In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
The Modest Model
Among the factors that lead to happiness and help toward fine decision-making is modest life and being free from materialistic bonds. There are all kinds of house ornaments that appear as contributors to life but in fact require a lot of energy and attention for their being provided and safeguarded. Luxuries, in most cases, are troubles and demand man to protect them.
As a principle, the amenities should serve the human life and flourishing their mind and spirit; not that humans to be in the service of their amenities. Cars and other necessities of life should lead to comfort and not make us to be in the service of these instruments.
Fatimah (PBUH) was as such during her life along with Ali (PBUH). They had deliberated themselves from material bonds and did not become entangled to life amenities.
The house of Fatimah (PBUH) can be counted as a deprived house from the viewpoint of house facilities even when compared to her own time and place. There were only some few house facilities; a carpet made of the skin of the sheep, a pillow made of cloths of the dates, a leathern bottle, a sieve, towels and bowls that were provided according to necessity proportions.
They were capable to provide for themselves a luxurious house with aloft amenities; however, they gripped to the divine ideal instead of materialistic popularity. In that house the husband and wife lived in order to reach to the highest aspirations while even their clothes were patched. The house was lower than the standards however their wills were high and their thoughts were perfect. The wife’s expectation from her husband was limited and shyness hindered her from asking him. In response to her husband asking her to tell him what she wanted she used to say: “I shy from Allah to ask you something and you are not able to afford it.”
That is why after centuries this house, not because of its worldly glamour, but because of the height of faith and the nobility of it dwellers is still shining and has made Fatimah (PBUH) perfect role model.
(Selection from: Fatimah's (PBUH) School of Thought by Dr. Ali Qaemi)
The Roshd Website congratulates all Muslims, especially you dear friend, upon 20th of Jamadi al-Thani, the birthday anniversary of the master of women and the example of all mankind, Lady Fatimah al-Zahra (PBUH).