Jamada al-Thani 1443, 3rd January 2022
According to some reports, Hazrat Bibi Fatimah (alayhas-salaam) was born, and passed away too, in the month of Jamada al-Thani. She was the most beloved daughter of Prophet Muhammad (sallal-lahu alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam) and his first wife, Khadija bint Khuwaylid (alayhas-salaam). Also wife of Mawlana ‘Ali b. Abi Talib (alayhis-salaam) and mother of al-Hasan and al-Husayn (alayhis-salaam). Of the many titles she had, the most noteworthy are az-Zahra meaning ‘The Shining One’ and ‘Sayyidatun Nisa al-Alamin‘ meaning ‘The Chief of all the Women in the World’.
Within the Ismaili Muslim tradition, one significant Tasbih is known as “Bibi Fatimah’s Tasbih”. It is related that when Hazrat Bibi Fatimah az-Zahra (a.s) went to her father, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), and asked for a servant to perform chores, he said: “O Fatima, I shall give you something better than that.” He continued, “After every prayer declare:
God’s greatness – say Allahu-Akbar (God is the greatest);
and praise Him – say Alhamduli’llah (Praise be to God),
and extol Him – say Subhan-Allah (Glorified is God).
This will be better than the world and what it contains and better than what you desire.” Bibi Fatimah (a.s) was pleased with it and made this Tasbih a regular practice for herself and, accordingly, this Tasbih was named after her. An expression of understanding the Oneness and Greatness of Allah [swt]. It is said that anyone who recites this Tasbih receives credit for one hundred good works and one such good work brings credit for ten of its likes before God. The practice of recitation of Bibi Fatimah’s Tasbih communally is part of Chandraat Majlis in all Ismaili Jamatkhanas and in some other ceremonies of the Ismaili Tariqah. Constant repetition of this Tasbih individually should alleviate trials and tribulations from one’s life and bring about peace and harmony.
The Shi’ah claim for the Imamat always emphasizes the name of Bibi Fatimah (a.s) prominently. The preamble of the Ismaili Constitution also confirms this fact:
“The Holy Prophet (sallal-lahu alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam) designated and appointed… Mawlana Ali… to be the first Imam to continue the Ta’wil and Ta’lim of Allah’s final message and to guide the murids and proclaimed that the Imamat should continue by heredity through Hazrat Mawlana Ali (alayhis-salaam) and his daughter Hazrat Bibi Fatimat-az-Zahra, Khatun-i-Jannat (alayhas-salaam).“