Islamic Series: Sayyada Fatima, The Perfect Role Model

by AljazirahNigeria | January 12, 2018 9:59 am


In the name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful.

Amongst the fourteen infallibles, it was necessary for one of them to be a woman as if all of them were men, then all of the advice, recommendations and teachings which we see directed towards the women of the community things such as how to take care of ones’ spouse, how to maintain the home, how to take care of the children, the style and function of the hijab, how to modestly maneuver within society, patience and submission to God in the face of challenges and the hundreds of other teachings would have been mere words which were spoken and simple theological discussion to be studied.

It is possible that women of all ages would have said to themselves: “If there was at least one infallible woman from amongst all of these people that God sent for guidance, a woman who knew what we as women go through, how we feel and how our emotions are formulated, then all of these pieces of advice we have been given and responsibilities which have been put on our shoulders would not have been there as these men just don’t understand us!”

Therefore, the presence of Fatima Zahra, peace be upon her, as one of the fourteen infallibles, and her being a role-model for women cemented the guidance and teachings which Islam brought and showed us that they are possible to implement in our daily lives.

It is not only Fatima Zahra, peace be upon her, who showed this reality to the women, but also people like her beloved daughter, Zaynab, peace be upon her, who also becomes the ideal role model and is a grand historical figure for women to follow.

Rather, even those who were not from their family women like Fiddah (the freed-slave of Fatima Zahra, peace be upon her) and the daughter of Fiddah, were able to reach such a stage that they become role models and are known as the “walking Qur’an”!

When we say that Fatima Zahra, peace be upon her, is a role model we do not mean that this is only limited to a few areas of her lifestyle. Here are some of the examples of how Sayyida Fatima Zahra, peace be upon her, is the greatest role model.


1: In the Qur’an, we read the commandment on being good to one’s parents. Fatima Zahra, peace be upon her, was so loyal and devoted to her father, the Messenger of God, peace be upon him and his family, that he said the following about her.

“[You are] the mother of your father.” One meaning of this is that the love which she had for her father was much greater than just the average love which a daughter would have for a father.

“Your Lord has decreed that you shall not worship anyone except Him, and [He has enjoined] kindness to parents. Should they reach old age at your side —one of them or both— do not say to them, ‘Fie!’ And do not chide them, but speak to them noble words.”


2: In the Qur’an, we read the commandment on being generous and munificent. On the night of her wedding, when Fatima Zahra, peace be upon her, was making her way to her husband’s home, was wearing a new wedding dress. Historical accounts narrate that a poor woman approached her (or came to the door of the house she was in and asked for clothing to cover herself with). Rather than giving her the old dress which she had, she actually gave away her brand new wedding dress and wore her old clothes on her wedding night!                              

“You will never attain piety until you spend out of what you hold dear, and whatever you may spend of anything, God indeed knows it.’’


3: In the Qur’an, we read passages in regards to migration in the way of Allah, and as we know, Fatima Zahra, peace be upon her, made the migration from Mecca to Medina along with the early group of Muslims.                                      

“Those who have believed, migrated, and struggled in the way of God, and those who gave them shelter and help, it is they who are truly the faithful. For them is forgiveness and a noble provision.”3


4: In the Qur’an we read numerous verses about patience, sincerity, complete submission to God, consciousness of God and modesty and indeed, Fatima Zahra, peace be upon her, has reached to the pinnacles of perfection in all of these areas.     

“Indeed the Muslim men and the Muslim women, the faithful men and the faithful women, the obedient men and the obedient women, the truthful men and the truthful women, the patient men and the patient women, the humble men and the humble women, the charitable men and the charitable women, the men who fast and the women who fast, the men who guard their private parts and the women who guard, the men who remember God greatly and the women who remember [God greatly] —God holds in store for them forgiveness and a great reward.”


5: In the Qur’an, we are advised to gain knowledge and to acquire the tools necessary to be granted wisdom (hikmah) and indeed in this regards Fatima Zahra, peace be upon her, shone bright as she has a book known as the muÒÎaf of Fatima which the infallible Imams would sometimes refer to when they wanted to acquire information on events which would take place in the future.

“Read in the Name of your Lord who created; created man from a clinging mass. Read, and your Lord is the most generous, who taught by the pen, taught man what he did not know.”5


6: In the Qur’an we are spoken to in regards to working, striving and struggling and when we glance at the life of Fatima Zahra, we see that on many occasions her hands were calloused and bleeding from the amount of work which she used to perform.

“And that nothing belongs to a person except what he strives for, and that he will soon be shown his endeavor.”

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