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Fatima Zahra (A.S.) The Supreme Example of a Perfect Human Being

Fatima Zahra (A.S.) The Supreme Example of a Perfect Human Being

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Fatima Zahra (A.S.): The Supreme Example of a Perfect Human Being
 Holy Fatima (s.a.) belongs to the noblest family ever existing throughout the whole history of mankind. Her
 
distinguished father was the very last messenger of Allah, a personality that the Holy Koran introduces him asOswatun Hasanah (the Best Paradigm). Mother of Holy Fatima (s.a) was a pure lady named Khadija, a godlywoman with unparalleled virtues and merits, who dedicated all her wealth for the sake of promotion of Islam.
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gency) - According to the Islamic calendar,Hazrat Fatima Zahra (s.a.) was born in the 20th day of Arabiclunar month Jamadi al-Thani, five years after Bitha (appointment of Hazrat Mohammad (s.a.) to the position of divine prophethood)and 8 years before Hegira (immigration of the Holy Prophet fromMecca to Medina).
 
The story of her birth is a wonderful one. The Holy Prophet (s.a.)  through a divine command  was ordered to seclude himself from contact with Khadija (s.a.) for 40days. Despite all his love for his dear wife, the Holy Prophet (s.a.) did not go home in compliance with Allahs order. During the whole 40-day period of his seclusion, Mohammad (s.a.) was engaged in prayers,fasting, and spiritual connections with his Lord. The Holy Prophet (a.s.) had sent a courier to Khadija tonotify her of the matter and assure her that there was nothing wrong with her and that the event hadhappened as a result of Allahs command.When the seclusion stage came to its end, at the time of Iftar (while the Holy Prophet (s.a.) waspreparing himself to end his fasting by eating food), he heard the familiar voice of Archangel Gabriel: Allah sends His salaams to you! Get ready to receive the celestial gift from your Lord! Then angelsbrought down a tray full of heavenly fruits for Mohammad (s.a.). Gabriel (a.s.) told him: Eat from thisheavenly dish tonight; then go to Khadija; Almighty Allah has willed to create a pure child out of thisblissful food.Thus Fatima (s.a.) was conceived from the fruits of paradise. Nine months passed. During her pregnancy,Khadija (s.a.) talked to the baby in her womb; a baby, who turned out to be the most supreme ladyamong the mankind from the very first to the last.Finally Archangel Gabriel brought glad tidings to the Holy Prophet (s.a.): O Messenger of God! This babyis a much dignified daughter. All your offspring and descendants shall be descended from her. She is themother of Infallible Imams: the religious leaders who shall be your successors when the divine revelationwould end (after your demise). The Holy Prophet (s.a.) transmitted the good tidings to Khadija (s.a.) tomake her heart happy with the promising news.Some years earlier, when Khadija had married Mohammad (s.a.), the aristocratic ladies of her tribe(entitled Quraysh) left her alone and cut off their relations with her as an objection to her decision inmarrying Mohammad.
 
When the time for childbirth approached, Khadija dispatched someone to go to the ladies of Quraysh andask them to help her in the process of giving birth to her baby, but they refused to help Khadija even at that difficult time. At that crucial moment, when Khadija had lost hope to receive any help from the ladies of Quraysh, shesought assistance from her Lord. By the grace of Allah, four of the most beautiful women in whitedressings came to help her in that time of need. They had bowls of heavenly water in their hands. Eachone began to introduce herself. The first one said, I am your foremother, Eve. The second one said, Iam Asiya daughter of Muzahim, Pharaohs wife. The third one said, I am Kulthum, Moses sister, andthe fourth one said, I am Mariam (Saint Mary) daughter of Imran, mother of Jesus Christ; we have cometo deliver your child.So with the help of these heavenly ladies, Fatima (s.a.) was delivered, and the brightness and brillianceof her face illuminated the sky from east to west. The four holy ladies bathed the baby with heavenlywater, wrapped her in heavenly clothes, and put her on the lap of Khadija (s.a.).The baby was named Fatima, because she and her followers shall be protected from the fire of hell.The news of Fatimas birth reached the Holy Prophet (s.a.). He was extremely delighted to hear the joyfulnews. He perceived that the divine promise of giving him the Kawthar (the Abundant Blessing) had beenfulfilled. At the same time that the birth of Holy Fatima (s.a.) had made the Holy Prophet and Khadija (a.s.)happy, the enemies of Islam became disappointed and upset as they used to call the Holy Prophet as Abtar  i.e. the one who shall be without posterity (as all his children had died due to different reasons) but now they saw that he was given an abundant blessing through the birth of Holy Fatima (s.a.).The love and respect of the Holy Prophet and Khadija (a.s.) for Fatima (s.a.) nullified all the wrong ideasof that days Arab World, who considered having daughter as a shame for themselves.Fatima Al-Zahra (s.a.) grew up in an atmosphere of human virtues, on the lap of a pure mother, andunder the training of the Holy Prophet. She obtained all merits and spiritual qualities in its perfect shape.The behavior of Holy Prophet toward his daughter Fatima was wonderful. In that days world when themost violent behaviors were shown against women and girls, at a time when burying little newborndaughters alive was accounted as a routine act, the Holy Prophet (s.a) showed much respect to his deardaughter. Whenever Fatima (s.a) came to see the Holy Prophet (s.a.), he welcomed her, stood up toshow respect to her, and even kissed her hand and made her sit at his own place.On every occasion that the Holy Prophet (s.a) decided to go on a journey, Fatima was the last one towhom he bade farewell, and as soon as he came back from his trip, Fatima was the first one whom theHoly Prophet visited.Imam Baqir (a.s.) and Imam Sadiq (a.s.) have related that the Holy Prophet (s.a.) never slept unless hekissed the face of Fatima (s.a.) and placed his face on hers.
 
 A good way to know Holy Fatima (s.a) is to look through her names. Each of her names and titles is amirror to reflect her outstanding qualities.In a narration, Imam Sadiq (a.s.) is quoted as saying: Fatima (s.a.) has nine names given by Almighty Allah: Fatima, Seddiqah, Mubarakah, Tahirah, Zakiyyah, Raaziyah, Marziyyah, Muhaddathah, and Zahra.1) Fatima; means separated and protected from ignorance and impurity, and the one who is kept awayfrom the fire of hell; the one who is adorned with all virtues, merits, and purities; and the one who shallsave herself and all her followers and lovers from the fire of hell.2) Seddiqah; means extremely honest; this title points out the degree of Fatimas honesty andtruthfulness as one of her outstanding qualities.3) Mubarakah; or blessed; as she was granted much blessings by Allah (S.W.T), and she herself was asource of abundant blessings. The offspring of the Holy Prophet all are descended from Fatima (s.a.).4) Taahirah; pure and chaste; as she was purified along with other members of the Household [Ahlul-Bayt] of the Holy prophet according to verse 33 of Surah Al-Ahzab in the Holy Koran: Verily, Allahdesires to keep away the uncleanness from you, O People of the House! And to purify you a (thorough)purifying5) Zakiyyah; the purified soul; purified from any kind of pollution or deficiency, a quality that made herattain the highest level of spiritual evolution and perfection.6) Raaziyah; the one who is content with Allahs wills, surrenders herself to all that Allah (S.W.T) haspredestined for her, and endures pains in the way of mission of Allahs Messenger.7) Marziyyah; the one, with whom Allah and His Messenger and the Holy Imam are fully satisfied becauseof her impeccable worship, nice moralities, good fulfillment of duties, and all her good deeds.8) Muhaddathah; the one to whom the angels talked, the matchless lady who received some sort of divine inspirations. In this relation, Imam Sadiq (a.s.) is quoted as saying: Fatima (s.a.) was named asMuhaddathah as an angel came to her continuously and talked to her in the same way that it (the angel)used to talk to Saint Mary. The angel told Fatima: O Fatima! Allah (S.W.T) has selected you, purifiedyou, and made you superior to all women throughout the world.9) Zahra; means luminous; as when she stood in her praying place, the angels in the heavens witnesseda glittering light, just like the starlight in the sky that glitters for the people on the earth.The childhood period of Holy Fatima (s.a.) coincided with the most critical years of early Islam. She wasonly two years old when Muslims faced the hard conditions of economic siege  imposed by the infidels and were forced to live in a confined area in Mecca, known as Sheb Abitalib. The three-year period of living in this area was actually a terrible experience for early Muslims. The distinguished daughter of HolyProphet (s.a.), too, passed three years of her best childhood ages under these harsh conditions.However, she still enjoyed being within the warm arms of her mother. Before long, she lost her dearmother as well. That bitter event was a spiritual shock for her at that age, and seriously hurt her delicatefeelings. Afterwards, Fatima was the only companion, supporter, and source of alleviation for her father

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