Ali (R.A) said to one of his pupils: “Shall I tell you the story of Fatimah (R.A), the dearest and the most beloved daughter of the Prophet (S.A.W.W).” When the pupils replied in the affirmative, he said: “Fatima (R.A) used to grind the grain herself, which caused calluses on her hands. She carried water for the house in a leather bag, which left a mark on her body. She cleaned the house herself, which made her clothes dirty. “Once some war-captives were brought to Madinah. I said to her, 'Go to The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W) and ask him for an assistant to help you in your house-chores. 'She went to him, but found many people around him. Being very modest, she could not be bold enough to ask Rasoolullaah (S.A.W.W) in the presence of other people. Next day Rasoolullaah (S.A.W.W) came to our house and said, “Fatimah (R.A)! What made you come to me yesterday?” She felt shy and kept quiet.
I said, “O Prophet of Allah! Fatimah has developed calluses on both her hands and breast, on account of grinding com and carrying water. She is constantly busy in cleaning the house and in other domestic jobs, causing her clothes to remain dirty. I informed her about the captives and told her to go to you and ask for a servant;” It has also been reported that Fatimah (R.A) said, “Ali and I own only one bedding and that is a skin of a goat. We use it in the morning to put the feed of the camel.” Rasoolullaah (S.A.W.W) said, “Fatimah! Be patient. The Prophet Moosa (A.S) and his wife owned only one bedding, which was the cloak of Moosa (A.S). Fear Allah Almighty and fulfil your obligations to Him and keep on attending to your domestic jobs. When you go to bed, recite Subhan-Allah 33 times, Alhumdullillah 33 times and Allahu-Akbar 34 times. You will find this more helpful than an assistant.” Fatimah (R.A) said, “I am pleased with whatever Allah Almighty and His Prophet bestow me.