Scene 7: IN THE DUNGEONS OF SYRIA
<SFX: Dungeon sounds, like water dripping>
(Women crying and calling out the names of their deceased)
Leila: Ali Akbar, Ali Akbar...
Ruqayyah: (more sadly than others) Baba....
Zainab: Dear Ruqayyah, your father wouldn't want you to suffer like this. He would have wanted you to bear the trials of Allah with strength.
Ruqayyah: I can't... and I won't.
Zainab: What do you mean?
Ruqayyah: Baba won't leave me here. He told me so, in a dream.
Zainab: Oh Ruqayyah, unless Allah wills, we cannot leave this wretched place.
< Sound of guard approaching>
Zainab: Cover yourselves... as best as you can. (Some women cover faces with arms)
Guard: A gift from the master.
Ruqayyah: We're not hungry!
Guard: The master has sent you a special treat today. (Pulls cover off tray to reveal the head of Imam Husain. All gasp in horror. Ruqayyah screams)
Ruqayyah: Baba? (touches it gingerly) Is that you? Baba, your face feels so strange.... (begins crying, collapses crying)
Zainab: Ruqayyah, my dear, please, let go.... (looks at head momentarily, transfixed by her own memory) O Husain, I wish you were here with us now... (back to reality) Ruqayyah, come on Ruqayyah... Ruqayyah? Ruqayyah? (Shakes her) She's dead!
Sajjad: May God have mercy on her soul. These tyrants know no bounds. (Lowers face)
Zainab: O Allah, here is another sacrifice for my brother Husain. When will this ever end?