The Status ofLady Fatimah Al-Ma’suma
The month of Zul-Qa’da marks the birthday of Lady Fatimah Al-Ma’suma, the noble daughter of the seventh Imam, Imam Musa Al-Kadhim, (peace be upon them). Her shine is the heart of the holy city of Qum and lays at the center of one of the most important and largest Islamic seminaries in the world. Theology students come to Qum from all over the world to study Islam, and their major classes are held in close proximity to Lady Fatimah Al-Ma’suma’s holy shrine. The shrine is a holy place of visitation for Muslims from all over the world.
Indeed, being the daughter of Imam Musa Al-Kadhim and the descendant of the Noble Messenger of Islam (peace be upon them) are great honors in and of themselves; in the case of Lady Fatimah Al-Ma’suma, it is not just her lineage that makes her such an important and well respected figure in Islam. Her lofty status was due to her deep knowledge and wisdom, the fact that she was an active teacher, a trustworthy narrator of the traditions, in addition to strictly following the path of her forefathers.
Lady Fatimah Al-Ma’suma has such an exalted status, that after the emphasis on visiting her brother Imam Al-Ridha (peace be upon him), of all her other siblings, her visitation is the next highly recommended and emphasized.
She was granted the title of “Al-Ma’suma” which means “pure” “sinless” by her infallible brother, Imam Al-Ridha (peace be upon him) due to her pure and sinless status. Imam Al-Ridha (A.S.) has a deep understanding of the term sinless, thus giving it to somebody reflects the true purity of the inner nature of that person.
Interestingly, our sixth Imam, Imam Ja’far Al-Sadiq (Peace be upon him), mentioned the exalted status of his grand daughter, Lady Fatimah Al-Ma’suma even before she was born. He spoke about her elevated position in this world as well as on the day of Judgment when God will grant her the permission to intercede on behalf of the sincere believers and true followers of Islam.
Additionally, traditions by Imam Al-Ridha and Imam Al-Jawad (peace be upon them) explain the benefits of visiting the shrine of Lady Fatima Al-Ma’suma; assuming it is being performed properly and is accepted by Almighty God. In the book Kamil al Ziyarat, Ibn Qvlaway narrates that Imam Al-Ridha has said, “Whoever visits her, his/her reward will be Heaven.”
Imagine yourself in the holy city of Qum, immersed in that great emotional and spiritual environment, standing inside the holy shrine of Lady Fatimah Al-Ma’suma (peace be upon her), knowing her status in the eyes of God and reciting the salutations ‘Ziyarat’.
One of the lessons to be learned from the text of the salutations ‘Ziyarat’ of Lady Fatimah Al-Ma’suma is asking God not to take away what He has blessed us with in terms of guidance. Many times we fail to see the value in the favor God has given us, especially spiritual favors. The first step one must take in order to be a grateful person is to recognize God’s blessings upon us; of the greatest of all His blessings is guidance. We read in her salutation ‘Ziyarat’, “ O Allah, I ask You to make my destiny good, and not to take away from me the status that I am at”. This is beautiful, a visitor, in her holy shrine, in the city of Qum, in front of al Ma’suma (the sinless), who’s visitation grants Paradise, pleads to God Almighty not to have their guidance taken from them and not to be removed from the wilayah (authority) of the Prophet of Islam and his pure and immaculate family. May God grants us the
visitation of Lady Fatimah Al-Ma’suma (peace be upon her) and grant us her intercession in the Hereafter.
~Sayyed Abbas Razavian