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The Knowledge of Fatima (s.a.)

She used to sit with Ali (as) before the Prophet (sawa), as the revelation was revealed, listening with eagerness and concentration to the Messenger''s teachings which explained to them the meanings of the revelation and taught them Allah''s rulings and law.

One piece of evidence that the Prophet (sawa) used to take care of Fatimah''s learning was the hadith narrated from Imam al-Sadiq (as): ''When Fatimah came complaining to the Messenger of Allah (sawa) about something, he gave her a [dried] palm tree branch - which was used for writing - and said: Learn what is in it... In it was: Whoever believes in Allah and the Day of Judgement must not hurt his neighbour, and whoever believes in Allah and the Day of Judgement shall be generous to his guest, and whoever believes in Allah and the Day of Judgement shall say [something] good or be silent.''Qur''an 19:16), and says in what it tells of the story of John the son of Zakariyyah when he has said: "... So grant me from Thyself an heir. Who shall inherit me and inherit from the family of Jacob?" (Qur''an 19: 5-6) ... Has Allah made a verse exclusive for you and taken my father out of it? ... Or you are more knowledgeable in the particulars and general rulings of the Qur''an than my father and my cousin?... Here is [the inheritance] for you [Abu Bakr], complete, to meet you on your day of judgement; for the best judge is Allah, and the leader [in the argument] is Muhammad and the date is the Judgement [day]...''

Then she looked to the side of the Supporters (Ansar) and said:

- ''O people of support, and supporters of religion, and embracers of Islam! What is this denial to my right, and silence about my grievance? Didn''t the Messenger of Allah used to say: "The person is to be taken care of in his children?"

''O sons of Qaylah! Am I being usurped from my father''s inheritance and you are looking and hearing?!... And you have the numbers and [battle] preparations... And you have the weapons and the shields ...''

''You are the good choice which has been chosen for us Ahlul Bayt ... You fought the Arabs, and withstood the difficulties and hardships... How come you deviate after clarification... and committed polytheism after belief? ... Do you fear them? Allah is more worthy of fear if you are truly believers!''

''O, since I see that you have favoured safe life, and turned away the one who is more worthy of ruling... if you become infidels you and all people on Earth, surely Allah is Self-sufficient, Most Praised ...''

''Thus, I said what I said, whilst knowing the deviation which had befallen you... but it was the rage of the soul and the letting out of anger... And to present in advance the argument and advice ...''

''It is in Allah''s eyes what you do; and those who have committed injustice shall see where they will end up; and I am daughter of a warner to you of an imminent torture; so do, we will be doing, and wait, we shall be waiting.''

Adapted from the book: "Fatimah (as); a role model for men and women" by: "Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Fadlullah"

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