Paradise, Reward of Love for Ahl al-Bayt (A.S.)
Compiled by: Allama Husayn Ansariyan
Love for Ahl al-Bayt, which is a heavenly gift, is to act according to Ahl al-Bayt’s teachings. The reward of such will be Paradise.
In an excellent narration, Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) is reported to have said: Once when the Holy Prophet was traveling, he dismounted and performed five prostrations. When he mounted again, one of the companions asked, “O Allah’s Messenger! We have noticed something which you did for the first time.” The Holy Prophet said, “Yes, Gabriel came to me and gave the good news: Ali is a man of Paradise; that is why I prostrated before Allah. When I raised my head, he said: Fatimah too is among the people of Paradise; that is why I prostrated, and when I raised my head he said: Hasan and Husayn are the leaders of the youths of Paradise; that is why I prostrated before Allah, and when I raised my head, he said that the devotees of them too are people of Paradise. That was why I prostrated myself. When I raised my head, he said that the devotees of their devotees too are people of Paradise. I again prostrated myself before Allah.”39
Imam Zayn al-Abidin once became ill. A group of companions came to visit him enquiring after his health. He thanked Allah and asked after their health. They all said, “By Allah, we love you.” The Imam said: Allah will place whoever loves us for the sake of Allah under a shade on the Judgment Day when there is no shade save that of Him.40
Yunus said to Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.), “My love and friendship for you and the way Allah made me know your rights is more beloved to me than the whole world.” When he finished, the sign of vexation was visible in the face of the Imam who said, “O Yunus! You made an improper comparison. What is the world and what is therein? Is it anything other than eating to a full or covering of private parts whereas through your love for us, you will attain eternal life?”
Truly, love for Ahl al-Bayt is source of eternal life, which begins with a happy death and continues until eternity: Whoever dies with love for the Household of Muhammad will be given the good news of entering Paradise by first the Angel of Death and then by Munkar and Nakir (Two interrogators in grave). Whoever dies with the love of the household of Muhammad will be taken to heaven just as a bride is taken to the bridegroom’s house.41
Keep Company with Ahl al-Bayt(A.S.)
Muhammad ibn Walid says: I asked Imam al-Jawad, “Is there any reward for doing a service for Ahl al-Bayt?” The Imam said, “Imam al-Sadiq had a slave who used to look after his mule when the Imam would the mosque. One day, he was sitting beside the mule when a group of people came from Khorasan. A man from among them said to the slave, "Can you tell Imam al-Sadiq to replace you with me and in exchange for this I will give all my wealth to you?” The slave said, “I should first consult with the Imam.”
The slave came to the Imam saying, “May I be your ransom. You know about my long service to you. Do you prevent me from having a wealth if Allah gives such a wealth to me?” The Imam said, “I will give to you of my wealth and keep you from others.” The slave told the Imam the whole story. The Imam said, “If you are reluctant to serve us and that man is willing to do so, we will accept it.”
When the slave went away, the Imam called him saying, “For your long services, I will advise you and then you can choose between the two. When the Judgment Day comes, the Holy Prophet will be hanging from Allah’s light and Amir al-Muminin will resort to Allah’s Messenger; the Imams will resort to Amir al-Muminin; and our followers (Shia) will resort to us; they will enter where we will enter; and they will abide where we will abide.” The slave said, “No, I will not leave you but remain at your service, for I prefer the hereafter to this world.”
The slave came out of the house with his answer. The man who was waiting for the slave said, “You have come back with an expression in your face different from that you went in!” The slave told him the story and took him to Imam al-Sadiq who accepted his loyalty and ordered one thousand dinars to be given to the slave. After a while, the man rose up to bid the Imam farewell. He asked him to pray for him and the Imam did.”42
Love For Ahl al-Bayt (A.S.) Put s Hearts at Rest
Love for Ahl al-Bayt not only resolves difficulties at the point of death and the hereafter but also relieves worldly problems. One of the blessings of the love for Ahl al-Bayt is that it puts the hearts at rest, which is a blessing for the man who lives in this world of anxiety and restlessness. Imam Ali (a.s) says: When the verse – “now surely by Allah’s remembrance are the hearts set at rest,” (13:28)
was revealed, Allah’s Messenger said: This is about one who loves Allah and His Messenger, loves my Ahl al-Bayt truly and not falsely, loves believers both in the past and in the future. By Allah’s remembrance they love one another.43
Truly one whose love for Allah, the Holy Prophet, Ahl al-Bayt and the believers is true has tranquility and peace of mind. Any traitor, thieves, oppressors, usurpers, bribe-takers, usurers, ogles, adulterers, corrupts, defrauders, deceivers, and sinners can never enjoy peace of mind and tranquility. However, the lovers of Ahl al-Bayt who are clean from all these pollutions enjoy peace of mind and their hearts are set at rest.
Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) reports: The Holy Prophet asked Ali, “Do you know about whom the following verse was revealed: those who believe and whose hearts are set at rest by the remembrance of Allah; now surely by Allah’s remembrance are the hearts at rest (13:28)?”
Imam Ali replied, “Allah and His Messenger know better.” The Holy Prophet said, “It is about one who acknowledges me, believes in me, loves you and your family, and submits his affairs to you and the Imams after you.”44
Anas ibn Malik, an authentic narrator for Sunnis, says: the Holy Prophet recited the above-mentioned verse and said, “Do you know who these people are?” I said, “O Allah’s Messenger, who are they?” The Holy Prophet said, “They are the Ahl al-Bayt and our followers.”45
Resort to the Ahl al-Bayt (A.S.)
When a devotee of and one who is obedient to Ahl al-Bayt faces a difficulty which external factors fail to resolve, it will be certainly resolved if he truthfully beseeches Ahl al-Bayt to intercede for him with Allah.
Holding Mourning Sessions For Ahl al-Bayt
One of the subjects highlighted by Ahl al-Bayt is to hold sessions for propagating their life-giving culture and commemorating the tragic events they went through, especially that of Karbala. After the martyrdom of Imam Husayn in Karbala, the Shiites, encouraged by Ahl al-Bayt, have tried to hold mourning ceremonies whereby to teach people the Quranic concepts, narrations, true sciences of Islam and injunctions related to jurisprudence and to hold the torch of guidance with the help of Allah.
The devotees of Ahl al-Bayt have established many mosques, schools, charitable institutes, interest-free funds and orphanages, thanks to these sessions. Millions of people have enjoyed the blessings of such institutions.
Addressing Fudhayl ibn Yasar, Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) asked, “Will you get together and talk about us?” I said, “Yes.” The Imam said, “I am fond of these assemblies. Enliven our affair with them. May the mercy of Allah be upon one who enlivens our affair.”46
Imam al-Baqir (a.s.) has said: May Allah have mercy on a person who sits with another and speaks about our traditions. When two persons speak about our affair, the third of them will be an angel who will pray forgiveness for them. When two persons get together and commemorate us, Allah will be proud of them before angels. When you get together, be engaged in commemorating us, for in this way you will enliven us.47
Imam al-Ridha (a.s.) has said: Whoever sits in an assembly where our affair is enlivened, his heart will not die when all hearts die.48
39. Al-Amali: 21, H. 2
40. Tuhaf al-Uqul: 379
41. Bisharat al-Mustafa: 197
42. Al-Kharaij wal-Jara’ih: 388/1, Chapter: 10
43. Al-Durr al-Manthur: 642/4
44. Tafsir Furat: 207, H. 274
45. Interpretation of Manifest Verses: 239
46. Qurb al-Isnad: 18
47. Al-Amali: 224, H. 390
48. Uyun Akhbar al-Ridha: 294/14, Chapter: 28, H. 48