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By Ustaz Syed Hasan Alatas

English translation by Radzi Sapiee

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. In the name of Allah the Most Gracious, Most Merciful.  

Assalamu'alaikum, Peace be upon you.

Siti Fatimah Azzahra AS is the most beloved daughter of Rasulullah SAW. Siti Fatimah Azzahra is a woman of fine example. Her unquestioning loyalty and faith towards her father and mother is something to be followed by women all over the world. Siti Fatimah Azzahra has sacrified her whole life for the concern of Islam and its followers. Full of love and obedience, Siti Fatimah stayed at the side of her husband, the Amirul Mukminin (commander of the faithfuls) Ali bin Abi Thalib in both good and bad times. She succeeded in educating  her two sons Hassan and Hussain with exemplarary good behaviour. Siti Fatimah always strive to help the poor and those in need.

Siti Fatimah Azzahra was raised by her father Rasulullah SAW and received his direct education. The love the Prophet has towards Siti Fatimah Azzahra was also amplified by the fact that her behaviour and habits resembled very much that of her father. Living a simple life full of worship towards God is among the traits of Fatimah Azzahra. Her relationship with Allah Almighty is sincere untainted by any material wants nor the need to feel or be important in the eyes of men.

Asma binti Umais related her exemplary behaviour thus: “One day I was in the house of Siti Fatimah Azzahra. Suddenly Rasulullah SAW arrived at her house. Siti Fatimah was wearing a gold necklace given by her husband  Imam Ali bin Abi Thalib KW (May Allah bless his countenance). When  Rasulullah SAW saw the necklace he said: ‘O my daughter, are you proud the be called the daughter of Muhammad when you yourself wear  jaababirah ? (ornaments worn by proud women of nobility).’”

Immediately Siti Fatimah took off the necklace and sold it. She used the proceeds from the necklace to buy a slave and then set him free. When Rasulullah SAW heard the news he was so happy. The prophet then uttered a prayer for Siti Fatimah and her whole family.

In another incident, Thuban related: “When Rasulullah SAW returned from a battle, as usual he would stop and the house of her daughter Siti Fatimah That was when the Prophet SAW saw both his grandsons wearing silver bracelets.” He cancelled his stop and returned straight to his house. Siti Fatimah came to know what had happened and realised it was because of the ornaments worns by the grandsons. Without hesitating, she opened the bracelets and crushed it to pieces. This made the still very young Saidina Hassan and Hussain cried. Although the pieces were then recovered and handed back to the two, there were still upset as they didn’t know anything.

The two continued to cry and went to their grandfather the Prophet SAW. He took the pieces and asked Thuban to buy replacements, for Siti Fatimah a necklace made from ashab (a type of specially woven thread) and two bracelets made from ivory for his grandchildren. At the same time the Prophet SAW said this:

“They are my Ahlul Bait, I don’t want them to lose benificence just because of these worldly matters.”

(The story from Thuban  is recorded by At-Thabbarry in his book "Siratul Mustafa").

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