Fatimah (Ra) after the prophet (saw) died immediately went sick, immediately became ill, right? It did not take but a few days for her to become ill as well and you have to ask yourself. Why did she loved her father so much? did the prophet (saw) spoil her with wealth and riches and throw things out at her, used his position of power to privilege her or was it that intense love that the prophet (saw) showed to her right? that was something and that’s a lesson for parents as well. the prophet as a father, the prophet as a parent that what you give to your child of love is so much more than anything else. You can give to them. How much did the prophet (saw) give her of himself despite being the messenger of Allah, despite having all that he had on this plate that made her love him so much.
So, when did she die RadiAllahu anha, It was the first Ramadan after the death of the Prophet (saw). Imagine Medina first Ramadan after the death of the Prophet (saw) you know, when you talk about anniversaries or things that come up or whatever It is after the death of a person that brings back all the pain, ramadan in the Medina and the prophet (Saw) is alive, leading you in prayer how, I mean look at Masjid in Ramadan how amazing was ramadan with the prophet (saw) among the people and this is the first time that they’re going to have to go through ramadan and the prophet (Saw) is dead and is burried Fatima (Ra) in the very first Ramadan as that Ramadan came around, she was the third day of Ramadan that she goes out to her Courtyard. So meaning right outside the home, She lays at the heavens smiling. She looks up at the skies and she’s smiling, now that to….Asma bint Umais (Ra) She called for Asma bint Umais may Allah be pleased with her.
She told Asma bint Umais (Ra) She said listen when I die. I want to be buried at night. So that not too many people come and no one will see my figure. And you know what she meant by that was that she wanted a very modest, very modest departing, Right, and some of the scholars said, she was of course known for her Haya.. She was known for her modesty and she literally meant it as that I don’t want my figure to be exposed. So bring a cloth that is white that will cover me and let me be buried at night so that very few people would attend so that it wouldn’t cause, it wouldn’t have too many people around at that time and Allah would conceal me. So Asma bint Umais (Ra) told Umm Salama (Ra) , Salama was one of those that furnished the house of Fatima, right and Ali may Allah be pleased with him.
So umm Salama brought her a cloth from habesha from abyssinia from the migration to abyssinia. Those are very thick cloth and sealed her with it and she was happy with it. She looked at that cloth. She said this is good and then she called for Ali (ra) right, So her last moments are actually with her family RadiAllahu anha and she called for Ali (Ra) and they shared some moments of love and she she actually told Ali (Ra) that I want to… she actually told Ali (Ra) who she wants him to marry after she dies, to take care of the kids. So she told Ali (Ra) to marry Umamah bint Zainab who was the daughter of of her sister Zainab? So that she could be a caretaker for the kids. She said she’s a motherly woman. She’s a loving woman. So when I die, I want you to marry Umamah because she would take care of the kids. She would take care of Hasan, Husayn, Muhsin, Zaynab, Umm Kulthum not just her thinking about her children. She Embraces her family and subhanallah.
She leaves this world laying out looking at the heavens. And the angel coming to her and taking her with a nur (light) on her face with with the smile, on her face with just complete peace fulfilling what the prophet (saw) had said, which is that she would be the first of the companions to die after the prophet (saw), the very first person to leave this earth from the family of the Prophet (saw), from as close companions that would join the messenger salallahu Alihi wasalam after his death. Ali (ra) Just lost the prophet (saw) Now he lost fatimah (ra) and Ali (Ra) assisted in the washing of her and he cried frequently at her washing and Ali (Ra) had to have the grueling experience of doing what the prophet (Saw) did with khadiza (ra) which was to actually get in the grave and receive her body and to bury her. And it was extremely difficult on Ali (Ra) to do so and Ali (Ra) led the janazah of his wife fatimah (Ra) and this is going back to the prophet (saw) bearing Khadijah (ra) It feels very similar. Right? I mean that closeness that tightness between these two and Ali (Ra) he actually said he said nothing exhausted me, more in my entire life than the death of my to beloved ones within that short period. I lost the two most important people to me in my life within that very short period, Ali (Ra) said everything I’ve been through in life battles, Wars, khalifa, fitna, all of it.
He said nothing consumed me and took more for me than the death of the prophet (saw) and fatima (Ra) in that very small, you know period of time And this is a… end on a sad note because but there’s something to be to be said about this that when you read the poem that Ali (Ra) recited at the graveside of Fatima (ra) There’s nothing happy about it. There’s nothing about it. That is hopeful, it’s just pain, it’s raw pain when you read what Ali (Ra) said at the graveside of fatimah (Ra) but that shows you that love and that humanity and that rahmah, prophet (saw) said that’s the mercy of the heart, that is mercy,Right? remember when his own son died and the prophet (Saw) was crying and they said you know, how could you be crying yeah rasulAllah, he said it’s a Rahmah,
This is the compassion that Allah puts in our hearts for one another and so the words of Ali (Ra) when Fatima (Ra) died pure pain on I mean unfiltered raw pain. There’s nothing else that’s given except for pain. It’s a very strong poem. He had finished burying her he stood by her graveside and And he recited the following. He said what is wrong with me standing at the graveside saying Salam to the one who has passed, the grave of my lover, but she’s not responding to my greeting, and he calls out and he says my lover why are you not responding to my Salam, have you forgotten all of the intimates? He said have you forgotten all of the intimate moments that were shared between the two of us? And then he actually says in this poem he starts to respond with what fatmah (Ra) would be saying back to him and he says my beloved one responded and said, how can I respond to you? And I’ve become a prisoner. I’ve become now consumed by stones and by dirt and he cried RadiAllahu anhu and he responded again. He’s still speaking. He says the dirt has consumed my beauty and that is why I have moved on and I’ve been Veiled from my family and my beloved ones and so he said… and so she responded and she said and so my Salam back to you and to them meaning to those that I’ve left behind, those intimate moments have now passed. These are painful words. They are raw expressions of death. There is nothing about them.
That is we’ll meet again in Jannah, nothing about them that I’m okay. It’s pure pain and that is actually is an expression of that love that deep love that Ali (Ra) had for fatima (Ra) Ali (ra) who did not go back on his faith. He didn’t become, you know resentful to Allah. He knows the way that this works. He knows the process of death and afterlife, but that doesn’t mean that he didn’t feel pain and I think that’s actually something that’s very important when we lose our loved ones. We’re not Expected to not feel pain. That’s not what sabr is, sabr is not patience, is not to not feel pain and not feel loved and not feel that distance when you lose your loved ones. patience is to not say anything not to say anything except that which is pleasing to Allah and to use that pain to do good for them. Right? like the prophet (saw) with khadiza (Ra) visiting her friends, spending on her behalf, maintaining those relationships. That’s what it is. And I think it’s only fitting that you go through that you just see it’s just love and pain and Ali (Ra) is actually imagining a conversation between him and fathima (Ra) at that point And that’s the deep love that he had for her, RadiAllahu `anha. Of course what we know what the prophet (saw) mentioned of the Gathering of the souls of the Believers. We have no doubt being that they’re both from those promise jannah (Paradise) ******* the masters of the Youth of the people of paradise that they are gathered again in the presence of the Prophet (saw) in The Realm of the righteous Souls. We asked Allah to gather us with them and to allow us to be like them. We ask Allah subhanaw Taala to put that love in that Mercy in our hearts and to put that Rida with Allah that pleasure with Allah has decreed in our hearts and to unite us with our families and to unite us with this blessed family and the highest level jannatul ferdous, allahumma Ameen.