THE FAMILY OF FATIMA
By S. Saclain (2011)
In God's name, Kind and Merciful.
God's peace be upon Prophet Muhammed and his holy family.
“In the name of God, the kind, the merciful. Say, He is God, the One! God, the Absolute. He does not beget and He is not begotten; and there is nothing comparable to Him.”
This is a brief description looking at important events in life of Prophet and his holy family.
Holy Prophet Muhammed was born in 568. He married Kadeja in 595. Their daughter Lady Fatima was born in 604. Lady Fatima married Ali in 625. Holy Prophet died in 632.
God chose Muhammed as His last divine Prophet to guide humanity towards the truth. Prophet taught people about one true God. He said that after death there would be a day of judgement. God is just and he will judge people. They will be held to account for their actions. Good people will go to paradise and evildoers will be thrown in hell as a punishment. God gave Prophet a pure book – the Koran. It is the most beautiful and powerful book in the world. “This is the book in which there is no doubt, a guidance for the honest, who believe in the unseen, and establish prayer, and spend of that we have given them; and who believe in that which is revealed to you (Prophet) and that which was revealed before you, and are certain of the Hereafter. These depend on guidance from their Lord. These are the successful.”
"God! There is no God except him, the alive, the eternal. Sleep nor slumber overtakes him. To Him belong all that is heavens and the earth. Who is he that intercedes with him except by his permission. He knows that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they know nothing of his knowledge except what He wills. His throne is over the heavens and the earth, and He is never tires of preserving them. He is the sublime, the tremendous.
”There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is now clear from error. And he who rejects false gods and believes in God has grasped a firm handhold that will never break. God is the hearer, the knower. God is the guardian of those who believe. He brings them out of darkness into light. As for those who disbelieve, their patrons are false gods. They bring them out of light into darkness. Such are rightful owners of the Fire. They will live there forever.”
Prophet said "God sent me to make perfect human character."
God said to Muhammed: “We have sent you as a mercy to the whole universe”. “In my Prophet, you have best example to follow”.
If you want God to love you, then there is a condition. It is to obey the Holy Prophet. "If you love God then follow me, then God will love you."
God says: "Take what the Prophet gives you and leave what he forbids you."
In his holy book, God honours the Prophet: “God and his angels bless the Prophet. Bless him O believers with proper blessing”.
Holy Prophet’s parents were Abdola and Amena. He was son of Abdola son of Abdul Motalib son of Hashim a great descendent of Esmael the first son of Ebrahem.
Abra came with elephant army to demolish kaba in 568. Amena was pregnant then. Abdul Motalib asked God to save divine house built by Ebrahem and Esmael. God sent birds to pelt hot pebbles on the army. Fiery stone rain destroyed the evil general and his elephant army.
Amena daughter of Wahab give birth to the Holy Prophet in 568. God would not let Amena be distressed. Divine miracle aided provided safety for his holy messenger.
Amena died when Holy Prophet was six years old. His uncle Abu Talib and his wife Fatima bint Asad took care of God’s Holy Prophet. Prophet considered them as his mother and father. They protected him and loved him more than their own sons. Holy Prophet grew up the safety of the home of Abu Talib. Everyone knew him as honest and trustworthy man. Abu Talib often took his nephew on trade caravans to Damascus and Palestine. A christian man Bahira once met the young boy in the year 580. He recognised Muhammed as a divine prophet sent by God. Bahira believed in the holy child and exhorted Abu Talib to guard him from the Jews. Prophet grew up under the protection of Abu Talib.
In 595, the Holy Prophet married Kadeja. Kadeja was pure and honourable woman. She was merchant of Mecca. She sold things in Arabia and Syria and Palestine. She liked Holy Prophet and trusted him. He worked for her and made her profit by his honest dealings. Holy Prophet’s uncle Abu Taleb blessed the marriage and read the wedding ceremony. “All glory and all praise to God, the Creator of Heavens and earth, and all thanks to Him for all His blessings, bounties and mercy. He sent us into this world in the posterity of the first son of Ebrahem and Esmael. He put us in charge of the Sanctuary and made us guardians of His House, the kaba, which is a sanctuary for all His creatures. My nephew, Muhammed son of Abdola son of Abdul Mutalib, is the best individual in all mankind in his intelligence, in wisdom, in purity of lineage, in purity of his personal life, and in distinction of family. He has all the markings of a man destined to be great. He is marrying Kadeja the daughter of Kowelad and marriage gift [meher] is four hundred pieces of gold. I declare Muhammed and Kadeja husband and wife. God bless them both, and may He be their Protector.”
In 600, Abu Talib's wife Fatima Bint Asad went to kaba and gave birth to Ali. A holy son was in God’s house. His name was Ali meaning high. God’s light is with us. Holy Prophet loved Ali as his young brother. Prophet raised Ali, and gave him pure and perfect knowledge of God and things unseen.
Holy Prophet had one daughter whom God had named Fatima. Holy Prophet loved her the most. Lady Fatima was God’s light. “God is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of his light is as a niche in which is a lamp. The lamp is in a glass. The glass is as it were a shining star, lit from a blessed tree, an olive neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow though no fire touched it. Light upon light. God guides to his light whom he wills. .”
”And God speaks to mankind in examples, for God is the knower of all things. Its in houses which God has allowed to be exalted and that his name shall be remembered in them. Do praise him at morning and at evening. Men whom neither merchandise nor sale distracts from remembrance of God and constancy in prayer and paying to the poor their due; who fear a day when hearts and eyeballs will be overturned, that God may reward them with the best of what they did, and increase reward for them of His bounty. God gives blessings without measure to whom He wills.”
In 603, God sent Angel Gabrial bring the Holy Prophet across the universe to tuba tree. Holy Prophet went with Gabriel. “I would not have created this universe had I not created you. I would not have created you had I not created Ali. I would not have created both of you had I not created Fatima.” Holy Prophet arrived at the sacred tree in heaven. There, God placed Lady Fatima in the fruit of tuba tree. Angel gave this fruit of light to the Holy Prophet and he ate it. Holy Prophet came back to earth and slept with his wife Kadija. Lady Fatima was born nine months later. To help Kadeja give birth, God sent holy ladies Mary, Aseya, Safora and Calsom. “Indeed we have given you Cosar [Fountain]; so pray to your Lord and sacrifice. It is your abuser who is cut off.”
“In the name of God, the Kind, the Merciful. Praise is to God, lord of the worlds ;the kind, the merciful; master of the judgement day. You we worship, you we ask for help. Show us the straight path - path of those whom you have favoured; not of those who earn your anger nor of those who go astray.”
Lady Fatima is the night of power as mentioned in chapter 97 of the Koran. "Indeed, we revealed it on the night of power. But what will tell you what the night of power is. The night of power is better than a thousand months. During it the Angels and the Spirit come down by the permission of their Lord, with all decrees. Peace until the rise of dawn." He who knows Fatima knows destiny.
INVITATION TO BOOK OF GOD
Ali and Holy Prophet often went to cave hera on sur mountain near Mecca. In 609 God sent Gabriel to tell the Holy Prophet to begin mission of giving final divine book to humanity. It was Koran the book of God. Gabriel came and read these verses: “In God’s name the kind the merciful. Read in name of your lord, who made man from sticky thing. Read, your lord is most generous; He taught by the pen, taught man what he did not know..."
Ali was first to hear words of God. Ali believed in God and His Holy Prophet and loved the Koran. Holy Prophet and Ali came and told the good news to the family. They all believed. Kadeja, Abu Talib, and Fatima Bint Asad, were overjoyed. They vowed to support the Holy Prophet in his divine work. But the leaders of Mecca opposed him and became his enemies. They persecuted him and boycotted all relations with him. They threatened traders to not sell food and other things to the Holy Prophet. But Prophet was safe with Abu Talib. Abu Talib provided full protection to the Holy Prophet and Kadeja provided her entire wealth to support him in his divine work. It was with help of Kadeja and Abu Talib during years of persecution that the Holy Prophet survived in those hard times. God bless Kadeja and Abu Talib.
When God ordered His Holy Prophet to warn his kinsmen, Abu Talib offered his home for the grand meeting. Abu Talib’s son Ali prepared food as a feast for elders of the Hashimi clan. Initiation was sent to them to come for an important meeting. Elders and their sons came and enjoyed the food. Holy Prophet gathered his kinsmen and presented book of God to them. He told them God had chosen him as divine messenger for the whole world. He informed his clan of his purpose and invited them to join him and help him. He offered them success in this world eternal life in Paradise in next life. All they had to do was to worship on one true God and accept him as God’s messenger. But the tribal chiefs all remained silent. They chose to continue to follow idolatrous ways of Arabia. Only Ali stood up at dinner table and offered to help the Holy Prophet in his divine mission. Ali was only fourteen years old. Holy Prophet was pleased. He placed his hands over Ali’s shoulders and thanked him. “Indeed this is my brother in this world and in next world. He is my deputy and my successor. Do listen to him and obey him“. The clansmen elders burst out laughing. “Obey a little boy!” They mocked Abu Talib: “Your nephew has ordered you to obey your own son hahahahaha.”
HIJRA AND HELP OF ALI
Holy Prophet’s own clan joined the leaders of Mecca in opposing him and his message. Holy Prophet had to leave this city. He told his followers to escape to Abesinya in Africa, and then to Yasrab in the north. This last migration was hejra. It had to be done in complete secret. This grave event marks year one of Islam. Hejra night was night of grave danger. At night the assassins gathered at the house of Holy Prophet. Their intention was to kill him. Holy Prophet’s life was under threat. Ali volunteered to sleep in Holy Prophet’s bed so to confuse enemies and allow the Holy Prophet to escape. Holy Prophet wept. He kissed Ali and then escaped safely. Ali slept covering himself with Prophet’s cloak. Assassins assumed Prophet was sleeping. They waited till the dark hour to strike.
In heaven, angels around the throne watched this scene. God said: “Would any of you risk his life to save the other.” Angels said no they wouldn’t. God said: “Why couldn’t you be like Ali. He has sacrificed himself to save the life of his brother. Go to earth and protect Ali.” Angels came down and stood at bed of Ali. They sang Ali’s praises and guarded him as he slept. When assassins jumped the wall to attack the Holy Prophet, they found Ali sleeping on the bed. He was only one in the house. They were angry and rushed out to look for the Holy Prophet. Too late, God’s Prophet was saved.
Holy Prophet waited for Ali at Coba. He built a house of worship there in name of Ali. It was first masjid of Islam. When Ali arrived at Coba, he and Holy Prophet both prayed there. Both brothers then together entered Yasrab, city of illnesses. Their light and blessing cleansed the city. Yasrab became a shining light. Its name was now city of God’s messenger. Here the Holy Prophet wrote a charter giving rights to all its citizens. He also made muslims brothers of one another. One man was twinned with another. Both had to assist and help each other through difficult hardships. Ali was brother of the Holy Prophet. Holy Prophet said: “I am the city of knowledge and Ali is its gate”. “O Ali, on the day of judgement, only you and your followers will be successful.” “Ali is to me as Harun was to Musa”. “Ali and I are from one light”. “Love for Ali is true belief and dislike of Ali is hypocrisy.” Disciples of the Holy Prophet used to use this statement to identify true muslims from fake muslims.
When Fatima reached seventeen, God chose Ali as her husband for her. Holy Prophet said God wants Ali to marry Fatima. God decided this marriage of light in heaven. Hasan and Husain were born from this blessed union of these two pure souls. These grandsons of Holy Prophet were most loved by him. He used to carry them on his shoulders. “Hasan and Husain are leader of men of Paradise”. Paradise is theirs. They are its chiefs. Husan was younger and he often rode his grandfather like a horse in the streets of medina. He used to get on top of his grandfather during prayers in masjid. One day the Holy Prophet was bowing to God while leading men in prayer in his masjid. Husain sat on back of him. Gabriel came and told the Holy Prophet to remain bowing down as long as Husain is on top of you. Holy Prophet said Glory be to God seventy times instead of usual three. Congregation was surprised that Holy Prophet was not getting up and was this late. Holy Prophet explained to them God had ordered him to keep bowing because of Husain. Holy Prophet prophesied that this grandson would one day be killed in karbala. “Husain is from me and I am from Husain”.
Holy Prophet loved his daughter and used to get up when she entered the room. “Fatima is part of me. I am happy if she is happy and I am hurt when she is hurt”. “Nay, God is pleased if Fatima is happy. He is angry if she is angry”. “Fatima is Queen of the universe”. “Fatima is leader of women of paradise.”
God bless you pure lady, you are proof for your father and your husband just as they are God's proofs upon the universe. The cosmos cannot survive without Muhammad and Ali, and it would not been created except for your sake O honourable Zahra.
It is essential for a seeker of truth to be fully aware of contents of Koran, the book of God and to love the holy five sent on earth. Prophet made it so easy for seekers and believers of truth. "I ask nothing of you except love for Fatima." But instead of loving Al Zahra, they oppressed her after her while she mourned her father's death; her inheritence was stolen; her home was attacked, and her husband tied up and forced to accept dictators.
Holy Prophet loved Fatima and all those who were dear to her. He gathered holy family under sacred cloak. Holy Prophet called Fatima, Ali, Hasan and Husain and covered them under his mantle. He prayed to God: “These are people of my house. Bless them O Lord.” Angel Gabriel came down from heaven with the message from His Lord: “God wishes nothing but to keep away from you all evil and make you perfect O people of the house.” The Angel of light then went under the cloak of the Prophet and sat among the holy family.
These were holy five who loved God the most. God loved these five the most. In them are hidden secrets of God, the Creator of all. They are the Great Ark of Salvation. Prophet said: “My holy family is like the ship of Prophet Nuh. Whoever gets on board is saved. Whoever abandons is drowned”. In 2011, world is witnessing that the tremendous revolutionary power of five is alive.
God revealed in His book many verses about His High Five. They are creation’s guardians. They have authority from God. “Your protector is God and his messenger and believers who pay charity even as they bow to God”. It was Ali who while bowing to God gave his ring to a beggar. “Obey God, and the prophet and those in authority.”
Ali was a brave man, full of love for God and loyalty the Holy Prophet. Ali always defended God and the Holy Prophet. He fought those who attacked the Holy Prophet with their mouth or with their hand. He protected the Holy Prophet from attacks by enemies. Many times, life of the Holy Prophet came under direct threat. It was Ali who again and again saved the life of Prophet. In the battles of bader, ohad, kandak, and khybar, Ali achieved victory after victory for his master. In badr, Ali alone killed most of the enemies of Prophet. In ohad, everyone ran away out of fear, but Ali remained with his master on the battlefield and defended God’s law and His Messenger. In khybar, when no muslim could defeat evil, Prophet said to his men, “Tomorrow I will certainly give the standard to the man, who is a fighter, who attacks evil repeatedly, who loves God and his Prophet, and God and his Prophet love him; on his hand God has written victory.” Prophet called on Ali and handed him the standard of truth. Ali went and killed enemies of the Prophet and conquered khybar. Ali defeated mighty warrior of Arabia after planting his flag on hard rock. He then uprooted a very heavy gate of khybar and threw it away. All men were surprised. Ali became known as Lion of God, the Hand of God, the Face of God, the Tongue of God, and the Eye of God. It was Ali on whom Holy Prophet relied to protect him. In battle after battle, Ali single handily slews the enemies of the Holy Prophet. Angel Gabriel once shouted: “There was no warrior like Ali. There is no sword like his Zolfekar”.
In kandak all of evil had gathered in its full strength and came nearest to destroying the truth. Evil came very close to killing the Holy Prophet at kandak. Ali was complete truth. Perfect evil and perfect good faced each other. Prophet said: “Complete truth is heading to fight complete evil”. Ali won. Truth lived. Evil was slain. Prophet told his men: “Greatness of the strike of Ali on day of kandak is greater than worship of entire universe”. Ali’s defeating complete evil at kandak was greater then all battles that human had and would fight against forces of darkness. Prophet said “Truth is with Ali and Ali is with Truth; they will never separate from each other.” God loves Ali. He became his eyes, his ears, his hand, his feet. Ali now had divine qualities and powers given to him by his Creator. But he did not often use them, preferring to live as an ordinary man, even sleeping on dusty ground. He was struck with the sword of Eben Molgem and died three days later in the year 661. Ali’s holy grave is in the city of Najaf in Iraq.
CORONATION OF ALI
Holy Prophet was God’s last messenger. Koran was God’s last book. Before his death the Holy Prophet was ordered by God to appoint Ali leader [imam] of pious people. Ali was first of twelve authorities as leaders of those who would believe God and do what is good. God said appointed Ali for the people, because without this effort of my messengers and prophets would be wasted. “Show what God has given you, O Prophet. If you fail in this, then you would not have shown anything to humanity.”
Holy Prophet gathered his followers at place called Ghadir. Holy Prophet gave a sermon designating Ali as his successor. In a long speech the Holy Prophet said: “If I am your master then Ali is your master. O God, help those who help him and oppose those who hate him.”
God sent angel Gabriel to announce a great day. “This day I have made perfect your religion for you and completed my favour upon you, and selected for you Islam as your path.”
Essentially, the religion of Islam is about making contact with one true God through His own chosen representatives. These divine men and women of light are pure and sinless. They are infallible guides for humanity. They are our role perfect models. By loving these men and women, and hence following their ways, God gives human beings success and happiness in this world and in life after death.
Last messenger sent by God to guide humanity towards Himself was Holy Prophet Muhammad son of Abdullah. God gave him the book Koran to give to humanity. When Holy Prophet died in A.D. 632, he appointed Ali son of Abu Talib as his successor according to instructions from God. Thus Holy Prophet left behind Koran and Ali for the all the world. Prophet said: “Teach your children to love my family and love of the book of God.” Ali became known as Leader of the Believers, the Commander of the Faithful, Ameer al Momineen. Prophet said: "I am leaving behind for you two great things, book of God and my descendents. If you hold fast to them you will never go astray." Koran and Ali are the two lights of God.
Prophet predicted that there would be total of twelve divine leaders [imams] from his lineage: Names of the holy leaders are Ali, Hasan, Husain, Sajad, Bakir, Sadiq, Kazim, Raza, Taqi, Naqi, Askari, and Mahdi. The last imam, Al Mahdi is the expected messiah who will come to fill earth with peace and justice. Prophet said Jesus son of Mary will be sent by God to serve under Mahdi. God bless Prophet Muhammad and his holy descendents.
THE WAR ON THE HOLY
Ali was the successor appointed at Ghadir by the Holy Prophet himself. What occurred after Ghadir is a sad and terrible turn of events in muslim history. It began with a coup and ended in brutal slaying of Husain. In fact, killing of Husain, grandson of the Holy Prophet, at Karbala was horrific. God calls it the supreme sacrifice. In history of humanity, there is no equal to martydom of Husain. Holy Prophet foretold that his grandson would be martyred in the path of truth. God had said in Bible He would give major sacrifice near river Euphrates in Iraq. Enemies of God began their persecution of His Holy Prophet and his noble family from the year 11 of Islamic calendar.
Here is brief account of what is happened to Prophet, Ali, Fatima and their descendents:
People who followed Holy Prophet and Ali his true successor, they became known as Shia [Party] of Ali. Others denied Ali, and refused to obey God's wishes. They rejected the choice of God, and abandoned Ali. Immediately after the death of Holy Prophet in 632, they met in Sakifa and selected their own men to lead them. First of these illegal rulers were Abu Baker, then Omer, then Osman, then Muaweya, then Yazid, and so on. Their reign was ruthless. These dictators persecuted the friends and family of the Holy Prophet.
Abu Baker killed many disciples of the Holy Prophet who did not accept him and wanted Ali as God had commanded. To slay them, he used pretext that they are refusing to pay religious charity. Abu Baker also confiscated property of Muhammad. The Holy Prophet’s daughter Fatima should have inherited lands of Fadak, and other estates. But no inheritance was allowed for daughter of the Holy Prophet.
Omer attacked the house of Fatima, daughter of Holy Prophet. Omer tied Ali with ropes and dragged him before Abu Baker in order to force Ali to recognise the new regime in Medina.
Osman placed all former enemies of the Holy Prophet as governors across muslim lands.
Muaweya went to war with Ali in 656. He had Ali and his son Hasan killed.
Yazid massacred Husain and family of the Holy Prophet at Karbala in 680.
Within 50 years of Holy Prophet’s death, the knees of muslim rulers were in blood of holy family, and thousands of innocent muslims.
Even Holy Prophet’s wife Aisha took part in mass killings of muslims in Basra. She long held hatred for Ali and his children. Aisha approved orders given to Omeyas' army to slaughter the lovers of Ali. In battle of jamal, she sat on a camel and commanded her forces gathered against Ali and his friends.
This was a very short summary of events in early years of Islamic history. The books of history provide full details of the terrible oppression endured by Holy Prophet Muhammad's family following his demise.
"Indeed, this Koran guides one to what is straight forward, and reassures believers who act honourably that they shall have a great reward. Yet we have prepared painful penalty for those who do not believe in the hereafter."
“By the period of time, indeed man is at a loss; except those who believe and do good works, and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to be patience.”
“Say: O disbelievers! I worship not that which you worship; nor worship you that which I worship; and I shall not worship that which you worship; nor will you worship that which I worship. To you be your religion, and to me my religion.”
“Say, I seek refuge in the Lord of the dawn, from the evil of that which He created; from the evil of the darkness when it is intense, and from the evil of malignant witchcraft, and from the evil of the envier when he envies.”
“Say, I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind, the King of mankind, the God of mankind; from the evil of the sneaking whisperer, who whispers in the hearts of mankind, of the jinn and of mankind.”