Fatema is Fatema (5)
We present you the 5th 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.
Now we have some more glimpses on the God-given virtues of the Immaculate Daughter of Prophet Mohammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny).
Fatema Zahra (Peace upon her) considered the home environment to be very important for the proper growth of children. It was an honour for her to be a woman, and that too Lady of great merit who would set the lasting example for all Daughters of Eve. She raised exemplary children, as we said in one of our previous programmes. She would encourage her two sons, Imam Hasan and Imam Husain (peace upon them) to go to the mosque and here the sermons of their grandfather the Prophet, besides performing the rites of worship in the correct manner, assisted by their father, the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS).
When she used to supplicate to God Almighty, she would pray for all the community, and then in the last for herself and her family, saying the neighbours take precedence over the household.
What a selfless attitude indeed in the Divine Court for which God Almighty rewarded her with manifold merits.
The Prophet’s aged Iranian companion, Salman Farsi says: one day, on entering the house of the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali (AS), I saw Fatema Zahra (peace upon her) grinding the grain. Her son Imam Husain was in her lap. I offered to help while she attended to her sons, to which she calmly replied: Thank you, these are my duties and responsibilities.
"Indeed, Allah desires to keep away uncleanness from you Ahl al-Bayt, and preserve you thoroughly purified."
What you heard is ayah 33 of Surah Ahzaab of the holy Qur’an on whose revelation the Prophet assembled under his cloak Hazrat Fatema, Imam Ali, Imam Hasan and Imam Husain (peace upon them) as the epitome of purity. The subsequent entry of this specific group of Fabulous Five persons on the field of the historic Mubahela with the Christians of Najran, confirm the fact that no other woman except the Prophet's daughter is mentioned in this particular Ayah, which is number 61 of Surah Aal-e Imran.
Fatema (peace upon her) is thus the Prime Source of the pure and pristine everlasting progeny of the Prophet, whose existence ensures the survival of the world. In other words, the message of the Almighty to all people till the end of the world is crystal clear. It means that while the ignorant take pride in the birth of sons and frown upon daughters, the Prophet’s progeny is ensured eternal glory through his only surviving child, that is, the Impeccable Daughter, Hazrat Fatema Zahra (peace upon her). To be more precise, this peerless lady through her blessed marriage to the equally matchless Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS), is the firm link between Prophethood and Imamate.
In turn, she is not just the mother of two spotlessly pure sons, Imam Hasan (AS) and Imam Husain (AS), but through her younger son, she is the ancestress of Nine Infallible Imams, the Last of whom is her father’s 12th Divinely-Decreed Heir, the Lord of our Age, who will reappear in the end times as Mahdi al-Qa’em (AS) to establish the global government of peace, prosperity and justice by ridding Planet Earth of all vestiges of oppression and corruption.