Why Do We Celebrate Eid-e-Zehra?

After years of crying for Imam Husain as  and his companions , it was this time of the year when Imam Ali bin Husain Zainul Abideen (a.s) had a smile on his face. He received the good news that the great companion and true Shia, Al-Mukhtar al-Thaqafy has taken revenge for the Ahlul-bayt and killed off many of the criminals who tortured the Ahlul-bayt in Kerbala. Today we salute this great companion for his service to the true Islam.

This was the day, in the 9th of Rabi'a al-Awwal, when the Omar ibn Sa'ad ibn abi Waqqaas [la], the killer of Imam Hussain as was killed by Hazrat Mukhtar

The two-month period of Azadari (mourning) reaches its climax with the death of the 11th Imam, Imam Hassan Askari as on the 8th of Rabi al-Awwal. The day that follows, according to tradition, is the greatest Eid (celebration) for the lovers of the Ahlul Bayt. Known as Eid-E-Zehra sa this day honours the daughter of Muhammad as a day of great joy and happiness for the believers

One of the events which is marked on this day is the beginning of the Imamate of the 12th Imam, Al-Hujjah ibn al-Hasan as. His father, Imam Hasan Al -Askari  as died on the 8th and, immediately after, his son took over the mantle of leadership

It is reported in Behar-ul Anwaar, Vol 45 and Jame-ur Ruwaat, Vol 02 that it was this time of the year when Ahle Bayt-e-Rasool (A.S.) brought their mourning to an end as Hazrat Mukhtar Saqafi (R.A.) - one of the great companions and true followers of Ahlul Bayt (A.S.) - took revenge from killers of Imam Hussain (A.S.) by killing them all in the same manner as they did, and then he sent to Beemar-e-Karbala Hazrat Imam Zayn-ul Abideen (A.S.) the heads of the slaughterers of Imam Hussain (A.S.) including Ibne Ziyad and Umer bin Sa'ad. Umer bin Sa'ad was the first to shoot the arrow towards Hussaini camps and he then proudly said: "Be witness that me the first to shoot the arrow."

Receiving heads of these tyrants, Imam Zayn-ul Abideen (A.S.) paid thanking prostration to Allah saying, “Thanks to Allah for He took revenge from our enemies" and prayed for Hazrat Mukhtar (R.A.) in these words: "May Allah reward Mukhtar good.”