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In the town of Boda in the Central African Republic, some 14,000 Muslims are living under siege.
Fatimah bint Hizam al-Qilabiyya, known as Umm al-Banin (literally ‘mother of sons’), married Imam Ali after the death of his 1st wife, Lady Fatimah Zahra. Umm al-Banin had four sons who all were martyred on the Battle of Karbala (c. 680 AD) for which she is entitled Mother of Martyrs and her birth anniversary is the occasion for Commemoration of Mothers of Martyrs in Iran.