Allama Majlisi has related in his magnum opus Bihar Al-Anwar, vol. 43, p. 24
that Prophet Mohammad said: "Fatima is the leader of the women of the worlds
from the first to the last. When she stands in the prayer niche, twenty thousand
angels greet her and address her like they addressed Mary. They say, 'O Fatima,
verily God has chosen you and purified you and has chosen you above the women of
the worlds.' And they are from the close angels."
In the same book, it is related that Prophet Mohammad was asked if Fatima is the
leader of the women of this world. He replied:
"Mary, daughter of Amran, is the leader of the women of this world, my
daughter Fatima is the leader of the women of all the worlds."
Once it is understood that Fatima has such a place in the universe, we will also
realize that we must struggle day and night to learn about this great lady. We
must learn who she was and how she lived. Then we must emulate her lifestyle,
whether we are male or female. In reality, her status and lifestyle are so lofty
that Imam Mahdi (may Allah hasten his reappearance) has even said:
"In the daughter of the Messenger of God is a great example for me to
emulate." (Lisan Al-Mizan, vol. 3, p. 180)
We must not overlook that the savior of the world, the one who will fill the
earth with justice and equity and wipeout injustice and oppression, the one who
will realize the efforts of all the prophets and their successors, the one who
will establish God's government and religion on the face of the earth, meaning
Imam Mahdi, even takes lessons from Fatima. Thus, can we afford to ignore or
Having said that, we will mention some of her virtues from reliable traditions.
Fatima's Position before God
In various traditions, Prophet Mohammad has said:
"Verily, God becomes angered when Fatima is angered, and He is pleased when
Fatima is pleased." (Bihar Al-Anwar, vol. 43, p. 54)
The more we think about this statement, the more Lady Fatima's position becomes
clear to us. This tradition has a world of meaning, and everyone can take from
it in accordance to his/her ability and understanding. We will discuss two
points in regards to it:
1. Human beings are naturally inclined towards position and rank. Unfortunately,
most people believe that one can attain this goal through wealth and power.
Therefore, they endeavor and use all of their God-given abilities and resources
in order to attain more riches and more power because they foolishly believe
that the more of these they have the higher status they will have. However,
Islam has shown us that this path is the path of Satan.
True position and worth comes with serving and submitting to God. The more one
submits to God's will, the more status he/she attains.
It can reach a point where the servant completely surrenders him/herself to God,
and God submits all that is in the heavens and earth to him/her. There are even
traditions that say that a true servant of God can reach such a status that
whenever he/she says "Be!" to a thing, it becomes, just as God says "Be!", and
it is. Lady Fatima had surrendered herself to God so much so that God's anger
and pleasure are related to her anger and pleasure.
2. This position of Fatima is also used to defend the leadership (Wilayah) and
right of Imam Ali (peace be upon her).
In reality, Fatima is the first defender of Wilayah.
Her defense of her husband and his God-given rights eventually led to her being
attacked in her own home and being martyred as a result of her injuries. Her
anger with her attackers and those who usurped her husband's rights led her to
request her husband to bury her at night, so that those who angered her do not
attend her funeral and pray over her body.
In doing so, Lady Fatima left an eternal question in the hearts of all truth
seekers: why was the only remaining daughter of the Prophet of Islam buried at
night and why is her grave unknown?
Whoever truthfully and objectively searches out the answer to this question
will, God-willing, find the truth and become a follower of the School of Ahlul
Bayt (peace be upon them). There are numerous examples of people from various
religions and schools of thought who pursued the answer to this question and
found their way to the Ahlul Bayt.
As an example, I will mention a sister of ours who became Muslim during the time
of Malcolm X. Eventually she questioned herself why is Lady Fatima's grave
unknown? While searching for the answer, she found her way to the school of
Ahlul Bayt. The benefits of this research were so admirable that her entire
family is devoted followers and lovers of Fatima. Two of her sons have studied
in Qum and are now serving Imam Mahdi.