Fire at the door of Bibi Fatima (s.a), the daughter of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h)

When Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) departed to the eternal world. Bibi Fatima (s.a) missed her father very much and it was shocking to see the changes around her. Madina had changed so soon after him. Bibi Fatima (s.a) was carrying her fifth child who would be called Mohsin (a.s).

Then suddenly one day there were loud shouts at the door. “Send Ali outside! If he doesn’t come out, we’ll set fire to your house!” Bibi Fatima (s.a) went to the door. She asked, “Have you come to set fire to my house? The grandsons of the Prophet (p.b.u.h), Hasan (a.s) & Hussain (a.s) are inside.”

“So what?” came the answer. Bibi Fatima (s.a) stood behind the door. Outside there was a group of people bent on terror. They were shouting and threatened to kill everyone inside. They had firewood against the door and set it alight. The fire raged at the door of Bibi Fatima (s.a).

Smoke filled the house. Bibi Fatima (s.a) was shocked. Then suddenly someone from outside forced the door open. In spite of knowing she was behind it, they squashed the door hard. Bibi Fatima (s.a) was crushed between the door and the wall.

She fell to the floor crying out “Come! Come to my help Fizza!” They barged into the smoke-filled house and put a rope around Imam Ali’s neck and dragged him. Bibi Fatima (s.a) forgot her own pain and held on to Imam Ali (a.s), saying “Why are you taking Ali? Leave him alone.”

She was dragged along the floor. Then she felt a lash of a whip which hurt her arm and ribs. She fainted. Bibi Fizza held her mistress in her arms. She saw that Bibi Fatima (s.a) had lost the baby she was carrying. Her arms and ribs were bruised.

The children were frightened and weeping. Bibi Fatima (s.a) remained in pain but never complained. She was only eighteen years old but from now on, she needed to lean on a stick when she walked.

We should never forget the sufferings of this great lady, who had to suffer so much pain and sadness. We must keep our love for her alive through reciting majlis and recalling the events of her life. We should be friends with her friends and reject those who caused her harm.

Ahl-e-Sunnat References

  • – Kanz al-Ummal, v3, p140
  • – al-Faruq, by Shibli Numani, p44
  • – al-Imamah wa al-Siyasah by Ibn Qutaybah, v1, pp 3,19-20
  • – Iqd al-Fareed, by Ibn Abd Rabb, Part 3, Pg. 63
  • – Izalatul Khilafa, by Shah Waliullah Muhaddith Dehlavi, v2, p362
  • – Al-Wafi bil Wafiyyat 6:17
  • – Ansaabul Ashraaf 1:586
  • – Ansab Ashraf, by al-Baladhuri, v1, pp 582,586
  • – Al-Imamah was-siyasah 12,13

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