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Fatima's Protest against Abu Bakr's Actions

Adopted from the book : "Fatima; the Gracious" by : Abu Muhammad Ordoni"

Fatima (AS) felt grieved by Abu Bakr's actions, and was so displeased with him that when she knew of his attempt to seize Fadak, she accompanied a group of women to the mosque. There she sat down and delivered the following speech:

    Praise be to Allah for that
    which He bestowed (upon us);
    And thanks be to Him for all
    that which He inspired; and
    commended in His name for
    that which He Provided:
    Form prevalent favors which
    He created,
    And abundant benefactions
    which He offered and perfect
    grants which He presented;
    (such benefactions) that
    their number to computer;
    plentiful to computer;
    Bounties too vast to

    Their limit was too distant
    to realize;
    He recommended to them (His
    creatures) to gain more (of
    His benefaction) by being
    grateful for their continuity;
    He ordained Himself praiseworthy
    by giving generously to His
    I bear witness that there
    is not God but Allah Who is
    One without that there
    is no God but Allah who is
    One without partner, a
    statement which sincere
    devotion is made to be its
    hearts is guarantee its
    continuation, and illuminated
    in the minds is its sensibility.
    He who can not be perceived
    described with tongues; nor can
    imagination surround His state.

    He originated things but not
    from anything that existed
    before them, and created them
    without examples to follow. Rather,
    He created them with His might
    and dispersed them according to
    His will; not for a need did He
    created them; nor for a benefit


    (for Him) did He shape them,
    But to establish His wisdom,
    Bring attention to His obedience,
    manifest His might, lead
    His creatures to humbly venerate
    Him, and to exalt His
    decrees. He then made the
    reward for His obedience,
    And punishment for his
    disobedience, so as to protect
    His creatures from His
    Wrath and amass them into His

    I too bear witness that my
    Father, Muhammad, is His
    Slave and Messenger, Whom
    He chose prior to sending
    him, named him before
    sending him; when creatures
    were still concealed in that
    which was transcendental,
    guarded from that which was
    appalling, and associated with the
    termination and nonexistence.
    For Allah the Exalted knew that
    which was to follow, comprehended
    that which will come to pass,
    And realized that place of every


    Allah has sent him (Muhammad)
    (P.B.U.H) as perfection for
    His commands, a resolution to
    accomplish His rule, and an
    implementation of the decrees
    of His Mercy. So he found the
    nations to vary in their faiths;
    Obsessed by their fires,
    Worshipping their idols,
    And denying Allah despite
    their knowledge of Him
    Therefore, Allah illuminated
    their darkness with my
    Father, Muhammad (P.B.U.H)
    uncovered obscurity form their
    hearts, and cleared the clouds
    from their insights. He
    revealed guidance among the people;
    So he delivered them from
    away from misguidance, guided
    them to the proper religion, and
    called them to the straight

    Allah then chose to recall him
    back in mercy,love and
    preference. So, Muhammad (P.B.U.H)
    is in comfort from the burden of
    this world, he is surrounded with
    devoted angels, the satisfaction


    of the Merciful Lord, and the
    nearness of the powerful King.
    So may the praise of Allah be
    upon my Father, His prophet,
    Trusted one, the chosen one
    from among His creatures,
    and His sincere friend, and
    may peace and blessings of
    Allah be upon him.
    (Fatima then turned to the crowd and said:)
    Surely you are Allah's slaves
    at His command Prohibition;
    You are the bearers of His
    religion and revelation;
    You are Allah's trusted ones
    with yourselves;
    and his Messengers to the
    Amongst you does He have
    righteous authority;
    A covenant He brought unto
    you, and an heir He left to
    guard you; That is
    The eloquent book of Allah;
    The truthful Quran;
    The brilliant light;
    The shinning beam;
    its insights are indisputable;
    Its secrets are
    revealed; its indications
    are manifest; and its followers

    are blessed by it.
    (The Quran) leads its
    adherents to goodwill; and
    Hearing it leads to salvation;
    with it are the bright divine
    authorities achieved, His
    manifest determination
    His prohibited decrees
    avoided; His manifest evidence
    recognized; His satisfying proofs
    made apparent, His permissions
    granted, and His laws written.
    So Allah made belief to be a
    purification for you from
    He made:
    Prayer -An exaltation for you
    from conceit.
    Alms -A purification for the
    soul and a (cause of) growth
    in subsistence.
    Fasting -An implementation of
    Pilgrimage -A construction
    of religion.
    Justice -A harmony of the hearts;
    Obeying us (Ahlul-Bayt)-
    Management of the nation.
    Our leadership (Ahlul Bayt):
    Safeguard from disunity.


    Jihad (struggle)-
    A strengthening of Islam.
    Patience -A helping course
    for deserving (divine) reward.
    Ordering goodness (Amr Bi Maruf)-
    Public welfare.
    kindness to the parents-
    A safeguard form wrath.
    Maintaining close relations with
    one's kin-A cause for a longer life and
    multiplying the number of
    Retaliation (Qesas)-For
    sparing blood (souls).
    Fulfillment of vows-subjecting
    oneself to mercy.
    Completion of weights and
    measures -A cause for preventing
    the neglect of other's rights.
    Forbiddance of drinking wine-
    An exaltation from atrocity.
    Avoiding slander -A veil from curse.
    Abandoning theft-a reason
    for deserving chastity.
    Allah has also prohibited polytheism
    so that one can devote himself to
    His Lordship.
    Fear Allah as He should be
    feared, and die not except in a
    state of Islam;


    Obey Allah in what He
    has commanded you to do and
    that which He has forbidden,
    for surely those truly fear
    among His servants, who have knowledge.

Lady Fatima Zahra (AS) then added:
O people!

    Be informed that I am Fatima,
    and my father is Muhammad (P.B.U.H)
    I say that repeatedly and initiate
    it continually; I say not what
    I say mistakenly, nor do I do
    what I do aimlessly.
    Now hath come unto you an
    Apostle from amongst yourselves;
    It grieves him that you should
    Ardently anxious is he over you;
    To the believers he is most
    kind and Merciful.
    Thus, if you identify and recognize
    him, you shall realize
    that he is my father and not
    the father of my cousin (Ali (AS))
    rather than any of your men.
    What an excellent identity he was,
    may the peace and blessings of
    Allah be upon him and his descendants.


    Thus, he propagated the Message,
    by coming out openly with the
    warning, and while inclined away
    from the path of the polytheists,
    (whom he) struck their strength and
    seized their throats, while he
    invited (all) to the way of his
    Lord with wisdom and beautiful
    He destroyed idols, and
    defeated heros, until their
    group fled and turned their
    So night revealed its down;
    righteousness uncovered its
    genuineness; the voice of the
    religious authority spoke out
    loud; the evil discords were
    silenced; The crown of hypocrisy
    was diminished; the
    tightening of infidelity
    and desertion were united,
    So you spoke the statement
    of devotion amongst a band
    of starved ones; and you were
    on the edge of a hole of fire;
    (you were) the drink of the
    thirsty one; the opportunity
    of the desiring one; the fire
    brand of him who passes in haste;

    the step for feet; you used to
    drink from the water gathered
    on roads; eat jerked meat.
    (Lady Fatima (AS) was stating their lowly situation
    before Islam)
    You were despised outcasts
    always in fear of abduction
    from those around you.
    Yet, Allah rescued you through
    my father, Muhammad (P.B.U.H);
    after much ado, and after he
    was confronted by mighty men,
    the arab beasts, and the demons
    of the people of the Book,
    Who, whenever they ignited the
    fire of war, Allah extinguished it;
    and whenever the thorn of the
    devil appeared, or a mouth of
    the polytheists opened wide in
    defiance, he (P.B.U.H) would
    strike its discords with his
    brother (Ali AS), who comes
    not back until he treads its
    wing with the sole of his feet,
    and extinguishes its flames
    with his sword.
    (Ali is) diligent in Allah's
    affair, near to the Messenger
    of Allah, A master among Allah's
    orshippers, setting to work
    briskly, sincere in his advice,


    earnest and exerting himself
    (in service to Islam);
    While you were calm, gay, and
    feeling safe in your comfortable
    lives, waiting for us to
    meet disasters, awaiting the
    spread of news, you fell back
    during every battle, and took
    to your heels at times of
    fighting. Yet, When Allah
    chose His prophet from the
    dwell of His Prophets, and
    the abode of His sincere
    (servants); The thorns of
    hypocrisy appeared on you,
    the garment of faith became
    worn out, The misguided
    ignorant(s) spoke out,
    the sluggish ignorant came
    to the front and brayed.
    The he camel of the vain
    wiggled his tail in your
    courtyards and the your
    courtyards and the Devil
    stuck his head from its
    place of hiding and called
    upon you, he found you responsive
    to his invitation,
    and observing his deceits.
    He then aroused you and
    found you quick (to answer


    him), and invited you to wrath, therefore; you branded
    other than your camels and
    proceeded to other than your
    drinking places. Then while
    the era of the Prophet was
    still near, the gash was still
    side, the scar had not yet healed,
    and the Messenger was not yet,
    A (quick) undertaking as you
    claimed, aimed at preventing
    discord (trial),
    Surely, they have fallen into
    trial already! And indeed Hell
    surrounds the unbelievers.
    How preposterous!
    For Allah's Book is still
    amongst you, its affairs
    are apparent; its rules
    are dazzling; its restrictions
    are visible, and its commands
    are evident. Yet, indeed you have
    casted it behind your backs!
    Do you detest it?
    Or according to something
    else you wish to rule?
    Evil would be the exchange for

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