A Narration on the Best Trait in Women
ʿAlī was with the Prophet ﷺ when the latter
asked: "What is the best trait in women?" but no-one spoke. ʿAlī said: "When
I returned I asked Fāt.ima and she replied: 'That men do not see them.' I
mentioned this to the Prophet ﷺ and he said:
'Truly, Fāt.ima comes from me.'"
Narrated by al-Bazzār in his Musnad (2:159-160 #526) and by Abū Nuʿaym in
the Hilya (1985 ed. 2:175) with a chain containing Qays ibn al-Rabīʿ
al-Asadī who is "truthful" (s.adūq) to "weak" (da'īf) as in Tah.rīr Taqrīb
al-Tahdhīb (3:186 #5573) and ʿAlī ibn Zayd who is weak. Cf. Ibn H.ajar,
Mukhtas.ar (1:567 #1001), al-Haythamī in Majmaʿ al-Zawā'id (4:255; 9:203),
and Kanz al-'Ummāl (#46012). However, the narration is also narrated from
Anas through a strong chain by al-Dāraqut.nī in Su'ālāt H.amza (p. 280 #409)
and Abū Nuʿaym 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 ©