Some Moral Aspects of Hadrat Fatimah's Sacred Life
1) Piety: Hazrat Imam Jafar (a.s.) and Janab Jaabir Ansari have mentioned this tradition saying that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a) had seen Fatema (s.a) wearing thick and coarse clothes, manually operating a stone grinding mill, and at the same time feeding her child. Seeing this pathetic scene the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a) broke down. He (s.a.w.a.) then said, that my daughter has to bear these hardships of this world to taste the sweet fruits of the hereafter. She (s.a.) had said, "O Prophet of Allah (s.a.w.a.)! I am thankful to Allah for His bounties." At that moment a revelation came.
"And soon shall your lord bestow you (with such bounties] then you shall be satisfied."
2) Household Chores: Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s.) says that Hazrat Ali (a.s.) used to fetch water and wood for burning. Janabe Fatema (s.a.) used to grind wheat, knead dough and prepare bread. She was extremely beautiful and her sacred cheeks were prettier than any flower. May God bless her, her husband and her sons. (Rauza-e-Kafi)
Hazrat Ali (a.s.) had said that Janabe Fatema (s.a) used to bring water in large quantities in a water bag. As a result there was a mark on her chest. She also used to operate a stone grinding mill for hours together, due to which her clothes would get soiled by the accumulation of the flour dust. While cooking she would ignite so much fire that her clothes would get dirty. Suffice it is to say, that she has faced numerous hardships in this respect. (Behaar, Baitul Ahzaan)
3) Janabe Fatema (s.a) never demanded anything from her husband: Once Hazrat Ali (a.s.) asked Janabe Fatema (s.a), “Is there anything to eat?" She replied, "O my honor and by Allah, who had accorded highest priority to your right, that there is nothing at home that could be served, since last three days."
Hearing this Hazrat Ali (a.s.) asked 'Then why did you not inform me?" Janabe Fatema (s.a.) replied that the Prophet of Allah (s.a.w.a.) had told her strictly not to ask nor demand anything from the son of his uncle. "Whatever he would give you voluntarily, you should accept it without uttering a word." (Behaar, vol. 43, p.31, Tafseer-e-Ayaashi, vol. p.171).
4) Mutual understanding in matrimonial life: Ameerul Momineen Ali (a.s.) said, I swear by Allah, as long as Janabe Fatema (s.a) was alive, I have never displeased her nor forced her to do any work. She on her part also did not give me a chance to get annoyed. Whenever, I used, to look towards her, all my worries disappeared. (Behaar, Kashful Ghumma and Baitul Ahzaan).
5) Veil: Hazrat Imam Musa Kazim (a.s.) says on the authority of his forefathers, that Ameerul Momineen Ali (a.s.) had said that: Once a blind man sought permission to come in the house. She then wrapped around herself a piece of cloth. When the Prophet of Allah (s.a.w.a.) asked her as to why she wrapped herself when the man was blind and that he could not see her, she replied, "Though he cannot see me, but I can see him and that he can smell my fragrance." Then the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) proclaimed, “I bear witness, that you are a part of myself." (Behaar, A’yaanus Shia)
6) Chastity: Replying to the question as to what is best for a woman, she (s.a.) said that the finest thing for a woman is not to give men an opportunity to see her nor should they themselves look at men.
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) asked his companions that when could a woman be in close proximity with Allah? Janabe Fatema (s.a.) replied that a woman is nearest to Allah when she stays at home.
7) Division of duties with the maid-servant of the house: Salmaan Farsi states that once he saw Janabe Fatema (s.a.) grinding on the stone flour mill, while blood was oozing down the length of it's wooden handle because her hands were bruised. At that time Imam Husain (a.s.), who was a child was crying due to hunger. He then beseeched to Janabe Fatema (s.a.) "O daughter of Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.a.)! your hands are bruised, let Fizza do the work.'' She replied,' The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) had advised me to share the work between Fizza and myself on alternate days. And yesterday was Fizza's turn of work." (Behaar, Baitul Ahzaan)