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Zindagani Fatima Zahra (a) (book)
Author Sayyid Ja'far Shahidi
Original title زندگانی فاطمه زهرا سلام الله علیها
Language Persian
Series 1 vol.
Subject Biography of Lady Fatima al-Zahra (a)
Published 1981

Zindagānī Fāṭima Zahrā (literally: the life of Fatima Zahra) is a book in Persian written by Sayyid Ja'far Shahidi (d. 2008) concerning Fatima (a). The book is an account of the life of the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad (s), in which events and analyses are also provided. Shahidi begins with the lifetime of the Prophet (s) and finishes with the martyrdom of Fatima Zahra (a) and its subsequent events. The book and its summary have been repeatedly published by the Office of the Publication of the Islamic Culture.

The Author

Main article: Sayyid Ja'far Shahidi

Sayyid Ja'far Shahidi (1919-2008) was a historiographer, translator, researcher of Persian language and literature, and a professor of the Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences of the University of Tehran. He was a prominent student of 'Ali Akbar Dihkhuda and Badi' al-Zaman Furuzanfar in the University of Tehran. Before that, he had studied in the Seminary of Qom and Seminary of Najaf, where he attended the lectures of Ayatollah Burujirdi and Ayatollah al-Khu'i. He had allegedly obtained the degree of ijtihad.

The Author's Remark

Shahidi opens his short introduction with the Quranic verse, "We narrate to you their story in truth." He characterizes the book as an account of the life story of the greatest lady in Islam, Fatima Zahra (a). The author believes that the book does not only contain a personal life story, but also instructive points.

He considers his own work as an analysis of a number of surprising events that took place centuries earlier. However, if the protagonists of the events are put aside, we will see that the same events have taken place throughout the history and even in our own time around the corners of the world. Although times and places in which these events took place are far from us, their effects have not only aged, but still remain fresh. In the end, Shahidi emphasizes that after reading the book, readers will find that his remarks are in no way exaggerated.


In this book, Sayyid Ja'far Shahidi cites over seventy Shiite and Sunni sources. The book is not structured into chapters, but its content proceeds from the lifetime of the Prophet of Islam (s) to the martyrdom of Fatima Zahra (a). He concerns himself with other issues as well. Here are some sections of the book:

  • What are those events?
  • The Arabian Desert
  • The name and titles of the daughter of the Prophet (a)
  • From the marriage proposal to Fatima Zahra's move in her husband's house
  • Zahra's life in her husband's house
  • Fatima Zahra (a), the master of all ladies in all the worlds
  • Has there even been a feud between Fatima and her husband?
  • The worship of the Prophet's daughter
  • Fadak at the Prophet's disposal being handed over to Zahra
  • The Prophet's demise
  • Attack on the Prophet's house
  • The refuge of justice seekers
  • Abu Bakr's response to the Prophet's daughter
  • Was Fatima (a) ill before the Prophet's demise?
  • Fatima's instructive words in her deathbed
  • The burial of Fatima Zahra (a)
  • The grave of the Prophet's daughter
  • A lesson for history
  • Selections of poems by Arab Shiite poets
  • The Prophet's daughter in Persian poetry
  • Children of Fatima (a)
  • The last station of the caravan

Summary and Publications

The full version of the book has been published by the Office of the Publication of the Islamic Culture (Daftar-i Nashr-i Farhang-i Islami) in 1981. Zindagani Fatima Zahra has been repeatedly reprinted throughout the years. In 2015, it was reprinted for the 60th time. A summary of the book has also been published and repeatedly reprinted.