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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 ©




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