Fatima, the only daughter of the Holy Prophet of Islam, was born in Mecca on
20th jumada th-thaniyah 8 B.H. The good and noble lady Khadijah and the Apostle
Of Allah bestowed all their natural love, care and devotion on their lovable and
only child Fatima, who in her turn was extremely fond of her parents.
The Princess of the House of the Prophet, was very intelligent, accomplished and
cheerful. Her sermons, poems and sayings serve, as an index to her strength of
character and nobility of mind. Her virtues gained her the title "Our Lady of
Light". She was tall, slender and endowed with great beauty, which caused
her to be called "al-Zahraa" "(the Lady of Light). She was called
al-Zahra" also because her light used to shine among those in heaven.
After arriving in Medina, she was married to Ali, in the first year after Hijrah,
and she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Her children, Hasan,
Hussein, Zeinab and Umm Kulthum are well-known for their piety, goodness and
generosity. Their strength of character and actions changed the course of
The Holy Prophet said, "Fatima is a piece of my heart". He would go out
to receive his daughter whenever she came from her husband's house. Every
morning on his way to the Mosque, he would pass by Fatima's house and say,
"as-Salamu "alaykum ya ahli bayti "n-nubuwwah wa ma"dani "r-risalah" (peace be
on you O the Household of Prophethood and the Source of Messengership).
The Best Woman
Fatima is famous and acknowledged as the "Sayyidatu nisa"i "l-"alamin"
(Leader of all the women of the world for all times) because the Prophethood
of Muhammad would not have been everlasting without her. The Prophet is the
perfect example for men, but could not be so for women. For all the verses
revealed in the Holy Qur'an for women, Fatima is the perfect model, who
translated every verse into action. In her lifetime, she was a complete woman,
being Daughter, Wife and Mother at the same time. As a daughter, she loved her
parents so much, that she won their love and regard to such an extent that the
Holy Prophet used to rise, whenever she came near him. As a wife, she was very
devoted. she never asked "Ali for anything in her whole life. As a mother, she
cared for and brought up wonderful children; they have left their marks on the
face of the world, which time will not be able to erase.