A Part of Me

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Fatima Al-Zahra (may Allah be pleased with her) by Tayyiba Ahmad

We can see ourselves reflected in our children, and we see how they mirror our virtues and vices. They absorb the environment they are nurtured in, but also at times possess the very essence of their parents. All the while they are under the care and direction of Allah until they become what Allah wills them to become. Never has this reflection of a parent onto a child been more complete and apparent than Sayyidah Fatima Zahra’s reflection of the Prophet, may Allah’s prayers and blessing be upon them both.

She possessed qualities innate within the Prophet ﷺ merely by virtue of being his daughter. The wholesome seed of goodness was planted in her by both her father and mother, and under Allah’s guardianship and great plan, the Prophet ﷺ facilitated her growth. He planted within her the deep love for Allah, having a sense of a great purpose in her life, devotion to the mission that the Prophet ﷺ was given, standing up for the truth, absolute mercy, tenderness and a comfort to those around her. She had embedded within her the necessary qualities that lead to perfection within a human being. She was nurtured upon these qualities by her father, the perfect man, and thus she became the archetype of the perfect woman.

This reflection of her father was passed by her onto her children and their children, and this is what is meant today as the family of the Prophet ﷺ that live on this earth. They are the carriers of the Quran, the embodiment of the Sunnah, and the completion of Prophetic character. They are our ships of salvation.

She possessed every praiseworthy trait of her father, from his mannerisms, his smile, his walk and his character. This led him to say: “Fatimah is a part of me”. What were those distinguishing qualities that gave her this unique place? More importantly, if she visited us today, how much of her will she see reflected in us?

We all have the potential to be a reflection of her, may Allah be pleased with her.

Every time we pray, read the Quran and earnestly supplicate to Allah we are a reflection of her.

Every time we take care of our children’s needs, putting them first, we are a reflection of her.

Every time we consider the feelings of our families we are a reflection of her.

Every time we patiently endure the trials in our families, health and wealth, we are a reflection of her.

Every time we are broken and turn to Allah we are a reflection of her.

When we love Allah and His Messenger ﷺ we are a reflection of her.

Allow her light to reflect in you, for it is none other than the light of Taha, the rising sun and the full moon, that guides to our Lord, the Light of the Heavens and the Earth.