* “Contemplation: To be humble is not to be meek, but rather to quietly and confidently hold my true power.”
Fatima was the only surviving daughter of the prophet Muhammad & the ancestral mother of the Shi'i Muslims. She was devoted to her father and nursed him at his deathbed.
Many legends and myths surround Fatima. She was said to have been an incarnation of the ancient moon goddess. She was said to have had three sons by miraculous virgin birth. She was said to have possessed magical powers. Fatima is sometimes associated with Mary, mother of Jesus and Fatima is also called, “The Queen of Heaven.” She is also described as, Al Zahra, the “radiant one.” Along with Mary she is revered as one of the four “perfect women.” Sometimes she is referred to as, “The Islamic Mary.”
She has transcended from human woman to saint-like status and has deep connections to the ancient Arabian Triple Goddess in her forms of, Al Uzza(Goddess of the morning star, The mighty!), Al Lat (Moon Goddess, universal source of nourishment) , and Al Menat. (Goddess of fate and time.)
In her pre-Islamic Goddess status Fatima is considered the Creatress, the tree of paradise, a Moon Goddess And the source of the sun. It is said she “existed from the beginning of the material world.”
The Hamsa, hand shaped symbol used to ward off the evil eye is known as , “The Hand of Fatima.”
*This contemplation and the topic for this blog entry was inspired by, “Goddesses for Every Day” by Julie Loar. This was one of her more challenging entries in that she didn’t really back up the support for Fatima as a Goddess or her association with humility. I had to do quite a bit of searching around and there was still not a great deal of information on Fatima as a Goddess. There are however a lot of psychics and belly dancers named Fatima! Surprising, I know!