بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم
Assalamu Alaikum Everyone!
How are you doing? I hope you are having an amazing day wherever you are in the world! May Allah bless and shower you and all those you love with happiness and health.
InshAllah you all had an amazing week and had lots of productivity. Today is another Figure Friday, and today’s figure is Fatima (RA) Daughter of Muhammad ﷺ. Fatima (RA), born in 615 A.D., is the role model for all females. Fatima (RA) is not only one who perfected her faith but she is also the leader of the women of Paradise. Let us learn more about this incredible woman and how we can be more like her.
Fatima (RA) is the daughter of the Prophet Muhammed ﷺ by his first wife, Khadija (RA). Fatima was born in Mecca on Friday, the 20th of Jumada II. The name Fatima comes from the word "fitam" which means the one who is kept away from evil and bad character. Fatima was known to have four nicknames. They are “Zahraa”, “Batool”, “Umm al-Hasan wal-Husayn” and “Ummu Abeeha”. The Prophet ﷺ taught Fatima (RA) so much divine knowledge that she realized the true meaning of faith, piety and Islam. Throughout her life, Fatima (RA) witnessed sorrow and anguish that Muslims faced. At many times, Fatima (RA) also saw how her father was mistreated by the unbelievers.
For example, one day during the early days of Islam, the Prophet ﷺ was praying in front of the Ka'aba, Abu Jahal and other enemies of the Prophet ﷺ were planning an attack on him. Abu Jahal is someone who has stepped on the neck of the Prophet ﷺ and threw dirt at the Prophet ﷺ all while he was praying. However, this was not enough, he wanted to degrade him even further. Abu Jahal then made the suggestion and he said, "Who would take the guts of a camel and all of the filth and dump it on his back while he is praying to humiliate him?" One of the Prophet’s ﷺ enemies, Ukban volunteered himself to do this evil act. Ukban grabbed the filth and najasa (dirtiness) of a camel and he dumped it on the back of the Prophet ﷺ while he was praying. They all started laughing and mocking the Prophet ﷺ. Fatima (RA) upset to see the state her father was in, began to scrape all of that filth off of the back of her father. Prophet Muhammed ﷺ comforted her and said to her, “Do not cry oh my daughter, Allah (SWT) will help and give victory to your father”.
Through Fatima’s (RA) actions we truly see the true meaning of being an obedient daughter. Fatima (RA) did not feel ashamed to be her father’s daughter, instead, she stood side-by-side to her father and helped him during a very tough moment.
It comes with no doubt that Fatima (RA) perfected her faith. A big reason for this is that she spent the most time with her mother, Khadija Bint Khuwaylid (RA). As we know, Khadija Bint Khuwaylid (RA) was another woman who perfected her faith. Fatima (RA) adopted her mother’s morals and character more than anything else. Another reason is that Fatima (RA) was by her father’s side when no one else was. In fact, when Khadija (RA) passed away, it was only Prophet Muhammed ﷺ and Fatima (RA) in the house. Fatima (RA) was the product of the Prophet’s ﷺ upbringing and therefore she resembled him the most. In fact, Aisha (RA) says, “I have never seen anyone resemble the Prophet in his way of dealing with people, or character more than Fatima”. She also said, “I have never seen a greater resemblance in the style of walking of the Prophet ﷺ, then of Fatima”. Aisha also said, “I have never seen anyone more truthful or more modest than Fatima other than her father - the Prophet Mohammed ﷺ”.
Fatima (RA) had a great amount of patience, even if she had gone through a lot. Fatima’s (RA) mother died when she was only 10 years old, and she saw her father being hit and hurt by the unbelievers. Even as she lived through the torture and oppression of Quraysh, she continued to remain patient. When her father migrated he left her behind and she then migrated after him. She lost all her siblings, and then she saw her father die in front of her eyes. She was patient even as she would have nothing to eat.
Fatima (RA) died just six months after the Prophet ﷺ. Before she died, she made a request from Sayyidina Ali (RA). Fatima (RA) stated, "When you bury me cover me properly, I don't want anyone to see anything of me, and bury me during the night for I am embarrassed from the multitude of people attending".
Fatima (RA) bint Muhammad ﷺ died at the age of 29 years old, and as she requested, she was buried at night. Her husband, Ali (RA) was very affected by her death and cried a lot. He said, "I have never been more exhausted from anything more than I was as a result of the death of the Prophet ﷺ and Fatima (RA) within six months of each other".
There are many lessons we can take from this incredible lady. Firstly, Fatima (RA) was a true believer in upholding justice and standing up to corruption and evil. Being the daughter of the Prophet Mohammad ﷺ, she stood firm against all those who attempted to fight against the Prophet ﷺ and his family. We can also learn from Fatima (RA) the importance of giving to charity. She taught us how beneficial it can be to not only those who give but for our society as a whole. Fatima’s (RA) devotion towards her community and serving others remains a huge part of her character and strength. A big one we learned today, is the importance of patience, no matter what challenges we face. Undoubtedly, Fatima (RA) faced some of the most trying challenges, with attacks on both her father and husband as well as herself, but her patience and trust in Allah (SWT) remain an important lesson for us all.
I pray to Allah (SWT) that we can all be like this incredible women. InshAllah we learned so much about her modesty, love, patience and honesty. Fatima (RA) is someone we should truly consider a role model and we should all aspire to be like her. We should not take the kaffirs (unbelievers) of today (who do everything that angers Allah) as role models. We should follow the footsteps of our incredible Muslim mothers who perfected their faith. Thank you all for joining me today and may Allah bless you this wonderful Friday.
My Muslimah Mind
06 / 26 / 2020 at 12:50 PM