Fatema is Fatema (3)
Today, we present you the 3rd part of our interesting series on the life and times of the Noblest Lady of all times, Hazrat Fatema az-Zahra (peace upon her), 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. Stay with us for some more glimpses on the God-given virtues of the Immaculate Daughter of Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progney).
As we said in our early editions, Fatema is Fatema. This means no lady can ever equal her merits, not even Mary, the mother of Prophet Jesus (peace upon them). She grew up in the abode of Divine Revelation and witnessed the gradual descent of the holy Qur’an to her father from the ethereal heavens. She saw the trouble which the Prophet took and the sufferings he endured to enlighten the Arabs with the universal message of Islam. At times when the pagan Arabs used to mock the Prophet, she would console her father. Once when some miscreants threw upon him sheep rumen while he was in prostration to the One and Only God, little Fatema (peace upon her) cleansed his back and gently escorted him home. The Prophet would say in gratitude to his beloved daughter: “May your father be scarified for you.”
The people, who always saw the presence of this little Hijab-clad girl with her father, realized how she comforted and loved him. They realized her lofty merits and her excellent role as the perfect daughter for her father. After migration to Medina, as we said earlier, Hazrat Fatema (peace upon her) married Imam Ali (AS), the most noblest person after the Prophet.
Despite her lofty merits, Hazrat Fatema (peace upon her) used to personally do all household chores. After marriage and a very simple dowry given by her father consisting of basic amenities, the couple shared the blessings of a blissful life, whose fruits were four immaculate children –sons Imam Hasan and Imam Husain, and daughters Hazrat Zainab and Hazrat Umm Kulsoum (peace upon them). The husband was responsible for all outside work while the wife took care of household affairs. They made an excellent husband and wife pair. As the supreme symbol of feminine virtues, she displayed the highest ethical traits in marital life in view of the hadith: “A woman’s jihad [or striving in the way of Allah] is to behave excellently with her husband).”
She also enjoyed very cordial relations with her mother-in-law Fatema bint Asad (peace upon her), the lady who had brought up her father the Prophet as her own son and to whose care the Prophet had entrusted Hazrat Fatema (peace upon her) after she was orphaned on the death of her mother Hazrat Khadija (peace upon her). She never allowed her mother-in-law to trouble herself with household chores and left to her the social relations for keeping the necessary contact with family members and friends. In 7 AH when the Prophet provided her with the virtuous Abyssinian maid, Fizza, she divided the work equally, by giving rest to her maid a whole day after a day’s work and discharging the duties that day herself.
We end today’s programme with a thoughtful statement from Hazrat Fatema (peace upon her) on the Glory of God Almighty:
"He originated things, but not from anything that existed before them, and created them without examples to follow. Rather, He created them with His might and dispersed them according to His will; not for a need did He create them; nor for a benefit (for Him) did He shape them. But to establish His wisdom, Bring attention to His obedience, manifest His might, lead His creatures to humbly venerate Him, and to exalt His decrees."