2012/05/13 - 12:58
For the Birth Anniversary of Lady Fatima:
The Perennial Spring of Kowthar
Navideshahed: Congratulation on the birth anniversary of Lady Fatima. Today is the day in history when virtuous women all over the world in all ages, generations, or from any time or place finally found a perfect model to mould their life upon.
Yes my friends, the reason we in the Islamic Republic of Iran as well as several other countries and cultures celebrated this day every year as Mother's Day is for the birth anniversary of the noblest lady of all times – the Model Par-Excellence for the daughters of Eve, who has taught women how to be exemplary daughters, how to be faithful wives, and how to be educative mothers. For your information, today the 20th of the Islamic month of Jamadi as-Sani is that immortal day in history when Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) was granted by God the Perennial Spring of Blessed Abundance in the form of a radiant daughter, that is, Fatema az-Zahra. No doubt, we read the Divine Words in the holy Qur'an regarding this immaculate daughter who would ensure the continuation of the Prophet's progeny till the end of the world:
"Indeed, We have granted you Kowthar…Indeed, it is your enemy who is without posterity."
Today, the 20th of Jamadi al-Akher, is the day when God granted Kowsar or Perpetual Abundance to His Last and Greatest Prophet, in the form of a blessed daughter, whose offspring that have multiplied and spread all over the globe, ensures the continuity of the progeny of the Seal of Divine Messengers. As we said she is Fatema az-Zahra, the Radiant (peace upon her). She was born in the 3rd year of the start of his universal mission to mankind. She was conceived of the Fruit of Paradise that God gave to him to eat during his Me'raj or ascension to the highest points in the ethereal heavens and back again to Planet Earth in the part of a single night. It is thus clear that the Me'raj was a physical journey transcending time and space, and certainly not a dream or spiritual ecstasy experienced by the Prophet, as the weak of faith conjecture. Unfortunately, there are some sceptics who also try to cast doubts on the reference to Hazrat Fatema (peace upon her) in the opening Ayah of Surah 108 of the holy Qur'an, titled Kowsar. They like to restrict the meaning of Kowsar to the spring of the same name in afterlife from which the faithful will quench their thirst. It again shows the fickleness of faith of such persons, if not outright hypocrisy or disbelief. Kowsar is certainly the spring, but in view of the wordings of the last Ayah of Surah al-Kowsar, the reference here is clearly to the birth of the propitious daughter and continuation of abundance of progeny to keep alive forever the lineal descent of Prophet Muhammad (SAWA), while persons like Aas bin Wa'el who prided on male issue and mocked at God's Messenger for absence of any son, would be long cut off from any progeny.
No wonder, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the faithful throughout the world, mark the 20th of Jamadi al-Akher as Mother's Day and Women's Week in honour of the lady, who as the wife of Imam Ali (AS), the person whose merits are second only to that of the Prophet, gave birth to such exemplary sons, as Imam Hasan and Imam Husain, and equally virtuous daughters, as Hazrat Zainab and Hazrat Omm Kulsoum (peace upon them), who played immortal roles in the history of humanity. In other words, the Almighty has blessed Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) with infinite favours, both in this transient world where he was sent to salvage mankind, and in the Hereafter where his intercession guarantees a drink of the limpid waters of Kowsar and entry into the blissful peace of Paradise. For his part, the "Mercy unto to the creation" made clear at every step that the virtues of his daughter, the Lady of Paradise – as Muslims unanimously hail her – are not restricted to the Day of Resurrection, but as the pivotal figure of the blessed group called Ahl al-Bayt by God in the holy Qur'an, cover all aspects of our life and faith. To quote Divine Words in ayah 33 of Surah al-Ahzab:
"Indeed, Allah desires to keep away uncleanness from you Ahl al-Bayt, and preserve you thoroughly purified."
Time and space do not permit us to go into details of this Ayah at whose revelation the Prophet assembled under his cloak Hazrat Fatema, Imam Ali, Imam Hasan and Imam Husain (peace upon them) – and no one else besides. The subsequent entry of this specific group – again no one else besides – on the field of the historic Mubahela with the Christians of Najran, confirm the fact that no other woman except the Prophet's daughter is mentioned in this particular Ayah.
The Christians of Najran, dazzled by the radiance of this select group, especially by the presence of the Pride of the Virgin Mary, Hazrat Fatema (peace upon her), whose veiled appearance they saw for the first time of their several-day stay in Medina, acknowledged the truth of Islam and withdrew their challenge to invoke Divine Curse on the liars.
Thus, to be more precise, it is Fatema (peace upon her), the Perennial Kowsar that cleanses the faithful of any worldly blemishes spiritual impurities, in order to keep alive their faith for the eventual journey to the Spring of Kowsar and to Paradise. In view of these undeniable facts regarding the paragon-par-excellence of all feminine virtues, isn't it a blasphemous idea, if out of the lingering tribal prejudices of the Days of Jahiliyya, one were to associate with the Ahl al-Bayt, the Prophet's wives, who were neither born pure and clean of any worldly impurity, nor many of them remained unpolluted from the political crimes that plagued the ummah after the passing away of the Prophet?
Definitely, since God Almighty has used unambiguous words in Surah Tahrim to openly censure two of the Prophet's wives for their intrigues. So, instead of depriving ourselves of the blessings of God by blindly following lies and conjecture, let us sincerely stick to the brilliant path of guidance blazed for mankind by Fatema (AS), her husband, her sons, and the Infallible Imams of her progeny, to ensure a virtuous life in this world and the blissful bounties of Kowsar in afterlife.
The peerless position of Hazrat Fatema (peace upon her) as the Baz’at ar-Rasoul or Part of the Prophet, is also clear from her title of Umm Abiha, which literally means Mother of her own Father, and which she acquired because of extreme her care and concern for her widower father, after the passing away of her mother, Omm al-Momenin (the Mother of all True Believers), Hazrat Khadija (peace upon her). Yet, despite her lofty merits, Hazrat Fatema (peace upon her) used to personally do all household chores. After marriage and a very simple dowry given by her father consisting of basic amenities, she and her husband shared the blessings of a blissful life, whose fruits were four immaculate children, as we said before. Imam Ali (AS) was responsible for all outside work, while she took care of household affairs. They made an excellent husband-and- wife pair. As the supreme symbol of feminine virtues, she displayed the highest ethical traits in marital life in view of the hadith: A woman’s jihad [that is, striving in the way of Allah] is to behave excellently with her husband).” She also enjoyed very cordial relations with her mother-in-law Fatema bint Asad (peace upon her), the lady who had brought up her father, the future Prophet, as her own son and to whose care the Prophet had entrusted Hazrat Fatema (peace upon her) after she was orphaned at her mother's death. She never allowed her mother-in-law to trouble herself with household chores and left to her the social relations for keeping the necessary contact with family members and friends.
In 7 AH when the Prophet provided his daughter with the virtuous Abyssinian maid, named Fizza, she divided the work equally, by giving rest to the maid a whole day after a day’s work, and discharging the duties that day herself. These are some of the immortal lessons taught to humanity by Hazrat Fatema (peace upon her), whose birthday is celebrated as Mothers' Day and Women's Week in the Islamic Republic of Iran and by followers of the Prophet's Ahl al-Bayt all over the world. We again felicitate our listeners on the occasion of this very auspicious day, and now we present you rhymed tributes to her in the form of verse by Iran's English language poet, Dr. Hassan Najafi.
Kaba starved for Ali’s birth
Your birth was a need to heal the sick earth.
As your gem was to swell and your shade to rise
Upon your blossoms rested the horizons of the skies.
You daughter of the Prophet, a relentless power
In you is housed Islam and Islam holds you a tower.
In circling troops angels meet
For a glance and a kiss at your feet,
Enough to me your gust a transient smile
To be in a gloomy ocean on an isle!
Our treasure tomorrow’s unbounded store
Dedication to you pays such its proper score.
To our souls your grave shall repair
The pilgrims long to dwell and die there.
The pomp and prosperity of heaven
Is the least in your love to us could be given.
Your person darts dazzling prophetic rays
Before it goes dim the diamond’s blaze,
Your birth fills the Prophet’s rising form
Cheerful as the morn and hopeful as divine norm,
At your birth trembles every vice polluted breast
From North, from South, from East, from West,
Lively cheer of faith is born
In fact it is the approach of the Qur’an.
Hope of paradise through dedication to you is fed
And much pleasing it is when possessed.
As life runs ahead we hear from behind
Your name sounds in every wind.
Source: IRIB World Service