Fatima az- Zahra'
az-Zahra' was one of the three daughters of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) and whose
mother, Khadija, was the Prophets first wife. The Prophet commended Fatimas
character, once saying to her, "Thou art the highest of the women of the people of
Paradise, excepting only the Virgin Mary, daughter of Imran" (Lings M, Muhammad;
his life based on the earliest sources 1988, p332). She is usually referred to as Fatima
az-zahra which in English means Fatima the Resplendent. She married
Ali ibn Abi Talib, the Prophets paternal cousin, who was also the fourth
Caliph, and had two sons Al-Hassan and Al-Hussein.
Six months after the death of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h), the grieving Fatima too passed away. Today she is held in great reverence by Sunni and Shiite Muslims alike and a sepulchre called Fatimas Tomb is located near the tomb of the Prophet in the Prophets mosque. However she is believed to be buried in al-Baqi cemetery in al-Medina al-Munawwara.