Fatima the Ailing
After Imam Hussain was determined to head to Karbala with his family, leaving the city of his grandfather, Prophet Muhammed, no one was left from his household except for Fatima The Ailing (Fatima Al-‘Aleela) which had no strength to travel. Hussain bid her farewell at Um Salama’s household (The wife of The prophet). When she saw that her family had walked away without her, she started crawling towards her family while calling out, “O’ father, how can you leave me alone? O’ father take me with you.” Hussain returned to her, calmed her down and said, “My daughter! Your Uncle Abbas and your brother Ali Al-Akbar will come back to bring you to us once we reach a place to settle in.” She replied with, “No, my father. I have a feeling we will not meet after today, this is the last time we meet, give me permission to bid my aunts and sisters farewell.” Fatima then began to bid all her aunts and sisters farewell.
One day a traveling Arab passed by and Fatima called out to him, “O; Arab brother, where are you going?”
He replied, “I am going to Iraq.”
Fatima then said, “Will you take this letter to my father?”
“Who is your father?”
“I am Fatima daughter of Imam Hussain son of Ali son of Abu Talib.”
"With love and much generosity, O’ daughter of the prophet.”
The Arab man then took Fatima’s letter and headed to Iraq, asking about Hussain until he reached Karbala. On the afternoon of the tenth of Muharram, he saw Imam Hussain alone with no victor nor helper after the martyrdom of his companions and sons of Bani Hashem; as he looked to his right and to his left in between thousands of enemies, he gave him the letter. It is said that this Arab was later martyred while fighting for Imam Hussain. Imam Hussain began to sob when he opened the letter to see that it was from his daughter Fatima the Ailing. He stood in front of the women’s tent and called out, “O’ Zainab, O’ Um Kalthooom, O’Ruqayyah, a letter has arrived and the tragedy is now greater.
Zainab stepped out and said that their lives are already full of tragedy, but asked him to tell her about the letter. Hussain said, “This letter is from my daughter Fatima, and she sends her greetings to her uncle Abbas while not knowing that he is on the ground with amputated hands. She also sends greetings to her brother Ali Al-Akbar while not knowing that he has been cut to pieces by swords.” Imam Hussain then took the letter into the battlefield, around the martyrs and called out with a loud voice, “This is Fatima The Ailing sending you her greetings.” He then remembered that one of her wills was to kiss her brother Abdullah Al-Radhee’a ( Abdullah the infant). How can he kiss him when Abdullah Al-Radhee’a has been beheaded by the enemies?
The greatest tragedy of Fatima The Ailing was the day that Imam Hussain’s caravan arrived to Medinah with no one from her family. She had waited to hear some news about her family for months, in hopes of resting her broken heart and them to return home safe and sound. When she heard news that her family would be arriving, she started preparing and cleaning the house, waiting to welcome her father Hussain. Upon hearing the news of her family, she sat in the middle of her room, broken and in tears, calling her grandmother Lady Fatima, “May God aggrandize your reward.” “O’ Hussain! O’ oppressed!”
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- Figure 3: https://twitter.com/bortaqala/status/1170824898916175872?lang=ar artist: Rooh Ameen Allah
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