THE VIRTUES OF THE AHL AL-BAYT (as.)SAHIH AL-BUKHARI:

THE VIRTUES OF THE


AHL AL-BAYT (as.) These translations have been made without any attempt to change or modify them from the original Arabic texts.  This includes the style and blessings upon the Holy Prophet, (saw) his Family, (as) and Companions, (ra).

It is the translators intention to present these ahadith in their entirety for general consideration and he has thus refrained from any discussions about their isnad, reliability or meaning. 

SAHIH AL-BUKHARI:
Abû ‘Abdullâh Muhammad ibn Ismâ`îl al-Bukhârî was born on the 13th of the Islâmic month of Shawwâl, 194AH, in the famous city of Bukhara, of the land “beyond the canal” – present day Uzbekistan, and he died in the year 265 AH. His collection of Hadith is considered by both Sunni and Shi’ite scholars as one of the greatest contribution s to hadith studies.

Volume 5, Book 57, Number 51:

Narrated Sahl bin Sad:
Allah’s Apostle said, “Tomorrow I will give the flag to a man with whose leadership Allah will grant (the Muslim) victory.” So the people kept on thinking the whole night as to who would be given the flag. The next morning the people went to Allah’s Apostle and every one of them hoped that he would be given the flag. The Prophet said, “Where is Ali bin Abi Talib?” The people replied, “He is suffering from eye trouble, O Allah’s Apostle.” He said, “Send for him and bring him to me.” So when ‘Ali came, the Prophet spat in his eyes and invoked good on him, and he was cured as if he had no ailment. The Prophet then gave him the flag. ‘Ali said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Shall I fight them (i.e. enemy) till they become like us?” The Prophet said, “Proceed to them steadily till you approach near to them and then invite them to Islam and inform them of their duties towards Allah which Islam prescribes for them, for by Allah, if one man is guided on the right path (i.e. converted to Islam) through you, it would be better for you than (a great number of) red camels.”

Volume 5, Book 57, Number 52:
Narrated Salama:
Ali happened to stay behind the Prophet and (did not
join him) during the battle of Khaibar for he was having eye trouble. Then he said, “How could I remain behind Allah’s Apostle?” So ‘Ali set out following the Prophet. When it was the eve of the day in the morning of which Allah helped (the Muslims) to victory, Allah’s Apostle said, “I will give the flag (to a man), or tomorrow a man whom Allah and His Apostle love will take the flag,” or he said, “A man who loves Allah and His Apostle; and Allah will grant victory under his leadership.” Suddenly came ‘Ali whom we did not expect. The people said, “This is ‘Ali.”  Allah’s Apostle gave him the flag and Allah granted victory under his leadership.

Volume 5, Book 57, Number 54:
Narrated Sad bin ‘Ubaida:
A man (from the Kharijites) came to Ibn ‘Umar and asked about ‘Uthman and Ibn ‘Umar mentioned his good deeds and said to the questioner. “Perhaps these facts annoy you?” The other said, “Yes.” Ibn ‘Umar said, “May Allah stick your nose in the dust (i.e. degrade you)!” Then the man asked him about ‘Ali. Ibn ‘Umar mentioned his good deeds and said, “It is all true, and that is his house in the midst of the houses of the Prophet. Perhaps these facts have hurt you?” The questioner said, “Yes.” Ibn ‘Umar said, “May Allah stick your nose in the dust (i.e. degrade you or make you do things which you hate)! Go away and do whatever you can against me.”

Volume 5, Book 57, Number 56:
Narrated Ubaida:
Ali said (to the people of ‘Iraq), “Judge as you used to judge, for I hate differences (and I do my best) till the people unite as one group, or I die as my companions have died.” And narrated Sa’d that the Prophet said to ‘Ali, “Will you not be pleased from this that you are to me like Aaron was to Moses?”

Volume 5, Book 57, Number 58:
Narrated Ash-Sha’bi:
Whenever Ibn ‘Umar greeted Ibn Jafar, he used to say: “As-salamu-’Alaika (i.e. Peace be on you) O son of Dhu-l-Janahain (son of the two-winged person).”


Volume 5, Book 57, Number 61:
Narrated Al-Miswar bin MakhramaAllah’s Apostle said, “Fatima is a part of me, and he who makes her angry, makes me angry.”

Volume 5, Book 57, Number 62:
Narrated ‘Aisha:
The Prophet called his daughter Fatima during his illness in which he died, and told her a secret whereupon she wept. Then he called her again and told her a secret whereupon she laughed. When I asked her about that, she replied, “The Prophet spoke to me in secret and informed me that he would die in the course of the illness during which he died, so I wept. He again spoke to me in secret and informed me that I would be the first of his family to follow him (after his death) and on that I laughed.”

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 742:

Narrated ‘Uqba bin Al-Harith:
(Once) Abu Bakr offered the ‘Asr prayer and then went out walking and saw Al-Hasan playing with the boys. He lifted him on to his shoulders and said,  “Let my parents be sacrificed for your sake! (You) resemble the Prophet and not ‘Ali,” while ‘Ali was smiling.

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 743:
Narrated Abu Juhaifa:
I saw the Prophet, and Al-Hasan resembled him.

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 744:
Narrated Isma’il bin Abi Khalid:
I heard Abu Juhaifa saying, “I saw the Prophet, and Al-Hasan bin ‘Ali resembled him.” I said to Abu- Juhaifa, “Describe him for me.” He said, “He was white and his beard was black with some white hair. He promised to give us 13 young she-camels, but he expired before we could get them.”

SAHIH MUSLIM:
Muslim (full name Abul Husain Muslim bin al-Hajjaj al-Nisapuri) was born in 202 A.H. and died in 261 A.H. He travelled widely to gather his collection of ahadith, including to Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Egypt. Out of 300,000 ahadith that he evaluated, only 4,000 approximately were extracted for inclusion into his collection based on stringent acceptance criteria. Muslim was a student of Bukhari

Chapter 4: THE MERITS OF ‘ALI B. ABI TALIB (ALLAH BE PLEASED WITH HIM)

Book 031, Number 5920:
Yazid b. Hayyan reported, I went along with Husain b. Sabra and ‘Umar b. Muslim to Zaid b. Arqam and, as we sat by his side, Husain said to him: Zaid you have been able to acquire a great virtue that you saw Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) listened to his talk, fought by his side in (different) battles, offered prayer behind me. Zaid, you have in fact earned a great virtue. Zaid, narrate to us what you heard from Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him). He said: I have grown old and have almost spent my age and I have forgotten some of the things which I remembered in connection with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him), so accept whatever I narrate to you, and which I do not narrate do not compel me to do that. He then said: One day Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) stood up to deliver sermon at a watering place known as Khumm situated between Mecca and Medina. He praised Allah, extolled Him and delivered the sermon and. exhorted (us) and said: Now to our purpose. O people, I am a human being. I am about to receive a messenger (the angel of death) from my Lord and I, in response to Allah’s call, (would bid good-bye to you), but I am leaving among you two weighty things: the one being the Book of Allah in which there is right guidance and light, so hold fast to the Book of Allah and adhere to it. He exhorted (us) (to hold fast) to the Book of Allah and then said: The second are the members of my household I remind you (of your duties) to the members of my family. He (Husain) said to Zaid: Who are the members of his household? Aren’t his wives the members of his family? Thereupon he said: His wives are the members of his family (but here) the members of his family are those for whom acceptance of Zakat is forbidden. And he said: Who are they? Thereupon he said: ‘Ali and the offspring of ‘Ali, ‘Aqil and the offspring of ‘Aqil and the offspring of Ja’far and the offspring of ‘Abbas. Husain said: These are those for whom the acceptance of Zakat is forbidden. Zaid said: Yes.

Book 031, Number 5921:
This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Zaid b. Arqam through another chain of transmitters.

Book 031, Number 5922:
This hadith has been transmitted on the authority of Abu Hayyan but with this addition:” The Book of Allah contains right guidance, the light, and whoever adheres to it and holds it fast, he is upon right guidance

and whosoever deviates from it goes astray.

Book 031, Number 5913:

Amir b Sa’d b. Abi Waqqas reported on the authority of his father that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) while addressing Ali said: You are in the same position with relation to me as Aaron- (Harun) was in relation to Moses but with (this explicit difference) that there is no prophet after me. Sa’d said: I had an earnest desire to hear it directly from Sa’d, so I met him and narrated to him what (his son) Amir had narrated to me, whereupon he said: Yes, I did hear it. I said: Did you hear it yourself? Thereupon he placed his fingers upon his ears and said: Yes, and if not, let both my ears become deaf.

Book 031, Number 5914:
Sa’d b. Abi Waqqas reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) left ‘Ali b. Abi Talib behind him (as he proceeded) to the expedition of Tabuk, whereupon he (‘Ali) said: Allah’s Messenger, are you leaving me behind amongst women and children? Thereupon he (the Holy Prophet) said: Aren’t you satisfied with being unto me what Aaron was unto Moses but with this exception that there would be no prophet after me?

Book 031, Number 5915:
This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Shu’ba with the same chain of transmitters. Amir b. Sa’d b. Abi Waqqas reported on the authority of his father that Muawiya b. Abi Sufyin appointed Sa’d as the Governor and said: What prevents you from abusing Abu Turab (Hadrat ‘Ali), whereupon he said: It is because of three things which I remember Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) having said about him that I would not abuse him and even if I find one of those three things for me, it would be more dear to me than the red camel. I heard Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) say about ‘Ali as he left him behind in one of his campaigns (that was Tabuk). Ali said to him: Allah’s Messenger, you leave me behind along with women and children. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said to him: Aren’t you satisfied with being unto me what Aaron was unto Moses but with this exception that there is no Prophethood after me? And I (also) heard him say on the Day of Khaibar: I would certainly give this standard to a person who loves Allah and his Messenger and Allah and his Messenger love him too. He (the narrator) said: We have been anxiously waiting for it, when he (the Holy Prophet) said: Call ‘Ali. He was called and his eyes were inflamed. He applied saliva to his eyes and handed over the standard to him, and Allah gave him victory. (The third occasion is this) when the (following) verse was revealed:” Let us summon our children and your children.” Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) called ‘Ali, Fatima, Hasan and Husain and said: O Allah, these are my family.

Book 031, Number 5917:
Suhail reported on the authority of Abu Huraira that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said on the Day of Khaibar: I shall certainly give this standard in the hand of one who loves Allah and his Messenger and Allah will grant victory at his hand. Umar b. Khattab said: Never did I cherish for leadership but on that day. I came before him with the hope that I may be called for this, but Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) called ‘Ali b. Abu Talib and he conferred (this honour) upon him and said: Proceed on and do not look about until Allah grants you victory, and ‘Ali went a bit and then halted and did not look about and then said in a loud voice: Allah’s Messenger, on what issue should I fight with the people? Thereupon he (the Prophet) said: Fight with them until they bear testimony to the fact that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his Messenger, and when they do that then their blood and their riches are inviolable from your hands but what is justified by law and their reckoning is with Allah.


Book 031, Number 5919:

Salama b. Akwa’ reported that it was ‘Ali whom Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) left behind him (in the charge of his family and the Islamic State) on the occasion of the campaign of Khaibar, and his eyes were inflamed and he said: Is it for me to remain behind Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him)? So he went forth and rejoined Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) and on the evening of that night (after which) next morning Allah granted victory. Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: I will certainly give this standard to a man whom Allah and His Messenger love, or he said: Who loves Allah or His Messenger and Allah will grant him victory through him, and, lo, we saw ‘Ali whom we least expected (to be present on that occasion). They (the Companions) said: Here is ‘Ali. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) gave him the standard. Allah granted victory at his hand. Book 031, Number 5923:
Yazid b. Hayyan reported: We went to him (Zaid b. Arqam) and said to him. You have found goodness (for you had the honour) to live in the company of Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and offered prayer behind him, and the rest of the hadith is the same but with this variation of wording that lie said: Behold, for I am leaving amongst you two weighty things, one of which is the Book of Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, and that is the rope of Allah. He who holds it fast would be on right guidance and he who abandons it would be in error, and in this (hadith) these words are also found: We said: Who are amongst the members of the household? Aren’t the wives (of the Holy Prophet) included amongst the members of his household? Thereupon he said: No, by Allah, a woman lives with a man (as his wife) for a certain period; he then divorces her and she goes back to her parents and to her people; the members of his household include his ownself and his kith and kin (who are related to him by blood) and for him the acceptance of Zakat is prohibited.

Book 031, Number 5924:
Sahl b. Sa’d reported that a person from the offspring of Marwan was appointed as the governor of Medina. He called Sahl b. Sa’d and ordered him to abuse All Sahl refused to do that. He (the governor) said to him: If you do not agree to it (at least) say: May Allah curse Abu Turab. Sahl said: There was no name dearer to All than Abu Turab (for it was given to him by the Holy Prophet himself) and he felt delighted when he was called by this name. He (the governor) said to him: Narrate to us the story of his being named as Abu Turab. He said: Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) came to the house of Fatima and he did not find ‘Ali in the house; whereupon he said: Where is your uncle’s son? She said: (There cropped up something) between me and him which had annoyed him. He went out and did not rest here. Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said to a person to find out where he was. He came and said: Allah’s Messenger, he is sleeping in the mosque. Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) came to him and found him lying in the mosque and saw that his mantle had slipped from his back and his back was covered with dust and Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) began to wipe it away from him (from the body of Hadhrat ‘Ali) saying: Get up, covered with dust; get up, covered with dust.

 

THE MERITS OF HASAN AND HUSAIN (ALLAH BE PLEASED WITH BOTH OF THEM)

Book 031, Number 5951:
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying to Hasan: O Allah, behold, I love him. Thou too love him and love one who loves him.

Book 031, Number 5952:
Abu Huraira reported: I went along with Allalh’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) at a time during the day but he did not talk to me and I did not talk to him until he reached Bazar of Banfi Qainuqal. He came back to the tent of Fatima and said: Is the little chap (meaning Hasan) there? We were under the impression that his mother had detained him in order to bathe him and dress him and garland him with a sweet garland. Not much time had passed that he (Hasan) came running until both of them embraced each other, thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: O Allah, I love him; love him Thou and love one who loves him (Hasan).

Book 031, Number 5953:
Al-Bara’ b. Azib reported: I saw Hasan b. ‘Ali upon the shoulders of Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) and he was saying: O Allah, I love him, and love him Thou.

Book 031, Number 5954:
Iyas reported on the authority of his father: I (had the honour of) leading the white mule on which rode Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) and with him were Hasan and Husain, till it reached the apartment of Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him). The one amongst them was seated before him and the other one was seated behind him.

Chapter 9: THEE MERITS OF THE FAMILY OF THE PROPHET (MAY PEACE BE UPON HIM)

Book 031, Number 5955:
‘A’isha reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) went out one morning wearing a striped cloak of the black camel’s hair that there came Hasan b. ‘Ali. He wrapped himself under it, then came Husain and he wrapped him under it along with the other one (Hasan). Then came Fatima and he took her under it,

then came ‘Ali and he also took him under it and then said: Allah only desires to take away any uncleanliness from you, O people of the household, and purify you (thorough purifying)

THE MERITS OF FATIMA, DAUGHTER OF ALLAH’S APOSTLE (MAY PEACE BE UPON HIM)

Book 031, Number 6000:
Miswar b. Makhramah reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Fatima is a part of me. He in fact tortures me who tortures her.

Book 031, Number 6003:
‘A’isha reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) called his daughter Fatima (during his last illness). He said something to her secretly and she wept. He again said to her something secretly and she laughed. ‘A’isha further reported that she said to Fatima: What is that which Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said to you secretly and you wept and then said to you something secretly and you laughed? Thereupon she said: He informed me secretly of his death and so I wept. He then again informed me secretly that I would be the first amongst the members of his family to follow him and so I laughed.

Book 031, Number 6004:
‘A’isha reported: We, the wives of Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him), were with him (during his last illness) and none was absent there from that Fatima, who walked after the style of Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him), came there, and when he saw her he welcomed her saying: You are welcome, my daughter. He then made her sit on his right side or on his left side. Then he said something secretly to her and she wept bitterly and when he found her (plunged) in grief he said to her something secretly for the second time and she laughed. I (‘A’isha) said to her: Allah’s Messenger has singled you amongst the women (of the family) for talking (to you something secretly) and you wept. When Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) recovered from illness, I said to her. What did Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) say to you? Thereupon she said: I am not going to disclose the secret of Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him). When Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) died, I said to her: I adjure you by the right that I

have upon you that you should narrate to me what Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said to you. She said: Yes, now I can do that (so listen to it). When he talked to me secretly for the first time he informed me that Gabriel was in the habit of reciting the Qur’an along with him once or twice every year, but this year it had been twice and so he perceived his death quite near, so fear Allah and be patient (and he told me) that he would be a befitting forerunner for me and so I wept as you saw me. And when he saw me in grief he talked to me secretly for the second time and said: Fatima, are you not pleased that you should be at the head of the believing women or the head of this Umma? I laughed and it was that laughter which you saw.

Book 031, Number 6005:
‘A’isha reported that all the wives of Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) had gathered (in her apartment) during the days of his (Prophet’s) last illness and no woman was left behind when Fatima, who walked after the style of Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him), came there. He welcomed her by saying: You are welcome, my daughter, and made her sit on his right side or on his left side, and then talked something secretly to her and Fatima wept. Then he talked something secretly to her and she laughed. I said to her: What makes you weep? She said; I am not going to divulge the secret of Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him). I (‘A’isha) said: I have not seen (anything happening) like today, the happiness being more close to grief (as I see today) when she wept. I said to her: Has Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) singled you out for saying something leaving us aside? She then wept and I asked her what he said, and she said: I am not going to divulge the secrets of Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him). And when he died I again asked her and she said that he (the Holy Prophet) told her: Gabriel used to recite the Qur’an to me once a year and for this year it was twice and so I perceived that my death had drawn near, and that I (Fatima) would be the first amongst the members of his family who would meet him (in the Hereafter). He shall be my good forerunner and it made me weep. He again talked to me secretly (saying): Aren’t you pleased that you should be the sovereign amongst the believing women or the head of women of this Umma? And this made me laugh.

 

 

 

 

      

Ahle Bait (a.s.) in the Court of Yazid

Ahle Bait (a.s.) in the Court of Yazid

The utterance of the word “Syria” reminds the believers of mournful words of Imam Sajjad (a.s.). Whenever he was asked about the place where his grief reached to its extreme, he replied “Syria! Syria! Syria!”

It is recorded in the books of histories that on 21st Rabiul Awwal, 61 A.M., on Wednesday the caravan reached Damascus. The author of Manaqib has related from Zaif and he related from his forefathers that Sohail Bin Sa’ad narrated “Once I had been to Baitul Muqaddas. In Syria I reached in such a locality where trees and streams were in abundance. The whole city was adorned lavishly. The doors and windows were draped with colorful silk curtains. The inhabitants of Syria were gay and cheerful. The women were joyously beating drums. I thought that there is no such festival of the people of Syria of which I am not aware. Suddenly I saw a few men talking among themselves. I inquired that there is some kind of Idd which I am not aware. They replied “O Sheikh you seem to be an Iraqi”. I said that I am Sohail Bin Sa’ad and I have seen the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.). They said that it is surprising that why not blood rains from the sky and why not the earth sinks. I said why is it so? They replied the head of Imam Husain (a.s.) will be brought today from Iraq. I expressed surprise that how Syrian people cele­brate at the arrival of Husain’s head? From which direction will it be coming? They pointed towards one of the doors, which was known as ‘Babe As Sa’aat’. In the meanwhile a horse rider appeared from that door carrying a spear in his hand, while a head placed on top of it, which had a remarkable resemblance to the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.). The rider was followed by a few women. I approached a young girl and asked “O child who are you?” She replied “I am Sakina, the daughter of Husain”. I said, “Can I be of any help to you…” She said “O Sohail ask this rider to go further ahead so that the people may be busy in watching the head and thus they may be prevented from looking at the sight of the unveiled womenfolk of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.).”Then I went to this rider and said that you take this 400 Dinars from me and go ahead. He accepted the money from me and took the head to Yazid.”

Sayed has related that a man who was from the eminent Tabein (followers) that he became a re­cluse for a month. When he came in public again, people asked about the reason of seclusion. He replied that are you not aware what an enormous calamity and a huge disaster had befallen. Then he recited the following verses: 

“O Son of Batool! As if the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) was killed knowingly and deliberately. You were slain thirsty. They did not think of any reason or revelation while killing you. Reciting takbeer at your murder. Infact by your murder the oppressors have killed the takbeer and praise.”

One of the tortures of Syria as written by the author of Lohuf is about the prison in which Ahle Bait were imprisoned for approximately a year. The faces of the inmates were charred due to the scorching sunlight and the color of the skin was changed. And once after release from the imprisonment, when Imam Zainul Abedeen (a.s.) saw his aunt praying while sitting, he asked with surprise, “O Aunt you were not performing even optional prayers in sitting position, while today you are performing obligation prayers in this posture. “Tears came in the eyes of Janabe Zainab (a.s.), she said “While in prison, the food and water were supplied in such a meager quantity that I used to pass on my share of food and water to the children. Due to continuous starvation I have become so weak that I could not pray by standing straight.”

It is mentioned in some of the books that when they reached near the town of Balbak, the ruler of the city was informed. He sent his men for according wel­come to the army of Yazid. When the welcome party after seeing the caravan of orphans and Ahle Bait (a.s.) six Farsakh away from the town, started celebrating the welcome of army persons of Yazid. When Imam Zainul Abedeen (a.s.) saw there was celebration, he recited the verse which meant:

“The afflictions and agonies of the time does not reduce. How long will we be plunged into turmoils? We are driven on unsaddled camels,-As if we are prisoners of Rome.”

Ibn Numa has narrated from Imam Ali Ibne Husain (a.s.) that, “We were twelve persons chained and shackled driven to Yazid, when we were made to stand in front of the accursed, I said: ‘O Yazid! By Allah what do you think (will be your fate) if the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) will see us in this condition?’ Janabe Fatema (s.a.), the daughter of Husain said, “O Yazid! The daughters of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) are made prisoners’.

At this everybody started weeping. Even the family members of Yazid started to weep. In short the palace of Yazid was filled with crying and wailing.

Imam (a.s.) under the same condition of captivity said: “Permit me to say something”. Yazid said “Speak up but don’t speak meaninglessly”. Imam (a.s.) said “It does not suit a person of my caliber to speak meaninglessly. Yazid do you wish that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) should see me in such a condition”. Yazid nodded at his soldiers and they unchained Imam (a.s.).

It is recorded in Masabih that Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said that my father told me when I asked from my father during the journey of Syria, what were you riding at? He replied: “On unsaddled camel, the head of Imam Husain (a.s.) was atop a spear, women were behind us on the bare backs of the camels and the oppressors with spears were moving around us when anyone of us used to cry the tyrants used to poke spears in his body. We traveled in the same condition until Damascus. When we entered Syria, a Syrian called and said “O Syrians! (God forbid) these Ahle Bait are accursed.”

It is written in Kitabe Manaqib that it is quoted by Kitabe Ahmar from Auzaiee that when Imam Zainul Abedeen (a.s.) reached Syria in the court of Yazid. He instructed a speaker to mount on pulpit and calumniated the forefathers of Imam Zainul Abedeen (a.s.). The speaker did as he was told, not sparing a single unbecoming remark against Ahle Bait. When the speaker descended from the pulpit Imam (a.s.) rose and after praising Allah and sending salutations on the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) said:

“O People! Those who are acquainted with me, know me and those who do not know me then recognize me. I am the son of Mecca and Mina, I am the son of Safa and Marwah. I am the son of the one who was elevated, who ascended so high that he went beyond the heights of Sidratul Muntaha. He drew so near to his Lord that the distance of two bows or even less remained in between. I am the son of one behind whose head whom the angels of heaven prayed in couples. I am the son of one who was killed unjustly. I am the son of one who was beheaded from the nape. I am the son of one who was not given water till his last breath. I am the son of one who rolled in his own blood in the sands of Karbala. I am the son of one whose turban and robe were looted. I am the son of one on whom angels of heaven have wept. I am the son of one was placed atop of spear and presented as a gift. I am son of one whose womenfolk were made prisoners and dragged from Iraq to Syria.

O People! Praise be to Allah, who tested us firmly and gifted us with the knowledge of Guid­ance, Justice and Piety. The way he gave the sign of deviation to our enemies. Allah bestowed six privilege on us Ahlebait. He bestowed knowledge, forbear­ance, bravery, generos­ity and love and respect for us in the hearts of the believers.”

Imam (a.s.) kept on saying such sentences that until signs of restlessness appeared in the audience. Yazid in order to keep the circumstances under control gestured towards the Muezzin to give Azaan. When he delivered testimonies Imam (a.s.) said “I too testify to one whom you testify”. When he testified the Prophethood of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.), Imam (a.s.) asked from Yazid, “O Yazid tell me whether Muhammad was your grandfather or mine? If you say that he was your grandfather then you are a liar and if you say that he is my grandfather then why did you slay my father and captivated our female kin?” Then he turned towards the public and said “O Men! Is there anyone amongst you whose father or grandfather was the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.).” Thus the audience broke into mourning and crying aloud.

 (Maqtal Abi Makhnaf, pg 135; Behaarul Anwaar, vol 10, pg 233; Riyazaul Quds, vol 2, pg 328)

Duties Of Shia and 40 Hadith

A person asked Imam Reza (A.S.) “Who are the best of servants?
So he responded “Those men that when they perform good deed they become glad & when they perform a bad deed they ask the forgiveness (of Allah) & when they are granted they thank (for it). And while they get afflicted & grieved they exercise patience. And when they get enraged & angry they forgive. (overlook other faults).
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It is also my Humble request all of our brethern in faith think about akhirath and Try your best to perform your duties and make your kids practical shia…. Without Practice there is no Meaning of Declaration and because of our this weaknes enemies attack on azadari practices , majalis , matam jusloos with the words all are useless because shia do not learn from Characters of Our Aimma(a.s).. It was an old practice of enemies always to target , torture ahlulbayt and they will continue But it is also our duty not to give them chance to attack on ahlulbayt by our acts… So be a practical shia and do not give chance to enemies of ahlulbayt…
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THE AHLE BAYT (A.S.) IN THE WORDS OF IMAM HUSSAIN (A.S.)

THE AHLE BAYT (A.S.) IN THE WORDS OF IMAM HUSSAIN (A.S.)

The Ahle Bayt (a.s.) – In the words of Imam Husain (a.s.)

Among the fundamental tenets of Islam is the complete and comprehensive subservience to the Prophet (s.a.w.s.)’s progeny i.e. the Ahle Bayt (a.s.). The Prophet’s assertion in this regard, bears ample evidence to this doctrine.

“I leave in your midst two important legacies, viz. the Book of Allah (Quran) and my progeny, Ahle Bayt (a.s.). If you fasten on to them firmly after me, you shall never be deviated. “These two shall never separate (from each other) until they meet me at the fountain of Kauthar.”

The authenticity of this tradition is firmly established so as to dispel the need for references. It clearly purports that adherence to the Quran and Ahle Bait. (a.s.) alone will save a Muslim from the pitfalls and protect him from the clutches of Satan. An important criterion for complete obedience and subservience however, is that one be closely acquainted with the true leaders. For, to expect that level of obedience without proper recognition is both irrational and unreasonable. However, where the Ahle Bayt (a.s.) are concerned, one pertinent point that needs to be addressed is whether we are capable of totally comprehending their venerable station (on our own). Imam Sadiq (a.s.) proclaims, “Their intellect can never grasp (the Imam) and reflections will fall short of comprehending him.” (Usool al-Kafi, vol. 1, Kitab al-Hujjah)

Notwithstanding his phenomenal advancement, man is totally mystified and baffled when it comes to understanding the exalted position of the divinely guided Imams (a.s.). Their august position is impossible for man to perceive employing his own limited powers of perception. However, it would become much easier to discern their status in the light of tradition from infallible Imams (a.s.) themselves. Traditions from Imam Hussain (a.s.) in this regard are most fascinating providing us with an invaluable insight.

MAN IS UNABLE TO DIGEST THE VIRTUES OF THE AHLE BAYT (A.S.)
Imam Sadiq (a.s.) narrates thus “Some men approached Imam Hussain (a.s.) beseeching ‘O Aba Abdillah! Enlighten us with your virtues through which Allah has made you eminent’ Imam (a.s.) warned,

‘You will not be able to understand these merits nor do you have the capacity to digest them.’

However they persisted in their demands till Imam (a.s.) relented and said

‘Okay, if you consider yourselves capable of comprehending our position, then one of you may stay with me while the other two may stand at a distance. I will relate our virtues to the one with me. If he is indeed able to grasp it, I will willingly repeat it before the others.’

In accordance with Imam (a.s.)’s request, two persons distanced themselves while one of them remained with Imam (a.s.). Imam (a.s.) then began enumerating the superiority of the Ahle Bayt (a.s.), so much so that that man was stupefied. His countenance changed dramatically, turning pale, shock and disbelief written all over it. Later when his companions inquired from him, he, in his bewilderment, could evoke no response. (Al Kharaaej wa al-Jaraeh, vol 2 page 795 by Qutbuddin Raawandi, Muntakhab al- Basaaer, p. 108 by Saffar and Isbaat al-Hudaat, vol 5 p 194, hadith 34 by Shaykh Hurr Aamili )

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) relates another tradition that echoes the one above,

“A person approached Imam Hussain (a.s.) requesting him ‘Enumerate for me those virtues that Allah (the Glorified) has specifically bestowed on you.’ Imam (a.s.) cautioned, ‘You shall find it difficult to digest our virtues’.
However that man did not desist and Imam (a.s.) yielded to his demands
by narrating only one tradition. Imam had not yet finished with his narration, that the man’s condition metamorphosed radically and his hair and beard turned completely white. Immediately, he was made to forget that tradition. Later Imam (a.s.) said,
“It was only with Allah’s mercy that my narration was erased from his memory.’ (Al Kharaaej vol 6 page 795, Behaar al Anwaar vol 25 page 379 Had. 27, Isbaat al-Hudaat, vol. 5 page 195 Had. 35)

The conclusion from the above traditions is evident. The Ahle Bayt (a.s.) and their virtues are beyond human intellect. Indeed man can only fathom them with Allah’s mercy. Not surprisingly then, Imam Sajjad (a.s.) has claimed,

“I am afraid that if I reveal (to you) the treasures of my knowledge, you may declare my murder to be admissible.” This is precisely why Imam (a.s.) has declared “Short ofGodhood, you may attribute us with anything.


AHLE BAYT (A.S.) CREATION PRECEDED THAT OF HAZRAT ADAM (A.S.)

Habib b. Mazaahir (may Allah illumine his countenance) inquired from Imam Hussain (a.s.) “In what form did you exist before the creation of Hazrat Adam (a.s.)?” Imam (a.s.) replied:

We existed in shadows of light hovering near the Arsh (Allah’s throne). We were the ones who imparted to the angels the method of glorification of Allah and His worship and His veneration. ” (Behaar al-Anwaar, v.60, p. 311)


AHLE BAYT (A.S.) -THE FOUNDATION OF ISLAM

Imam Baqir (a.s.) narrates from Imam Hussain as who recounts “In his farewell Hajj, the Prophet (s.a.) after performing all the necessary rituals of Hajj , mounted his steed and declared, “None shall enter the Paradise save a Muslim.” This prompted Abu Zar Ghaffari (r.a.) to ask the Prophet (s.a.) ‘O Messenger of Allah (s.a.)! Tell us what is Islam? Holy ‘ Prophet (s.a.) elaborated,’

“Islam is devoid of any robe but the robe of piety and self-restraint. Modesty is its splendour. Waraa and abstinence are its criteria, (waraa means to practice abstinence even in one’s thoughts or at least to make an attempt in that direction). Religion is its perfection while action is its consummation. Every structure necessitates a foundation and the love of Ahle Bayt (a.s.) is the foundation of Islam. A structure is as good as its foundation. For an insipid foundation will spell imminent collapse for the structure. ” ‘ (Ibid. v.68, p. 281, narrating from Al-Mahaasin by al-Barqi ).

BENEFITS OF ATTACHMENT WITH THE AHLE BAYT (A.S.)
1. Aban b. Taghlab narrates from Imam Husain (a.s.) who said,

“One who loves the Able Bayt is from the Ahle Bayt.”

Incredulously I asked Imam “From the Ahle Bayt?!” Imam (a.s.) reiterated thrice emphatically, “Yes, from us, the Able Bayt! Certainly the one who follows us is from us.” (Nuz’ah al-Naazir wa Tanbeeh al-Khaatir, p. 58, H 19)
This tradition explicitly states that love for the Ahle Bayt (a.s.) is a necessary, but not a sufficient condition for being accounted among them. Love apart, one’s deeds must also mirror their deeds.

2. Imam Hussain (a.s.) narrates,

“Love of the Ahle Bayt (a.s.) sheds sins like the gust of wind sheds leaves from the trees. Then one who claims to be our friend must don the garb of piety and virtue and repeatedly seek forgiveness from Allah with contrition. Inshallah, his sins will be pardoned.” (Footnotes of Taarikh Ibn Asaakir, p. 159).

3. The Chief of the Martyrs, Imam Husain (a.s.) declares,

“Enjoin on yourselves the love of Ahle Bayt for only our adherent will receive our intercession” (Ehqaaq al-Haqq by Qaazi Noorullah Shustari, v.11,p.591)

All the above mentioned traditions are unequivocal in their suggestion. They reiterate in no uncertain terms that only strict adherence to the Ahle Bayt (a.s.), in both letter and spirit, will merit any kind of intercession on the Day of Judgement.

THE ASSAULT OF CALAMITIES


Imam Hussain (a.s.) elucidates, “By Allah! Poverty, deprivation, indigence and martyrdom afflict our Shias faster than wild horses and a raging storm.” (Behaar al-Anwaar, v. 67, p. 246)

This tradition asserts that claims of proximity to the Ahle Bayt by no means entail automatic immunity from misfortune and adversity. Rather, a Shia should be equipped for calamities. For surely, adversity is the acid test of a person’s faith and separates the wheat from the chaff. Besides, sufferings and calamities are the factors underlying true friendship and devotion. Traditions also echo this sentiment thus,

“Every misfortune guises love.”

However, that is not to say that being a Shia is a precursor for perpetual misfortune. No, a Shia may also get a taste of the finer things in life like wealth, riches and other comforts, if Allah so wishes. As Quran proclaims,
“He does as He pleases.”


HOSTILITY TO THE AHLE BAYT (A.S.)

Imam Hussain (a.s.) reminisces,

“In the Prophet’s era, we used to identify the hypocrites by their animosity towards Ali and his children (a.s.).” (Uyoono Akhbaar al-Reza, vol. 2, page 72 by Shaykh Sadooq r.a.).

Indeed, it is ironical how the Ahle Bayt (a.s.) despite their perfection and infallibility had to counter such severe hostility and oppression from the Ummah. Imam Hussain (a.s.) also wonders aloud

“I am unable to comprehend why the people oppose us and despise us, while certainly we are the edifice of mercy, the tree of Prophethood and the mines and treasures of knowledge.” (Nuz’ah al-Naazir, p. 85)

But what lead to this malice and hatred? When were the seeds of this hostility sown and where were they nourished? Replies to these questions are unfolded on the day of Ashoora, when Imam Hussain (a.s.) beseeches the enemy and demands from them the reason for their enmity and viciousness. His blood thirsty adversaries reply succinctly:

“Because of hatred for your father (Ali b. Abi Talib (a.s.)”

Imam Zamana (a.t.f.s.) has articulated this sense of hostility against Ali (a.s.) in Duae Nudbah with stirring melancholy,

“….And after the Prophet, Ali was a guidance from deviation, a light from (blinding) darkness, the strong cord of Allah and His right path. His proximity in ties of relationship with the Prophet unparalleled and his stature in religion is without precedent. And none can emulate him in his virtues. He treaded the path treaded by the Messenger of Allah, may bless them both and their progeny And he contended on (the basis of) interpretation and he was not distracted from the way of Allah by the accusation of any accuser. Indeed he spilled the blood of the Arabian warriors, slew their valiant fighters and vanquished their wolves. As a result, their (the Meccan idolaters) hearts were filled with malice and animosity due to the battles Badr, Khaiber, Hunain, etc. Then, the
Ummah was adamant on his detest, gathered to cut all relations with him and take revenge from his children. Till such a time that he killed the violators of allegiance, the unjust and the renegades (i.e. in the battles of Siffin, Naharwan and Jamal). And when his life term was about to end, the most accursed wretch from the last era, following the one of the earlier era (referring to Qedaar Bin Salaf, the murderer of the she-camel of Allah, the miracle of Prophet Saaleh), martyred him.”
(Extracts from Doa-e-Nudbah).

 

Jealousy against Ahlul-bayt (as)

After the death of Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Ridha (as), Mamun, the abbaside caliph was under constant criticism by his subjects who blamed him for Imam (as)’s death. In order to keep the situation calm and regain the confidence of his people, Mamun invited Imam Muhammad ibn Ali al-Taqi (as) to baghdad. He also sent some people to escort the Imam (as) so as to show the people that he accorded high respect to the Ahlul-Bayt (as). At that time, the age of the Imam (as) was barely 7 to 9 years.

 

When the Imam (as) arrived in baghdad and prior to his meeting with Mamun, he was once among the children of his age playing on the road when suddenly they all saw Mamun approaching. They quickly dispersed from the place and hid themselves except for Imam al-Taqi (as). Mamun asked him, “Why haven’t you run away like everybody else?” Imam (as) replied, “The path is not narrow that it would become wider by me moving away from it, nor have I committed any crime that I should run away from you. And I don’t think that you are the sort who would punish an innocent person!”

 

Seeing the handsome and illuminated face of the young boy and listening to his bold reply, Mamun was wonderstruck. So he asked, “What is your name?” The young boy replied, “Muhammad” “Whose son are you?” asked Mamun. “I am the son of Ali ibn Musa al-Ridha (as)” replied the young boy. When Mamun heard this, he praised the 8th Imam (as) and went away.

 

After this brief encounter, Mamun proceeded to the forest. There, he released his eagle which flew and came back with a live fish in its beak. Mamun was surprised by this. As he was returning to his palace, Mamun passed by the same spot where he had met Imam al-Taqi (as) earlier on. He noticed that the boy was still there. Addressing him, Mamun asked, “O MUhammad! tell me what do I have in my hand?”

 

The Imam (as) replied, “Allah (SWT) has created many vast oceans from which clouds are formed. When clouds are forming, they absorb small live fishes which are sought by the eagles of the kings who then use them to test the Imams of their time”. Hearing this, Mamun admitted, “There is no doubt that you are the son of Ali ibn Musa (as), for such miracles are only possible by his son”. (Ahsan al-Maqaal)

 

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The Imams from the progeny of the Holy Prophet (saww) did not possess apparent kingdoms and never ruled or behaved like other kings but they were always in enviable position because of their God given status. Even the kings and the rulers were jealous of them.

 

“Or do they envy the people for what Allah has given them of His grace? But indeed We gave Ibrahim’s children the book and the wisdom and We gave them a great kingdom”. (4:54)