A peek into the Family Life of Hazrat Fatima (SA) – Part I
Being a parent is an important job. Parents have an opportunity to build a baby’s brain and shape a child’s ability to learn and grow.
Mothers, who usually give birth to babies, feed them and nurture them from the very first day play an important role in the process of a child’s upbringing, being the closest person to the babies during their childhood.
According to an article by Iqna.ir, Ahl al-Bayt (literally meaning 'People of the House' a term used to refer to the extended family of the Islamic prophet Muhammad (PBUH)) may be one of the best role models for proper Muslim upbringing.
Hazrat Fatima (SA), is the daughter of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and the wife of Imam Ali (AS). She is an elite not just in her own time, but in the present and future. She was an infallible martyr. She is a symbol of piety, chastity, and a real devotee of the Almighty Allah.
She is the mother of the only two Masters of the Youth of Paradise- Imam Hassan and Imam Hussain- and Hazrat Zainab (SA) and Umme - Kulthum (SA), and the mother of the 11 infallible Imams (Peace Be Upon Them All). She has definitely proved her skills in bringing up children with distinguishing characteristics.
For one, the pivotal roles that the children of Hazrat Fatima (SA) played, throughout the historical event were the result of her outstanding upbringing and training.
The battle of Karbala is one of the best testimonies of the divine nature of her methods of child rearing.
In this article, we are going to examine Hazrat Fatima’s approaches adopted by her in bringing up her children.
Utmost love and compassion
Science suggests that warm and loving relationships with parents help children grow into compassionate adults. On the other hand, feeling unloved as a child can have long-lasting effects from lack of trust to mental health conditions in adulthood.
Hazrat Fatima (SA) who had been showered with the love and affection of her beloved father herself poured the same love and warmth upon her children.
Playing with children
Despite the fact that Islam has emerged in an ignorant society, approaches of the Prophet (PBUH) and his Traditions that were forwarded through him and the Infallibles (AS) are applicable and suitable for the people of all cultures and civilizations, at any era.
It may be due to the fact that Islam deals directly with the common innate nature of man.
Playing with children and spending time with them had a very special and important place in the methods of child-upbringing of Fatima (SA), as it did with her father.
Psychologically speaking, playing helps children build imagination and creativity, stimulates healthy brain development, reduces anxiety, stress, and irritability, helps them learn about communicational structures, encourages independence, and improves physical fitness.