Sakinah (Fatima al-Kubra) bint Husayn

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Fatimah al-Kubra bint Al-Husayn
Bab al-Saghir, which contains the grave of Fatimah al-Kubra.
Born 669 ACE
Al-Medinah, Al-Hijaz
Died 736 ACE[1]
Damascus, Ash-Sham
Burial Bab al-Saghir, City of Damascus, Syria, the Levant
Spouse Al-Qasim ibn Hasan
Father Al-Husayn ibn ‘Ali

Fatimah al-Kubrah bint al-Husayn (Arabic: فـاطـمـة الـكـبـرى بـنـت الـحـسـيـن‎‎) was the daughter of the Islamic Imam Al-Husayn ibn ‘Ali. It is believed that there were two daughters of Al-Husayn who were with him at the Battle of Karbala’ known by similar names: Fatimah al-Kubra ("Fatimah the Elder"), who was also called 'Sakinah' (Arabic: سَـكِـيْـنَـة‎‎), and was 11 years old at that time, and Ruqayyah, who was 4 years old, who was also known as 'Sukaynah' (Arabic: سُـكَـيْـنَـة‎‎). Another daughter of Al-Husayn, that is Fatimah as-Sughra, was reportedly left behind at Al-Medinah, due to her illness.[2][3][4][5]


According to the Shi‘ah, her father married her to his brother Al-Hasan's son Al-Qasim, at Karbala’, due to a promise that Al-Husayn made to him. The marriage happened just before the battle in which both Al-Husayn and Al-Qasim got martyred.[2][3][4][5]


The grave of Fatimah al-Kubra at Bab al-Saghir.

She died in the year 736 ACE. As such, besides being a contemporary of her father and brother ‘Ali Zaynal-‘Abidin, she appears to have been a contemporary of Imams Muhammad al-Baqir and Ja'far al-Sadiq.[2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ "The Story Of Sukaina Bint Al-Hussein A Muslim Heroine". 2007-05-07. Retrieved 2015-07-02. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Role of Women in Karbala". Retrieved 2015-07-02. 
  3. ^ a b c [1] Archived October 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b c [2] Archived March 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b c "(A.S.) Network". Retrieved 2015-07-02. 

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