Martyrdom of Hazrat Fatimah (AS)

By: Hyder Reza Zabeth
Courtesy: Khatar Nurizadeh

It is reported that Hazrat Fatimah (AS) was martyred on the 13th Jamadi-al-Awwal or 3rd of Jumada 'l-Akhir in the eleventh year of the hijrah. She survived the Holy Prophet (SAWW) by only ninety-five days.

In accordance with her own will, Hazrat Ali (AS) the Commander of the Faithful buried her in secret.

A Quiet Funeral

In the darkness of the jet-black night, when eyes were asleep and voices were silent, a Heavenly procession left Imam Ali (AS)'s house while carrying the Messenger of Allah (SAWW)'s daughter (AS) to her final abode. This was on the night of the third of Jamadi Al-Thani, 11 A.H. The heartbreaking procession moved towards an unknown location followed by a small number of devoted ones...

They were Ali (AS), Hasan (AS), Hussain (AS), Zainab (AS) and Umm Kulthum (AS)... Abu Dhar, Ammar, Miqdad, and Salman were following them. Where are the thousands who inhabited Medina?! One asks, and the answer came: Fatima (AS) made will that they may not be present at her funeral! The family and their friends hurry to bury Fatima (AS)... then they rush back to their own homes so that no one would know where Fatima (AS) was buried!

In such a matter, the first star from Ahlul-Bayt set after the sun (the Prophet) and left everyone with the only light of Imamate!

Failing Attempts

At sunrise people gathered to participate in Hazrat Fatima (AS)'s funeral, but they were informed that the darling of Allah's Messenger (SAWW) had been secretly buried during the night. Meanwhile, Ali (AS) made the shapes of four fresh graves in Baqi' so as to conceal the location where Hazrat Fatima (AS) was buried.

When the people entered the graveyard, they were confused as to which spot was actually Lady Fatima Zahra (AS)'s grave; the people turned towards each other and with feeling of guilt said: "Our Prophet (SAWW) has not left behind but one daughter, yet she has died and was buried without our participation in the funeral or the prayer rituals. We do not even realize the place where she has been buried!" Noticing that a revolt might be ignited because of the emotional atmosphere that event created, the governing party announced: "Select a group of Muslim women and ask them to dig these graves so that we may find Fatima (AS) and perform prayers on her. "

Yes! They attempted to execute the plan, violating Hazrat Fatima (AS)'s will and causing Imam Ali's (AS) attempts to hide the grave to lay vainly. Have they forgotten Ali (AS)'s sharp sword and his well-known courage! Did they really think that Imam Ali (AS) would remain indifferent to their outrageous actions up to the point of letting them dig Fatima (AS)'s grave?!

Imam Ali (AS) did not fight back after the Holy Prophet's (SAWW) demise because he considered the Muslim's unity and overall interests. Yet, this did not mean that he would ignore their villainous crimes against Hazrat Fatima(AS) even after her death. In other words, Imam Ali (AS) was asked by the Holy Prophet (SAWW) to have patience, but only to a certain extent; when Imam Ali (AS) received the news of the about to be executed plot, he put on his fighting gear and rushed towards Baqi'.

A man from among the people called out: "This is Ali Ibn Abu Talib (AS) leveling his sword and saying: 'If anyone moves even a more stone from these graves, I shall strike even the "back of the last follower of the unjust.' People who realized Imam Ali (AS)'s seriousness, took his threats with complete belief that he would do just as he said if anyone were to appose him.

Yet, a man from the governing ones addressed Imam Ali (AS) by saying: "What is the matter, Abu Al-Hasan?! By Allah, we shall dig her grave out and perform prayers on her. "Imam Ali (AS) then grabbed the man by his clothes, shook him and threw him to the ground and said: "Son of the Sawada! I have abandoned my right to prevent people from forsaking their faith, but as regards Fatima (AS)'s grave, by Him in whose hand is my soul, if you and your followers attempt to do anything to it, I will irrigate the ground with your blood!"

At this, Abu Bakr said: "Abu Al-Hassan, I ask you by the right of Allah's Messenger, and by Him Who is above the Throne: leave him alone and we will not do anything which you would not approve of..." Thus, until this day, the location of Hazrat Fatima Zahra (AS)'s grave remains a secret.


Muntakheb Ul  Aqwaal
"Knowledge is 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..
(Hazrat Ali Ibne Abi Talib (A.S)

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