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Sayyedah Zahra: A life of struggle and resistance, by Malama Maimuna/Pictures

By Abdullahi Isa Wasagu
In continuation with the commemoration of birth anniversary of the Beloved daughter of the Holy Prophet (SAWA), Fatimah al-Zahra (AS) across localities in Kaduna, the ceremony at Kurmin Mashi , Imam Husain Circle, witnessed momentous gathering on Tuesday, 19th Jimada Thani, 1436 (14/04/2015).

Guest speaker at the occasion, Malama Maimuna Abdullahi from Kano and wife of the Ameer of Kano zone of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria described the life Sayyedah al-Zahra (AS) as a life full of struggle and resistance.

She categorized the life struggle of Fatima al-Zahra into three stages; her life with her father, life with her husband and life with her children.

All these three categories of a lifetime she said, could speak volumes of the challenges and sufferings she faced, and the resistance she put in.

Malama Maimuna stated that, Sayyedah al-Zahra (AS) derived the name ‘Ummu Abeeha’ (Mother of her Father) due to the protection and comfort she offered to her father, the Holy Prophet (SAWA) during the early period of his mission.

It was a crucial and challenging period, she added, when no one could dare openly challenge the unruly attitude heaped on the Holy Prophet by the Quraysh. “She stood alone, as his only comfort and consolation”.

The guest speaker also spoke on the life of Sayyedah al-Zahra (AS) with her husband, Imam Ali (AS), she described as a perfect divine match. “An angel called Mahmud who was sent to the Holy Prophet with the divine command to marry ‘Light’ to ‘Light’. The Holy Prophet asked what the message meant, and he was told, ‘Marry Fatima to Ali’’.

She also explained that unparalleled affection of demonstrated by Sayyedah al-Zahra (AS) towards her children, Hasan and Husain, and her agony in the quest for her right and that of her husband (Imam Ali), a Heir to the Prophet.

Malam Maimuma said, Sayyedah al-Zahra was a carbon copy of her father, citing a Hadith from Nana A’ish thus: “Indeed, Nana A’isha said, ‘I have never seen anyone of absolute good conduct, similar in physical features and appearance, while standing or sitting and in her silence and calmness who resembles the Holy Prophet like Fatima’”.

Another Hadith cited by the guest speaker says, “Nana A’isha was reported to have said: ‘One day while sitting with the Messenger of Allah, Fatima approached us. I saw the Holy Prophet stood up, welcomed her, embraced her and kissed her on the neck. I asked the Messenger of Allah why he always embrace Fatima and kiss her on the neck. He replied: ‘I do that because she is Haura’ul Insiyyah and Leader of all women. Whenever I long for Jannah, I embrace and kiss Fatima on her neck’”.

Malama Maimuna also explained through various sources, the closeness, love and affection between Sayyedah al-Zahra (AS) and her father, the Holy Prophet (SAWA):

-"Whoever hurts Fatima, hurts me, and whoever hurts me, hurts Allah, exalted be His Majesty."

– "Fatima is part of me, that which annoys her annoys me, and harms me that which harms her."

– "He who knows this, knows her, and he who does not know her; she is part of me, she is my heart and my spirit which is in my side, thus he who harms her harms me."

She further explained that, traditions from Sunni sources have testified Al-Zahra’s holiness, being a heavenly fruit eaten by the Holy Prophet during his heavenly ascension, with which was made part of his flesh and sperm that Fatima was begotten.

The speaker also narrated the miraculous birth of Sayyedah al-Zahra (AS), during which pious women in history such as Maryam, Hauwa’u, Asiya bint Muzahim, Ummu Khulthum (sister of Prophet Isa (a.s)) assisted Nana Khadijah during her birth. “Fatima al-Zahra was reported to have been talking to her mother while in the womb, and she was delivered attesting to the Oneness of Allah and the Prophethood of Muhammad”, added Malama Maimuna.

In her comment, Malama Jamila, wife of the Ammer of Kaduna, while thanking the guest speaker for an inspiring lecture, called on sisters to derive lessons from it.

Organizers of the event also distributed materials as a humanitarian gesture to the community. Part of the communal effort executed was the repair of a non-functional borehole situated in the community.

Inmates of Kaduna Prison were also visited and items distributed to them in honour of birth anniversary of Sayyedha al-Zahra (AS).