Book of Fatimah

The Book of Fatimah (Arabic: مُصْحَف فَاطِمَة, romanizedMuṣḥaf Fāṭimah) is, according to Shia tradition, attributed to Fatimah, the daughter of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Fatimah occupies a similar position in Islam that Mary, mother of Jesus, occupies in Christianity.[1] The Quranic praise for Mary in verse Q3:42 is often echoed for Fatimah in view of a sahih hadith that lists Fatimah, Khadija, Asiya, and Mary, mother of Jesus, as the outstanding women of all time.[2][3]

Book of Fatimah
مُصْحَف فَاطِمَة‎
ReligionIslam, Shia
LanguageClassical Arabic

As with Mary, there are reports that angels spoke to Fatimah on multiple occasions.[3][4][5] In particular, in Shia view, the Book of Fatimah recounts the conversations of Gabriel with Fatimah to console her after Muhammad's death.[6] Fatimah's husband, Ali, scribed the revelations. The book is said to contain prophecies about the future.

In Shia view, the Book of Fatimah has been preserved by the descendants of Fatimah, namely, the Shia Imams, and is now held by the last Shia Imam, Mahdi, whose advent is awaited by the Shia and Sunni alike, even though the two sects hold different views about Mahdi.[7]

Hidden WordsEdit

Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahai Faith, wrote Kalimat-i-Maknunih (Hidden Words) around 1857 CE. Bahá'u'lláh originally named his manuscript The Book of Fatimah.[8] Bahais believe that The Hidden Words is the symbolic fulfilment of the Islamic prophecy.[9]

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  1. ^ Rogerson (2006, pp. 42, 43). Fitzpatrick & Walker (2014, p. 182). Campo (2009, pp. 230, 231). Glassé (2011, p. 137). McAuliffe (2002, p. 193). Aslan (2011, pp. 185, 186). Ernst (2003, p. 171). de-Gaia (2018, p. 56)
  2. ^ McAuliffe (2002, p. 193). Abbas (2021, p. 98). Fitzpatrick & Walker (2014, p. 8). Rogerson (2006, pp. 42, 43). de-Gaia (2018, p. 56)
  3. ^ a b "(Q3:42) And when the angels said, 'O Mary, Allah has chosen you and purified you, and He has chosen you above the world's women".
  4. ^ Aslan (2011, pp. 185, 186). Ayoub (2011, pp. 63, 72)
  5. ^ "(Q3:45) When the angels said, 'O Mary, God gives you the good news of a Word from Him whose name is Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, distinguished in the world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near [to God]".
  6. ^ Aslan (2011, pp. 185, 186)
  7. ^ Mavani (2013, p. 11). Aslan (2011, pp. 185, 186). Momen (1985, p. 168)
  8. ^ Smith (2000, p. 181)
  9. ^ Lewis (2000)


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