Makkans led by Amr bin As and Hakam bin As taunted the Holy Prophet by calling him abtar (tail-less), i.e. one whose progeny has been cut off. When Tahir, the Holy Prophet's son, born to Bibi Khadijatal Kubra, died, Sura Al Kawthar (Abundance) was revealed to give glad tidings to the Holy Prophet that abundance of unbounded grace, wisdom and knowledge, mercy and goodness, spiritual power and insight, in highest degrees, and abundance of progeny has been given to him.
Birth of Bibi Fatima:
It was on Friday 20th Jamaadi al thaani 615 C.E. that Bibi Khadijatal Kubra, the first and most beloved wife of the Messenger of Allah s.a.w.w. gave birth to Bibi Fatima at Mecca. This was in the 5th year of Bi'thah and 8 years before Hijra.
The birth of this exalted lady marked the fulfillment of the abundance presented to the holy prophet as Divinely narrated in Sura Al Kawthar.
This exalted lady was born in the era of ignorance (Ayyamal Jahiliyyah), when the birth of a baby girl was seen as disappointment and female infanticide (intentionally burying alive a female newborn) was common all over Arabia. The father felt fear of social disgrace upon the birth of a daughter.
In contrast the holy prophet honoured Bibi Fatima and held her in high esteem.
"O Messenger of Allah", Imam Ali once asked the Holy Prophet, "which one from your family is dearest to you?"
The Holy Prophet replied," Fatima, the daughter of Muhammad"
Whilst muslims regard the holy prophet as the most important figure in their daily lives, the holy prophet regarded his beloved daughter Fatima as the most important person in his life.
Is this not an exemplary type of father-child relationship for parents to emulate in their relation with their children especially their daughters?
Heartiest felicitations on the auspicious occasion of wiladat of Sayyida Fatima Az Zahra a.s.
Wa ma tawfiqi illa billah
Fazle Abbas Datoo
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