By Our Reporter
Female Muslims in Uganda have been advised to emulate the exemplary personality and character of Fatima Zahra (s.a)
During the Martyrdom Anniversary of Fatima Zahra (s.a) that was marked in Uganda by the Uganda Shia Ithna Ashari Muslim Community in Kabuusu on Sunday, Hassan Mayambala, the director for Swabr Islamic group of Uganda urged Muslimahs to emulate the good character of the Prophet’s daughter.
He said that on such a day, women are expected to make research on the life of Fatuma and her death. Her life should be their inspiration to fight against injustices and violence that happens to women.
“Girls and women should emulate her just like they emulate artists and musicians because she is the right woman to get inspiration from since one of the things that led to her death was because she was fighting for justice,” He said
Adding, “Fatuma was unusual. She was a responsible mother who respected her husband and hijab. I urge all Muslims to search for knowledge and learn the Islamic history. This goes to women especially, they need to learn about the life of Fatuma because there is soo much to learn from her.”
Isa Katungulu, the African Youth Ambassador of the World African Diaspora Union (WADU) advised muslim women to treat their husbands with respect, search for the truth and be the best mothers to their children just like Fatuma was to her husband Ali Ibn Abi Talib and her two sons, Hassan and Hussein.
“You have to value yourself as Fatuma did. Fatuma is the best guiding stick for the moral fiber. For starters, Fatuma and her husband had the simplest marriage that was based on internal beauty following the best marriage values of religion and good morals.” He said
Professor Adam Sebyala highlighted the life of Fatima Zahra (s.a) and her good character. He revealed that she was among the 14 members who buried the the seal of prophet hood.
He also revealed that the Saudis destroyed the house of Lady Fatima Zahra since they don’t respect holy shrines calling them shrik.
The commemoration was attended by Sunni scholars, students, journalists, Shia organisations representatives from Sabar Islamic Daawa Group, Intellectual Islamic Dialogue Platform,PASSA, Quran and Itra Association, Khaatam Nabiyyeen Islamic Center, where USHIAMCO secretary General,Mr. Luyimbaazi Issah Katungulu, Alhaj Prof.Adam Sebyala Al-Maliky, the USHIAMCO president lectured about the constructive characters of the daughter of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh)
Fatima was born between 605 and 615 CE. She was the youngest daughter of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad ‘peace and blessings be upon him and his family’ (l. 570-632 CE) and his first wife Khadija (l. 555-619 CE). Taking up after her father, Fatima became highly spiritual and devoted to Islam.
Fatimah was married to Ali ibn Abi Talib (l. 601-661 CE), a cousin of Prophet Muhammad, in 624 CE, and the marriage lasted until the end of her days. Her sons Hassan (l. 624-669/670 CE) and Hussein (l. 626-680 CE) were the only surviving grandchildren of the Prophet and have been venerated as imams (spiritual leaders) by the Shia Muslim community, just like their father; Fatima is termed as the mother of Imams and is revered by both Sunni and Shia Muslims.
Fatima Zahra (s.a) died 72 days after the demise of her father, the prophet of Islam. According to a number of sources, Fatima was martyred. She succumbed to injuries she had sustained when her house was attacked and burned by Umar.