Bibi Fatima (sa) is one and only child of Holy Prophet (PBUH) and Bibi Khadija (sa). She was born in Mecca, later migrated to Medina with her father. She spent her rest of life in Medina along with her husband Imam Ali (as). Bibi Fatima Zahra (sa) is the most pious among the ladies and known as “Syeda tul Nisa al-Alameen” or “Leader of Women of Universe”. Other prominent titles include “Syeda”, “Tahira”, “Marzia”, “Umme Abiha” and “Batool’e Azara”.
The personality of Bibi Fatima Zahra (sa) is very different from other women in all means. Her high qualities and noble characteristics take her to the highest rank of perfection and virtue. She is an example of her father’s morals and mentality. She resembled him in his deep faith in Allah the Almighty, asceticism, and refraining from pleasures of this life.
On the anniversary of shahadat Bibi Fatima Zahra (sa), the daughter of Prophet Mohammad, it is not only important to lament her death but to also remember the many lessons she left for us to live by and learn from.
Lady Fatima Zahra (sa) was a true believer in upholding justice and standing up to corruption and evil, and as the daughter of the Prophet Mohammad, she stood firm against all those who attempted to fight against the Prophet and his family.
“God has ordered justice for making hearts intimate and upright.”
Another lesson Lady Fatima Zahra (sa) taught us was the importance of charity, and how beneficial it can be to not only those who give but for society as a whole.
“God prescribed charity for the purification of the soul and for the increase of sustenance.”
Lady Fatima Zahra (sa) also taught us the importance of patience, no matter what challenge we face. She arguably faced some of the most extreme and trying challenges, with attacks on both her father and husband as well as herself, but her steadfastness in patience and trust in God remains an important lesson for us all.
“God has made patience helpful in attaining its its fruits (compensation).”
Remembering to stay honest and truthful can be extremely difficult, however Lady Fatima Zahra (sa) was consistent in her belief in honesty and truthfulness. The benefits of being honest, for both yourself as well as those around you, are important not only for a healthy society but for working towards being a better believer as well.
“God has recommended Honesty in sales by use of correct measures and weights in order to prevent fraud and deception.”
Praying for Others
Finally, Lady Fatima Zahra (sa) taught us the importance in remembering others in your prayers before your own prayers. Her selflessness and devotion to the ummah remain one of the core lessons to learn from Lady Fatima Zahra (sa), and we can all learn to be better Muslims by following her example of praying for others before ourselves. When asked by her son Hassan why she did not pray for herself, she answered:
“My son! Neighbours first, our household next.”
Lady Fatima Zahra (sa) spent her whole life and set the best example for the followers of Islam. More lessons can also be learnt from the life, we have mentioned a few in this article.