The Republic of Rumi: A Novel of Reality
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The Republic of Rumi: a Novel of Reality

Chapter 28

Fatima


By Khurram Ali Shafique

The next three chapters are rooted in the awareness that the solidarity of the Muslim nation rests on its hold on an ideal, unlike territorial societies that rest on a concrete thing, i.e. their country.

Motherhood

Umoomat, the word for motherhood, comes from the same root as ummat, meaning a nation or a community of the followers of a prophet.

A role model for Muslim women

Fatima was the daughter of the Prophet and was married to Ali. She was the mother of Hasan, who forewent his claim to caliphate in order to reconcile the warring faction of the nation. The other son of Fatima was Husain, the master of Kerbala.

Fatima lived a simple life, taking pride in poverty just like her father.

Address to Muslim women

“High, high the cravings are that wrestle within your soul,” Iqbal addresses Muslim women. “Be conscious still and keep your eye on Fatima as a role model, so that your branch may bear a new Husain and our orchid blossom with the Golden Age.”

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The daughter of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) is a role model for Muslim women.
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