Fatimah bint Asad

Fatimah bint Asad (c. 68 BH – 4 AH ; c. 555–626 CE) (Arabic: فاطمة بنت أسد‎, Fāṭimah bint ʾAsad) was the mother of Ali bin Abi Talib.

Fatimah bint Asad
Fāṭimah bint ʾAsad
فاطمة بنت أسد

c. 68 BH
(c. 555 CE)
Diedc. 4 AH
(c. 626 CE)
Known forMother of Ali ibn Abu Talib, Aunt of Muhammad
Spouse(s)Abu Talib ibn Abd al-Muttalib
Children(see below)
Parent(s)Asad ibn Hashim
Fatimah bint Qays


She was the daughter of Asad ibn Hashim and Fatimah bint Qays, hence a member of the Hashim clan of the Quraysh.[1]

The maternal grandfather of Muhammad's wife Khadija bint Khuwaylid, Za'ida ibn al-Asamm ibn Rawaha, was the cousin of Fatimah's mother.

Lu'ayy ibn Ghalib
Ka'b ibn Lu'ayyMa'is ibn Lu'ayy[1]
Murrah ibn Ka'b'Abd ibn Ma'is
Kilab ibn MurrahHajar ibn 'Abd
Qusai ibn KilabRawaha ibn Hajar
Abd Manaf ibn Qusai
Hashim ibn Abd ManafSalma bint Amr
(Banu Najjar)
Qays or Haram ibn Rawaha
Asad ibn HashimFatima bint Qays
(bint Haram)
Fatimah bint Asad


She married her cousin, Abu Talib ibn Abd al-Muttalib, and was the mother of seven of his children.

  1. Talib.
  2. Fakhitah (Umm Hani).
  3. Aqeel.
  4. Jumanah.
  5. Ja'far.
  6. Rayta.
  7. Ali, who was the husband of Muhammad's daughter Fatimah.[1]

The orphaned Muhammad, who was Abu Talib's nephew and Fatimah's cousin, came to live in their house in 579 (when he was eight).[2][3]:131,133


Fatimah became a Muslim and is described as a "righteous woman".[1] Following Abu Talib's death in 620,[2][3]:243 Fatimah emigrated to Medina with her son Ali in 622.[4]:686 Muhammad used to visit her and take siestas in her house there.[1]

She died in the year 625/626.[4]:811 According to Anas bin Malik, when Muhammad learned that Fatimah had died, he went to her house to sit beside her body and pray for her, gave his shirt to be incorporated into her shroud, and personally placed her in her grave in the Jannatul Baqee cemetery in Medina.[4]:475


  1. ^ a b c d e ibn Sa'd, Muhammad (1995). Kitab at-Tabaqat al-Kabir (The Book of the Major Classes). VIII The Women of Madina. Translated by Bewley, Aisha. London: Ta-Ha Publishers. ISBN 978-1-897940-24-2.
  2. ^ a b ibn Ishaq, Muhammad (1955). Sīrat Rasūl Allāh (The Life of Muhammad). Translated by Guillaume, Alfred. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8369-9260-1.
  3. ^ a b Muhammad ibn Saad. Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir vol. 1. Translated by Haq, S. M. (1967). Ibn Sa'd's Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir Volume I Parts I & II. Delhi: Kitab Bhavan.
  4. ^ a b c Al-Majlisi, M. B. Hayat al-Qulub. Translated by Rizvi, S. H. (2010). Volume 2: A Detailed Biography of Prophet Muhammad (saww). Qum: Ansariyan Publications.

Mahmood Ahmad Ghadanfar. Great Women of Islam. Translated by Jamila Muhammad Qawi. Darussalam Publishers & Distributors, Riyadh. Online at kalamullah.com. pp. 163–167. Retrieved 2013-06-22.

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Tradition states that Ali was born inside the Kaaba in Mecca, and was a member of the Quraysh tribe. Ali's father and Muhammad's uncle, Abu Talib ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib, was custodian of the Kaaba and a sheikh of the Banu Hashim, an important branch of the powerful tribe of the Quraysh. His mother, Fatimah bint Asad, was also from the Banu Hashim. In Arab culture it was a great honor for Ali that both of his parents belonged to the Banu Hashim. Ali was also one of descendants of Ishmael (Isma'il) the son of Abraham (Ibrahim).

During his childhood, Ali spent his first six years under his father's roof. Then, as a result of famine in and around Mecca, Muhammad asked his uncle, Abu Talib, to allow Ali to come and live in the house of his cousin. It would be another four years until Muhammad would announce his Prophethood. When the divine command came for Muhammad to begin to preach, Ali, only a child of ten years, was the first male to publicly announce his support for his cousin. Over the coming years, Ali stood firmly in his support of Muhammad during the persecution of Muslims by the Meccans.

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