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Seerah

The House of doom

Adopted from the book : "The Life Story and Martyrdom of Hazrate Fatemeh (s.a.)" by : "Mahdi Ja'fari"

Fatemeh used to cry a lot because of her longing for her father ... She cried night and day. She was restless and full of sorrow. Finally, some foolish and unthoughtful persons came to see Ali, And began to complain about Fatemeh's crying. They told him that either Fatemeh should mourn her father by nightfall, and remain silent by morning, or mourn by morning, and remain silent by nightfall.

They said that they couldn't bear her mornings any longer, and that Ali should find a way to keep her quiet. On hearing this, Fatemeh got used to take the little hands of her two sons, and go at the end of the "Baghi " graveyard, under a thorny shrub, to be able to mourn properly her beloved father and cry at her will. Her wailing were so strong and pitiful, that every caravan that passed from Medina, on hearing these sobbing and wailings, paused for a few minutes to think about this strange, unending sorrow ...

Finally by nightfall, the enemies uprooted the said shrub, so that Fatemeh could not even go there anymore. But Ali, put a sort of a tent there by the name of " The House of doom "[Beytol Ahzan] for the sake of the Prophet's daughter, so as to show their enemies, their untamable independence, and their infinite freedom of mind, which were the characteristics of the Household of Hazrate Ali Ibn Abi 'Taleb and his wife Fatemeh.Fatemeh because of her daily mourning and sufferings which she had received from their enemies was becoming weak and weaker every day. At last she became ill ...

Ali became the only person who took care of her during her illness. Another person was a woman by the name of Asma Bent Omeyss. At last, the news of her illness reached the ears of the citizens of Medina.

A multitude of Muslim women came to see her, and to help her recuperate her lost health. But their number was so great, that they couldn't enter her house; so, many of them remained in the outside. The house of Fatemeh was so simple and poor, and her personality was so sweet and humble, so great in her magnitude and glory, that everybody grew silent and nobody could utter a word in her presence ...

Finally, Fatemeh in answer to a lady, began to talk and say very important things to all of them. While she was talking, she admitted that:" My state of mind is such, that I verily love no more the earthly world, and I despise your men ... I tried to examine and test their mentality and their readiness to come to my aid, but the sad result was that I grew very unsatisfied and very upset by their reaction ... so, I left them be with their way of behavior and thinking."

The reaction of Fatemeh's complaint on her illbed, produced a spiritual awakening on Ansari women; so much so that the enemies of Ali were forced to go and negotiate with him, to silence this rebellion. They found a way : could they come and pay a visit to Fatemeh? ...

But not only their visit to Fatemeh, did not improve the situation, but it also worsened their case, and made them more hateful and mean and petty in front of the others ...

Unfortunately, the health of Fatemeh went away slowly and each passing day, she grew worse ... Finally, in the last day of her very short life, in midday, she went to a deep sleep. In her dream, she saw her beloved father who told her that on that very same night, she would come to meet him at last ...

Fatemeh, woke up and decided to prepare herself for her deathbed; she washed her body, put on a neat dress and then lied down to the direction of the Qibla. She then put her fragile, innocent and pure hands on her bosom.

After that, Fatemeh told Ali about her beatific vision, and gave him her last directions, and made her testament.

She said: "In the Name of God, The Most Merciful, The Most Compassionate! This is the testament of Fatemeh, the Prophet's daughter. I attest that there is no God, but He, and Mohammad is His last Messenger. Heaven and Hell exist truly, and the Resurrection will be accomplished, and nobody should doubt this undeniable truth. For God will truly resurrect all who have slept in their grave ... 0 Ali! I am Fatemeh, daughter of Mohammad.

God has made me your wife, so that not only in this world, but also in the Hereafter, I will be your faithful companion, and be always at your side my noble husband ...

You were more dignified and worthier than all, to become my husband.

O Ali! After my death ... and after some time has elapsed. make a prayer for my sake, and then put me on earth, so that nobody learns of this news, and nobody finds out the whereabouts of my grave! I entrusted thee to God, and till the Resurrection Day, I tell thee my farewell and my good wishes : to thee and to my beloved children ...!"

After that, only a few seconds had passed, when Fatemeh looked at the corner of the room in which she was lying down, and said joyfully:" I salute thee, 0 Gabriel! I salute thee, 0 Messenger of God!"

And then, her eyes were shut, and her soul flew up lightly to Heaven ...