In the name of God, the Abundantly Merciful, the Intensely Merciful
Praise be to God, Lord of the worlds
May the peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you.
These days mark the anniversary of the martyrdom of Fatima al-Zahraa, the lady of the women of the worlds. May God increase your rewards.
Unfortunately, after the martyrdom of the Messenger of God, Abu Bakr, and Umar broke into Fatima’s house to force Ali bin Abi Talib to pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr. This incident resulted in the injury of Fatima pbuh, the miscarriage of her son al-Muhsin, and her death shortly afterwards. This was just as the Messenger of God, Muhammad pbuhap, promised her: that she would be the first one to follow him. Thus, she was the first martyr mentioned in the Sacred Will of the Prophet. Blessed are the ones who held and still hold onto the will of the Messenger of God pbuhap written on the night of his death; whose first sacrifice was Fatima, daughter of Muhammad pbuh, the lady of the women of the worlds, and her fetus. The attack on the house of Fatima, the daughter of Muhammad pbuhap, was narrated by the Sunni narrators and recorders in their own books. Moreover, it was also narrated that Umar threatened to burn down Fatima’s house, although she and her children were inside. The finest of Sunni poets wrote about the incident of the attack on Fatima’s house; Hafez Ibrahim, known as “The Poet of the Nile”, praises Umar bin al-Khattab in a long poem. He said:
It is a saying to Ali, said by Umar
Revere its hearer, glorify its speaker
‘I burn your home and nothing of yours remains therein
Unless you pledge allegiance, even if the daughter of al-Mustafa [Muhammad] is inside’
No one other than the father of Hafsa would have said it
To the Knight of the Arabs and their protector.
The following demonstrates Abu Bakr’s regret at the end of his life regarding what he had done to Fatima, which led to her martyrdom after the attack on her home. It is narrated by the Sunni recorders and narrators, such as al-Tabarani in al-Mujam al-Kabir, al-Tabari in Tarikh al-Tabari, Ibn Zanjaweih in al-Amwal, al-Muttaqi al-Hindi in Kanz al-Ummal, Ibn Abd Rabbih in al-Aqd al-Farid, and many others.
Abu Bakr said,
I wished I had not seized [attacked] the house of Fatima, and that I had left it alone.
As for some people’s saying that this narration is weak as one of its narrators, Alwan bin Dawood, is a weak narrator, the truth is that he is not a weak narrator at all. Rather, the weakness is in their minds. Below are two recordings by Dr. Saad Al-Din Hilaly, a contemporary Sunni scholar, in which he shows from a scientific standpoint the error in their attempt to weaken Alwan bin Dawood. In fact, he exposes their game, which has nothing to do whatsoever with serious scientific research.