One year and one month after the battle of Badr, the
battle of Uhud took place. In this battle, seventy of the Prophet's most
prominent companions were martyred among them being Hamza, the Prophet's
uncle and the most notable hero.
In this battle, the Prophet was injured by two rocks
on his forehead and mouth. As a result of his injury, the Prophet lost
some teeth and blood clotted on his beard as if it was henna. At that moment,
Satan shouted in such a manner that all Muslims heard him; he said: "Muhammad
has been killed." This created disarray among the Muslims, and many
men, save the true faithful, fled the battlefield. Confusion also overtook
the Muslim families residing in Medina.
Safiah Bint Abdul Muttalib, the Prophet's aunt, accompanied
Fatima Zahra to Uhud.
When Fatima heard of her father's injuries, she started
crying and the Hashimite women rushed to help her.
Fatima's arrival at the scene of the battle, coincided
with the Prophet's inspection of his soldiers, to find out how many had
been martyred and wounded. When he reached Hamza, he found him in an indescribable
situation; the infidels had badly mutilated his body; they had cut off
his fingers, hands, legs, nose, ears, and ruptured his abdomen to get his
liver out. They had also cut off his sexual organ and left him in that
The scene of Hamza's defaced body brought sadness
and pain to the Prophet's heart. The infidel had not abandoned any ugly
method of mutilation, which they did not commit against the strong and
steadfast supporter of Allah's Apostle, (Peace be upon him and Ahlul-Bayt).
While the Prophet was deeply saddened by this infliction, his Aunt and
Fatima were rushing towards the scene. As Soon as he noticed them, he covered
Hamza's body with one of his garments. Safia and Fatima arrived and began
crying and condemning the infidels for their crimes. They noticed that
the Prophet's forehead was badly cut and that blood had become clotted
on his face and beard; thus, Fatima Zahra started cleaning his face and
"Allah's punishment will be severe on him who caused
the Messenger's face to bleed."
Ali poured water on the Prophet's face, but this did
not stop the bleeding, so Fatima burnt some rope and put its ashes on the
cut, which stopped the bleeding. Fatima spent these moments in sadness
and great anxiety. She was a faithful and devoted daughter to her father.
When Ali (A) returned to Medina, he gave his sword
to Fatima and said:
"Take this sword Fatima; it surely proved itself
to be most reliable today."
The Prophet added:
"Take it Fatima, for surely your husband has fully
performed his duty; Allah killed the heroes of the Arabs through his hands."
Fatima's help to her father does not mean that she
worked as a nurse on the battlefield, despite the claim of some writers
who consider this story as proof that Fatima was a battlefield nurse!!