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Meaning of a statement attributed to Fatimah (radiyallahu ‘anha)

Question

What is referred to by ‘masaib’ in the following statement?

‘Subbat alayya masaibu law annaha subbat ‘alal ayyami sirna layaliya’

 

Answer

These words are famously attributed to Sayyidah Fatimah (radiyallahu ‘anha) which she supposedly uttered at the demise of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). The translation is as follows:

Such calamities have befallen me [i.e. The demise of her father- sallallahu’alayhi wasallam], had these calamities befallen the day, it would have become night [being unable to bear the burden].

 

Also see Siyaru A’alamin Nubala, vol. 2 pg. 134.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar