Story No. 293 – Hazrat Fatima Zahra (pbuh) and Hazrat Maryam mother of Isa (pbuh)

Hazrat Fatima Zahra (pbuh) and Hazrat Maryam mother of Isa (pbuh)Jabir ibn Abdullah al-Ansari has narrated:


Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had not eaten anything for several days. Hunger was making him suffer. He went to the houses of his wives, but found nothing there to eat. He then went to the house of Fatimah Zahra (pbuh) and told her, “O my daughter! Do you have anything for me to eat as I am very hungry?”


Hazrat Fatima Zahra (pbuh) replied, “No my dear father.”


As soon as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) left her house, one of the neighbors brought Fatimah Zahra (pbuh) some bread and meat. She accepted the offer, put it in a dish, and covered it. Although Fatimah Zahra (pbuh) and her family were in much need for food she said, “I consider the Messenger of Allah as being prior to me and my family in this meal.”


Fatimah Zahra (pbuh) then sent Imam Hassan (pbuh) and Imam Hussain (pbuh) after Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). When Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) returned, Fatimah Zahra (pbuh) said, “Allah (SWT) has sent us some food that I have put aside for you.” Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) asked her to bring the food. Fatimah Zahra (pbuh) brought the dish. When she uncovered it, she found it full of bread and meat. Being surprised, she realized that it was Allah’s (SWT) blessing. She thanked Allah (SWT) and praised His Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). When Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) saw the dish, he said, “From where have you gotten this food?” She said: It is from Allah. Surely Allah gives sustenance to whom He pleases without measure. (Noble Qur’an, 3:37) Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) praised Allah (SWT) and said, “Grace be to Allah who has made you similar to the best woman (Maryam) of the world during the time of the tribe of Israelites. When was asked about who sent her the food, she (Maryam (pbuh) would reply, “Allah gives sustenance to anyone he wants without counting.”


Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) then sent someone after Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (pbuh). Then Prophet Muhammad, Imam Ali, Fatimah Zahra, Imam Hassan, Imam Hussain (pbut) and all the wives and family of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) ate from that food, but still the dish remained full. Fatimah Zahra (pbuh) said, “I gave some of that food to all the neighbors. Allah (SWT) has blessed that food, just like the one of Maryam’s (pbuh).