Striving for Excellence in Taqwa & Character

The Best Women (4 of 4)

Fatima, the daughter of the seal of Prophethood, Mohammed peace be upon him and a best of Women, Khadijah. She was the wife of a great companion and the third khalifat of the Islamic state. Fatima, the mother of Alhasan and Alhusain, the masters of the youth of paradise.

Such a woman should live in a palace, be surrounded by servants and maids and be adorned with gold and silk. That is our understanding of how a person with high status should be. However, a browse through seerah books will give us a totally different picture.

Fatimah (may Allah be pleased with her) used to live a simple life. She used to grind the wheat to make flour, collect water and feed the animals they used to keep. So much so that she complained to her husband Ali (may Allah be pleased with him):  “I have ground until my hands are blistered”.

That was part of life’s struggle and an example for us to learn from and follow. Fatimah (may Allah be pleased with her) attained a great status indeed.

Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “The best women of mankind are four: Mariam daughter of `Imraan, Assiya the wife of Pharaoh, Khadija daughter of Khuwailid, and Fatima the daughter of the Messenger of Allah” [Bukhari & Muslim]

Throughout the month of Ramadan we too hope to have attained a greater status in the eyes of Allah the Exalted. Not for worldy gains but for the final and eternal abode in Paradise. Through fasting we hope to attain Taqwa (God consciousness) and through taqwa we ask Allah the exalted to make us of those honoured.  

إِنَّ أَڪۡرَمَكُمۡ عِندَ ٱللَّهِ أَتۡقَٮٰكُمۡ‌ۚ

{Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you}

Al-Hujurat 49:13

 

May Allah accept our fasting, salah and All of our good deeds … Ameen

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Comments on: "The Best Women (4 of 4)" (1)

  1. Assalamualykum, Alhumdulillah a very heart touching article. I think it also brings to attention the humility and humbleness that Fatimah (R.A) had, and reminds us that we should inshallah strive to attain this characteristic.

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