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Fātima was originally an Arabic name, meaning "She who weans", being the name of the only proved surviving child of the prophet Muhammad; after the advent of Islam it became a common Muslim name for women. It is sometimes used by Catholics in connection with a significant twentieth-century apparition of the Virgin Mary in the town of Fátima in Portugal.
The name can variously refer to:
- Fatima Zahra, daughter of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam;
- Fatemeh, the transliteration of the Persian pronunciation of the Arab name
- the town of Fátima in Portugal
- Our Lady of Fatima, a reputed apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fátima, Portugal in 1917
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