The Mother of Her Father
The tenth year after Bi‛that1 was a very hard period for Muslims. The respected Abutalib (A.S.) and Lady Khadijah (A.S.) had passed away within a short span of time. Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) had lost two of his best and kindest supporters both at home and in the society.
Lady Fatimah al-Zahra (A.S.) had a very difficult time as well. She had lost a mother like Khadijah (A.S.) while she was only six years old. However, this was not the only difficulty she had to face; as a matter of fact, every time she would come out of the house, she was faced unpleasant events. She would see the enemies cursing the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) or even hurting him physically. Nevertheless, she had understood the new situation and despite her young age she had realized that supporting her father was of her new responsibilities. Hence, she became a great contributor and supporter of Islam and Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.).
Once she saw a number of people had gathered around in Masjid al-Haram to plan the murder of Prophet (S.A.W.). Lady Fatimah (A.S.) returned home with tearful eyes, and told her father about the plan; as a result the enemies had failed to carry out their plan. At another time, one of the polytheists, who had apparently come to visit the Prophet (S.A.W.), threw dirt and garbage on the Prophet (S.A.W.). Prophet
Muhammad (S.A.W.), owner of the greatest morality, acted as if nothing had happened, forgave him, and returned home. When Lady Fatimah (A.S.) saw what had happened to her father, ran to him with some water and washed his father’s head and face. She began to cry at the harsh act the enemies had done to her father, but the Prophet (S.A.W.) told her:
‛‛O my daughter! Do not cry. Be sure that Allah will protect your father from all evils and will make him successful in his mission.‛‛
At another incident, when some polytheist poured the waste of a slaughtered camel and sheep on the Prophet (S.A.W.) during his prostration, again, it was Lady Fatimah (A.S.) who went to help Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) with love. She helped her father clean the waste, and with her act caressed her father’s soul.
These affectionate moralities of Lady Fatimah (A.S.) was so much that Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) called her ‛‛the mother of her father‛‛ implying the deepness of love and care little Fatimah (A.S.) showed her father.