Ghazāla commanded troops, following in the footsteps of previous Muslim women like Juwayriyya bint al-Ḥārith at the Battle of Yarmuk. In one battle, she defeated the famous Umayyad Iraqi general Hajjāj ibn-Yūsuf in a duel.
In 677 AD (77 AH), after having controlled the city of Kufa for a day, Ghazāla led her male warriors in prayer as well as recited two of the longest chapters from the Quran during the prayer in the Mosque 
- Leila Ahmed, Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate (Yale University Press, 1992) p.71
- M. A. Shaban, Islamic history: A new interpretation (Cambridge University Press, 1971) p.107
- Mohammad Ibn Jareer Al-Tabari, History of Messengers and Kings, Ch. 51, p.80;
- Ali Masudi, Gardens of Gold, (Dar al-Andalus, Beirut, 1965), Ch. 3, p.139