Sunni and Shi'a sources narrate the event in different ways but it is said that some of the companions in Medina, such as Abu Bakr, Umar b. al-Khattab, and Abd Allah b. 'Awf proposed for Fatima (a), but the Prophet (s) replied that he is waiting God's command.
Some of the Migrants suggested to Ali (a) to propose but he replied, "By God I have nothing [of wealth]." He was told that the Prophet (s) wouldn't want anything from him. Ali (a) finally decided to propose to the Prophet (s) but left out of pudency without proposing. On the third time the Prophet (s) said, "Do you have anything?" he replied, "Oh Messenger of God (s), I have nothing but my armor." The Prophet (s) engaged his daughter to Imam Ali (a) for twelve ounces of gold and gave Ali (a) his armor back.
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