Hazrat Fatimah"s sermon - after Fadak was snatched
Sender: Zaynab Muhammed
Praise be to Allah for that which He bestowed (upon us);
And thanks be to Him for all that which He inspired; and commended in
His Name for that which He Provided: Form prevalent favors which He
created, And abundant benefactions which He offered and perfect grants
which He presented; (such benefactions) that their number is much too
plentiful to compute; Bounties too vast to measure; Their limit was
too distant to realize; He recommended to them (His creatures) to gain
more (of His benefaction) by being grateful for their continuity; He
ordained Himself praiseworthy by giving generously to His creatures; I
bear witness that there is no God but Allah Who is One without
partner, a statement which sincere devotion is made to be its
interpretation; hearts guarantee its continuation, and illuminated in
the minds is its sensibility. He who can not be perceived with vision;
neither be described with tongues; nor can imagination surround His
He originated things but not from anything that existed before them,
and created them without examples to follow. Rather, He created them
with His might and dispersed them according to His will; not for a
need did He create them; nor for a benefit (for Him) did He shape
them, But to establish His wisdom, Bring attention to His obedience,
manifest His might, lead His creatures to humbly venerate Him, and to
exalt His decrees. He then made the reward for His obedience, and
punishment for his disobedience, so as to protect His creatures from
His Wrath and amass them into His Paradise.
I too bear witness that my Father, Muhammad, is His Slave and
Messenger, Whom He chose prior to sending him, named him before
sending him; when creatures were still concealed in that which was
transcendental, guarded from that which was appalling, and associated
with the termination and nonexistence. For Allah the Exalted knew that
which was to follow, comprehended that which will come to pass, and
realized the place of every event. Allah has sent him (Muhammad) as
perfection for His commands, a resolution to accomplish His rule, and
an implementation of the decrees of His Mercy. So he found the nations
to vary in their faiths; Obsessed by their fires, worshipping their
idols, and denying Allah despite their knowledge of Him. Therefore,
Allah illuminated their darkness with my Father, Muhammad, uncovered
obscurity from their hearts, and cleared the clouds from their
insights. He revealed guidance among the people; so he delivered them
from being led astray, led them away from misguidance, guided them to
the proper religion, and called them to the straight path.
Allah then chose to recall him back in mercy, love and preference.
So, Muhammad is in comfort from the burden of this world, he is
surrounded with devoted angels, the satisfaction of the Merciful Lord,
and the nearness of the powerful King.
So may the praise of Allah be upon my Father, His Prophet, Trusted
one, the chosen one
From among His creatures, and His sincere friend, and May peace and
Allah be upon him."
Fatimah (a.s) then turned to the crowd and said:
"Surely you are Allah"s slaves at His command Prohibition; you are the
bearers of His religion and revelation; you are Allah"s trusted ones
with yourselves; and His messengers to the nations. Amongst you does
He have righteous authority; A covenant He brought unto you, and an
heir He left to guard you; That is The eloquent book of Allah; The
truthful Qur"an; The brilliant light; The shining beam; Its insights
are indisputable; Its secrets are revealed; Its indications are
manifest; and its followers are blessed by it. (The Qur"an) leads its
adherents to goodwill; and Hearing it leads to salvation; with it are
the bright divine authorities achieved, His manifest determination
acquired, His prohibited decrees avoided; His manifest evidence
recognized; His satisfying proofs made apparent, His permissions
granted, and His laws written.
So Allah made belief to be purification for you from polytheism.
He made Prayer, exaltation for you from conceit.
Alms -purification for the soul and a (cause of) growth in
Fasting an implantation of devotion.
Pilgrimage -A construction of religion.
Justice -A harmony of the hearts;
Obeying us (Ah-lul-Bayt) ¬Management of the nation.
Our leadership (Ah-lul-Bayt), Safeguard from disunity.
Jihad (struggle) a strengthening of Islam.
Patience -A helping course for deserving (divine) reward.
Ordering goodness (Amr Bil Maruf) ¬ Public welfare.
Kindness to the parents a safeguard from wrath.
Maintaining close relations with one"s kin -A cause for a longer life
and multiplying the number of descendants.
Retaliation (Qesas)-For sparing blood (souls).
Fulfillment of vows-subjecting oneself to mercy.
Completion of weights and measures -A cause for preventing the neglect
of others" rights. Forbiddance of drinking wines exaltation from
Avoiding slander -A veil from curse.
Abandoning theft-a reason for deserving chastity.
Allah has also prohibited polytheism so that one can devote himself to
Therefore; Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a
state of Islam;
Obey Allah in that which He has commanded you to do and that which He
has forbidden, for surely those truly fear among His servants, who
Lady Fatimah Zahra (A) then added:
"O People! Be informed that I am Fatimah, and my father is Muhammad I
say that repeatedly and initiate it continually; I say not what I say
mistakenly, nor do I do what I do aimlessly.
Now hath come unto you an Apostle from amongst yourselves; It grieves
him that you should perish; ardently anxious is he over you; to the
believers he is most kind and merciful. Thus, if you identify and
recognize him, you shall realize that he is my father and not the
father of any of your women; the brother of my cousin (Ali (a.s))
rather than any of your men. What an excellent identity he was, may
the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and his descendants Thus,
he propagated the Message, by coming out openly with the warning, and
while inclined away from the path of the polytheists, (whom he) struck
their strength and seized their throats, while he invited (all) to the
way of his Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching He destroyed
idols, and defeated heroes, until their group fled and turned their
backs. So night revealed its dawn; righteousness uncovered its
genuineness; the voice of the religious authority spoke out loud; the
evil discords were silenced; the crown of hypocrisy was diminished;
the tightening of infidelity and desertion were untied,
So you spoke the statement of devotion amongst a band of starved ones;
and you were on the edge of a hole of fire;(you were) the drink of the
thirsty one; the opportunity of the desiring one; the fire brand of
him who passes in haste; the step for feet; you used to drink from the
water gathered on roads; eat jerked meat. (Lady Fatimah (a.s) was
stating their lowly situation before Islam) You were despised outcasts
always in fear of abduction from those around you. Yet, Allah rescued
you through my father, Muhammad after much ado, and after he was
confronted by mighty men, the Arab beasts, and the demons of the
people of the Book Who, whenever they ignited the fire of war, Allah
extinguished it; and whenever the thorn of the devil appeared, or a
mouth of the polytheists opened wide in defiance, he would strike its
discords with his brother (Ali, (a.s)), who comes not back until he
treads its wing with the sole of his feet, and extinguishes its flames
with his sword. (Ali is) diligent in Allah"s affair, near to the
Messenger of Allah, A master among Allah"s worshippers, setting to
work briskly, sincere in his advice, earnest and exerting himself (in
service to Islam); While you were calm, gay, and feeling safe in your
comfortable lives, waiting for us to meet disasters, awaiting the
spread of news, you fell back during every battle, and took to your
heels at times of fighting. Yet, When Allah chose His Prophet from the
dwell of His prophets, and the abode of His sincere (servants); the
thorns of hypocrisy appeared on you, the garment of faith became worn
out, the misguided ignorant(s) spoke out, the sluggish ignorant came
to the front and brayed. The he camel of the vain wiggled his tail in
your courtyards and the your courtyards and the Devil stuck his head
from its place of hiding and called upon you, he found you responsive
to his invitation, and observing his deceits.
He then aroused you and found you quick (to answer him), and invited
you to wrath, therefore; you branded other than your camels and
proceeded to other than your drinking places. Then while the era of
the Prophet was still near, the gash was still wide, the scar had not
yet healed, and the Messenger was not yet buried. A (quick)
undertaking as you claimed, aimed at preventing discord (trial),
surely, they have fallen into trial already! And indeed Hell surrounds
the unbelievers. How preposterous! What an idea!
What a falsehood! For Allah"s Book is still amongst you, its affairs
are apparent; its rules are manifest; its signs are dazzling; its
restrictions are visible, and its commands are evident. Yet, indeed
you have casted it behind your backs! What! Do you detest it? Or
according to something else you wish to rule? Evil would be the
exchange for the wrongdoers! And if anyone desires a religion other
than Islam (submission to Allah), it never will it be accepted from
him; And in the hereafter, he will be in the ranks of those who have
lost. Surely you have not waited until its stampede seized, and it
became obedient. You then started arousing its flames, instigating its
coal, complying with the call of the misled devil, quenching the light
of the manifest religion, and extinguished the light of the sincere
Prophet. You concealed sips on froth and proceeded towards his (the
Prophet) kin and children in swamps and forests (meaning you plot
against them in deceitful ways), but we are patient with you as if we
are being notched with knives and stung by spearheads in our abdomens,
Yet-now you claim that there is not inheritance for us! What! "Do they
then seek after a judgment of (the Days of) ignorance? But how, for a
people whose faith is assured, can give better judgment than Allah?
Don"t you know? Yes, indeed it is obvious to you that I am his
O Muslims! Will my inheritance be usurped? O son of Abu Quhafa! Where
is it in the Book of Allah that you inherit your father and I do not
inherit mine? Surely you have come up with an unprecedented thing. Do
you intentionally abandon the Book of Allah and cast it behind your
back? Do you not read where it says: And Suleiman inherited Dawood"?
And when it narrates the story of Zakariya and says: `so give me an
heir as from thyself (One that) will inherit me, and inherit the
posterity of Yaqoob" and: `But kindred by hood have prior rights
against each other in the Book of Allah"
And: Allah (thus) directs you as regards your children"s (inheritance)
to the male, a portion equal to that of two females" And, If he leaves
any goods, that he make a bequest to parents and next of kin,
according to reasonable usage; this is due from the pious ones." You
claim that I have no share! And that I do not inherit my father! What!
Did Allah reveal a (Qur"anic) verse regarding you, from which He
excluded my father? Or do you say: `these (Fatima and her father) are
the people of two faiths, they do not inherit each other?!" Are we
not, me and my father, a people adhering to one faith? Or is it that
you have more knowledge about the specifications and generalizations
of the Qur"an than my father and my cousin (Imam Ali)? So, here you
are! Take it! (Ready with) its nose rope and saddled! But if shall
encounter you on the Day of Gathering; (thus) what a wonderful judge
is Allah, a claimant is Muhammad, and a day is the Day of Rising. At
the time of the Hour shall the wrongdoers lose; and it shall not
benefit you to regret (your actions) then! For every Message, there is
a time limit; and soon shall ye know who will be inflicted with
torture that will humiliate him, and who will be confronted by an
everlasting punishment. (Fatima then turned towards the Ansars and
said :) O you people of intellect! The strong supporters of the
nation! And those who embraced Islam; what is this short-coming in
defending my right? And what is this slumber (while you see) injustice
(being done toward me)? Did not the Messenger of Allah, my father,
used to say: A man is upheld (remembered) by his children"? O how
quick have you violated (his orders)?! How soon have you plotted
against us? But you still are capable (of helping me in) my attempt,
and powerful (to help me) in that which I request and (in) my pursuit
(of it). Or do you say: "Muhammad has perished;"
Surely this is a great calamity; its damage is excessive its injury is
great, its wound (is much too deep) to heal.
The Earth became darkened with his departure; the stars eclipsed for
his calamity; hopes were seized; mountains submitted; sanctity was
violated, and holiness was encroached upon after his death. Therefore,
this, by Allah, is the great affliction, and the grand calamity; there
is not an affliction-which is the like of it; nor will there be a
sudden misfortune (as surprising as this).
The Book of Allah-excellent in praising him-announced in the
courtyards (of your houses) in the place where you spend your evenings
and mornings; A call, A cry, A recitation, and (verses) in order. It
had previously come upon His (Allah"s) Prophets and Messengers; (for
it is) a decree final and pre¬destination fulfilled: "Muhammad is not
but an Apostle: Many were the apostles that passed away before him. If
he died or was slain, will ye then turn back on your heels? If any did
turn back on his heels, not the least harm will he do to Allah; but
Allah (on the other hand) will swiftly reward those who (serve Him)
with gratitude." O you people of reflection; will I be usurped the
inheritance of my father while you hear and see me?! (And while) You
are sitting and gathered around me? You hear my call, and are included
in the (news of the) affair? (But) You are numerous and well equipped!
(You have) the means and the power, and the weapons and the shields.
Yet, the call reaches you but you do not answer; the cry comes to you
but you do not come to help? (This) While you are characterized by
struggle, known for goodness and welfare, the selected group (which
was chosen), and the best ones chosen by the Messenger for us,
Ah-lul-Bayt. You fought the Arabs, bore with pain and exhaustion,
struggled against the nations, and resisted their heroes. We were
still, so were you in ordering you and you in obeying us. So that
Islam became triumphant, the accomplishment of the days came near, the
fort of polytheism was subjected, the outburst of was subjected, the
outburst of infidelity calmed down, and the system of religion was
well-ordered. Thus, (why have you) become confused after clearness?
Conceal matters after announcing them? Turned on your heels after
daring? Associated (others with Allah) after believing? Will you not
fight people who violated their oaths? Plotted to expel the Apostle
and became aggressive by being the first (to assault) you? Do ye fear
them? Nay, it is Allah Whom ye should more justly fear, if you
Nevertheless, I see that you are inclined to easy living; dismissed he
who is more worthy of guardianship (Ali (a.s)); you secluded
yourselves with meekness and dismissed that which you accepted. Yet,
if you show ingratitude, ye and all on earth together, yet, Allah free
of all wants, worthy of all praise. Surely I have said all that I have
said with full knowledge that you intent to forsake me, and knowing
the betrayal that your hearts sensed. But it is the state of soul, the
effusion of fury, the dissemination of (what is) the chest and the
presentation of the proof. Hence, here it is! Bag it (leadership and)
put it on the back of an ill she camel, which has a thin hump with
everlasting disgrace, marked with the wrath of Allah, and the blame of
ever (which leads to) the Fire of (the wrath of Allah kindled (to a
blaze), that which doth mount (right) to the hearts; For, Allah
witnesses what you do, and soon will the unjust assailants know what
vicissitudes their affairs will take! And I am the daughter of a
Warner (the Prophet) to you against a severe punishment. So, act and
so will we, and wait, and we shall wait."
better than wealth because it protects you while you have to
guard wealth. it decreases if you keep on spending it but the
more you make use of knowledge ,the more it increases . what you
get through wealth disappears as soon as wealth disappears but
what you achieve through knowledge will remain even after you."MORE