act and disloyalty, you incurred the wrath of Allah against you. Woe betide you ! No one will intercede with Allah for you”.
Her furious words provoked people of Kufa to avenge Imam al-Hussein (a.s)’s martyrdom which frightened Ibn Ziyad and his cruel agents. She also delivered a furious sermon in the court of Yazeed tht made his authority and despotic rule feel undermined. She said: “I fear no one but Allah. Make whatever evil plot you can. Blazes are waiting for you in the hereafter. You will be accountable to Allah for your atrocities”.