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 for Fatimah, the daughter of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad.

Shi'a view[edit]

According to Shi'a, Mushaf-e-Fatima was written to console Fatima after death of her father, the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.[1] Shi'a Muslim traditions in Usul al-Kafi mention 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)[2] that she wrote in a book. During these revelations, Ali acted as the scribe for Fatima.[3]

According to the fifth Imam, the revelation mentioned in the book is not the revelation of prophethood but rather like the inspiration which, according to Muslim sources, came to Mary (mother of Jesus),[a] the mother of Moses[b] and to the honey bee.[c][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. ^ Muhammad Baqar, Maulana Syed. (1999). Urdu translation of Al-Muraja'at (also known as The Right Path). Abd al-Husayn Sharaf al-Din al-Musawi. Dar-ul-Saqafa, Islamia Pakistan. pp. 609–619. 
  2. ^ Imam Khomeini’s quote published in, “The Position of Women from the Viewpoint of Imam Khomeini”, pg. 10-11.
  3. ^ Imam Khomeini’s quote published in, “The Position of Women from the Viewpoint of Imam Khomeini” pg. 10-11.
  4. ^ Momen, Moojan (1985). An Introduction to Shi'i Islam. Yale University Press. pp. 39, 150–183. ISBN 978-0-300-03531-5. 
  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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