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Hazrat Fatima and Sayyidina Abu Bakr,

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sallamu Alaikum

Regarding the accusations that Sayydina Fatima died angry with Sayyidina Abu Bakr. We say: It is false and untrue, and only a man devoid of sense would believe such a thing. When looking at a narration, one must look at all of them as a whole. Even if we suppose that Sayyidina Fatima was angry at Sayyidina Abu bakr we must note that Fatima was not omniscient, and her understanding was as limited as that of any other human: just as Musa lost patience with Khidr, because he did not understand the latters actions, so Fatima lost patience with Abu Bakr, since she misunderstood the latters actions. Allah be pleased with them both.

And note that Musa - peace be upon him- is Infallible.

When Fatima fell sick Abu Bakr Siddiq came and asked permission to see her. Ali said: "Fatima, here is Abu Bakr asking permission to see you." She said: "Would you like me to give him permission?" [1] He said yes, whereupon she gave him permission. He entered to see her, seeking her good pleasure, and said: "By Allah! I did not leave my house, property, family, and tribe except to please Allah, and to please His Prophet, and to please you, the People of the House (ahl al bayt)! He continued to seek her good pleasure until she was pleased." [2]

[1] Al-Dhahabi said in the Siyar (Al Arna'ut ed. 2:121): "She applied the Sunna by not giving permission to anyone to enter her husbands house except by his command."

[2] Bayhaqi in al Sunan al Kubra (6:300-301) and Dala'il al-Nubuwwa (7:273-281) who said: "It is narrated with a fair (hasan) chain." Muhibb al Din al-Tabari cited it in al Riyad Al Nadira (2:96-97 #534) and Dhahabi in the Siyar (Ibid). Ibn Kathir states it as Sahih in his Al Bidayah and Ibn Hajar in his Fath Al Bari.

Wallahu A'lam


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