Praise be to Allah Ta’ala the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth.
(Surat Fatir: 1)
This article was written by Shehzada Dr Aziz bhaisaheb Qutbuddin in 2015.
Maulatuna Fatema’s AS name comes from Allah Ta’ala’s name Fatir (Creator). In the kitaabs of Da’wat the meaning of Maulatuna Fatema’s name is explained at many levels. On one level, Fatema is from fa ta ma - which literally means to cut, or separate. In the context of Maulatuna Fatema herself, it means to separate the Shi’a from punishment. In several of his qasidas, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA acknowledges Maulatuna as the one who safeguards Mumineen from Jahannam. The bayt below is from one such qasida:
Their mother is Fatema;
her love will separate and safeguard her Shi’a from fire
Our Imams and their Dai’s chose to use Maulatuna Fatema’s name to identify their Da’wat.
The Imams are known as A’immat Fatimiyyeen (singular al-Imam al-Fatemiyy), the Dai’s are known as Du’aat Fatimiyyeen (singular al-Da’i al-Fatemiyy), and the Da’wat is known as Da’wat Fatimiyya or Fatemi Dawat.
The Dawat is recognized as Fatemi Dawat because Maulatuna Fatema is the crucial link through which the noor of Mohammed and Ali is reunited in the succession of Imams. It is through Fatema SA that the Imam is the son of Rasulullah SA and the son of Amirul Mumineen Imam Ali SA.
In parallel, the Dai is known as al-Dai al-Fatemi because he is the Dai of the Fatemi Imam and establishes the Da’wat of Rasulullah SA and Amirul Mumineen SA.
The Da’wat is also known as Fatemi Da’wat. As Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA states in his qasida in the shaan of Maulatuna Fatema:
This luminous Fatemi Dawat is known by her name
During the zuhoor of the Imams in Egypt, there was an occasion in which the enemies of the Fatimids slandered the Imams by accusing them of "conveniently"tracing their lineage to Fatema, a woman, to establish their connection with Rasulullah. (The norm was to trace one’s lineage through men, not women.) The Imam’s Hudood swiftly replied by reciting the Qur’anic ayats in which Eissa nabi is referred to as the son of Maryam(for example ‘that is Eissa son of Maryam’ - Surat Maryam: 34).
We commemorate the solemn occasion of Maulatuna Fatema’s shahaadat on the 10th of Jumadul-Ula by remembering that we are children of Fatemi Dawat and followers of the true Fatemi Dai. We are believers that a Fatemi Imam, in the progeny of Mohammed, Ali and Fatema, graces the face of this earth. We offer praise and thanks to Allah Ta’ala for the ne’mat of being linked, for having a nisbat, with Maultanuna Fatema-tuz-zahra 1400 years after her wafaat.
We pray: Fatemi Dawat – Zindabad; Fatemi Dai – Zindabad.