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Hazrat Fatema al-Ma’soumah (s.a.), the venerable daughter of Imam Musa Kazem (a.s.)

by: Seyyed Ali Shahbaz

On 10th of the Islamic month of Rabi as-Sani in 201 AH, Hazrat Fatema al-Ma’soumah (peace upon her), the venerable daughter of Imam Musa Kazem (AS) – the 7th Infallible Successor of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) – succumbed to the wounds she suffered 17 days earlier when her caravan was attacked near Saveh, and attained martyrdom in the city of Qom, at the young age of 28 years.

She was on her way from her hometown Medina to Merv in Khorasan to meet her brother, Imam Reza (AS), who was forced to come to northeastern Iran by the crafty Abassid caliph, Mamoun. She was a picture of knowledge, wisdom, virtue, piety and generosity that earned her the title of “Karimey-e Ahl al-Bayt”, which means the Munificent Lady of the Prophet’s Household.

Hazrat Ma’soumah’s holy shrine draws millions of pilgrims every year from all over Iran and the world, and has transformed this Iranian city into a prime centre of Islamic learning.

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