5. Her Married Life

There began the married life of Ali and Fâtemeh. From the first, every chore was divided among them : what was inside the house, came to Fâtemeh’s responsibility, and what was outside of their home came to Ali’s responsibility.

Their life was very simple, and required many efforts, so much so that Fâtemeh’s hands soon became hurt and painful, from the manual mill…Finally a day came when Fâtemeh, in utmost despair, asked her father to give her a maid. Her father asked which of the two things were more precious to her? A maid, or something much deeper and much better…? Ali was near them; Fâtemeh, with her husband’s help, chose what was the better of the two, and our Prophet concluded that the better thing was indeed a prayer that every Muslim should feel grateful and most honored to pronounce it, after the daily prayers. He explained: ‘‘You have to say 34 times “Allâho Akbar’’, 33 times “Alhamdoléllâh’’ and 33 times “ Sobhânallâh”!’’

The fact is, their poverty was because they helped the poor. They gave so much to the needy that the reader may indeed feel confused…

One wishes to know if they were indeed humans or were they some heavenly creatures, come to Earth?

It is indeed impossible to comprehend such spiritual greatness and generosity and abnegation…

Fâtemeh was a pure example in her life, but also in her ways of praying. When she would finish her chores, and after having taken care of her little children, she used to begin her long prayers… In Friday nights, she used to pray until dawn, and cry and ask God that the whole humanity be granted the Divine Salvation…

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