The Knowledge of Fatima al Zahra (SA)

Salawat [Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammad wa Aali Muhammad]. 'A'udhu bil-Lahi min al-Shaytan al-rajim. Bismil-Lahi, Al-Rahman, Al-Rahim. Al-hamdulil-Lahi Rabbi 'l-Alameen, wa as-salatu wa as-salamu 'ala Sayyidina, wa Nabiyyina, wa tabibi nufusina, wa habibi qulubina, Aba al-Qasim Muhammad [Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammad wa Aali Muhammad]. Salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. La siyama baqqiyat Allah, ruhi wa arwah ul-'alamin li turabi maqdamihi al-fidaa'.

Dear brothers and sisters in Islam, as-salamu alaykum jamee'an, wa rahmatu-Llahi wa barakatuh, and commiserations and our sincere condolences is due to our present Imam, Imam al Hujjah, 'ajal Allahu Ta'ala farajah ush-shareef, in whose honour this Majlis inshaAllah for Bibi Fatimah, sayyidat an-nisaa' al-'alamin, is inshaAllah organised and gathered.

The Majlis that is held in memory of sayyidat an-nisaa' al-'alamin, Fatimat uz-Zahra, is surely a Majlis that her parents Khadija, salam Allah 'alayha, the Holy Prophet of Islam, and her husband Amir al-Mu'minin, and her children, the 11 Imams of Ahl al-Bayt 'alayhim as-salam, and in particular Imam al Hujjah, 'ajal Allahu Ta'ala farajah ush-shareef, our present Imam, participates and attends inshaAllah.

May the soul of all of them be pleased with all the organizers and all of us who attended, participated, contributed in any way, form or shape to hold the program inshaAllah in this Bayt al Imam Al-Hasan Al-Mujtaba, 'alayhi as-salam. I am sure it was brother Iqtidar, it is the voice that I do not think I ever forget who was introducing, thank you brother Iqtidar, and on my behalf also, I would like to give my condolences again to the family of Maulana Hasni for the sad news that we heard about his father in law. May the Almighty God elevate his soul and associate him inshaAllah with the Imams of Ahl al-Bayt 'alayhim as-salam.

And inshaAllah, we dedicate this session tonight not only to the soul of Marhoom Sayyid Ali Qasim, but all of mu'mineen and mu'minaat from this gathering, including my parents, Marhooma Hajj Hamideh, the mother of Brother Abbas, and all of your relatives who have passed away. May inshaAllah they all be the guest of Fatimat uz-Zahra salamu Allah 'alayha tonight, with a loud Salawat 'ala Muhammad wa Aali Muhammad [Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammad wa Aali Muhammad].

'A'udhu bi-Llahi min al-Shaytan al-rajim. Bismillah Al-Rahman Al-Rahim. "Wa qala lahum nabiyyahum inna Allaha qad ba'atha lakum Taloota nabiya [malikan]... Inna Allaha stafahu 'alaykum wa zadahu bastatan fil 'ilmi wa al-jism" (2:247). Sadaqa Allahu, al-'Aliyu, al-'Adheem.

This ayah was part of ayah 247 of the second chapter of the Qur'an, Surat ul-Baqarah that I just recited for you, in which Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, sets the criteria for leadership, especially divine leadership.

The story goes back to the time of the Israelites that Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, says that one of the prophets, that narrations say that it was apparently Prophet Samuel or Ismael in Arabic. He informed his community that after me as my successor, Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, will appoint a successor for me who is going to be your leader, your Malik and and king and leader, and then mentions the criteria, that "Inna Allaha stafahu 'alaykum " (2:247), Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, has chosen him.

So leaders, divine leaders are those that are chosen by Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala. It is not that they are voted. It is not by election, it is by selection and divine selection of course. It is because of the qualifications and criteria that they meet, not just because community decided to vote for them.

So "Inna Allaha stafahu 'alaykum " (2:247), Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, chose him over you, for what? "Wa zadahu bastatan fil 'ilmi wa al-jism" (2:247). And Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, increased him in knowledge and in power. In other words, this person who was chosen to be your leader as a divine leader, he enjoys two criteria. One is extraordinary knowledge that is way beyond the ordinary knowledge that humans can ever perceive. And the second is again extraordinary power, gets to the area that we call the power of the selected anbiyya' and awsiyya' we refer to it as a Mu'jiza, miracle or Al-Karamat when it comes to their successors.

Tonight, inshaAllah I want to introduce one aspect of the personality of Fatimat uz-Zahra salamu Allah 'alayha, as the person who is chosen by Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, with reference to her knowledge, and we appreciate inshaAllah the lady that we are having the majlis in her honor.

In a nutshell, in Islamic philosophy and logic, we study that there are two kinds of knowledge. One is called acquired knowledge, is a knowledge that we have to go and study. The knowledge that all of us we gain in our lives and so much recommendation is for it in Islam, is all going under the category of acquired knowledge, "al-'ilm al-iktisaabi".

What is acquired knowledge? Acquired knowledge is the knowledge that unless you go to school, you study, you read a book, you will not know about it. For the last thirty, more than thirty years of my life I have been studying about Islam and still, if I do not study, I do not know. Simple as it is, no revelation comes to me, there is no other way to learn. This acquired knowledge has some differences with the second type that I will tell you.

The second type of knowledge which is related to the knowledge of the prophets and their successors, is what we call gifted knowledge, a knowledge that is gifted by the Almighty God. It is a knowledge that is Nur and Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, "yaqdhifuhu fi qalbi man yashaa", casted into the heart of whoever male or female that He so wills. This kind of knowledge in the Qur'an often is referred to as "ilmu al-laduni".

"Wa 'alamnahu min ladunna 'ilma" (18:65), referring to Khidhr, the companion of Prophet Musa 'alayhi as-salam, that apparently even he knew certain things that Musa did not know, and Musa 'alayhi as-salam, decided to make a journey to go and learn about life beyond this physical world from him. Qur'an says that his knowledge, the knowledge of the Khidhr, it was something that We taught him, We gave him that knowledge, from Us.

The acquired knowledge has many differences with the gifted knowledge that inshaAllah tonight I want to say that the knowledge of Ahl al-Bayt 'alayhum as-salam was not an acquired knowledge. No historian has ever claimed quoted Shia, Sunni, non-Muslims, that for example any of the Imams or ma'soomeen 'alayhim as-salam, they went to a school and what they know about the Qur'an and Islam, they learned from certain teacher. It is very common when we study the biography of a scholar, first we mention that who were his teachers? Where did he learn this from? And then we mention about his compilation, books and students and the like.

So the first comes to the mind is that if you are a scholar, who did you learn from? Where did you learn from? The Imams of Ahl al-Bayt 'alayhim as-salam, no historians have ever mentioned that they had a teacher, so to speak, ordinary teacher to go to, or a school to learn from.

The acquired knowledge is the knowledge that we throughout our life we learn and still we do not know what we have learned is certainly true or not. And the more you study, the more you do not know. This is the reality of it. Like, for example, when you go to different fields of knowledge and it is, talk of any science you want to take, the more you go and interview the specialists of that area, he says that, look, as much as I know, I am a specialist in this area, but questions that I have on my own field are so many.

Ibn Jawzi was one of the very famous scholars, interpreter of the Qur'an, a philosopher, a physician in his time as well, a mathematician, very learned scholar in the sixth century. Once he went up on a stage in the mimbar to deliver a lecture. After his lecture, a lady from the ladies side, she asked him a question. Ibn Jawzi says, I do not know, I will get back to you. The lady says that, If you do not know, then why did you go up the mimbar?

Ibn Jawzi says that this mimbar has three steps, but this is the mimbar of al-'ilm. This is the pulpit of knowledge. I have ascended this pulpit with regards to my knowledge, to the level of my knowledge, three steps. If I had to go up on the mimbar on a stage based on my ignorance, they should have made a sky-rise for me. I should have gone to the moon. The mimbar of Jahl and ignorance should be so high to the sky, even though I am an expert in my area. But there is so much that I do not know.

This is when it comes to acquired knowledge, whereas when it comes to the gifted knowledge, look at what Imam Al-Kadhim 'alayhi as-salam says. Imam Al-Kadhim says, "Inna Allaha la yaj'alu hujjattan fi ardhih yus'alu 'an shay'in fa yaqulu la adree." Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, would never appoint anyone, would never choose anyone, remember the Ayah that I read, "Inna Allaha stafahu", God has chosen him, God will never choose anyone unless there is no such situation that anyone, humans or the jinns even, go to him, ask him a question and then he would say, I do not know, I get back to you. There is no such thing. He cannot be hujjatu Allah. She cannot be hujjatu Allah. If they are to be hujjatu Allah, that appointed by Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, any question you ask them, they know.

Omar ibn al Khattab, the second khalifah went to the Imam with some questions. Imam Ali 'alayhi as-salam, Amir al-Mu'minin 'alayhi as-salam. He was asking a question. As soon as he finishes his sentence, the Imam answers him. Immediately, spontaneously. Omar says then, Ya Ali, is it not better that you pause? Even I have not finished my question and you already answered me.

Imam Ali 'alayhi as-salam brings his hands like this, he said how many are they? Omar says five. Imam Ali 'alayhi as-salam said that, Was it not better that if you pause a little bit before you answer me? He said, No it is obvious, it is five. Imam Ali 'alayhi as-salam says, The questions that you asked me are also so obvious, I do not need to think, and besides, our knowledge is not through reflection and thinking. It is a gift from Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala.

Sheikh Al-Kulaini has opened a chapter in Al-Kafi about the Imams of Ahl al-Bayt, about ma'soomeen Ahl al-Bayt 'alayhim as-salam, that any time they need to know something, it is given to them. It is immediately given to them. Imagine someone is asking a question, as he is asking the question, he says, Ya rabb what is the answer? And the answer is given to him instantly.

'Ilmul laduni also has got nothing to do with the age for that reason as well. That is why the Prophets and their awsiyya', ma'soomeen, it is not the issue of whether they are in their sixties. Acquired knowledge, the older we get, once I was telling Hajji Abbas that sheikhs are in a sense, excuse the term, I do not say the one, I use the vinegar example, like vinegar, the older the merrier. Because it is like perhaps a physician. In certain areas, experience plays a big role. The older you get in your field, the more experience you learn, is it not? And naturally your knowledge increases. You would have more time to study.

Whereas when it comes to a gifted knowledge, it has nothing to do with the age. Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, clearly says about Prophet Isa, Jesus Christ son of Mary, that while he was in the cradle, he says that: "Inni 'abdu Allah aataani al kitab wa ja'alani nabbiyya" (19:30). I am the slave of God. God has given me Injeel and appointed me as a Prophet. From the cradle while he was still a baby.

Imam Hadi 'alayhi as-salam was only seven or eight years old, maximum eight years old in Medina. Mu'tassam Al-Abassi, he says that we have to, since his father is in Samara, we have to make sure that this boy, his mindset is changed. We want to rewire his mind because he will be succeeding his father. So he appoints the most learned Sunni scholar of their time in Medina, whose name is Al-Junaidi. He says, I want you to teach this young boy the way that we want him, what we want him to learn, so that his mindset is formed, that in the future, the Shia, they follow what we want them to follow, they know what we want them to know.

Junaidi starts teaching Imam Al-Hadi, a seven, eight year old boy supposedly. Couple of months later, Mu'tassam, the king of Abbassi summons the so-called teacher. He says, How do you go with that kid? Al-Junaidi says that, Ya Khalifa, do not call him a kid. He is not a kid. He is not a child. Any branch of Islamic knowledge I open any day to teach him, he knows more than me. And in fact it has become I have become his student. I go to the Qur'an and I say that I know the whole Qur'an off by heart. Today I am going to teach him difficult Ayat of the Qur'an. He listens to me. Once I finish, he says, Junaidi, there is more to it, and what you said is incorrect because of this and because of that ayah, and I have become his student.

And he says that, And I cannot fathom that this seven, eight year old boy, he has been living all his life in Medina and living within the walls of Medina, and in this city I am supposedly the most learned person. Where does he get for God's sake, his knowledge from? I do not know.

What Junaidi does not know is that the Imams of Ahl al-Bayt, ma'soomeen, their knowledge is gifted. "Wa 'alamnahu min ladunna 'ilma", it is not an acquired knowledge.

Now, with this introduction, let us go to the knowledge of Fatimat uz-Zahraa salamu Allah 'alayha to appreciate, acknowledge inshaAllah the great lady that you are sitting here in her honor.

First of all, about the limit of her knowledge, I assure you that it is beyond our imagination. Imam Al-Sadiq 'alayhi as-salam says one of the reasons that Fatimah is called Fatimah is "Li'an al-khalq futtimu 'an kunhi ma'rifatiha", because humankind are taken away, are kept in dark when it comes to knowing Fatimah. So knowing Fatimah, including one of her characters, that is her knowledge is beyond our imagination.

So we can only quote from her children, her students, the Imams of Ahl al-Bayt 'alayhim as-salam. Yes, the Imams of Ahl al-Bayt 'alayhim as-salam with all the vast knowledge of Imam Al-Sadiq, they say we are the students of the literature of our mother Fatimah. Imam Al-Baqir 'alayhi as-salam says "Laqad fattamah Allahu min al-'ilm". If you want to know the knowledge of Fatimah, God has taken Fatimah from the ocean of His knowledge, from the infinite divine ocean, the ocean of the knowledge of Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala. InshaAllah with some salawat, I will share it with you [Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammad wa Aali Muhammad].

From one of the most authentic books of Hadith that we have from Sheikh Al-Kulayni rahmatullah 'alayh. And this hadith is not a hadith that I share it anywhere and everywhere, with any Tom, Dick and Harry, as we say. InshaAllah for this special gathering in this very special night, for you especially brothers and sisters. I share it with you. You will see why.

Abu Baseer who had an impaired vision, physically he could not see, but the eyes of his heart were very open. He goes to Imam Al-Sadiq 'alayhi as-salam one day and there are people sitting in the room, everyone asks their question and move on and go until the room was empty. Abu Baseer he could not see, he says to the Imam, Yabna Rasul Allah, is there anyone still around? The Imam says, No everybody has left. Just you and I. He says, Can I ask you a very private and confidential question? Go on Ya Abu Baseer. His kuniya is Abu Muhammad. That is why in the hadith Imam refers to him as Abu Muhammad.

He says, I have heard that your grandfather, the Prophet of Islam, has told Imam Ali, "Allama Aliyyan baaba min al-'ilm", one subject of knowledge, one field of knowledge from which one thousand subcategories will open. Is this true? The Prophet corrected: Imam said that, Yes, you have heard something Abu Baseer, but you did not hear it correct and completely. My grandfather, the Prophet, told my grandfather Imam Ali one thousand fields of knowledge from each one thousand subcategories will open. Wow. What did I say? One thousand categories, so was the fields of knowledge, from each one thousand will open.

And let me remind you by the way here, because when we say "Allama Aliyyan", the Prophet taught Imam Ali, again people, they think that Imam Ali used to go and sit with the Prophet in an ordinary fashion, and then the Prophet was teaching him all the fields of science and everything. No, it was not like this. This kind of hadith, hadith that we have, this kind of knowledge particularly, is the knowledge that the Prophet within a few seconds before the end of his life in dunya, transferred it to Imam Ali 'alayhi as-salam.

See if you had come to Australia with Captain Cook and back then, somebody will tell you that I can transmit and photocopy and transmit over 200 volumes of books from Sydney to London. You would say, come on, you are talking nonsense. Impossible, to photocopy 200 volumes of books within a few minutes. Today you kids are doing that and depending on the bandwidth, they can send it easily.

So when we hear about the Prophet teaching Imam Ali, Fatimat uz-Zahraa teaching her children Imam Hasan and Imam Husayn, it is not in an ordinary way of teaching. How could possibly, there is no time you know, enough time for such a vast knowledge. It is in a different way of transmission of knowledge. And let me tell you something. I want inshaAllah you to say salawat so that this stays in your mind. Please say salawat 'ala Muhammad wa aali Muhammad [Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammad wa Aali Muhammad].

I am sure you are all reading and knowing and very familiar with Ziyarat Warith, that some they say Ziyarate Warithe. It is correct to say Warith. Anyway, do you know why Ziyarat Imam Husayn is called Ziyarat Warith? Do you know why you say to Imam Hussein that he is Warith of Adam, Nuh, and all the prophets and the Prophet of Islam, why? Is it that the wealth that they inherited? It is the knowledge that they have inherited.

But why, transmission of knowledge from the Prophet to Imam Ali, from Imam Ali to Imam Hasan, or from Fatimat uz-Zahraa to Imam Hasan and Husayn is called the Wiratha, inheritance? Because inheritance, it is just a figure metaphoric for you and I to understand. How inheritance takes place? The moment that I die instantly, all that I own belongs to my heirs, automatically is transferred to my heirs, isn't it? So is knowledge. So this Wiratha is used the term inheritance metaphorically so that you and I understand the knowledge of Imam Ali from the Prophet, the knowledge of Ahl al-Bayt, the Imams of Ahl al-Bayt and Fatimat uz-Zahraa is not acquired knowledge, they had to sit before their mother to learn. Instantly the knowledge is transmitted to them.

So that is what Imam Sadiq said. Then Abu Baseer said, Wow, "hadha Wa Allahi 'ilm", this is really knowledge. The Imam says, Yes, this is knowledge, but there is more that we know. Then the Imam says that, "Wa Allah 'indana al jami'a", by Allah we have a book called Comprehensive. And then the Imam says that, You know what is that, Al-Jami'a? Every halaal and haraam that you can or cannot imagine until the day of judgment. Imagine a comprehensive jurisprudence, encyclopedia of jurisprudence, all the jurisprudential issues that humanity needs until the day of judgment is in that book, the Imam says.

And then Imam says to Abu Baseer, Ya Abu Baseer, may I touch you? He says, I am yours Ya Ibn Rasul Allah. The Imam pinches him very gently and says that even the penalty of this is mentioned in that book. We have that knowledge. Abu Baseer says, Wow, this is really knowledge. The Imam says, Yes but there is more that we have. He said, Ya Ibn Rasul Allah, my brain is really unable, I cannot, how can I? The Imam says that, You wanted to ask a question, you have to follow me. The Imam says then, "Wa Allah 'indana al jaffr." We have the Al-jaffr as well. He says, What is Jaffr? The Imam says that is all the knowledge of the prophets and the successors of the prophets.

Brothers, I really do not want and I do not have time to delve into the details of it. Imagine Asif ibn Barkhiya, the successor of one of the deputies of Sulayman, Imam Sadiq 'alayhi as-salam says that the knowledge that he had, I give you an example so that you can grasp it. Imagine a cake, cut it into seventy three pieces, and then you have a piece out of seventy three, how small your piece will be? Imam says the knowledge of Asif ibn Barkhiya was one out of seventy three and our knowledge is the whole cake. Asif ibn Barkhiya, in less than a blink of an eye brought the throne of Queen of Sheba to Sulayman. Imagine what we can do. This is our knowledge, we have the knowledge of all the previous prophets and their successors with us.

Abu Baseers says, Yabna Rasul Allah, "hadha wa Allahi 'ilm". The Imam says, Yes surely this is knowledge, but still we have more. Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, has gifted us more.

If you want now tonight to acknowledge, appreciate a little bit about the lady for whom you are sitting here, listen to this part of the hadith from Imam Sadiq 'alayhi as-salam, the grandson of Fatimat uz-Zahraa. Imam Sadiq 'alayhi as-salam says that, "Wa Allah 'indana Mushaf Fatima", by Allah we have Mushaf Fatimah, the book of our grandmother Fatimah is with us. Abu Baseer says, What is Mushaf Fatimah? Remember that the Imam is taking him to the deeper levels of knowledge as he goes. So Mushaf Fatimah has more than what Jaffr, more than what Jami'a had.

Abu Baseer says, Yabna Rasool Allah, what is Mushaf Fatimah? Imam 'alayhi asalaam says, "Inna 'indana 'ilm ma kan wa 'ilma ma yakoon wama huwa ka'inun illa an taqoom al sa'a", until the day of judgment any knowledge, anything that is going to happen or has happened, is going to happen, or will happen in the future, its knowledge is with us, from Mushaf Fatimah.

We are all the students of our Fatimat uz-Zahraa. She was only 18 when she left this dunya. But remember, as I told you, that age has got nothing to do with this kind of knowledge. Ammar ridhwan Allah 'alayh says to Salman Al-Muhammadi, not Salman Al-Farsi as the Imams they said to refer to him. He said, I was with Amir al-Mu'minin Imam Ali 'alayhi as-salam. We went to Fatimat uz-Zahraa, and Fatimah said to Imam Ali 'alayhi as-salam, "Udno minnee", come near to me my sayyid, my dear husband, "li uhhaddithuka bima kana wa ma yakoon wama huwa ka'inun ila yawm il-qiyama", come to me ask me about the past, not the history of humans, ask me about the past, present and the future, by the leave, by the great permission of God, I inform you anything you want, I inform you.

Allahu Akbar. Fatimat uz-Zahraa, salamu Allah 'alayha, she was Al-Muhaddatha. One of the titles of Fatimah is Muhaddatha. Muhaddatha means the one that is spoken to by the angels. For those who cannot fathom this, I give them a Qur'an example. Qur'an is giving this example so that later on with non-Shia, when we want to debate, we have a proof from the Qur'an.

Clearly Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, says: "Idh qalatil malaa'ikatu ya Maryam inna Allaha stafaaki wa taharaki wa stafaaki 'ala nisaa' al-'aalameen" (3:42). Oh Maryam, "Idh qalatil malaa'ika", when angels are saying to Maryam that God has chosen you. Imam Sadiq 'alayhi as-salam says that, Sayyida Maryam, she was the chosen lady of her time. Fatimat uz-Zahraa is Sayyidat un-Nisaa' al 'alameen, Sayyidat un-Nisaa' ahl al jannah. She was chosen over all ladies ever existed or will exist. Surely angels is sent to her as well without being a prophet. Clearly Imam Sadiq 'alayhi as-salam says, "Wa lam takun nabbiyyatan", do not make a mistake, do not think that anyone that the angel go to, she becomes or becomes a prophet. No, she was not a prophet, but she was "Muhaddatha", spoken to by the angels.

Rahmatullah 'alayh, Imam Khomeini, I remember he used to quote this hadith and say that this hadith that is in Usool Al Kafi shows and proves, is one of the best merits and the virtues of Fatimat uz-Zahraa salamu Allah 'alayha, speaking of the knowledge of Fatimat uz-Zahra and also confirms and interestingly is an authentic hadith, in term of the sanad is authentic, and confirms that most likely Fatimat uz-Zahra was martyred seventy five days after the death of the Prophet, like now that we are commemorating it. What is the hadith? The hadith is the following.

That Imam Sadiq 'alayhi as-salam says, "Inna Fatimah makathat ba'da abeeha", Fatimat uz-Zahraa lived after her father seventy five days only, and these days are falling to that seventy five.

Then the Imam says that during that seventy five days and nights "kan Jibra'il yadkhulu 'alayha". Jibra'il used to come, the Archangel Jibra'il used to come to her, used to give her condolences, consoling her, and used to give her knowledge about the time, bringing the knowledge to her. Remember, Jibra'il is a messenger, not a teacher. Jibra'il is the transmitter, it is a divine knowledge but Jibril is a transmitter, a messenger, courier, delivers. He was delivering the knowledge and informing Fatimat uz-Zahraa to all what is happening until the day of judgment, "wa kan Aliyun yaktubu dhalik". Allahu Akbar. The scribe of the knowledge of Fatimah was Imam Ali 'alayhi as-salam, writing that. And then Imam Al-Sadiq says "Fa hadha Mushaf Fatimah." This is Mushaf Fatimah that we are talking about, that is with us. Sallu 'ala Muhammad wa aali Muhammad [Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammad wa Aali Muhammad].

Now you know why, now you know why someone to the caliber of Imam Amir al-Mu'minin, Assadullah al-ghalib, "sheer-e-Khuda", Imam Ali 'alayhi as-salam, when he is talking to Fatimat uz-Zahra, to his wife, does not say my dear, my darling or things like that, does not say Fatimah. He says "Ya Sayyidati". Allahu Akbar. "Ya Sayyidati". Brothers and sisters, Imam Ali was Sayyidul Awsiyya'. He was the master of all the successors of the prophets from the time of the successor of Prophet Adam Sheith, to the time of Khatam al awsiyya', Imam Al Hujjah, 'ajal Allahu ta'ala farajah ush-sharif. Allahumma salli ala Muhammad wa aali Muhammad [Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammad wa Aali Muhammad]. Imam Ali 'alayhi as-salam is the Sayyid of all of them. Yet he sits before Fatimat uz-Zahraa and says "Ya Sayyidati".

We have a hadith from Imam Sadiq that towards the end of the life of Fatimah, when Fatimah was crying, Imam Ali 'alayhi as-salam goes to her and says, "Ya Sayyidati ma yubkeek", my sayyida. Some translate it to mistress, this mistress has negative connotation, I do not like to use the term, unfortunately, these days it does not have, it has a different meaning. "Ya Sayyidati", my noble lady, the noblest lady, why do you cry?

And Fatimat uz-Zahraa, she explains that I do not cry because I am dying, I am crying because of what happens after me to you. So far as I was alive, I am alive, I protected you, ya Ali. My face was bruised so that they can not reach you. My rib was broken because I did not want them to reach you. I miscarried my baby so that they cannot reach you. I cry that what is going to happen to you after me?

I have studied the biography of Imam Ali 'alayhi as-salam and every year for many, many years I have been reviewing and going through different ahadeeth. I found Imam Ali 'alayhi as-salam only in two occasions, are you with me? Only in two occasions I found Imam Ali 'alayhi as-salam fainting. He fainted.

One was when it comes to separation with Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, imagination of separation, even hypothetically Imam Ali fainted. "Wahhabni sabbartu 'ala 'adhaabik fa kaifa asburra 'ala firaqik", in Dua Kumail. That Imam Ali 'alayhi as-salam says that, Ya rabb, even hypothetically, if it is possible for me to live in hell, be patient being in hell, Ali can not be patient to be separated from Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala. This is one occasion and he was fainted. Imam Al Sadiq 'alayhi as-salam says that Imam Ali 'alayhi as-salam when he was reading this in sajdah "ghushiya 'alayh", he was fainting, in agony of lest I separate from Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala.

What is the second? The second occasion is that again according to the hadith that Ibn Abbas narrates. Allahu Akbar. He says that Fatimat uz-Zahraa, imagine brothers with this, let us go to Madina. Fatimah salam Allah 'alayha is in her dying bed. Imam Hasan and Imam Husayn, these two young boys, Hasanain, they run to the mosque. Imam Ali had gone to pray. As they reached the gate of the mosque, Imam is coming out. Ibn Abbas says that Hasanain, they grabbed their father, said Ya Abbatah, mum died. Meaning that mum is dying, hurry up.

The moment, the news of the death of Fatimah, look what it did to Amir al-Mu'minin. Ibn Abbas says "Fa ghushia 'alayh hatta rusha 'alayhi al-maa' fa afaaq". Ali when he heard this sad news of the death of Fatimah, he just fainted that we had to splash water on him to bring him, to wake him up.

Shiat Amir al-Mu'minin, brothers and sisters, when our master Imam Ali 'alayhi as-salam is fainted in the agony of the death of Fatimah, imagine what should happen to us, and how we should commemorate the martyrdom of Fatimat uz-Zahraa, salam Allah 'alayha. Let us turn off the lights and go to Madina tonight with this gathering, with the arc of Imam Hasan Al Mujtaba from his house. This house of God that is named after Imam Hasan, the son of Fatimah.

Sham in mas'ale ra, barhame kas roshan kard, ke tawan ta be sahar girye bi shiwan kard - A candle proved this, and made it clear to everybody, that yes, it is possible to cry all the night but silently, as the candle is like, the poet says that see how the candle is shedding tears quietly and silently, talking about Imam Ali.

Barsare turbate Zahra, Ali az khune jigar giryeha ta be sahar bi khabar az dushman kard - the Imam himself he said, to the rest of my life Ya Sayyidati. When he buried his wife, Fatimah,salamu Allah alayha, he is telling her that for the rest of my life, this agony of departure from you, separation from you is not going to be healed. Imam says Wa Allah, ya'se kabud Muhammadi ra khudam ghuslesh dadam - By Allah, I did take care of the ritual bathing of Fatimah. "Innaha kanat maymoonatan, tahiratan, mutahhara. Surely she was so blessed, pure and purified. Then the Imam after finishing the bathing, he gently laid down the holy body of Fatimah in her grave, minding her broken arm, minding her broken ribs.

Ke dide ra dile shab, bulbuli ra ke zeere gil nahan sazad guli ra - Have you ever seen a nightingale burying a flower under the dust in the middle of the night? Then Imam Ali 'alayhi as-salam, says that, you know it is mustahab when you put the deceased into the grave, you are undoing the ties of the shroud and the kafan, and also uncovering the face of the deceased person. Then Imam Ali 'alayhi as-salam, uncovered the face of Fatimah. He must have noticed and seen for the last time the bruises on her face and therefore he is just erupting and he cannot be patient anymore.

He turned towards the grave of the Holy Prophet and said, as-salamu 'alayka ya Habib Allah, as-salamu 'alayka ya Nur Allah, inna al-wadee' aqad ustarradat. Oh Messenger of God, the trust is returned, the one who was held in pledge is taken. Ya Rasul Allah, your daughter is coming to you, ask her and she will explain to you why her ribs are broken, why her arm is bruised. Ya Rasul Allah ask her how she miscarried her baby.

Ala la'natu Allah, 'ala al-qawmi adh-dhalimeen. Wa sa ya'lamu al-ladheena dhalamu ayyam unqalibin ya anqaliboon. 'A'udhu bi-Llahi min al-Shaytan al-rajim. “Amman yujibu al-mudtarra idha da‘ahu wa yakshifu us-su’u”. “Amman yujibu al-mudtarra idha da‘ahu wa yakshifu us-su’u”. “Amman yujibu al-mudtarra idha da‘ahu wa yakshifu us-su’u”. “Amman yujibu al-mudtarra idha da‘ahu wa yakshifu us-su’u”. “Amman yujibu al-mudtarra idha da‘ahu wa yakshifu us-su’u” (27:62). Bi jaahi Muhammad wa aali Muhammad wa bi hurmat il-Fatihata ma'a as-salawat.