‘Utsman (r.a.) Facilitated 'Ali's (k.w.) Marriage to Fathimah (r.a.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

‘Utsman (r.a.) was also instrumental in the marriage of ‘Ali (k.w.) to Fathimah (r.a.).  Imam Abu al-Fath al-Arbali (r.a.), a Shi’ah scholar, mentioned this in his Kashf al-Ghummah.  He recorded that ‘Ali (k.w.) said, “Then, the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) told me, ‘Go now and sell your armour and come back with its value so I may prepare what is good for you and Fathimah.’  So, I went and sold my armour to ‘Utsman ibn ‘Affan for 400 darahim.

When the money was in my hand and the armour was in his hands, ‘Utsman said to me, ‘Abu al-Hasan!  Do you not need the armour more than I do and do you not need the money more than I do?’  I answered with a yes.  So, he said, ‘Then take back the armour.  It is a gift from me to you.’  So, I took back the armour and the money and went to the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.).  I handed the armour and the money over to the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) and I told him what happened between ‘Utsman and I.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) then asked Allah for Goodness for ‘Utsman.”


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