Lesson One Hundred Sixteen: Simple Life And Cooperation In House-Keeping
Imam As-Sadiq (a.s.) said:
كانَ عَلِىٌّ عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ يَحْتَطِبُ وَ يَسْتَقِى وَيَكْنِسُ وَ كانَتْ فاطِمَةُ تَطْحَنُ وَ تَعْجِنُ وَ تَخْبِزُ!
‘Ali (a.s.) collected wood (for his home) from the desert and fetched water and did the cleaning, and Fatima (a.s.) made flour, and kneaded it and baked bread.1
A world of magnificence of spirit and high human rank is hidden in this short tradition in respect of the great leader of Islam, Imam ‘Ali (a.s.) and the role model for women, Fatima (a.s.) . Their life was very simple and independent but full of sincerity, purity, co-operation and assistance. Work was not a dishonor. Cooperation and understanding was considered a basic privilege and non-adornment was much admired. This lifestyle is no longer found in the homes these days and, consequently, tranquility and peace have disappeared.
- 1. Safinat’ul-Bihar, volume 2, page 195. Al-Kafi, vol 5, page 86. Men La Yahthruhu Alfaqih, vol 3, page 169. Wasa'il Al-Shia, vol 17, page 40. Awali Al-Laali, vol 3, page 200.