The Holy Prophet's daughter prophesying the conversion of Europe to Islam
Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On May 13, 1917 AD, three children in the town of Fatima in Portugal reportedly saw an apparition of what they called "Our Lady of Fatima" and "Our Lady of the Rosary". They spoke of seeing a lady "more radiant than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal ball filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the rays of the sun." The three were immediately jailed by the local Christian authorities of the Catholic sect and threatened with painful death. They were reportedly released, although it cannot be confirmed whether or not they were the same children. Their names were given as Lucia Santos, and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Martoin. Of the three, two died soon afterwards, while Lucia Santos was confined to convents as a nun until she died in 2005 at the age of 97.
The Vatican acted as her spokesman by releasing what it called the "Three Secrets of Fatima", although scholars suspect deliberate distortion of the whole event, and what was actually predicted or told to the children. First and foremost, nowhere in Christian texts, has the Virgin Mary been ever called Fatima, or was associated with the rosary (prayer beads).
As researchers point out, the name of the town in Portugal, "Fatima" is Arabic, and it was founded by the Muslim rulers of the Iberian Peninsula. The name "Fatema" is popular and venerated throughout the Islamic World because of it being the name of the daughter of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA), who is also called "az-Zahra" or the Most Radiant.
Another interesting fact that scholars note is the association of the Prophet's daughter with the rosary or prayer beads, which she first made out of clay, and which subsequently became famous as "Tasbih Fatema" when her father taught her the glorification of the Lord Most High on the prayer beads. Hence Hazrat Fatema (S.A.) is known as the Lady of the Rosary.
The most important factor to note is that in 1571 AD, Pope Pius V held a feast of what he called "Our Lady of Victory" in honour of the Virgin Mary, after the Christians had managed to hold back Turkish Muslim armies from overrunning Western Europe; but in the subsequent years, following fresh Turkish victories, Pope Gregory XIII changed the name of the feast to "Our Lady of Rosary" since victory was not possible against the Turks. It is not known what prompted the Pope to associate the word Rosary with Mary for the first time ever in history, or whether it was part of the Catholic propaganda to counter the trend among the growing number of Muslims in southeastern Europe to recite the Rosary of Hazrat Fatema (SA).
Thus, the most likely answer for the apparition that the three children saw this day in 1917 was that it was of the Holy Prophet's daughter – perhaps prophesying the conversion of Europe to Islam.