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Poverty of Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha)

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Once, Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) had taken ill and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) went to visit her together with ‘Imraan bin Husain (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) made salaam, asked permission to enter and informed her that ‘Imraan bin Husain (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) was accompanying him. Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) said that she does not have an extra piece of cloth to veil and cover herself. So Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) passed her his shawl and asked her to use it to cover herself. Then Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) entered and enquired about her condition. Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) replied that her pain has been aggravated by the hunger that she was experiencing due to the lack of food. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to her: “O my daughter! Does it not please you that Allah Ta‘ala has made you the leader of all the women of the world.” (Ithaaful Khairatil Maharah #6743)

Lesson: True wealth is the wealth of contentment. Having all the luxuries and amenities of the world does not guarantee peace of mind and comfort. Hence one of the most important qualities that we need to instil in our lives and the lives of our families, especially in this materialistic era, is that of contentment. This will guarantee us peace of mind and comfort, even without possessing the luxuries of this world.

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