On the martyrdom of Lady Fatimah al-Zahra

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SHAFAQNA – If Islam’s many communities have often sat at odds with each other over those difference they feel define the nature of their belief, no figure, and no tragedy such as that of the martyrdom of Lady Fatimah al-Zahra – daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, has commanded more unity, or more humility through grief.

Beyond all manners of differences, petty arguments and overblown narratives, Fatimah al-Zahra’s mourning has, and that for centuries, silenced anger and belligerence so that a people could remember. How many characters can claim to have transcended time and space to tower giants over man, and in piety forged unbreakable alliances?

However many times tyrants have worked to rationalize her passing – disappearing from their books the very mention of her name, so that their betrayal would not be spoken, our Lady remains forever on the lips of the faithful until such a day where her son will restore those rights she was denied.

Queen among women she was also her father’s mother, and the mother of all martyrs … again few women can claim to such lofty station. Fewer still have carried themselves with more grace and compassion.

She, who sacrificed everything to Islam so that guidance would be offered to the world, was struck down by those powers who deemed themselves worthier than God’s command onto his Ummah. If not for arrogant ambitions our Lady would not have been martyred. If not for betrayal our Lady’s last resting place would be bathed by a thousand lights.

Today it sits in silent darkness … another betrayal, another broken allegiance, another fire set alight at her door.

And so a people mourn! We mourn her loss not because we hoped she would never pass but because we could not stop those cursed hands who drove lead into her chest.

We speak today for we wish we had been at her door to defend Islam’s brightest light … not for ourselves but for the Mercy she embodied. We cry today for her pain burns our soul.

Our pledge to the House of the Prophet is one of submission and allegiance forged in unconditional love and loyalty. Fatimah al-Zahra was Faith and because she served the Word we are all her obedient followers. And where many reneged we will stay.

We are after all those who follow …

Our Lady will forever remains our anchor.

By Catherine Shakdam for Shafaqna

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