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Three fasts of Sayyidatuna Fatimah

Once, Sayyiduna Hasan and Sayyiduna Husayn   fell ill  in their childhood. Sayyiduna ‘Ali, Sayyidatuna Fatimah and Sayyidatuna Fiddah   vowed to observe three fasts for the  recovery of their unwell Princes. Allah   blessed both Princes with recovery. Hence the vowed fasts were observed. Sayyiduna ‘Ali brought three Sa’ (Sa’ is an old unit of weight) of barley from a Jew.
One Sa’ of barley was cooked every day. At the time of Iftar, the loaves made of barley were brought before the three fasting people. Then one day a needy, the second day an orphan and the third day a prisoner arrived at the door and requested for the food. In response, the loaves were given to the beggars all the three days and they broke their fasts with water only and observed the fast of the next day. Sayyidatuna Fiddah   was the home-maid of Sayyidatuna Bibi Fatimah . ([afseer Khazaain-ul-‘Irfan, pp. 1043; part 29, Surah Ad-Dahr, Ayah 8-9)
In the Holy Quran, Allah has described this event of His Beloved Rasool’ s daughter in the following words:
And out of His love, they feed the needy, the orphan and the prisoner. They (the righteous ones) say to them, ‘We give you food, merely for the sake of Allah, we do not seek any reward or thanks from you’
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)J (Part 29, Surah Ad-Dahr, Ayah 8-9)


 This event depicts the deep-rooted, inherent and unmatchable generosity of the family of the Beloved Rasool. Observing and breaking fasts only with water for three consecutive days and remaining hungry whilst donating the loaves of bread to the beggars is not something ordinary. , Someone has wonderfully expressed the same in a couplet: 

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