Divine Assistance in the Birth of the Lady Fāṭimah (‘a)

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Divine Assistance in the Birth of the Lady Fāṭimah (‘a)

Question: How did God help Khadījah (‘a) in the birth of her daughter Fāṭimah (‘a)?
Concise answer:
Detailed answer: When Khadījah married the Prophet (ṣ), the women of Mecca cut off relations with her over what had happened and they said: She has married a poor young orphan and she has lowered her status through this. This situation continued until Khadījah became pregnant with Fāṭimah. When the time of delivery arrived, she sent for the women of the Quraysh and asked for their help at this difficult and critical time period.  Yet, they refused to help her and said: You did not listen to us and you married the orphan of Abū Ṭālib who had no money or wealth. We will not come to help you! Khadījah became very sad when she heard this, but a ray of hope lit within her that God would not leave her alone during this critical time.

The difficulty of labor began and she was all alone in her home; there was no one there to help her. As she was worrying about what was going to happen to her, she suddenly witnessed four women in the room with her and this frightened her due to its sudden and unexpected nature. One of the women called to her not to be frightened or sad. She said: The merciful Lord has sent us to help you and we are your sisters. The first lady then introduced herself as Sara, another said she was Āsīyah, the wife of the Pharaoh and she would be one of her friends in paradise. Another was Maryam, the daughter of ‘Imrān, while the fourth was the daughter of Mūsā ibn ‘Imrān, who was named Kulthūm. They said: We have come to be your helper during this time. They then stayed with her until Fāṭimah was born.[1]

Indeed, the Quran has also mentioned: “Indeed those who say, ‘Our Lord is Allah!’ and then remain steadfast, the angels descend upon them, [saying,] ‘Do not fear, nor be grieved! Receive the good news of the paradise which you have been promised.”[2] Take note that in addition to the angels, the spirits of these notable women came to help Khadījah in her time of need. The birth of Fāṭimah (‘a) greatly overjoyed the Prophet (ṣ) and he began to praise and thank God for his divine blessing. This birth also forever silenced those who called the Prophet (ṣ) Abtar (meaning one who has no children and thus his line will come to an end). God also gave glad tidings of this blessed birth in Surah Kawthar of the Quran: “Indeed We have given you abundance. So pray to your Lord, and sacrifice [the sacrificial camel]. Indeed it is your enemy who is without posterity.”[3] [4]

Footnote: [1] The summary of this tradition has been narrated by a group of scholars from the Ahl al-Sunnah, such as Ṭabarī in his DhakhāÞir al-Ýuqbā.

[2] Surah Fuṣṣilat, verse 30: «إِنَّ الَّذِینَ قَالُوا رَبُّنَا اللهُ ثُمَّ اسْتَقَامُوا تَتَنَزَّلُ عَلَیْهِمُ الْمَلاَئِکَةُ أَلاَّ تَخَافُوا وَلاَ تَحْزَنُوا»

[3] Surah Kawthar, verse 1-3.

[4] Taken from the text: The Book of Zahrā (Ýa): The Greatest Woman of the Universe, by Ayatullah Makārim Shīrāzī, p. 22.
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