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Ma'sat al-Zahra' (a) (book)

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Ma'sat al-Zahra' (a)
Author al-Sayyid Ja'far Murtada al-'Amili
Original title مأساة الزهراء
Language Arabic
Series 2 vols.
Subject Lady Fatima (a)
Genre Historical
Published Beirut, 1418/1998
Publisher Dar al-Sira

Maʾsāt al-Zahrā' (a) (Arabic:مأساة الزهراء) is a book about events of the last years of Lady Fatima's (a) life written by al-Sayyid Ja'far Murtada al-'Amili (d. 1441/2019). In this book, he tried to answer questions about the events in the last years of Lady Fatima's (a) life and her martyrdom. As it has been mentioned in the Persian translation of the book, it was written in an answer to questions posed by al-Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Fadl Allah.

About the Author

Al-Sayyid Ja'far Murtada al-'Amili was a researcher of Islamic history and contemporary Lebanese biographer. He wrote al-Sahih min sirat al-Nabi al-A'zam (s) and some other books about the lives of the Ahl al-Bayt (a).

Goal of Writing

In recent years, some questions were posed about the martyrdom of Lady Fatima (a) and how it happened, therefore, al-Sayyid Ja'far Murtada al-'Amili began to answer them and wrote Ma'sat al-Zahra' (a).[1] After writing two volumes of this book, Ja'far Murtada wrote another book in two volumes and named it Khalfiyyat Ma'sat al-Zahra' (a).


In this book, after mentioning the virtues and merits of Lady Fatima (a), the author speaks extensively about what happened to Lady Fatima (a) after the Prophet (s) passed away and has discussed about the martyrdom of Lady Fatima (a) and how it happened.

In three parts and 17 chapters, the author has discussed about beating and insulting Lady Fatima (a), why she went behind the door, the existence of the door, the nail on the door, miscarriage of Muhsin b. Ali (a), setting the door on fire and other issues.

Second volume of the book is dedicated to works, information and poems. In this volume, the author has tried to prove insulting Lady Fatima (a) and her martyrdom by referring to different sources including Sunni sources.


Part One: Oppression of Lady Fatima (a)

Part Two: Texts and Works

  • Chapter one – Oppression of Zahra' (a) in poems of Arab poets
  • Chapter two – Oppression of Zahra' (a) in hadiths of the Infallible ones (a)
  • Chapter three - Oppression of Zahra' (a) in religious arguments
  • Chapter four – Muhsin in texts and works
  • Chapter five – the event in the speeches of transmitters of hadith and historians

Part Three: House Doors of Medina at the Time of the Prophet (s)

  • Chapter one - House doors of Medina at the time of the Prophet (s)
  • Chapter two – doors of Kaaba and house of Mecca
  • Chapter three – attempt at burning the house of Fatima (a).[2]


  1. Sīra-yi Ma'sūmān (software).
  2. ʿĀmilī, Maʾsāt al-Zahrā' (a), list of the book translation.


  • ʿĀmilī, al-Sayyid Jaʿfar al-Murtaḍā al-. Maʾsāt al-Zahrā' (a). Beirut: Dār al-Sīra, 1418 AH.
  • ʿĀmilī, al-Sayyid Jaʿfar al-Murtaḍā al-. Maʾsāt al-Zahrā' (a), Ranjhā-yi Haḍrat-i Zahrā (a). Translated to Farsi by Muḥammad Sipihrī. Qom: Tahdhīb, 1382 Sh.
  • Sīra-yi Ma'sūmān (software). Noor Computer Research Center of Islamic Sciences.