Rasulallah SAW stated, “Remain pious and fear Allah Ta’ala wherever you are,” for Allah Ta’ala holds those who live pious lives in high-esteem. Piety –taqwa – is essential for our worldly and spiritual wellbeing. We live pious and dignified lives byfulfilling our faith’s and life’s obligations, especially through the respect, obedience, and love – mohabbat– of Awliyaa Kiraam AS. Awliyaa Kiraam’s AS lifestyle – their every action - guides us towards lifestyles of piety and dignity. MaulatanaFatema embodied these traits. Her every effort and undertaking were in the name of taqwa and taught mumineen – both men and women – how to fulfill our worldly and spiritual obligations. She showed us how to care for our spouses, raise our children, and look after our households. She showed us how to uphold the tenets of Rasulallah’s SAW shariah; how to love and obey Awliyaa Kiraam AS; and how to mourn Imam Husain AS. Her life was committed to the upbringing, protection, and salvation of mumineen, such that Maulana Ali AS proclaimed, “O Fatema, you are more pious (atqa) and more dignified (akram).” Three of Islam’s most revered women – Maulatana Fatema AS, Maulatana Zainab AS, and Maulatana Hurratul Maleka RA exemplify the essence of taqwa, while maintaining and evoking dignity and respect.
Once, Maulatana Fatema AS was sitting with Rasulallah SAW, when a blind man entered. Maulatana Fatema promptly left the room in order to maintain her lehaaz and modesty. Afterwards, Rasulallah SAW asked his daughter why she left the room for the man was blind. Maulatana Fatema AS responded, “He may not have been able to look at me, but he could still feel and smell my presence.” Fatema AS fulfilled her obligations as a woman while also protecting the blind man’s dignity. In turn, shedemonstrated how both men and women should respect one another. In her final moments on earth, the care with which she bathed and fed Imam Hasan AS and Imam Husain AS also exemplified how she was at the pinnacle of taqwa and karaamat. She did so in a state of severe illness and weakness a result of the suffering she endured at the hands of Rasulallah SAW’s and Maulana Ali’s AS enemies. She not only fed Imam Hasan and Imam Hussain that night, but alsokneaded dough for two additional days. As such, Maulatana Fatema AS ensured that the Imamayn were provided for in the days after her death andremoved the burden from Maulana Ali AS, knowing that he would be preoccupied with her kafan and dafan.
Maulatana Zainab AS, following in her mother’s footsteps, continued to be a symbol of piety and dignity. After Ashura, Yazid’s LA army took the caravan to Kufa, where Maulatana Zainab and Imam Husain’s AS haram were brought before Ubaidullah Bin Ziyaad LA. When he threatened to execute Imam Ali Zainul Abedin AS, she stood in front of Imam Ali Zainul Abedin AS and proclaimed, “If you seek to kill him, I dare you to kill me first!” She did not permit Ubaidullah LA to execute Imam Ali Zainul Abedin AS, and she was ready to sacrifice her life for him. How did she demonstrate karaamat? The army had taken away her rida, so she used her hair to cover her face from prying eyes. Despite not having a parda, she had the courage to step forward in the court of Ubaidullah bin Ziyaad LA.
Maulatana Hurratul Maleka RA, the mother of Do’at al-Satr, upheld the values of taqwa and karaamat, ensuring that mumineen for generations to come knew how to live pious and dignified lives. As per Imam Aamir’s AS instructions, she singlehandedly taught and preparedDo’at Mutlaqeen, passing on the knowledge of Rasulallah SAW and his Ahl Bayt AS, while maintaining her modesty and parda. Furthermore, she instructed Syedna Zoeb bin Musa RA that everyDai would designate his mansoosbefore wafaat. How did she embody karaamat? After Imam Aamir’s AS shahadat, she rebuked Abdul Majid LA whenhe claimed to be Imam Aamir’s AS successor, stating that she was the daughter of Syedna Ahmad RA.
These three Maulaat epitomize the traits of piety and dignity. Their way of life serves as examples for all of us – both men and women – of how to live and act in accordance with our faith. They encourage us to aspire to great heights by being atqa and akram- by striving to obey and fulfill Allah Ta’ala and Awliyaa Kiraam AS wishes. In doing so, Maulatana Fatema AS, Maulatana Zainab AS, Maulatana Hurratul Maleka RA and their successors – Aimmat Tahereen AS and Doat Mutlaqeen RA – protect and guide us. Together, they ensure that each and every mumin achieves eternal salvation.