A Narration on the Best Trait in Women
`Alî was with the Prophet when the latter
asked: "What is the best trait in women?" but no-one spoke. `Alî said: "When
I returned I asked Fât.ima and she replied: 'That men do not see them.' I
mentioned this to the Prophet and he said:
'Truly, Fât.ima comes from me.'"
Narrated by al-Bazzâr in his Musnad (2:159-160 #526) and by Abû Nu`aym in
the Hilya (1985 ed. 2:175) with a chain containing Qays ibn al-Rabî`
al-Asadî who is "truthful" (s.adûq) to "weak" (da'îf) as in Tah.rîr Taqrîb
al-Tahdhîb (3:186 #5573) and `Alî ibn Zayd who is weak. Cf. Ibn H.ajar,
Mukhtas.ar (1:567 #1001), al-Haythamî in Majma` al-Zawâ'id (4:255; 9:203),
and Kanz al-'Ummâl (#46012). However, the narration is also narrated from
Anas through a strong chain by al-Dâraqut.nî in Su'âlât H.amza (p. 280 #409)
and Abû Nu`aym in the Hilya (1985 ed. 2:40-41) with the wording, "That
they do not see men nor do men see them."
Blessings and peace on the Prophet, his Family, and his Companions.
Hajj Gibril ©