Life of Hazrat Syedah Fatima Zahara AlahisSalam..part 5

A unique quality of Hazrat Saiyeda AlahisSalam

A special privilege of Hazrat Fatima AlahisSalam is that though in Islam one can marry four wives, but to bring co-wife of Hazrat Saiyeda AlahisSalam was prohibited. This would bring sorrow to her, which is equal to bring sorrow to Huzur ﷺ It is given in Sahih Bukhari, Muslim, Sunan-i-Abi Daud, Tirmizi, Nasai that while delivering his holy lecture, Huzur ﷺ said,

Translation: “Bani Hashim-bin-Mughera (i.e. from the family of Abu Jahal), have sought permission from me to marry their daughter to Hazrat Ali AlaihisSalam. I won’t, won’t, won’t give permission for this. Yes! If Ali AlaihisSalam wishes to marry her, he may divorce my daughter and proceed further to marry the daughter of that family. My daughter is very dear to me. What displeases her, equally displeases me too. The thing that hurts her hurts me too.” (From Sahih Muslim Vol-2, p-290, Tirmizi Vol-2, p-227)

While giving an explanation of this Hadith, Imam Navavi. writes,

Translation: The learned people (Ulma) have said, “Whatsoever the conditions may be, it is forbidden to hurt Huzur ﷺ. Even if it is legal to go against him, it should be avoided. That is, he should never be displeased and hurt. He is immortal.”

It is the greatness of Hazrat Ali AlaihisSalam that, though in those days the Arabs used to marry many wives at a time because it was their tradition, he religiously followed Huzur ﷺ instructions. Consequently, till Hazrat Saiyeda AlahisSalam was alive, he did not even think of another marriage.

Hazrat Ali AlaihisSalam virtue had a great effect on Hazrat Saiyeda AlahisSalam. Hence, she wrote in her will, “After me, please get married to Umama Bint-i-Abul Aas Radiallahu anhoo.” Umama was Hazrat Saiyeda AlahisSalam loved niece and her elder sister Hazrat Zainab’s daughter. Huzur ﷺ had a deep love for his granddaughter. Hazrat Umama’s father, Hazrat Abul Aas Radiallahu anhoo had instructed Hazrat Zubeir Radiallahu anhoo in his will that his daughter, Hazrat Umama Radiallahu anhoo should be wedded with Hazrat Ali AlaihisSalam Hazrat Zubair Radiallahu anhoo did so. In this way, Hazrat Saiyeda’s AlahisSalam will also was implemented. The wish was repeated in both the wills because both of them were very much pleased with Hazrat Ali AlaihisSalam fine sense of civic duties and obligations. In their eyes, there was no other better husband than Hazrat Ali AlaihisSalam

The best manifestation of the Prophet ﷺ life

Imam Sufiyan bin Ayina Imam Bukhari etc.’s spiritual master’s master and a high-esteemed learned person of hadith, says, “Hazrat Ali AlaihisSalam is the greatest devotee among the Sa’ahabas.”

(Avarif-ul-Ma’arif Ala Ihya-ul-Ulum Vol-2)

Huzurﷺ From this, it can be imagined what great self-control and love for the devotion he had. Hazrat Saiyeda’s AlahisSalam self-control and love for devotion also reflected the prophethood during her life. The process of bringing up of both these persons by Huzur ﷺ gave them the shape of perfect religion and noble personality. Due to religious attitude and perfect divine contentment, for many days, Huzur ﷺ had to go without food, Hazrat Ali AlaihisSalam and Hazrat Fatima AlahisSalam is also went without food for many times. Once, went to one of the Sa’ahabis. He had sacrificed a she-goat and manged for the meal. When the food was offered, Huzur ﷺ took a little from the cooked meat and said, “Send this to Fatimah. Since many days she could not get food.” (A brief quotation from Sahih Muslim Vol-2, p-150)

Hazrat Fatima AlahisSalam religious interest, contentment, poverty and self-control were exemplary and created a great effect on the hearts of other people. A learned person describes this as under:

“Hazrat Saiyeda AlahisSalam was the most loved of Huzur ﷺ offsprings. People had almost forgotten about the maintenance of continence and selfcontrol. Due to victory over victory, the whole of Medina was bursting out of wealth and riches. But do you know what share did Huzur ﷺ loved child get? Before listening to this, the eyes should be full of tears.”

Saiyeda-e-Aalam SalamUllahAlaiha domestic life was such that her hands received blisters due to constant grinding. She herself had to perform all the domestic works. She had such limited clothes that while cooking, due to the smoke, and due to the dust from sweeping, they would be blackened. But, when she narrated her hardship to Huzur ﷺ and requested some money from the treasure of loots, he said, “O my dear daughter, the poor of Badr are more rightful claimants of this wealth than you.” After this, Hazrat Saiyeda AlahisSalam faith in fasting, poverty and detachment became stronger.

Once Huzur-i-Anwaarﷺ came to Hazrat Saiyeda AlahisSalam house and saw that due to indigency, she had such a small scarf (dupatta) that when she tried to cover the head, the legs were open and when tried to cover legs, the head was barren. Allama Shibli writes,

Such was the life of holy Prophet ﷺ and the conditions of the holy
daughter is.

Huzur ﷺ always tried to minimize his requirements without considering the opinions of the people. Once Huzur ﷺ returned from a crusade and saw that Hazrat Saiyeda AlahisSalam had hung curtains on the entrance for his welcome. On his normal course, Huzur ﷺ came to her house and when he saw this-worldly decoration, returned. When Hazrat Saiyeda AlahisSalam came to know about his displeasure, she removed the curtain and tore it into pieces. This removed Huzur ﷺ displeasure, and he said, “I do not wish that my kith and kins are interested in the worldly decorations and show.”

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