The Holy prophet was awaiting the Divine order in this respect, till Imam Ali approached him and asked for her hand in marriage.
The Holy Prophet came to Hadhrat Fatimah and asked, "My daughter! Do you consent to be wedded to Ali, as I am so commanded by Allah? "Hadhrat Fatimah thereupon bowed her head in modesty. Umm Salamah narrates: "
The face of Fatimah bloomed with joy and her silence was so suggestive and conspicuous that the Holy Prophet stood up reciting 'Allahu Akbar' (Allah is most great). Fatimah’s silence is her acceptance.
"On Friday, lst or 6th. dhi’ l hijjah 2 AH, the marriage ceremony took place. All the Muhajirun (Emigrants) and Ansar (Helpers) of Medina assembled in the mosque while Imam Ali (as) was seated before the Holy Prophet with all the ceremonious modesty of a bridegroom. The Holy Prophet first recited an eloquent sermon and then announced: I have been commanded by Allah to get Fatimah wedded to Ali, and so I do hereby solemnize the matrimony between Ali and Fatimah on a dower of four hundred mithqal of silver or an armor. Then he asked Imam Ali, "Do you consent to it, O Ali ? " Yes, I do, O Holy Prophet of Allah! “Replied Imam Ali.
Then the Holy Prophet raised his hands to pray thus O May God bless both of them, sanctify their progeny and grant them the keys of The beneficence, Thy treasures of wisdom and Thy genius; and let them be a source of blessing and peace to my ummah.
Her children; Imam Hasan, Imam hussein, zainab and um kulthun, are well - known for their piety, goodness and generosity. Their strength of character and action changed the course of history and fortified Islam which otherwise would have been lost to mankind.
House hold affairs
In the whole world, there was only one house that was free from impurities and that house was of Imam Ali (as) and Zahra (sa). She being the leader of all the women of the world, she was the torch bearer of the ideals and character of woman hood.
Zahra (sa) never used to take household duties as a chore for a woman. In the performance of domestic duties, she had faced many obstacles and hardships.
The Infallible daughter of the Holy Prophet (SW) was conscious of her responsibilities and aware that a wife could shape the direction of her husband’s activities. Her thinking was that the home is the place of refuge. A place of peace for a man, when he comes back tired from his struggles and dealings with the outside world. A place to re-strengthen his energy and also to gain in him fresh confidence and determination, so that he could be able to tackle his duties.
Imam Musa Al Kadhim (as) says: "The crusade of a woman is to have concern and regard for the husband."