Fatima bt. Asad (a)

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Fatima bt. Asad
Mother of Imam Ali (a)
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Fatima bt. Asad after delivering his son, 'Ali (a), exiting from Ka'ba
Full Name Fatima bt. Asad b. Hashim
Religious Affiliation Islam
Lineage Banu Hashim
Well-known Relatives Imam Ali (a), Abu Talib
Birth 55 before Hijra/568
Place of Birth Mecca
Place of Residence Mecca
Death/Martyrdom 4 AH/626
Burial Place Al-Baqi' Cemetery, Medina
Era Early Islam
Known for Mother of Imam Ali (a); the second female who became Muslim

Faṭima bt. Asad b. Hāshim b. ʿAbd Manāf (Arabic: فاطمة بنت أسد بن هاشم بن عبدمناف) (b. 55 BH/568 – d. 4 AH/626) was the mother of Imam 'Ali (a) and the wife of Abu Talib. Her mother was Fatima bt. Heram b. Rawaha. Fatima bt. Asad was the eleventh person, and the second woman, to have converted to Islam.

Guardianship of the Prophet (s)

Due to the successive deaths of his father, mother, and grandfather, the guardianship of the Prophet of Islam (s) was taken over by Abu Talib (his uncle) at the age of eight. Fatima bt.Asad - being Abu Talib's wife - played a crucial role in his care.

Her deep affection for the Prophet (s) is evident from his reaction to her death: "Today my mother passed away", he said, and then shrouded her in his dress and lay down in her grave. When he was told: "O Prophet of Allah! You have become so impatient with her loss!", he answered, "She was truly my mother".[1]

Delivering Her Child Inside the Ka'ba

As Fatima felt the labor pains for her child Imam 'Ali (a), she testified her faith to Allah beside the Ka'ba and prayed for an easy delivery. Suddenly, the walls of the Ka'ba split open in front of her and she entered its premises. Once she entered, the Ka'aba miraculously closed again. She stayed inside for three days and on the fourth day (Rajab 13, thirty years after the Year of the Elephant), the walls opened for her once again and she came out carrying her infant 'Ali (a) in her arms.

After Islam

Conversion to Islam

She was the eleventh person and the second woman (the first being Khadija (a)) to become a Muslim.

Emigration to Medina

Fatima bt. Asad accompanied Imam 'Ali (a) in the migration from Mecca to Medina. It is narrated from Imam al-Sadiq (a) that "Fatima bt. Asad, the mother of the Commander of the Faithful (a), was the first woman to migrate from Mecca to Medina on foot to join the Prophet (s). She was of the most compassionate people to the Prophet of Allah (s)".[2]

Allegiance to the Prophet (s)

After the conquest of Mecca, as the Prophet (s) was asking the men for their allegiance on al-Safa Mountain, faithful women of Mecca also came to pledge their allegiance. Ibn Abi al-Hadid states that Fatima bt.Asad was the first woman who swore allegiance to the Prophet (s).[3] This is when verse 12 of Sura al-Mumtahana was revealed:

"O Prophet! If faithful women come to you to take the oath of allegiance to you, pledging that they shall not ascribe any partners to Allah, that they shall not steal, nor commit adultery, nor kill their children, nor utter any slander that they may have intentionally fabricated, nor disobey you in what is right, then accept their allegiance, and plead for them to Allah for forgiveness. Indeed Allah is all-forgiving, all-merciful".

Ibn 'Abbas says: "This verse was revealed regarding Fatima bt.Asad".[4]


Fatima bt.Asad was the mother of eight children: Talib, 'Aqil, Ja'far, 'Ali (a), Hind (or Umm Hani), Jamana, Rayta (or Umm Talib), and Asma'.


After the demise of Fatima bt.Asad, the Prophet (s) said: "She was truly my mother".

tarikh-i ya'qubi, PP. 368-9

It is said that Fatima bt. Asad died in 4/626 in Medina;[5] however, this cannot be accurate if she was the first woman who swore an allegiance to the Prophet (s) after the Conquest of Mecca in 8/630.

After her death, the Prophet (s) shrouded her in his dress and said: "Gabriel informed me that she is of the people of heaven, and Allah commanded seventy thousand angels to say prayer on her body".[6] Then he recited the funeral prayer for her and participated in her funeral until they arrived at al-Baqi' cemetery. The Prophet (s) entered her grave and lay down in it, then stood up and held her body and laid it in the grave.

See also


  1. Farsi translation of tarikh-i ya'qubi, PP. 368-9
  2. Al-Kulayni, Vol.1, P.422
  3. Ibn Abi al-Hadid, Vol.1, P.14
  4. Ibn Abi al-Hadid, Vol.1, P.14
  5. Ibn Jawzi, Yusuf b. Hisam al-Din, Tadhkirat al-kawas, Qahira: Maktaba al-Thiqafa al-Diniyya, p. 6.
  6. Al-Hakim al-Naysaburi,Vol.3, P.108


  • The material for this article is mainly taken from فاطمه بنت اسد in Farsi Wikishia.
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