It is believed by some quarters within the Muslim community that relations between the Ahle Bait (a.s.) and the rulers were cordial and any talk of conflict is invented by the Shias to portray the Sahabah in poor light.
As part of her duty in defending the Ahle Bait (a.s.), Lady Fatima Zahra (s.a.), the Chief of all Women of Paradise and the Prophet’s (s.a.w.a.) beloved daughter, showed her opposition to the usurpers of caliphate, a fact recorded not only by the Shias, but even the most reliable Ahle Tasannun books.
Muhammad Ibn Ismail Bukhari in his book under the chapter ‘Kitab al-Faraiz’ while recording the fake report – We prophets do not leave behind inheritance…, writes:
Fatima (s.a.) walked out on Abu Bakr and never spoke to him thereafter.
- Sahih al-Bukhari trad. 6,346
Likewise in the chapter of Khums, Bukhari records:
The Prophet’s (s.a.w.a.) daughter Fatima (s.a.) was furious with Abu Bakr and never spoke to him till she died.
- Sahih al-Bukhari trad. 2,926
In another place, Bukhar records:
Fatima (s.a.) survived the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) by six months. When she (s.a.) passed away, her husband, Ali (a.s.), buried her at night, and he (a.s.) did not inform Abu Bakr of her demise and he (a.s.) offered her funeral prayers.
- Sahih al-Bukhari trad. 3,998
Bukhari has recorded these reports under the Fadak property / inheritance chapter to make it appear as if Lady Fatima’s (s.a.) anger was over a property dispute. But we know that this was a family for whom property and wealth meant nothing, Surah Dahr announces their bestowals in Allah’s way without any regard for their own selves.
Lady Fatima Zahra’s (a.s.) anger, which is a sign of Allah’s anger, was directed at the rulers because they dismissed her claim as a lie and advanced witnesses to challenge her and dismissed her own witnesses (Ali and Hasanain (peace be upon them)) as fake!
For this, Lady Fatima Zahra (s.a.) held not just the claimants responsible, but all Muslims of the time (and all time) who refused to stand for her rights and in a way sided with the rulers against her. Hence, she willed to Ameerul Momineen (a.s.) that she should be buried in the night and except for a few, none should be informed of her burial. In this way, she left a permanent seal of disapproval against all those who angered her. The Muslims of all time were (and are) faced with the choice to either side with her or against her and brand themselves with her seal of approval or disapproval.