The Friday Message - Issue No. 368 - What would Sayyida Fatima a.s. do?

The Friday Message - Issue No. 368 - What would Sayyida Fatima a.s. do?

Salamun alaykum,

Bring to life love of Ahlul Bayt a.s.:

Two significant dates in the current month, Jamaadi al Thani, are linked to the chief of the lady of the worlds; Sayyida Fatima Zahra a.s. The sad occasion of her demise from this mortal world occurred on the 3rd and next week on the 20th the auspicious occasion of her birth anniversary is marked. The short life span of this pure, pious and oppressed lady whom Allah has granted infallibility is overflowing with lessons of what brings man closer to Allah. Thus, making man reach the highest human values.

However, many people give little attention or ignore her supreme, unmatched qualities to derive lessons from them. Commonly it is the tragic aspects which unfolded in the life of this illustrious lady, especially the brutal events which befell her after the sad demise of the Noble Prophet, that are fervently recalled. Wouldn’t Allah SWT abundantly reward such deeds of azadari, when they are coupled with putting into practice lessons from her life? 

Selflessness:

A lofty characteristic we find in the life of the noble lady Sayyida Fatima Zahra a.s is the spirit of selfless generosity. This is Divinely announced in the Noble Quran:

“And they feed for the love of Allah, the destitute, the orphan and the captive. Saying: we feed you for the sake of Allah alone; no reward do we desire from you, nor thanks.” (Sura al Dahr : 76: 8-9)

On three occasions, at the time of breaking the fast, Sayyida Fatima a.s. and her family would hand over the little food they had prepared for iftar to the Destitute, Orphan and Captive who came to their door asking for assistance. Certainly no one ever went empty handed from the door of Ahlul Bayt.

No doubt such outstanding deed, which has been announced by Divine revelation, deserves narrating and celebrating in our assemblies. However, are we able to relate these lessons of life from the Noble lady to ourselves? Does one strive to act on these lessons? Bring them to action in our lives.

The amount of time, money and other resources we invest in others, not just on ourselves, are all ways of actively bringing to life our love of the Ahlul Bayt a.s.  

 

An indicator to gauge our attachment to not only this beloved lady, but to the Ahlul Bayt a.s. is how do bring to action Sayyida Fatima a.s. and the Ahlul Bayt as our role models.

 

The current unprecedent times of the pandemic we all are going through calls upon us to reflect on what would Sayyida Fatima a.s. and the Ahlul Bayt a.s. do in such situations. It is important that we do not let our indifference to the needy and vulnerable settle in our way of living such that we no longer mould our lives on the way of Ahlul Bayt a.s.

 

Wa ma tawfiqi illa billah.

Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo
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