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Bibi ki Kahani is a form of oral recitation. It is recited when somebody’s wish comes true. “If this work gets done I will hear
Bibi Ki Kahani”. When that work is completed successfully the person hears it. Generally it is heard on sweets or sugar. The sweat is distributed among those who had gathered to listen and the one who is reciting it.
The story goes like this. At the time of Prophet there was a Jew who was getting his daughter married. He came to the Prophet and requested him that he should grant permission to Hazrat Fatema, the Prophet’s daughter to attend his daughter’s marriage. The Prophet told the Jew that he should take permission from Hazrat Ali. He went to Hazrat Ali and requested the same. Hazrat Ali said he may request Hazrat Fatema directly. So he went to her and requested her to attend the wedding. She accepted the invitation and asked him to make arrangement for some conveyance. When the Jew went, Hazrat Fatema prayed to God that how could she go since she did not have clothes appropriate for marriage. As soon as she finished her prayer she found that the Angel from Heaven had brought clothes and jewellery for her. She then went to the Jew’s house and all those present there fainted on seeing her aura. After some time every one regained consciousness and they found the bride dead. Fatema got so disturbed that she again prayed to God to save her honour as these people will say that she was the cause of the bride’s death. As soon as she finished her prayers the bride came to life and she along with five hundred Jewish women would embrace Islam. They thanked Hazrat Fatema for coming and sent her home with great honour.
The background of this story is that there was a goldsmith whose son fell in the potter’s fire. The mother cried so much that she fainted. She dreamt that a lady comes to her and says that if she listens
Bibi Ki Kahani, her son will come back to life. She promises to do so. She then opens her eyes and sees her son standing in front of her. She becomes happy and buys sweets and asked her neighbour to come to her house and recite the
Bibi Ki Kahani. Every one refuses. She starts crying and strays in to a jungle. There she meets a veiled and pious looking woman who consoles her and recites the above story.
How this story came in to existence? What is its source and origin? No body knows. It has taken a form of story which is recited both in prose and poetry form.
SUGHRA MEHDI Former Professor of Urdu from Jamia Millia Islamia University; her Ph.D was on Akbar Allahabadi a famous humorist and satirist; she has translated several books from English to Urdu; she is a fiction writer and has also written for children; she has 30 books to her credit, which includes novels, short stories and travelogues; after retirement she is busy in the upliftment of Muslim women especially for their rights, which are granted by Islam.
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