The Marriage of Hazrat Ali (as) And Hazrat Fatemah (sa)

One day, the Holy Prophet came to the Mosque holding a branch of basil in his hand. He said to Salman, “Summon `Ali.” Salman went to `Ali saying, “O `Ali! Go and see Allah’s Messenger!” `Ali said, “O Salman! How did you find Allah’s Messenger at this hour?” Salman said, “He was very happy like a shining moon.” `Ali came close the Holy Prophet who gave him that branch of basil. It was very sweet-smelling. `Ali asked, “How sweet-smelling this is! What is it?” The Holy Prophet said, “It is a gift from the Paradisiacal Women for the marriage of my daughter, Fatimah.” `Ali said, “To whom will she be married, O Allah’s Messenger?” He replied, “She will be married to you, `Ali! I was sitting in the mosque when an angel came in a way I had never seen before, saying: My name is Mahmud and my station in heaven is Nedia. A third of night had passed when I heard a call from the layers of heaven saying: O archangels, heavenly creatures and cherubim! Get together in the fourth heaven. All got together. The inhabitants of Paradise were present too. A decree said: O Archangels and Favorites of the King! Recite the Qur’anic chapter: The Man (Insan or al-Dahr). Then, Tuba Tree was ordered to offer the marriage of `Ali and Fatimah Zahra to heavens! At this time, Tuba   started shaking whereby Jewels, pearls and ornaments showered down. Then, there came a decree to put a pulpit of a white pearl under Tuba Tree. An angel went up the pulpit praising Allah and greeting all the prophets. Then Allah called: O Gabriel! O Michael! You are two witnesses of Fatimah, and I, the Lord, am Fatimah’s Guardian! O Cherubim and heavenly creatures! I take you as witnesses that I gave Fatimah in marriage to `Ali. Give the good news to My beloved that we made this marriage in heaven, you do the same on the earth. So, the Holy Prophet invited the Muhajirun and Ansar on the same occasion. Turning his face to `Ali, the Holy Prophet said, “O `Ali! This was decreed in heaven. Now I give Fatimah to you in marriage against four hundred Dirhams as marriage portion. Do you accept it?” `Ali said, “O Allah’s Messenger! I accepted her marriage to me.” Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah bless you.” (Kashf al-Asrar: 49/7.)