It is narrated that Lady Sayyida Fizza (RA) departed from the temporal world in the month of Shaban. Accordingly, we will share some of the teachings of this blessed lady so that we may also learn from their life.
BACKGROUND AND VIRTUES:
Lady Fizza (RA) was a female companion who was originally a queen in Ethiopia. It is narrated that she possessed supreme intelligence, wisdom and compassion. Sayyida Fizza (RA) was a close companion to Sayyida Fatima (RA), daughter of Allah’s Messenger, peace be upon him and lived in her home sharing in the tasks of the house.
Sayyida Fizza (RA) having had the blessed opportunity to live with the family of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him indeed partook in their great deeds of generosity and compassion. On one occasion the family had fasted for three days however, on each of the three days, when they sat to break their fast, a hungry person called at their door. The first said he was poor, the second said he was an orphan and the third said he was a freed captive. Each time, the big-hearted members of the house, including Lady Fizza (RA), gave away their food and broke their fast with water. In praise of this selfless action Allah the Exalted revealed the Chapter Ad Dahr (Surah al-Insan) of the Noble Qur’an.
Sayyida Fizza (RA) was also a Hafiza which meant that she memorised the entire Quran. In fact it is narrated that she had exercised such mastery over the Quran that for twenty years she would talk by quoting its verses.
Abul Qasim Al-Qashiri narrates a story from Abdullah Bin Mubarak (RA) and his encounter with Sayyida Fizza (RA) and the following is a short extract of the same:
“Abdullah Bin Mubarak noticed Lady Fizza (RA) at some distance behind a caravan in the desert. He wanted to help her by taking her to the caravan. So he approached her.
Abdullah asked: Who are you?
Hazrat Fizza (AS) replied:
وَإِذَا جَآءَكَ ٱلَّذِينَ يُؤۡمِنُونَ بِـَٔايَـٰتِنَا فَقُلۡ سَلَـٰمٌ عَلَيۡكُمۡۖ
And when those who believe in Our revelations come unto thee, say: Peace be unto you! (6:54)
This was to correct the approach of Abdullah Bin Mubarak, reminding him of the proper Adaab (ethics) to be used before opening a conversation.
He then offered his salutations and asked: What are you doing here?
وَمَن يَهۡدِ ٱللَّهُ فَمَا لَهُ ۥ مِن مُّضِلٍّۗ
And who Allah guides none can mislead (39:37)
Abdullah understood from this verse that Hazrat Fizza (AS) had not lost her way in the desert.
He asked: Where are you coming from?
أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ يُنَادَوۡنَ مِن مَّكَانِۭ بَعِيدٍ۬
They are being called from a place far distant! (41:44)
He continued to inquire: Where do you want to go?
She informed him: وَلِلَّهِ عَلَى ٱلنَّاسِ حِجُّ ٱلۡبَيۡتِ
And pilgrimage to the House is a duty unto Allah for mankind (3:97)
Hazrat Fizza (AS) was informing Abdullah that she was performing Hajj”.
Subhanallah, what a remarkable female companion of our Beloved ﷺ
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