The Leader of the Islamic Revolution congratulated the National Nurses Day which coincides with the birth anniversary of one of the most revered ladies for Shia Muslims Hazrat Zeinab (SA) and offered his sympathy to the families of those nurses who sacrificed their lives to serve people.
Comparing the nurses to angels who come to help patients and, highlighting the importance of their work during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Nurses are the angels of mercy for the patients. This is a true metaphor and not an exaggeration at all. Nurses take care of both the body and soul of the patient. Nurses are in fact sympathize with, caress, and comfort the patient."
Hazrat Zeinab (SA), daughter of Imam Ali (AS) and Fatimah al-Zahra (SA), was the first granddaughter of the prophet Muhammad (PBUH). She is best known for her courageous and eloquent role supporting her brother Imam Hussein (AS), the second Shia Imam at the time of his martyrdom in the Battle of Karbala.
In Iran, Hazrat Zaynab's birthday is commemorated as Nurse's Day due to her efforts and sacrifices to take care of children such as Imam Hussein’s son Ali Zayn al-Abidin and those wounded in the Battle of Karbala.