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The infallible Fatima (a.s.)

The daughter of the Messenger of Allah (p), and the wife of the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali (a.s.), is the subject of a book written by His Eminence, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah. 

Based on another book by His Eminence, Az-Zahraa (a.s.) al Qudwa, compiled by Hussein Ahmad Al-Khisin, “Fatima (a.s.)”, is a compilation of speeches and lectures delivered by His Eminence.

The 80 pages of the book, a publication of Dar Al-Malak, discuss how the example of Lady Fatima (a.s.) serves as an role model for both men and women, shedding the light on the life she had led, and the reasons behind the constant revival of her memory. 

Sayyed Fadlullah explains how the infatuation for the character of Fatima (a.s.) is not an inflation of the past, but rather a revival of her virtues and exquisite morality. When we mention Fatima (a.s.) we cannot but remember her father (p), her message, and her role. We also remember Fatima (a.s.) in our own predicaments; and we feel as if she is living with us in our hopes, concerns, and joys as well. 

The book constitutes of a brief account of her life including her birth and childhood. It is explained how, at a very young age, she was aware of the responsibilities attached to her role. She was the Messenger (p)’s own mother, taking care of him and baring his pain and grief.

She was the first female student in the school of the Prophet (p). She was a spectacular lady in every single detail in her life, especially when it comes to her marriage. 

The issues of her status in the Holy Quran, in the Hadith and among Muslims, the example of a role model and her role as a teacher, write, and an orator. She is the considered the Doyenne of the women of the world, as mentioned by her father (p). The Prophet (p) also narrated that: “Fatima is a part of me…” which further indicates her sanctimony and virtue which we regard very highly.

The fourth and final chapter of the book is dedicated to questions and answers. They cover interesting topics including the difference between her and all other women in Islam, including Virgin Mary (a.s.), why did Fatima (a.s.) demand Fadak, and the controversial issue of Fatima (a.s.)’s rib. The final chapter also explains the concept of infallibility that was given to her by Allah Who wanted her to be a role model for all people, men and women.

Fatima (a.s.), as mentioned by the translator, is a multidimensional personality whose life and trials must be examined, analyzed, and appreciated.

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