Lecture by Shaykh Tahir ul Qadri

Summarized and Translated by Alveena Salim

Hadrat Fatimah (RA) is one of the four most celebrated and perfect women born. The Holy Prophet (saw) has narrated “Among men there have been many perfect; but among women there have been only four: Hadrat Asia (raa) the wife of Pharaoh, Hadrat Maryam (raa) the mother of Prophet Isa (AS), Hadrat Khadijah (raa) the beloved wife of the Holy Prophet (saw) and Hadrat Fatimah tuz-Zuhra (raa), the beloved daughter of the Holy Prophet (saw).

Hadrat Fatimah (raa) was at the tender age of five, when her father was blessed with Prophet hood. Hence from a very young age she was fortunate enough to witness the revelations that were sent down to her beloved father.

On one occasion the Holy Prophet (saw) was in sajda (prostration) by the Holy Ka’ba, and the kuffar (disbelievers) tried to strangle his blessed neck. Abu Jahl told his companion to place the intestines of a camel on the Holy Prophets (saw) back. Abu Bakr (raa) rushed forward and removed the filth from his blessed back, and a distraught Hadrat Fatimah (raa) came running to her father. She was extremely upset, and wiped the clothes of her father with her own tiny hands; cursing the people who brought so much pain and grief to her beloved father.

Hadrat Fatimah (raa) was fortunate enough to receive Angel Gabriel (AS) on the night of Miraj (ascension to heaven). An important point to bear in mind is that no door or wall is an obstacle to Angel Gabriel (AS), as he is able to come through them all. However, on the night of Miraj (ascension to heaven), Angel Gabriel knocked on the door and was received by a young Hadrat Fatimah (raa), and instead of coming inside like he normally did he stayed outside out of respect for Hadrat Fatima (raa). Hadrat Fatimah (raa) described the appearance of Angel Gabriel (AS) to her father, who recognised who he was and then gave him permission to come inside.

After Hijrat (migration) to Medina, the Holy Prophet (saw) received a divine commandment from Allah (swt) via Angel Gabriel (AS) that Hadrat Fatimah (raa) is to be joined in holy matrimony with Hadrat Ali (raa). Naturally, marriages are made in heaven; however Hadrat Fatimah (raa) was blessed with a divine proposal directly from heaven.

The companions of the Holy Prophet (saw) were summoned and the Holy Prophet (saw) announced that Allah (swt) has decreed that Hadrat Fatimah (raa) is to be joined in holy matrimony with Hadrat Ali (raa).

After the Nikkah (wedding) the Holy Prophet (saw) expressed his happiness and joy by distributed dates amongst the people of Medina. He asked Hadrat Ali (ra) to slaughter a goat for the wedding feast, He performed Wudu (ablution) and prayed to Allah (swt) and said ‘Bless Hadrat Ali (ra) and Hadrat Fatimah (raa) and their progeny’

It is narrated in Tirmizi that the beloved wife of the Holy Prophet (saw); Hadrat Aisha (raa), was asked ‘who does the Holy Prophet (saw) love the best?’, Hadrat Aisha (raa) replied in an instance ‘His daughter Hadrat Fatimah (raa)’. She was then asked ‘out of the men, who does the Holy Prophet (saw) love the best’. Hadrat Aisha (raa) replied ‘Her husband Hadrat Ali (ra).

It is narrated in Muslim and Bukhari that on one occasion the Holy Prophet (saw) called his beloved daughter Hadrat Fatimah (raa) over and whispered something in her ear. Hadrat Fatimah (raa) became distraught and upset. He then whispered in her ear again, and this time Hadrat Fatimah (raa) became happy and began to smile.

Later on people asked why she behaved in this manner, she told the that ‘the first time my father whispered in my ear He (saw) gave me an indication that the time of his death is near, on hearing such a statement I became distraught and upset. However the second time he whispered in my ear He (saw) told me that I’m going to be the first person He’ll meet in Paradise and that I’ll be the leader of all the women in Paradise’.

In Bukhari Hadith it is narrated that the Holy Prophet (saw) has narrated ‘Fatimah is my flesh whoever hurts her has hurt me, and whatever pleases her pleases me’.

In Hadith Tibrani it is narrated that ‘Fatimah is a branch from the tree of Prophethood’, and out of this branch blossom two fruits who are named Hadrat Hussan (ra) and Hadrat Hussain (ra).

It is narrated by Hadrat Ali (ra) that ‘On the Day of Judgement, when everyone will be in their appointed places the voice of an angel will bellow out from behind and screen and will order everyone to lower their necks and lower their eyes because the most beloved daughter of the Holy Prophet (saw) is about to pass, it will be forbidden for them to raise their eyes until she has entered heaven. SubhanAllah!

An important point to bear in mind is that such a high and prestigious status is not ascribed to anyone accept Hadrat Fatimah (raa).

Not even the Prophets or Awliya’s (friends of Allah) will be honoured with such a high and prestigious status. In another Hadith it is narrated that Hadrat Fatimah (raa) will be surrounded by seventy Hoor (women of paradise), so that no one is even able to recognise who just passed through.

Hadrat Fatimah (raa) was a model of righteousness, courage and piety. It is narrated by Hadrat Aisha (ra) that ‘I have not seen a person more truthful than Hadrat Fatimah except her father the Holy Prophet (saw)’. According to Hadrat Aisha (raa) Hadrat Fatimah (raa) not only greatly resembled her eminent father in features; she meticulously followed his practices, habit and manners.

It is for this reason that her Beloved children, put together were identical to their eminent grandfather in features and behaviour.

It is stated in Hadith Bukhari, that Hadrat Imam Hassan (ra) possessed striking resemblance to his grandfather from the waist up, whereas the second son of Hadrat Fatima (raa), Hadrat Imam Hussain (ra) possessed striking resemblance to his grandfather from the waist down.

When the Holy Prophet (saw) passed away the Sahaba (companions) of the Holy Prophet (saw) used to knock on the door of Hadrat Imam Hassan (ra) and Hadrat Imam Hussain (ra) house, and ask them to stand together so that their grieving hearts may receive some solace.

It is also narrated by Hadrat Aisha (raa) that whenever Hadrat Fatimah (raa) used to visit her father He would stand up to welcome her, kiss her forehead and make her sit in his place. And whenever the Holy Prophet (saw) used to visit his most beloved daughter she used to act in the same manner.

Whenever the Holy Prophet (saw) returned from a journey, he used to visit his daughter, Hadrat Fatimah (raa) first. Although she had other sisters, the Holy Prophet (saw) loved her the most. In spite of her being the most beloved child of her father, Hadrat Fatimah (raa) did not derive any worldly profit out of this honour.

It was the custom of that time for people, out of love or affection for each other to say ‘May my family sacrifice their life for you’. Hadrat Umar Farooq (ra) narrated in Hadith Tibrani that he heard the Holy Prophet (saw) say to his beloved daughter Hadrat Fatima (ra) ‘May your father sacrifice his life for you’.

From the hadiths narrated above we can conclude that all the sahaba’s (companions) of the Holy Prophet (saw) lived amiably together and possessed no prejudices or ill feelings for one another in their hearts. If they did possess ill feelings for each other they would never reveal something that they heard or said in seclusion.

The love between father and daughter is further illustrated most beautifully in the following Hadith.

After Hadrat Fatimah (raa) was joined in holy matrimony with Hadrat Ali (ra); The Holy Prophet (saw) told Hadrat Ali (ra) to build a house for himself and his wife, so that they may dwell therein together. Hadrat Ali (ra) obeyed the command of the Holy Prophet (saw), and built a house that was relatively near because Medina was a small city. However, when the most beloved daughter of the Holy Prophet (saw), moved away He was heartbroken. He missed his beloved daughter dearly and could not stand the distance.

Finally the Holy Prophet (saw) could not stand the heart ache any longer and requested his beloved daughter to purchase a house that was nearer to his own; unfortunately there were no houses available.

Hadrat Fatimah (raa) asked her father if He could ask one of his companions if they could swap their house with hers, so that she could be nearer to him. Her father told her that He was too embarrassed to make such a request.

This dialogue was overheard by someone, and word reached back to the companion whose house they were referring to. As soon as the Sahaba (companion) of the Holy Prophet (saw) heard about the anguish and heart ache the Holy Prophet (saw) was undergoing he immediately presented himself before the Holy Prophet (saw).

He said to the Holy Prophet (saw) ‘0 Prophet of Allah, I understand you want a house for your daughter closer to your residence. All of my houses are at your disposal. Please send for Hadrat Fatimah (raa) to live in any of them. May my life and property be sacrificed for the sake of Allah’s Messenger.
By Allah, if you take a thing from me, it will be far better if it is with you than may be with me’Subhanallah!

If only we had such love and loyalty for the most Beloved Prophet of Allah (swt). The Holy Prophet (saw) prayed for the Sahaba (companion) and requested Allah (swt) to place barakah (blessings) in his life.

Thus the houses were swapped and the most beloved daughter of the Holy prophet (saw), moved nearer to her father. A window was placed in the house so that He could frequently gaze at his beloved daughter, and grandchildren. Every morning when the Holy Prophet (saw) used to pass by their house at Fajr time, he used to knock on their door and used to recite the following Qura’nic verse ‘It is Allah’s wish to remove all blemish from you, O Ahl al Bayt, and purify you with a perfect purification (33: 33).

Hadrat Fatimah (raa) was the most doted beloved daughter of the Holy Prophet (saw). She was the apple of His eyes.

However Hadrat Fatimah (raa) was worthy of this love and did not take any worldly profit out of this honour. All of the Holy Prophet (saw) family bore the difficulties of hunger and poverty for his sake.

Hadrat Fatimah (raa) was a model of righteousness, courage and piety. She used to work extremely hard and used to carry huge buckets of water that used to leave marks on her shoulders; yet she never employed a slave. Every night after working so hard Hadrat Fatimah (raa) used to spend the winter nights prostrating on her musalla (prayer mat), and when called for the Fajr prayer she would lovingly complain that the nights were so short.

Hence, how can such a model of righteousness not bring up the revivers if Islam?

The Holy Prophet (saw) considered his two beloved grandchildren as the substitute of His sons. Whenever He (saw) went out of the house, He would always carry one of them on his shoulders. The Holy Prophet (saw) knew that his beloved grandson would be brutally slain on the battle of Karbala. Imagine having to live with such knowledge!

In conclusion the value of Hadrat Maryam (RAA) lies with Seydena Isa (AS) whom she delivered and nourished.

The value of Hadrat Asiyah (RAA), the wife of Pharaoh, lies with Hadrat Moses (AS), whom she nourished and befriended.

The value of Hadrat Khadija (RAA) lies with our Holy Prophet (saw) whom she married and supported.

Where does the value of Hadrat Fatimah (RAA) lie? To whom does her value belong?

The value and status of the chief of the women of the world and head of the women in Paradise; Hadrat Fatima tus- Zahra (raa), lies with our eminent Prophet Muhammad (saw), her husband Hadrat Ali (ra) and her beloved children the revivers of Islam; Hadrat Hassan (ra) and Hadrat Hussain (ra)

Dear sisters in Islam if we inspire to follow closely in the footsteps of the most beloved daughter of the Holy Prophet (saw) and make her our role model, then Inshallah we will also be fortunate enough to bring up children like Hadrat Hassan (RAA) and Hadrat Hussain (RAA). This way another Karabala will take place and Islam will once again be revived. However the prerequisite is that we practice Sabr, increase our Iman and Taqwa, spend the nights in prayer, give up frivolous worldly activities and love the Holy Prophet (saw) more then our own selves.