Cii Radio | 07 Rabi ul Aakhir 1436/29 January 2015

One day in the early days of Islam Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was praying in front of the Kabah. Abu Jahl, Uqbah bin abi Moit and Shaibah – the enemies of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) – were sitting around and talking when Abu Jahl asked who would take the guts, the filth of a camel and dump it on Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) back while he was praying. Abu Jahl was someone who had stepped on the neck of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) while he was praying, he used to throw dirt on Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) but he wanted to degrade him even further. Uqbah bin abi Moit volunteered, went and grabbed all of the filth of a camel and dumped it on the back of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) while he was in sujood, weighing heavily on his back.

Imagine this young girl, not even a teenager yet, Fatima (radiallahu anha), the youngest daughter of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) seeing her father in this state and watching the people laugh at him, mock him and curse him. She goes and scrapes all of the filth off of the back of her father. Imagine the humiliation, hurt and pain. Fatima (radiallahu anha) sees this and begins to cry and Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said to her, “Don’t cry Oh my daughter. Allah SWT will help your father. He will give victory to your father.” It is that time that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) raised his hands to the sky and made dua against Abu Jahl, Uqbah bin abi Mueed and Shaibah. They were the first three disbelievers to go down in the Battle of Badr. From this incident we see the strength and faith of Fatima (radiallahu anha) because as a little girl who witnesses this, she is not traumatised and does not blame her father’s cause.

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Fatima (radiallahu anha) is one of four daughters of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). One may wonder why it is that Fatima (radiallahu anha) perfected her faith compared to her older sisters. One of the reasons that the Ulama mention is that she spent the most time with her mother, Khadija (radiallahu anha) so she adopted her morals and character more than anyone else. Another reason is that she was with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in times when no one else was with him. When Khadija (radiallahu anha) passed away it was only Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and Fatima (radiallahu anha) alone in the household. Fatima (radiallahu anha) was only five years old when Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) received revelation from Allah and she therefore grew up in Islam.

After Khadija (radiallahu anha) and Abu Talib passed away, Fatima (radiallahu anha) was the one who would cook for him, come to his aid and comfort him. She cared for Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and adopted a lot from Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) character. One of her nicknames was Az Zahra – the splendid one. She had a radiant face, the daughter of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) whose face was as bright as the full moon.

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A’isha (radiallahu anha) said about Fatima (radiallahu anha), “I have never seen anyone from Allah’s creation who resembled Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) more in speech and in character and conversation than Fatima (radiallahu anha).” She also said that any time Fatima (radiallahu anha) entered a room in which Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was in, he would get up. He would greet her, her would kiss her and hold her hand and then he would take Fatima (radiallahu anha) and sit her down in the same place that he had been sitting, honouring her and holding her in high esteem.

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) called Fatima (radiallahu anha) Sayyidatu Nisaa al Jannah. She is the queen, the leader of the women of Paradise. Not only has she perfected her faith, she is the leader of the women of Jannah. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) married Fatima to Ali (radiallahu anhu) who sold his shield – the only thing owned – to pay her mehr (dowry).

When Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was in his last moments, Fatima (radiallahu anha) sees him in his state of illness and begins to cry. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) calls her to him and whispers something to her and she cries further. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) tells her to come back down, he wants to tell her something else and he whispers to her again and she begins to laugh. The people were amazed. A’isha (radiallahu anha) asked Fatima (radiallahu anha) what it was that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) told her. Eventually, giving in, she said, “My father told me the first time that he would not survive this illness. And then he called me back and told me that I will be the first one to join him.” She laughed at death. Four to six months after the death of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) Fatima (radiallahu anha) passes away from sickness.

Asma (radiallahu anha), the wife of Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) was the one to do Fatima’s (radiallahu anha) ghusl. This royal woman had asked Asma that when she does her ghusl and when she does her janazah to do it at night so that the people will not see her shape. Fatima (radiallahu anha) was known for her modesty. She is the daughter of the most modest (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

The leader of the women on Jannah paid such close attention to her modesty that she chose to remain hidden from the glance of strangers during her life time and was anxious that no person should see even her dead body wrapped in the shroud. Fatima (radiallahu anha) will enjoy such a status on the day of resurrection that a herald will announce, “Oh People! Lower down your gaze so that Fatima (radiallahu anha) the daughter of Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) may pass from here”. (Usdul Ghaba, V: 5, P: 524)