It was natural for the Prophet (S) who knew and foretold the future events, to reveal to his family, especially his beloved daughter Fatima (SA), the events which they would face in the future. He (S) undoubtedly informed Fatima (SA) that she was going to suffer from the harsh treatment of some so called Muslims after his death and that she would be the first to follow him to the blessings of Paradise after his departure.
There are many traditions reported to this effect; the following are just a few samples:
1. Bihar v.10: Sheikh Mufeed is quoted as writing in his book Al-Amali that Abdullah Ibn Abbas said:
“When Allah’s Messenger was on his deathbed, he cried until tears overtook his beard.
So was asked:
`What makes you cry, Messenger of Allah?’
The Prophet answered: `I am crying for my progeny, for the crimes that will be committed against them by the evildoers of my nation after my death. It is as if I (can see) my daughter, Fatima, being oppressed and crying: “O Father!” But no one will come to help her among my Ummah.’
Fatima (A) began weeping when she heard this, so the Prophet said to her:
‘Do not cry my daughter’
She said: ‘I am not crying because of that which will be done to me after you; rather, I am crying because I will be separated from you, Messenger of Allah’
He then said: `Rejoice, O daughter of Muhammad, at the close succession to me, for you will be the first one to follow me from among my Ahlul?Bayt.’ 2. Bihar v.10, quoting the previous source wrote:
“The Prophet said: `When I saw her (Fatima), I remembered what would happen to her after my death. It is as if I (could see) humiliation entering her house, her sanctity violated, her right seized, her inheritance usurped, her side broken, and her unborn child being caused to be aborted, all while she is crying:
‘But she will not be answered, she asks for help but she will not be helped. Surely she will remain afflicted, sad and crying after me, remembering the cease of revelation from her father’s house at one time, and remembering being separated from me another time. She will become estranged at night, when she used to spend listening to me reciting the Quran. She then will see herself humiliated after she was honored during the days of her father…’”
3. Bihar v.6:
According to The Interpretation of The Quran written by Furat Ibn Ibrahim, Jabir Ibn Abdullah Ansari reported that Allah’s Messenger (S) said to Fatima (A) during the illness, which caused him to pass away:
“May my father and mother be your sacrifice! Call your husband for me.”
Fatima then told Al?Hassan and Al?Hussain:
“Go tell your father to come, and that your grandfather summons him.”
Thus, Al?Hussain went and called him to come. When Ali Ibn Abu Talib (A) entered the house, he found Fatima sitting near Allah’s Messenger (S) and saying:
‘How distressed I am for your agony, Father!!’
The Prophet said:
‘There is no agony for your father after this day, Fatima. Yet, do as your father did when (his son) Ibrahim passed away:
Then I said:
`Eyes spill tears, and the heart may be affected, but we shall not say that which angers the Lord. Yet, surely we are saddened by (your death) Ibrahim!!’”
4. Bihar v.6:
‘Once, the Prophet (S) summoned Ali, Fatima, Al?Hassan and Al?Hussain (A) and ordered everyone present in the house to leave. He then ordered Umme Salama to stand at the door so no one could come near it.
The Prophet (S) then said to Ali:
“Come near me.”
Ali came near as the Prophet asked; he then held Fatima’s hand and put it on his chest for a long time, and held Ali’s hand in his other hand. When the Prophet tried to speak, he was overtaken by tears and was unable to do so. Therefore, Ali, Fatima, Al?Hassan and Al?Hussain cried when they saw him (S) crying.
Fatima then said:
“Messenger of Allah! You have broken my heart and brought sorrow to me with your crying. You are the Master of all Prophets and the trusted Prophet of your Lord; you are the beloved Prophet of Allah! Who do I have for my children after you? Who do I have to protect me from the humiliation, which will inflict me after you? Who does Ali, your brother and the helper of your religion, have after you? Who is to (attend to) Allah’s revelation and affair?”
Fatima then broke down crying and embraced him together with Ali, Hassan and Hussain (A). The Prophet raised his head, and while holding Fatima’s hand, he placed it in Ali’s hand and said:
‘Abu Al?Hassan, she is Allah’s and His Messenger’s, Muhammad, trust to you. Therefore, keep Allah’s and His Messenger’s trust by protecting her. Surely I know you will.’
‘Ali, this (Fatima) by Allah, is the Mistress of all women of Paradise; this, by Allah, is (like) Maryam Al?Kubra.’
‘By Allah, before I reached this state, I asked Allah (certain things) for you and I, and He surely has given me what I asked.’
‘Ali, Execute that which Fatima commands you to do, for I have commanded her to (perform certain affairs) which Gabriel ordered me to do. Be informed, Ali that I am satisfied with him who my daughter is satisfied with, so is my Lord and the angels.
‘Ali, Cursed is he who oppresses her;
Cursed is he who usurps her right;
Cursed is he who violates her sanctity…”
The Prophet then embraced Fatima (A), kissed her hand and said:
“May your father be your sacrifice, Fatima.”
At that moment, the Messenger of Allah was putting his head on Ali’s chest; but his love for Fatima kept driving him to embrace and kiss her repeatedly. He cried until his tears made his beard and shirt wet.
Imam Hassan and Imam Hussain (A) began crying and kissing his feet; when Imam Ali (A) tried to separate them, the Prophet said:
“Let them smell me and let me smell them;
Let them be near me, surely they will be afflicted with sorrows and difficult problems after me. May Allah curse him who abuses them.’
O Allah!! I commend them to your protection and to the protection of the righteous believers.”
Meanwhile, Fatima (A) was speaking to her father with a crying voice and saying:
“May my soul be your sacrifice!
May my face prevent harm from your face!
Father, can you not speak a word to me?!
Surely I see the knights of death attacking you fiercely!!”
Allah’s Messenger then said:
“Daughter, I am leaving you;
thus, peace be upon you from me”
AFTER THE HOLY PROPHET’S DEATH
After the Prophet’s death, events continued to occur. When studying the era following the Prophet’s death, history speaks of the wonders, which occurred.
Indeed, history tells us about “Apostasy” which included the majority of Muslims who objected to Abu Bakr’s seize of power from its righteous candidate, Ali Ibn Abu Talib (A).
It also tells us how Fatima’s rights were usurped? especially in Fadak?and how Ali was dragged to the Mosque to pay allegiance to Abu Bakr!!
History tells us how Fatima’s house was set on fire by him who yesterday pretended not to believe in her father’s death.
Yes, history tells us how the Prophet (S) died and with him died his repeated warnings to those who would oppress his family members and that they will be met with the wrath of Allah. It also tells us of Lady Fatima’s sadness and misery which she suffered after the death of her dear father.
Fidhdha, Fatima’s helper, spoke of Fatima’s sadness; she said:
“It was on the eighth day after the Prophet’s death that Fatima revealed the extent of her sadness and inability to bear life without her father. She (A) came to the Mosque and while crying said:
Oh! My sincere friend
Oh! Abu Al?Qasim
Oh! The helper of the widowed and the orphans
Who do we have for Kaaba and the Mosque?
Who does your saddened and grieved daughter have?”
“Fatima (A) then proceeded towards the tomb of the Prophet; it was difficult for her to walk because her tears covered her eyes. When she saw the Mizaneh, she passed out; so the women rushed to rescue her; after putting water of her face, she regained consciousness; Fatima then said:
`My strength has been eradicated
My endurance has betrayed me
My enemies have rejoiced at my misfortune
And my grief will kill me
Father! I remain bewildered and lonely
Confused and lonesome
My voice is subdued
My back is broken
My life is disturbed
I find no one, Father, after you to attend to my loneliness
Neither to stop my tears
Nor to support me in times of weakness
Surely precise revelations, the place of Gabriel’s descendence and Michael’s location have vanished after you
Motives (of others) have changed
And gates have been shut in my face
Thus, I detest this world after you
And my tears shall be shed for you as long as breath continues to exist in me
My longing for you shall not cease
My sadness for (being separated from) you shall not vanish
Fatima then cried out loudly:
With you went the light of the world
Its flowers wither away after blossoming in your presence
I will forever be sorrowful for you until we are reunited
Sleeping has left me since we have been separated
Who is there for the widows and the orphans
Who will we have for the Ummah until
The Day of Rising?!
We became?after you?among the oppressed
People shun us after you
After we were glorified by your presence among men
Thus, what tear shall not spill on your departure?
What sadness (after you) shall not continue to exist?
Which eyelid shall be smeared with slumber?
You are the spring of faith and the light of Prophets
So how can mountains not sway?
And seas not dry out?
How can the Earth not tremble?
Father! I have been afflicted with the greatest sorrow, and my disaster is not minor!
I have been inflicted with the greatest misfortune and the biggest calamity
Angels cry for you, and stars cease to move because of you
Your minbar (after you) is gloomy, Your minbar is empty
Of your secret conversation (with your Lord)
Your grave is joyful for holding you
And Paradise is delighted with your presence
Supplication and prayers
How gloomy are your meeting places (without your presence)!!
How pained I am for you, until I soon join you!!
How bereaved is Abu Al?Hussan, The entrusted one!!
The Father of your two sons, Al?Hassan and Al?Hussain; your beloved one
He whom you brought up as a youth, and made your brother as a man (Abu Al?Hassan)
The most beloved of your companions to you
Abu Al?Hassan, who was the first to immigrate and help you
Sadness has overtaken us; Crying will kill us
And distress will always accompany us.’
Lady Fatima (A) then returned to her house and lived in misery and sadness until she joined her beloved father not long after he passed away.”
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