Fatema is Fatema (2)
Today we present you another interesting edition of our daily series on the exemplary life of the Noblest Lady of all times, Hazrat Fatema az-Zahra (SA), on the threshold of her auspicious birth anniversary that is celebrated in the Islamic Republic of Iran as Women’s Week and Mother’s Day.
Now we have this interesting series on the life and virtues of the Immaculate Daughter of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA).
Religion could be broadly divided into two categories, that is, wisdom and affection. These are the enlightening factors for guidance of mankind, and complement each other. Reason, prudence and proper cognizance provide believers with the sense of sight and consciousness, while affection instils in them the spirit of exuberance to translate into practice the precepts of religion, with proper interaction with each other in society, on the basis of the precedents set by the Prophets, the Imams and the saintly persons.
According to a thinker, if intellect lights the path of guidance, affection is the engine that provides energy to believers to act and move.
The finest example of the harmonious blending of these two important factors is the life of Hazrat Fatema Zahra (SA). She played the pivotal role in the household, by setting the example of the perfect daughter for the Prophet, the exemplary wife for Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS), and the dynamic mother of four children – two sons and two daughters, each of whom grew up to be paragons of virtue for mankind.
Divine Providence had decreed the Household of the Prophet to be finest example of God-given virtues. That is the reason, Prophet Mohammad (SAWA), had time and again emphasized the prime position of his only surviving child, daughter Fatema (SA).
She was a little girl when her mother, Mother of all True Believers, Hazrat Khadija (SA) passed away. Yet little Fatema (SA), so dedicatedly took care of her widowed father, that she earned the epithet of Omm-a Abiha or Mother of her Father.
This concept and this demonstration of fatherly and daughterly love was to revolutionize society. When she grew up, the Prophet, on Divine Commandment married her to his virtuous cousin, the young and energetic Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS). The two made an excellent pair, and showed to the world how a husband-and-wife should lead an exemplary life and raise worthy children.
Only a wall separated the house of the Prophet and his daughter, and these were the only houses whose doors opened into the courtyard of the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.
It was the habit of the Prophet to salute his daughter every morning at the time of the Fajr Prayer. The Prophet showed the lofty position of women in Islam. He used to stand to his feet whenever his Immaculate Daughter entered his presence, and in order to show her prime position, he would make her sit on his own place. She was the last person, whom the Prophet would bid farewell when leaving Medina and the first person he would greet on arrival from his journey.