Fatimah Az Zahrah

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The Life of Fatimah (ra) – The youngest daughter of Prophet Muhammad (s) The sons of the Prophet were al-Qasim, Abdullah, Tahir/Tayib, and the daughters were Zaynab, Ruqayya, Umm Kulthoom and Fatima. She was born five years before her father was sent as a Prophet. Mohammed was 35 years old when she was born. She was born during the year when the Ka’bah was being rebuilt. She became a Muslim when she was 5 years old, as soon as her father was sent as a Prophet. She was the youngest Muslim in Islam. What does the name Fatima mean? It comes from the word ‘fitam’ which means the one that is kept away from evil and bad character. Fatima has four nicknames. Does anyone know them? They are ‘Zahraa’, ‘Batuul’, ‘Umm al-hasan wal-husayn’ and the last is the nicest nickname ‘Ummu Abeeha’. From the extent of her love and affection for the Prophet, and the fact that she was always with him and trying to defend him, just as a mother has these feeling towards her child, so she became known as ‘Umm Abeeha’ by the Sahaba and scholars. She was called Zahraa because she greatly resembled the Prophet in that she was white and her cheeks were a rosy, pink colour, or as some scholars say it is because she is the flower of the Prophets peace be upon him life. Why is she called Batuul? The word Batuul is used to refer to Maryam the mother of Jesus peace be upon him. Fatimas worship resembled Maryams worship as well as her modesty and so she was called Batuul. The Prophet said that, ‘Fatima is the sayidat of the women of Paradise after Maryam’. My intention is for us to love her greatly because she was greatly loved by the Prophet peace be upon him. The Prophets peace be upon hims extent of love for her was beyond the normal bounds. For example, the Prophet  peace be upon him would say, ‘Fatima is a part of me, he who upsets her, upsets me’. There is a hadith where the Prophet  peace be upon him says, ‘Me, Fatima and al-Hasan and al-Husayn and he who loves us comes on the Day of Judgement while the people are being held to account and they sit with us while we eat and drink until people have finished being questioned by Allah’ (Hadith in Tabarani). The Prophet peace be upon him has a hadith where he talks about what will happen on the Day of Judgement, talking about the intercession where everyone is afraid and they require some one to intercede for them. The Prophet peace be upon him says, ‘All the Prophets that Day will be saying, “myself, myself”, except me, I will say “O my Lord, my Ummah, my Ummah, O my Lord I do not ask you for my sake nor for the sake of Fatima my daughter”’. Also if the Prophet peace be upon him would be seated and Fatima would enter he would get up and kiss her between her eyes, all the time. And therefore when he was about to die, she could tell because he was unable to stand up to kiss her. These days fathers don’t even know how to hug their daughters let alone greet them with a kiss. Look at the affection, softness and sweetness of the Prophet peace be upon him. If the Prophet peace be upon him was traveling and entered alMadina, the first thing he would do when he enters al Madina is he enters the Masjid and prays 2 rakat and then he goes and visits Fatima. And if he was leaving Madina the last thing he would do before leaving is to go and see her. Look at our Prophet peace be upon him, and this affection and how important she was to him. Amongst all this love for her, the Prophet peace be upon him still would not be biased in dealing with her. The Prophet peace be upon him said, “By Allah, if Fatima the daughter of Mohammed stole something Mohammed would chop off her hand”. Many parents love their kids and so they end up oppressing others because of it, and so they ruin the child. Look at his equality or justice near his love. So why is all this love for Fatima and all this honour in that she is the sayidat of the women of Paradise? One of the reasons is that she is the product of the Prophets peace be upon him...
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