The Birth Of Fatimah Al Zahra
Hazrat Fatimah Al-Zahra was born in Makkah on the 20th Day of Jumada Al-Thani (615 AD). Her birth was five years after the declaration of the message of Islam by Prophet Muhammad, three years after Isra and Mikraj and eight years before Hijrah. She lived eight years in Makkah with her beloved father before they migrated to Madinah.
Sayyidatina Fatimah Al-Zahra was born into a blessed noble family that ever existing throughout the history of mankind. Her mother was a pure noble lady by the name of Khadijah Binti Khuwaylid, who unmatched virtues and merits had dedicated her entire life and wealth solely for Islam. Her father was none other than Prophet Muhammad, the last messenger of Allah and the Beloved of Allah.
Sayyidatina Khadijah and Prophet Muhammad bestowed their love, care and devotion on their youngest daughter, who in her turn was extremely devoted towards both of them.
Known By Other Names
Hazrat Fatimah Al Zahra was known for other blessed names such as As-Siddiqa (The Honest), Al-Mubarakah (The blessed One), At-Thahirah (The Virtuous), Az-Zakiyah (The Chaste), Ar-Radhiyatul Mardiah (who is gratified and shall be satisfied, Al-Muhaddathah (The one to whom angels speak) and Az Zahra (The Splendid/Luminous).
The Little Supporter: Ummi Abiha (Mother Of Her Father)
The tenth year after Besat-e-Rasool (The Year Prophet Muhammad began his mission) was a tough period for Muslims. The respected Hazrat Abu Talib and Sayyidatina Khadijah had passed away within a short span of time. Prophet Muhammad had lost two of his best companions both at home and in the society. His grievance for the lost of his two best supporters was beyond words.
Hazrat Fatimah Al-Zahra had a very difficult time as well. She had lost her beloved mother when she was six years of age. However, this was not only her difficulty she had to embrace. Every time, she came out from the house, she faced unpleasant events. She would see the non believers cursing Prophet Muhammad or even hurting her father physically. Nevertheless, she comprehended the situations. Despite her tender age, she had realized that supporting her father, was her new responsibilities. This was the first step where she became a great contributor and supporter of Islam and Prophet Muhammad.
There was once where she saw a number of people had gathered around in Masjidil Haram to plan a murder of Prophet Muhammad. She returned home with tears and told her father about the plan; as a result, the non believers had failed their evil plan. At another time, one of the non believers threw dirt and garbage on Prophet Muhammad. He acted as if nothing had ever happened. He forgave the person and returned home. When Hazrat Fatimah Al-Zahra saw what had happened to her father, she ran to him with some water and washed his head and face. She cried at the harsh act of the non believers had done on his father. However, the owner of the greatest morality replied to his beloved daughter,
‘’O my daughter! Do not cry. Be sure that Allah will protect your father from all evils and will make him successful in his mission.’’
At another incident, when some of the non believers poured the waste of a slaughtered camel and sheep on Prophet Muhammad during his prostration, Hazrat Fatimah Al-Zahra, again who went to help Prophet Muhammad. She assisted her father to clean the waste.
These affectionate moralities of little Hazrat Fatimah Al-Zahra was so much until Prophet Muhammad called her Ummi Abiha (Mother of her Father) which implied deepness of tender love and care that she had showered her father, Prophet Muhammad.
The Marriage Of Hazrat Fatimah Al-Zahra
There were many potential suitors that had asked for the hand of marriage to Hazrat Fatimah Al Zahra. Among the suitors were the companions of Prophet Muhammad such as Abdul Rahman bin Auf, Abu Bakar As Siddiq, Umar Al Khattab, and Uthman. However, their marriage proposals were declined in modest way. Prophet Muhammad mentioned that Fatimah Al Zahra’s marriage had been decreed by Allah. The descent of the Angel of Relevation, Hazrat Jibril, Prophet Muhammad had been commanded to marry Fatimah Al-Zahra to Imam Ali Ibn Talib.
From this blessed marriage, Imam Ali and Hazrat Fatimah Al Zahra had four children. They were Imam Hassan, Imam Husayn, Hazrat Zainab and Hazrat Umm Kulthum. They had another child who was named Mohsin. However, the child was a stillborn condition. Hazrat Fatimah Al Zahra suffered miscarriage when the door of her house was pushed down upon her by those opposing her husband regarding the successor ship after the death of Prophet Muhammad.
Tasbih Of Sayyidatina Fatimah Al-Zahra
Prophet Muhammad’s whole life was shaped by thoughts of the hereafter. He loved his children but not in any worldly way. Hazrat Fatimah Al-Zahra used to run her household chores without much help.
Imam Ali Ibn Talib, Hazrat Fatimah Al-Zahra’s husband, once told Ibn Wahid a story about his beloved wife. Imam Ali said that the hands of his wife were blistered due to constant grinding, her neck had become sore from carrying water and her clothes would become dirty from sweeping the floor. When Prophet Muhammad had received an influx of servants from some places, Imam Ali suggested to his wife that she approach her father and ask for a servant. Hazrat Fatimah Al Zahra went to his father’s home but could not speak to her father because of the people surrounding him. The very next day, Prophet Muhammad came to their house and ask Hazrat Fatimah Al-Zahra as to why she wanted to see him yesterday. Imam Ali told Prophet Muhammad the whole story and said she went to see him on his advice.
Prophet Muhammad then replied, ‘’ Fear Allah, Fatimah. Fulfil your obligations to the Lord and continue with your housework.’’ Then, Prophet Muhammad said that he would give her something that would be better than a helper or anything else she hoped in this world. This was when he gave his beloved daughter the gift of the Tasbih and eventually became known as Tasbih of Hazrat Fatimah Al-Zahra. He told his beloved daughter to recite the Tasbih when going to bed at night:
34 Times – Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest)
33 Times – Alhamdulillah (Praise to be Allah)
33 Times – Subhanallah (Glory be to Allah)
Hazrat Fatimah Al-Zahra then reply, ‘’ if that is the will of Allah and His Prophet Muhammad, then so be it.’’
Imam Baqir says whoever performs the Tasbih of Hazrat Fatimah Al-Zahra and asks Allah for forgiveness, Allah will forgive him or her a hundred times, will add a thousand good deeds to their scale, repel Syaitan and be pleased with him or her.
Quiet Funeral Of Hazrat Fatimah Al-Zahra
On 3rd of the month of Jamada Al-Thani, Hazrat Fatimah Al Zahra passed away at the age of 28. Her death was about 90 days after the passing of Prophet Muhammad. At her own request, she was to be buried in the dark night quietly and her grave to be hidden from everyone.
The funeral process was only attended by her family members and few close pals. Imam Ali led the funeral procession. Imam Hassan, Imam Husayn, Hazrat Zainab and Hazrat Umm Kulthum were quietly walking behind their father and followed by Abu Dharr, Ammar Yasir, Miqdad ibn Aswad and Salman Farsi.
After the burial process had completed, they went home quickly so as to ensure no one could see where Hazrat Fatimah Al Zahra was buried.
Back in home, the kids were sad and lonely. Imam Ali was consoling them but it was not an easy task. When he had calmed the kids, he himself then moved away to a corner of the house so that they could not see their father; Imam Ali was known as the Hero of Badr, Uhud, Khayber, Khandaq and several other battles and yes the owner of the well-known sword, Zulfiqar, was conceded in a grievance state at the death of his beloved wife and companion.
History records that Hazrat Fatimah Al Zahra was buried in Jannat Al Baqi cemetery of Madinah but her exact grave location remains unknown till today.
Conclusion: Follow the footsteps of Hazrat Fatimah Al Zahra
In my personal experience, my tears kept on flowing whilst I was reading the life story of Hazrat Fatimah Al Zahra. Helplessly, I could not embrace the pains, struggles and difficulties that she had encountered. I could only share my tears as the heart ached without any single force.
In my personal view, she was indeed one of the best role models for Muslim women to follow. Her existence was a blessing from Allah. Reading through her life story had given me an extraordinary inspiration in reshaping my life into a more meaningful and divine way of living. For an example, the Tasbih Hazrat Fatimah Al Zahra is indeed having its own mystical power of divine aura. I recited the Tasbih before I went to sleep. Just for the first time only, I felt tranquillity in my sleep. Just for the first time only, I felt I was being protected from any evil harm. Just for the first time only, I did not feel too lethargic to carry out household chores after came back from work. Subhanallah! Masya Allah!
Dear sisters, this was only first time experience. How about reciting it on a daily basis? Allahu Akhbar! Allah knows what He has prepares for you. Hence, I encourage you to recite Tasbih Hazrat Fatimah Al Zahra on daily basis. A supplement for your soul. A gift from the Sayyidatina Nisa Lil Alamin (The leader of the Women of the world for all times).
May Allah bless your soul, Hazrat Fatimah Al Zahra.
Sources of references:
Story of Fatimah Az Zahra by Abu Ubaidillah Syariff – published by Jasmin Enterprise. 2002.