Book of Fatimah

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The Book of Fatimah, Mushaf of Fatimah or Fatimah's Mushaf is according to Shi'as tradition, a book written by Fatimah, the daughter of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad.

Shi'a view[edit]

There are Shi'a Muslim tradition that can be found in Usul al-Kafi about a book called "Mushaf of Fatimah", which speaks of Fatimah upon the passing of her father, Muhammad. There are several versions of this tradition, but common to all are that the angel Gabriel appeared to her and consoled her by telling her things (including future events regarding her offspring)[1] that she wrote in a book. During these revelations, Ali acted as the scribe for Fatima.[2] According to one tradition [3] they were prophecies. The book, if it was ever physical, did not survive, and was seen to be something that the Mahdi would reveal in the last days.[4]

Bahá'í view[edit]

Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith wrote Kalimát-i-Maknúnih or The Hidden Words around 1857. Bahá'u'lláh originally named the book The Book of Fatimah,[5] though he later referred to it in its modern appellation,[6] and Bahá'ís believe that The Hidden Words is the symbolic fulfillment of the Islamic prophecy.[7]

Sunni view[edit]

Sunni Muslims say that Fatimah never received divine revelations,[8] and deny the existence of the Book of Fatimah, as in their hadith collections it is not mentioned.

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  1. ^ Imam Khomeini’s quote published in, “The Position of Women from the Viewpoint of Imam Khomeini”, pg. 10-11.
  2. ^ Imam Khomeini’s quote published in, “The Position of Women from the Viewpoint of Imam Khomeini” pg. 10-11.
  3. ^ Imamat vs. Prophethood (Part II)
  4. ^ The Book of Fatimah (AS)
  5. ^ Smith, Peter (2000). "Hidden Words". A concise encyclopedia of the Bahá'í Faith. Oxford: Oneworld Publications. p. 181. ISBN 1-85168-184-1. 
  6. ^ Epistle to the Son of the Wolf
  7. ^ Franklin Lewis. Bahá’u’lláh’s ‘Mathnavíy-i Mubárak’ - Introduction. Bahá'í Studies Review, Volume 9, 1999/2000.
  8. ^ Thomas Patrick Hughes. Dictionary of Islam: being a cyclopædia of the doctrines, rites, ceremonies, and customs, together with the technical and theological terms, of the Muhammadan religion. W. H. Allen, 1885. Pg 573

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