Fatimah bint Asad - A Mother's Heart
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Kaan Ya Makaan, Fee Qadeem Al-Zamaan…
There was a Place, in Times of Old…

Called Mecca where lived a woman, named Fatimah bint Asad, who possessed a loving and motherly heart. Although she already had quite a few children of her own, and they kept her busy and bustling every minute of every day, when her husband Abu Talib consulted her about taking in his thrice orphaned nephew, Muhammad , she readily agreed.

Upon his arrival, Fatimah happily added Muhammad to her brood. She loved the sorrowing orphan child with all her tender heart and did all she could to comfort him and make him feel both loved and wanted. She cared for Muhammad , worried about him and raised him as if he were her own. As far as she was concerned, Muhammad was one of her own children, and woe to anyone who said anything to the contrary.

As the years rolled by, the family grew in number but not in wealth. Yet they always seemed to have enough to eat and they always managed to scrape by. Fatimah and Abu Talib agreed between themselves that Muhammad was a blessed child and his presence seemed to have blessed their family.

For example, whenever the family gathered for a meal, if young Muhammad ate from a plate first, then everyone would eat their fill and there would be food left over. If Muhammad was absent for some reason, everyone ate sparingly but the food would disappear quickly and everyone would still be hungry.

Eventually, Muhammad grew up, as children tend to do, and his love, respect and affection for Fatimah proved to all and sundry just how lovingly she had raised him. Fatimah's own sons couldn't care for her more than Muhammad did. In fact, after he was married and had children of his own, Muhammad named one of his daughters Fatimah.

Many years later when Muhammad became a Prophet and Messenger of God, Fatimah readily converted to Islam and encouraged her children to do likewise. When Muhammad , and many of her other children, immigrated to Al-Madinah to escape the religious persecution the Qurashis had poured down on the Muslims, Fatimah, now a widow, packed up and moved to Al-Madinah, too. While there she continued to look after her adult children, including Muhammad , as mothers tend to do.

Eventually, Fatimah bint Asad grew elderly and came to the end of her life. After her body had been prepared for burial, Muhammad , her foster son, took off his own robe and wrapped it around her as a shroud. He then tenderly carried her down into her grave and sorrowfully held her for a moment. Then he gently placed his foster mother down in her grave.

When he climbed out of the grave, people speculated on the reasons behind his actions. Muhammad had buried many of his loved ones, both friends and relatives, in those difficult days but they had never before seen him behave as he had.

Muhammad replied heavily to their inquiries, "The robe is so she will never be touched by fire and I accompanied her into her grave so that it would be wide and comfortable for her. No one, except Abu Talib, ever loved me like she did."

The people who had gathered around the grave fell silent as they thought of the maternal and loving heart that had taken in a lonely orphan boy, and loved him so much that he had never felt unwanted or unloved. Instead he had flourished and become one of the greatest men they had ever known.

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  1. Names, Translations and Aliases:
    • Abdullah bin Abd Al-Muttalib: عبدالله بن عبدالمطلب بن هاشم القرشي.
    • Abd Al-Muttalib: عبد المطلب بن هاشم القرشي.
    • Abu Talib: أبو طالب بن عبدالمطلب بن هاشم القرشي‎.
    • Fatimah bint Asad: فاطمة بنت أسد.
    • Fatimah (Al-Zahra'a) bint Muhammad : فاطمة الزهراء بنت محمد صلى الله عليه و سلم.
    • Muhammad : خاتم الأنبياء الرسول محمد صلى الله عليه و سلم

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