Hazrat Fatima Zahra (as) is representative of Allah Almighty among the Infallibles
This is based on a hadith which has been narrated by these Imams (a.s.). Fatima Zahra (s.a.) is the representative of other divine representatives. She is the Imam of Imams (a.s.).
In the Holy Quran, Allah the Exalted has mentioned how much women should be respected. To Allah the Exalted, women are like men. There is no difference between men and women in terms of spiritual and divine position. This path has been created for human beings, not only for men or for women. Allah the Exalted has created a woman like Fatima Zahra (s.a.) about whom Imam Askari (a.s.) or Imam Hadi (a.s.) say, "We are the representatives of Allah among the people and Fatima is representative of Allah among us." [Atayeb al-Bayan, volume 13, page 236]. This is based on a hadith which has been narrated by these Imams (a.s.). Fatima Zahra (s.a.) is the representative of other divine representatives. She is the Imam of Imams (a.s.).
Is there a greater personality? She was infallible. And such a person was a woman. Great women such as Mary, Sara, Asiya and many other great women are the outstanding personalities of the world. In the path of perfection and transcendence, it is human beings which move forward. There is no difference between men and women in terms of social rights. There is no difference between men and women in terms of individual rights. Of course, in specific cases, women have been given certain privileges and in a number of other cases, men have been given certain privileges. This is based on the nature of men and women. This is Islam. It has the most reasonable, the most dignified and the most practical laws that one can ever imagine regarding the issue of gender. We should follow this path. One of the major ways to do this is to raise a family, safeguard the family environment and preserve love in the family. And this is the responsibility of the lady of the house.
Ayatollah al-Uzma Khamenei, May 1, 2013
Lady Fatima Zahra (as) was the manifestation of enlightenment and purity
The lesson of the life of Fatima Zahra (as) is to make efforts, show diligence and lead a pure life, as that great personality was the manifestation of enlightenment and purity.
I would like to make a brief reference to the martyrdom days of the Ahlul Bayt’s unique pearl – Fatimah al-Zahra, Siddiqat al-Tahirah. According to the narration of “Seventy Five Days”, these days are the martyrdom days of that great personality. In those days, the Commander of the Faithful (a.s.) said farewell to his dear one with a broken heart and with a chest full of sorrow, and he returned the Holy Prophet’s (s.w.a.) precious gift to him. The Commander of the Faithful’s (a.s.) heart was full of sorrow, but his willpower and determination was not undermined in any way. This is a lesson for us.
Sometimes our hearts are filled with sorrow – there are such events in our lives, whether in our personal or in our social lives – but our willpower and determination should remain firm. Our steps should be taken firmly. There are sorrows that break mountains, but they cannot break a believer. We continue on the path. February 24, 2016
One of the outstanding characteristics of our Revolution is that the holy names of Hazrat Fatima Zahra (s.a.) and the Imam of the Age (may our souls be sacrificed for his sake) are repeatedly mentioned. After the Revolution and on various occasions, these two holy names have been mentioned more than different divine, Islamic and Shia teachings. This is a new phenomenon. Before the Revolution, the holy of name of Hazrat Fatima Zahra (s.a.) was not mentioned as often - neither in religious meetings, nor in public environments, nor by our poets, speakers, prominent figures and others. There were pious people at that time as well and there were also religious meetings in which her holy name used to be mentioned, but not on such a large scale and not with such deep insight. And nobody taught this to our people. That is to say, we did not promote this in our statements and slogans. It is a divine phenomenon. It is rooted in the hearts, emotions and faith of our people. Nobody - neither the Imam (r.a.) nor our prominent revolutionary figures - taught our soldiers during the Sacred Defense Era to choose "Ya Zahra" as the code name for their operations or to put on headbands with "Ya Zahra" written on them. But if you look carefully, you will see that the holy name of Hazrat Zahra is repeated more than other holy names. The same is true of the holy name of the Imam of the Age (may our souls be sacrificed for his sake). These two names were highlighted automatically after the Revolution. They emerged out of the hearts, emotions and faith of our people. This is an auspicious sign which shows that we have the attention of the Lady of the Two Worlds - the divine lady who was unique in terms of spirituality after her honorable father, the Commander of the Faithful (a.s.). May 24, 2011
We should make efforts. The lesson of the life of Siddiqat al-Taherah - Fatima Zahra (God's greetings be upon her) - is to make efforts, show diligence and lead a pure life, as that great personality was the manifestation of enlightenment and purity: she was "pure, clean, immaculate, virtuous, pious and moral" [Kamel al-Ziarat, page 310]. The purity, cleanliness, piety and enlightenment of that great person are what have influenced our Islamic teachings throughout the history of Shiaism.
Ayatollah al-Uzma Khamenei, April 20, 2014
Lady Fatima Zahra (as) was an ocean of wisdom and piety
Fatima Zahra (as) is superior to all great and saintly women throughout history. What factors, forces and what kind of inner strength could make a person become such an ocean of wisdom, piety, sanctity and spiritual transcendence in such a short time? This is a miracle of Islam.
The love of Fatima Zahra (s.a.), also known as Siddiqat al-Kubra, is a great blessing for us
In her short life, Fatima Zahra (s.a.) achieved the position of the mistress of all women. In other words, she is superior to all great and saintly women throughout history. What factors, forces and what kind of inner strength could make a person become such an ocean of wisdom, piety, sanctity and spiritual transcendence in such a short time? This is a miracle of Islam.
Another point is the blessed descendants of this great person. The association of Sura al-Kauther with Fatima Zahra (s.a.) - even if such an association had not existed in our hadith collections - is an accurate association. There are so many blessings that have been bestowed on the Holy Prophet's (s.w.a.) household and on each and every one of the Imams (a.s.). The world is full of enjoyable individual, social, worldly and otherworldly melodies which came out of the pure throats of the Imams (a.s.). Hussein ibn Ali (a.s.), Zeinab al-Kubra (s.a.), Imam Hassan al-Mojtaba (a.s.), Imam Sadiq (a.s.), Imam Sajjad (a.s.) and each and every one of the Imams (a.s.) would produce these melodies. See what a great excitement exists in the world of spirituality and in the path of guidance because of the words of these great personalities and their lessons and teachings. They are the children of Fatima Zahra (s.a.).
We should sincerely thank God. A number of the poems, which were recited by the friends, contained this point. The love of Fatima Zahra (s.a.), also known as Siddiqat al-Kubra, is a great blessing for us. Thank God we became familiar with her. Thank God we relied on her kindness and thank God we appreciated her value. Thank God we relied on her, asked her to help us gain an understanding of things and expressed our love for her. These are great blessings. We should preserve these blessings.
Suprem Leader's Speech to Panegyrists on Fatima Zahra's (s.a.) Birthday; July 5, 2007.
The glory of Fatima Zahra (as) is incomprehensible
No words can describe Hazrat Fatima Zahra (peace be upon her). We can never speak enough about her virtues. Words cannot express how I truly feel about her. The dimensions of such a noble woman's existence, this elevated soul, this gist of prophethood and wilaya, is so vast, infinite and incomprehensible: it truly leaves us amazed. If you read the literature about Fatima Zahra (as) written by Sunni narrators, you can find many sayings narrated from the Prophet (saws) in praise of Fatima Zahra (as) or how Prophet Muhammad treated her. There is a famous narration from Aisha where she is narrated to have said: “I have seen no one who resembles the Prophet in glory, visage, look, brilliance, manners and behaviors as much as Fatima.”
Statements made in meeting with a group of panegyrists, November 24, 1994
Hazrat Zahra is a role model for men and women
We are really and truly to blame about Hazrat Zahra (God’s greetings be upon her). I am not saying this as a person who wants to observe some formalities and to speak about things that are common and ordinary. We are too small and humble to speak about the position of that magnificent personality. Our tongues, our words and our understanding are too limited to utter words about the truth of that enlightened person and other individuals like her – the Imams (a.s.): “Allah has created you in the form of light and He has placed you around His throne” [speaking in Arabic]. This is the story about the light of the infallible Imams (a.s.). Now, what else can we say? However, there are many things to say about the behavior of those great personalities and their being role models as humans. And many things have been said in this regard. Some of you brothers have referred to this in your poems that were recited today. The arena is very wide for speaking about this matter. Now, I would like to say a few things in this regard as well.
We should take the second outlook about Hazrat Zahra (a.s.) – that is to say, her being a role model. In the Holy Quran, Allah the Exalted has referred to two women as role models for believers and He has referred to two women as examples of kufar: “And Allah sets forth, as an example to those who believe the wife of Pharaoh” and in the next ayah, He says, “And Maryam the daughter of Imran” [The Holy Quran, 66: 11-12]. He has given two examples for believers – men and women both, not only believing women. We can look at these great personalities and learn lessons from them with this outlook. Well, Fatimah Zahra (s.a.) is Siddiqat al-Kubra among other siddiqin and siddiqat. Kubra means that this great personality is the greatest siddiqat.
Statements made in a meeting with the panegyrists of Ahlul Bayt; March 30, 2016
People's mind can't evaluate characteristics of Fatima Zahra's personality
Man's limited mind cannot definitely evaluate and measure the characteristics of heavenly personalities like Fatima Zahra (God's greetings be upon her). People's minds do not have the capability to evaluate and measure these spiritual dimensions. However, we can make their behavior a model for ourselves We should make efforts. The lesson of the life of Siddiqat al-Taherah - Fatima Zahra (God's greetings be upon her) - is to make efforts, show diligence and lead a pure life, as that great personality was the manifestation of enlightenment and purity: she was "pure, clean, immaculate, virtuous, pious and moral" [Kamel al-Ziarat, page 310]. The purity, cleanliness, piety and enlightenment of that great person are what have influenced our Islamic teachings throughout the history of Shiaism.
Man's limited mind cannot definitely evaluate and measure the characteristics of heavenly personalities like Fatima Zahra (God's greetings be upon her). People's minds do not have the capability to evaluate and measure these spiritual dimensions. However, we can make their behavior a model for ourselves. This was also pointed out in the poems that the friends in this meeting recited.
The spiritual positions of these personalities are one thing and the patterns of behavior which are in front of our eyes are quite another. This does not mean that we can emulate these personalities by displaying a second version of their patterns of behavior. This is not what it means. However, we can follow them at least.
The Commander of the Faithful (a.s.) said, "I know that to adopt such a hard way of life is beyond you, but at least try to be pious. Help me and be my companion in virtue, diligence and simple living" [Nahjul Balaghah, Letter 45]. After he describes his lifestyle - although he had a lofty position and had access to many resources, he lived a life of piety and abstinence - he says, "You cannot behave like me, but you can help me". With what? We can help him with piety, avoidance of sins, effort and diligence. These are our responsibilities.
They have illustrated the goals for us, both individual and personal goals, and social, political and general goals. In personal goals, our lofty ideal is reaching the peak of human dignity. Everyone has been promised that they can take this lofty and limitless flight. You youth are more capable than us. These are the personal goals.
And our great social goals are creating a pure Islamic life and Islamic society, one that allows individuals to move towards this goal. Such a society is well-developed, free, independent, highly moral, united, unanimous, pious and religious. These are the goals of Islamic society. The main social and political goal of Islam is creating a world which is an introduction to the afterlife and which helps individuals to achieve paradise easily. They have illustrated these goals for us.
What is the way to achieve these goals? How can we reach these goals? As Imam Ali (a.s.) said, we should help him to reach this goal - this is the Commander of the Faithful's (a.s.) command. This goal is what the Commander of the Faithful (a.s.) did in his entire life and during his efforts and jihad, which is creating such a world for all the people throughout history. How can we help him? We can help him with virtue, diligence and effort. Laziness is forbidden. Idleness is forbidden. Feeling tired is forbidden. Becoming desperate is forbidden. When this great movement is launched, you have gladdened the blessed heart of Fatima Zahra (God's greetings be upon her) and the Commander of the Faithful (a.s.) because they made all these efforts in order to reach this goal.
Ayatollah al-Uzma Khamenei, April 20, 2014