In the Name of Allah the All-Beneficent, the All-Merciful
“The great women of paradise are four: Maryam daughter of ‘Imran, Fatimah daughter of Muhammad, Khadijah daughter of Khuwaylid, and Asiyah daughter of Muzahim, wife of Pharaoh.”
By the grace of Allah, we are pleased to announce that submissions for Volume 4: Fatimah, Lady of Light are now open! Submit, poetry, art, and short stories inspired by the life of Lady Fatimah (a) if you would like to be a part of the next journal.
This volume is part of a series titled Women of Paradise, that will cover Lady Fatimah (a), Lady Maryam (a), Lady Khadija (a), and Lady Asiyah (a). Submission deadline is midnight on January 11, 2019.
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This volume will focus on the life of Lady Fatimah bint Muhammad (a). She is the daughter of the last Prophet of Allah, the wife of Imam Ali (a), and the Leader of the women of paradise.
In this journal, we are looking for works that focus Lady Fatimah (a)’s perseverance throughout her life. We are looking for works that focus on her perseverance throughout her childhood, her life after her marriage to Imam Ali (a), after the death of her father Prophet Muhammad (a), and her martyrdom. Even in the last moments of her life after many of her rights were taken away from Lady Fatimah (a), her faith never faltered.
In order to help our contributors, we have gathered links to events that we believe are important but not as well known or difficult to find authentic sources on. We are giving extra consideration to works based on one of the following:
- Lady Khadijah’s death (1; pg 18)
- Hadith e Kisa (1; pg 52)
- Tasbih story (1; pg 36)
- Charity to the Poor (1; pg 29)
- Knocking on doors
- Fadak (1; pg 149)
Inshallah we plan to focus on the four women of paradise over a series of journals during the coming years during Rajab.
You can submit art, poetry, or a short story. You can submit one piece to each section. For example, you can submit, an art, poetry, and short story submission, but not 3 poetry submissions.
Submission deadline is midnight on January 11, 2019.
This edition, we will be giving preference to shorter works. Download this document in to check how long your entry is on the page size of the journal.
Please ensure your submission is PROOFREAD for grammatical errors as much as possible and on theme. Unedited submissions will be automatically rejected and sent back to the writer for possible resubmission.
Poetry Submission Criteria: Poets original work; Previously unreleased or limited release work; Two columns max per page; Word Count max ~450 words; Max page count 2 pgs; Accepted file formats: pdf, docx, rtf, txt
Short Story Criteria: Writers original work; Previously unreleased or limited release work; Max page count 2 pgs; Accepted file formats: pdf, docx, rtf, txt
Artwork Criteria: Please ensure your art piece is on theme also refrain from drawing the faces of the Imams and their companions. Criteria: Artists original work; Previously unreleased or limited release work; CMYK, 300dpi; 1 pg per Art piece; Accepted file formats: png, jpg, pdf; All types of STILL visual media can be submitted (ex: illustration, photography, calligraphy, paper quilling, etc)
We recommend using these resources to learn more about the life of Lady Fatimah (a) and take inspiration from her life.
- Fatima az-Zahra’, The World’s most outstanding Lady by Ayatullah Naser Makarem Shirazi
- House of Sorrows, The life of Sayyidah Fatimah al-Zahra and her grief by Shaykh ‘Abbas Qummi
- The Life of Fatimah Az- Zahra’, The Principal of all Women: Study and Analysis by Baqir Shareef al-Qurashi