"After you, O` father, so much suffering has fallen upon me that, if they were to fall upon bright Days, they would turn into dark, gloomy nights." Bibi Fatimah az-Zahra (sa)
The sweet period of the Lady of Islam`s life quickly came to an end with the death of the Holy Prophet of Islam (even though throughout her lifetime there was no real sweet period, because there were the constant pressures, wars, and plots of the enemies against Islam and the Prophet of Islam (s.w.a.), taking away her spiritual peace).
With the death of the prophet, new storms of complicated critical events blew up. The hatred and grudges of Badr, khaibar and Honain that were during the prophet`s time hidden beneath the ashes became visible.
The sects of the "Hypocrites" went to action to take their revenge of Islam and also from the Prophet`s family. Fatimah Zahra (s.a.) was in the center of this circle, of which the poisonous arrows of the enemy flew at her from every direction.
Her separation from her father; the sad, tormenting innocence of her husband Ali (a.s.); the plots of the enemy against Islam, and the worry of Fatimah (s.a.) for the future of the Muslims and the Quranic heritage, all joined together, severely straining her pure heart.
Fatimah (s.a.) doesn`t wish to cause Ali (commander of the Faithful) greater grief by relating to him her sadness, because he had already received a severe blow by these unpleasant circumstances and misdeeds created by the people.
For this very reason she would go to the grave of the Prophet (S) and tell him of her grief. And she speaks heart - rendering words that burn our inner soul just like burning embers: "Father dear, after you, I feel lonely. I have remained perplexed and deprived, my mouth is inclined to silence, and my back is broken, and the wholesome water of life has become bitter to my taste."
(AlManaqeb vol.3 pg. 362)
All of her defences of the boundaries of the holiness of everything noble and her support of Ali (s.a.) right during this time of pain and suffering are not hidden from anyone. Even though her life after the Prophet of Islam was as brief as she had begged God to be, being not more than two or three months before she rushed to the Holy Presence of God and met her father. However, in this Period of time she didn`t omit any self-sacrificing, generous effort in Ali`s right or for the defence of Islam.
"Peace be upon you, O` daughter of the Messenger of God." (The world`s most outstanding Lady: Fatima az-Zahra` by Ayatullah Makarem Shirazi)
It is reported that Bibi Fatima (sa) died on the third of Jumada `l-Akhirah in the eleventh year of the hijrah. She survived the Prophet by only ninety five days. It is also reported that she survived him by four months.
In Nahj-ul-Balagha`s Sermon # 201, Imam Ali (as) said on the occasion of the burial of Sayyidatu`n-nisa` (Supreme lady) Bibi Fatima (sa) while addressing the Holy Prophet at his grave.
"O` Prophet of Allah, peace be upon you from me and from your daughter who has come to you and who has hastened to meet you. O` Prophet of Allah, my patience about your chosen (daughter) has been exhausted, and my power of endurance has weakened, except that I have ground for consolation in having endured the great hardship and heart-rending event of your separation. I laid you down in your grave when your last breath had passed (when your head was) between my neck and chest.
Verily we are Allah`s and verily unto Him shall we return. (Qur`an 2:156)
Now. the trust has been returned and what had been given has been taken back. As to my grief, it knows no bounds, and as to my nights. they will remain sleepless till Allah chooses for me the house in which you are now residing.
Certainly, your daughter would apprise you of the joining together of your (1) ummah (people) for oppressing her. You ask her in detail and get all the news about the position. This has happened when a long time had not elapsed and your remembrance had not disappeared. My salam (salutation) be on you both, the salam of a grief stricken not a disgusted or hateful person; for if I go away it is not because I am weary (of you), and if I stay it is not due to lack of belief in what Allah has promised the endurers."
(1). The treatment meted out to the daughter of the Prophet after his death was extremely painful and sad. Although Sayyidatu`n-nisa` Fatimah (p.b.u.h.) did not live in this world more than a few months after the death of the Prophet yet even this short period has a long tale of grief and woe (about her). In this connection, the first scene that strikes the eyes is that arrangements for the funeral rites of the Prophet had not yet been made when the contest for power started in the Saqifah of Banu Sa`idah. Naturally, their leaving the body of the Prophet (without burial) must have injured Sayyidatu`n-nisa` Fatimah`s grief-stricken heart when she saw that those who had claimed love and attachment (with the Prophet) during his life became so engrossed in their machinations for power that instead of consoling his only daughter they did not even know when the Prophet was given a funeral ablution and when he was buried, and the way they condoled her was that they crowded at her house with material to set fire to it and tried to secure allegiance by force with all the display of oppression, compulsion and violence. All these excesses were with a view to so obliterate the prestigious position of this house that it might not regain its lost prestige on any occasion. With this aim in view, in order to crush her economic position, her claim for (the estate of) Fadak was turned down by dubbing it as false, the effect of which was that Sayyidatu`n-nisa` Fatimah (p.b.u.h.) made the dying will that none of them should attend her funeral.
On this gloomiest day of the shahadat of Bibi Fatima (sa), Shaheed Foundation Pakistan`s entire team presents its condolences to Imam-e-Zamana (atfj) and prays that our last Imam comes as soon as possible to take revenge from everyone who caused sadness to Bibi Fatima (sa) and rebuild Janatul-Baqi, ameen.