Imam Hasan (A.S.), the Magnanimous


Congratulations on the Auspicious Birth Anniversary of
Imam Al-Hasan Ibn Ali al-Mujtaba
(P b u h)

Name: Al-Hasan

Title: Al-Mujtaba
Agnomen: Abu Muhammad
Father’s Name: Amir al-Mu’minin (Pbuh)
Mother’s Name: Fatimah (Holy Daughter of the Holy Prophet (S.A.))
Birth: In Medina on Tuesday, 15th Ramadan 3 A.H.
Martyrdom: Poisoned and martyred at the age of 46, in Medina on Thursday, 28th Safar 50 A.H.;

Holy body was buried in Jannatu ‘I-Baqi, in Medina.

Imam Hasan (Pbuh) was the eldest son of Imam Ali (Pbuh) and Hadrat Fatimah (S.A). When the Holy Prophet received the happy news of the birth of his grandson, he came to the house of his beloved daughter, took the newly born child in his arms, recited Adhan and Iqamah in his right and left ears respectively, and in compliance with Allah’s command named him al-Hasan.

Imam Hasan (A.S.), the Magnanimous

I shall first narrate a tradition about Imam Hasan (a.s.). I hope this tradition becomes a beacon of guidance for all of us.

Once a person came to the presence of Imam Hasan (a.s.) and made a fervent appeal for help. The Imam (a.s.) came out of his house with the person. When he found Imam Husayn (a.s.) on the way, he asked the person, “Why didn’t you approach this brother of mine for help?” The man said, “O son of the Prophet! I had noticed that Imam Husayn (a.s.) was in the mosque doing his I’tekaaf (retirement to the mosque for continued prayer). At that moment Imam Hasan (a.s.) said the following words that should be a source of guidance for us: “If you had approached Imam Husayn (a.s.) during his I’tekaaf for his help, and he had fulfilled your need, then the reward for him would have been more than continuous prayer (I’tekaaf) for one month!” (Bihar, Vol 74, Page 335)

If someone provides relief to a Muslim, his reward will be more than that for spending a month in the mosque praying day and night! I, therefore, appeal to all the believing men and womenthat, to the extent possible, they should provide help and assistance to Muslims. A wife who helps her husband and a husband who takes care of the needs of his wife too shall earn this reward. This will be the theme of our talk today.

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