The Blessed Necklace of Hazrat Fatima Zahra (AS)
Jabir Ansari has reported: After performing the afternoon Prayer, the Holy Prophet (SAWA) sat in the altar of the mosque, speaking to people. At this time, an old Arab wearing threadbare clothes and unable to stand on his feet entered the mosque. Seeing him, the Holy Prophet (SAWA) consoled him and asked after his health. The old man said, “O Allah’s Messenger! I am hungry; I need food. I am naked; clothe me; I am indigent; give me something.”
The Holy Prophet (SAWA) said, “I have nothing to give you. But the one who shows you to a benefactor is like one who has done the good. Go to the house of one who loves Allah and the Prophet (SAWA) and Allah and Prophet(SAWA) love her too; one who prefers Allah to herself. Go to Fatimah’s house, which is in the neighborhood. O Bilal! Guide this man to there.” The old man went with Bilal. The old man stood near the door and in a loud voice and said, Peace be upon you O Household of the Prophet (SAWA)! You are the seal of the Divine mission; unto you the angels turn from the presence of the Lord of the world.
Lady Fatimah (A.S.) answered from within the house, “Blessings and peace of Allah be upon you. May I know who you are and what you need?” The old man softly and gently said, “I am an old Arab. I am hungry and I do not have clothes and I am helpless. I went to your beloved father, Allah’s Messenger (SAWA), and he sent me here.”
It had been three days she and her family had anything to eat. It was three days since hunger had struck her home. It was three days since water was the only food for them but for Fatimah(AS) it was not a matter of hesitation or doubt.
She had nothing but a small sheepskin which she used as a carpet and bedding for her beloved sons. She gathered it up and with an apology presented it to the old man, saying, “I hope Allah will give you better than this.” But the old man did not take it saying, “O daughter of the Prophet(SAWA)! What can I do with this? I am hungry!” Fatimah(A.S.), looking astonished, glanced around the small house so that she could find something else. Suddenly she remembered the necklace that her cousin (Hamzah’s daughter) had given her. She quickly unfastened it and gave it to the old man; saying, “Sell it and I hope Allah will solve your Problem!” The old man took the necklace, blessed her and returned to the Prophet(SAWA). The Prophet(SAWA), upon hearing from the old man what had happened, said with tears in his eyes, “By all means your problems will be solved because the doyenne of the world women has blessed you with it.”
Ammar ibn Yasir, who had been watching, moved closer to the Prophet (SAWA), saying, “O Allah’s Messenger! Will you give me permission to buy this necklace?” The Prophet (SAWA) said, “Ammar, whoever buys this necklace will be saved from Hellfire.” Ammar turned to the old man and asked, “How much will you sell this necklace for?” The old man replied, “I need money to buy clothes and food, and money for my journey so that I can go to my city. I will sell it for that much money.”
Ammar who had sold his share of booty from the Battle of Khaybar and had a little money said, “I will give you 20 dinars and 200 dirhams for this necklace.” The old man’s eyes shone with happiness. He said, “You are a generous man.” Ammar gave to him what he had promised.
The old man came to the Holy Prophet (SAWA) who asked him, “Are you satisfied now?” The man said, “Yes, may my parents be your ransom!” The Holy Prophet (SAWA) said, “So give a reward to Fatimah (AS) for what she has done for you.” The old man raised his hand in prayer saying, “O Allah! Bless Fatimah(AS) with what no one has so far seen or heard about!” Allah’s Messenger said Amen to the old man’s prayer, turned to his companions and said, “Allah has granted this to Fatimah (AS) in this world: I am her father and no one in the world is like me. Ali(AS) is her husband and had he not been there, there would be no suitable spouse for her. Hasan (AS) and Husayn(AS) are her sons who are the leaders of the youths of Paradise.”
The Holy Prophet(SAWA), who was sitting with Miqdad, Ammar and Salman, said, “Should I say more about Fatimah(AS)?” They said, “Yes, Allah’s Messenger!” So he said, “Gabriel came to me saying: ‘When the soul of Fatimah (AS) is grasped and she is buried in her grave, two angels will ask her: Who is your Lord? She will say: Allah is my Lord. When she is asked who is your friend she will say: The one who is near my grave, Ali ibn Abu-Talib(AS).’ Be aware that Allah has assigned a group of angels to protect her from above as well as from the right and left sides. They are with her in her lifetime and her grave, constantly saluting her, her father, her husband, and her children. So whoever visits my grave after my death has indeed visited me in my lifetime; whoever visits Fatimah(AS) has indeed visited me; whoever visits Ali ibn Abu-Talib(AS) has indeed visited Fatimah(AS); whoever visits Hasan(AS) and Husayn(AS) has indeed visited Ali(AS); and whoever visits the offspring of Hasan(AS) and Husayn(AS) has indeed visited the two Imams.”
Hearing this, Ammar took the necklace, perfumed it with scent, put it in an expensive cloth, called his slave and said, “Take this to the Prophet (SAWA) and after this you will belong to him.” The slave took the necklace to the Prophet (SAWA) and told him what Ammar had said. The Holy Prophet (SAWA)said, “Give my regards to Fatimah (AS), give her the necklace and tell her that you are now in her custody.” Fatimah(AS) took the necklace in surprise and told the slave, “You are free in the way of Allah.” The slave started laughing and said, “I am surprised at the blessings of this necklace. It has satisfied a hungry person, clothed a naked person, fulfilled the needs of another, freed a slave and in the end returned to its owner.” (Bisharat al-Mustafa: 137)