The Lady of Light

Love for the Beloved of our Prophet (ﷺ), the Queen of Jannah,
the Best of all Women, and our Kawthar-

Syedah Fatimah Az-Zahra (سلام الله علیها)
in Light of Ahle Sunnah wal Jamaah

Syedah Noor Fatimah in the Majestic Quran


"Allah only desires to keep away the uncleanness from you, O People of the House! (Ahle Bayt) and to purify you a (thorough) purification."

-Surah Al-Ahzab ayah 33 (33:33) in the Majestic Qur'an



"Say (O Muhammad) 'I seek no recompense from you except love of my nearest relatives (Imam Ali, Syedah Fatimah, Imam al-Hasan, Imam al-Hussain Alayhim Salaam)."

-Surah Ash-Shuraa ayah 23 (42:23) in the Majestic Qur'an


When the Prophet (SalAllahu Alayhi wa Alihi wa Salim) migrated to Madinah Munawarrah Shareef, the Companions wanted to present their gratitude to the Prophet (SalAllahu Alayhi wa Alihi wa Salim) and so they gathered their wealth together and presented it to him. When they did this, Allah sent down revelation in Surah al-Shura, verse 23 and commanded the Prophet (SalAllahu Alayhi wa Alihi wa Salim) to say, "Say (O Muhammad (SalAllahu Alayhi wa Alihi wa Salim)), 'I ask no recompense from you except love of my nearest relatives.'"

It is reported that when the Companions (Ibn Abbas) heard this, they asked the Prophet (SalAllahu Alayhi wa Alihi wa Salim), "O Rasulullah, who are your relatives upon whom it is obligatory for us to show love, (mawaddah)?"

The Prophet (SalAllahu Alayhi wa Alihi wa Salim) replied, "Ali, Fatimah, and their two sons (Imam al Hasan and Imam al Hussain Alayhim Salaam)."
- Imam Ahmed, al-Tabarani, Ibn Abi Hatim, and Al-Hakim


"Then whoever argues with you about it after [this] knowledge has come to you - say, "Come, let us call our sons and your sons, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves, then supplicate earnestly [together] and invoke the curse of Allah upon the liars [among us]."

-Surah Aali Imran ayah 61 (3:61) in the Majestic Qur'an



Verily the Righteous shall drink from a cup tempered with Kafoor; from a well-spring the servants of Allah shall drink, flowing in abundance; they fulfill their vows, and fear the Day whose evil shall spread far and wide; And (in spite of their need), they give food to the poor, the orphans, and the captives, out of love for Allah…” (76:5-22).

-Surah Al-Insan ayah 5-22 (76:5-22) in the Majestic Qur'an


As children, Imam Hasan and Imam Hussain were once sick. The Beloved of Allah صلي الله عليه واله وسلم had advised his daughter, Bibi Fatimah and son-in-law, Hadrat Ali to promise to fast if their sons would get better. After doing so, Imam Hasan and Imam Hussain recovered from their illness. It was then that Hadrat Ali, Bibi Fatimah, Imam Hasan, and Imam Hussain all began their three day fast out of shukr to Allah.

Hadrat Ali went to borrow some barley from a neighboring resident. He came back home and gave it to Bibi Fatimah who then ground it up and prepared some loaves of bread so that her family could open their fast with it. Just as iftaar time was upon them, they heard someone knocking at the door. It was a poor person who said, “Asalaamu ‘Alaykum, Oh people of the house of Muhammad صلي الله عليه وسلم , I am poor and needy. Please feed me, and may Allah feed you from the food of Paradise.”

Seeing the pale disheveled person, they couldn’t help but give him all the food they had. With nothing else to eat, they had to open their fast with water, and they slept that night with nothing to eat.

The next day, the four had become extremely hungry and were waiting to fill their stomachs with food. It had almost come time for iftaar until, at that moment, someone came knocking at the door. This time, it was an orphan. The orphan explained his condition of hunger and asked for food from the House of Muhammad صلي الله عليه وسلم . Bibi Fatimah and Hadrat Ali cheerfully gave the orphan all the food they had even though this left them with nothing but water to open their fast with. Again, they slept with empty stomachs and little to eat for suhoor.

On the third day, Bibi Fatimah had used the last of the barley to make some few pieces of bread for the iftaar. It had been two days since any of them had last eaten food and weakness was starting to over take them. As the sun set, a knocking was heard at the door again! It was a captive, prisoner of war, who was asking for food and shaking from hunger. Even though Hadrat Ali and Bibi Fatimah were feeling dizzy and weak from their starving condition, they still gave everything they had for the sake of Allah, smiling. They couldn’t bring themselves to refuse anyone out of their love for Allah even though the four of them had nothing to eat for three days in a row. They went to sleep hungry as they would rather help and feed others rather than themselves!

The next day, Hadrat Ali took his family to Rasulullah’s صلي الله عليه وسلم house. Rasulullah صلي الله عليه وسلم was shocked to see their condition. They were weak and hardly holding steady from the lack of nourishment. Imam Hasan and Imam Hussain were shaking and Bibi Fatimah was hollow-eyed with her back stuck to her stomach. Even though Bibi Fatimah, Hadrat Ali, Imam Hasan, and Imam Hussain were fasting, they still gave their food to others, and placed others above themselves.

Such generosity is unheard of! Subahan’Allah! Allah even further describes the multiple awards that await in Jannah for those who are generous to others. We should learn from their example and strive to place Service to Allah above our own needs just as the Righteous had done before us. (~Republished with permission from The Monthly Noor)

Ayah-e Habl

And all hold onto the rope of Allah and do not disperse

-Surah Aali Imran ayah 1 (3:103) in the Majestic Qur'an


The Qur’an and the Ahlul Bayt are inseparable. They are the key to each other. If you want to understand the Qur’an you go to the Ahlul Bayt, and if you want to understand the Ahlul Bayt you go to the Qur’an. Without each other, you will never be able to understand either.

We are required to love the Ahle Bayt as a part of our creed. Imam Shafi’ confirms this with his poetry he wrote about them. When we pray our salaat, we send peace and blessings upon Sayyidinah Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم ) and his family (Ahl) before finishing. This is how Durood-e-Ibraheemi was placed in our Salaat. Such is their status that our prayer to Allah is nullified or compromised without the sending of peace and blessings upon the Ahle Bayt!

Allah states that, “And all hold onto the rope of Allah and do not disperse” (3:183). Imam Shafi’ poetically wrote this to mean that the rope of Allah (hablillah) is the Ahle Bayt, and by loving, respecting, and following them, we will be lead on the straight path to Allah in Jannah InshaAllah.


"Indeed, we have granted you Al-Kawthar"

-Surah Al-Kawthar ayah 1 (108:01) in the Majestic Qur'an


Al-Kawthar that Allah gave to Sayyidinah Rasulullah (ﷺ) is “an excess” or “an abundance” of good & blessings. The enormity of that blessing Allah knows best, but Included in this is the river of al-Kawthar in Jannah and an allusion to Syedah Bibi Fatimah Az Zahra (سلام الله علیها).
One interpretation is that these verses were revealed after Sayyidinah Rasulullah's (ﷺ) second baby son passed away. People started to insult him saying that his lineage would be cut off. But then Allah revealed that He gave Sayyidinah Rasulullah (ﷺ) his beloved daughter- Syedah Bibi Fatimah Az Zahra (سلام الله علیها)- as reassurance that his lineage and ideals would carry on through her, as a river of light flowing from Jannah.