Anecdotes of Masoomeen (A.S.)
HOLY PROPHET MUHAMMAD (S)
One day Prophet Muhammad (S) and his followers went on a journey. After travelling for a long time they got tired, so they stopped for a rest.
They decided to make a small camp and cook some food.
One of the men said that he would go and kill a lamb so that they could cook it.
Another man said that he would remove the skin of the lamb before it was cooked.
Another said that he would light the fire and cook the meat.
Each one of the men said that he would do a certain job so that the work could be done quickly and fairly.
The Prophet (S) then said that he would collect and bring the firewood from the forest.
All the men told him that there was no need for him to do anything at all. They would do all the work.
The Prophet (S) told them that he knew that they could do the work, but Allah does not like for a person to sit and let other people do all the work.
The Prophet (S) also explained to them that although he was their Prophet he did not like to get special treatment from them. This is because Allah does not like a person to think that he is better than other people.
When we sit back and let other people do the work, it makes us lazy. We should all share in any work that needs to be done, so that it can be done quickly and easily.
BIBI FATIMAH (A)
Bibi Fatimah Zahra (A.S.) was born to Bibi Khadija (A) and the Prophet (S). Before her birth, the Prophet (S) had had two sons, Qasim and Tahir, but both boys had died when they were babies.
The Prophet (S) had started teaching the message of Islam and had made many enemies. As a result, some of the unbelievers began to make fun of him at the death of his sons, calling him "Abtar".
The word Abtar means an animal who has no tail - and was meant to say that the Prophet (S) was
tail-less because he had no children to carry on his family.
Thus, when Bibi Fatimah (A) was born, the following Sura of the Holy Qur'an was revealed:
"In the Name of Allah, the most Kind, the most Merciful.
Verily (O Muhammad), We have given you Kauthar.
So pray to your Lord and give sacrifice.
Verily, your enemies will be Abtar.
Surah al-Kauthar, (108:1-3)
When the Holy Prophet (S) was asked what Kauthar meant, he replied that it was a stream in heaven and the man who would give water from that stream to the believers was Imam Ali (A).
He then said that Kawthar also meant abundance, and the birth of Bibi Fatimah (A) signified that, through her, his descendants would be in abundance.
The promise of Allah was certainly true because today, there are countless descendants of the Prophet (S), (Sayyids) while there is nobody who claims to be a descendant of the Quraish. Thus the enemies of the Holy Prophet (S) were those who became truly "Abtar".
This Surah in the Holy Qur'an is thus a reference to Bibi Fatimah (A).
Moral: You should never think that you have more than someone else, because there might come a time when that person has more than you. Remember it is through the blessing of Allah that you have what you have.
IMAM ALI (A)
In the time of the Prophet (S) the idol worshippers of Makka were very angry with him. They wanted to kill him.
Allah had told the Prophet (S) about the plan of the idol worshippers to murder him and so he decided to move to Madina.
The idol worshippers chose 40 of their bravest men and told them to go to the Prophet's (S) house and kill him.
That night the Prophet (S) left for Madina, but before he left he asked Imam Ali (A) if he would sleep in his bed so that the idol worshippers outside would think that he, the Prophet (S) was there.
Imam Ali (A) was very happy to do this for the Prophet (S). In fact Imam Ali (A) said that the best sleep that he had ever had was on that night.
When the killers came into the Prophet's (S) house and pulled off the blanket they saw Imam Ali (A) there, and so they left angrily.
When you do something purely for Islam, then Allah helps you.
Everyone can plan but only what Allah wants will happen.
IMAM HASAN (A)
Once a maid of our 2nd Imam, Imam Hasan (A) dropped a hot bowl of soup on Imam (A).
She was very scared because she thought the Imam (A) would be angry and punish her.
She immediately recited the Ayah:
"..Those who control (their) anger.."
Imam Hasan (A) smiled and said he was not angry.
Then she recited the next part of the Ayah:
"..And are forgiving towards people.."
Imam Hasan (A) said he had forgiven her.
She then finished the Ayah :
"..Allah loves those who do good.."
Imam Hasan (A) told her she was free.
The above Ayah is from the Holy Qur'an:
Surah Aali Imraan (3), verse 134.
Moral: The Holy Qur'an is not just there to read but to learn from and act upon. It is the word of Allah and teaches us everything we need to know if only we understood it.
IMAM HUSAIN (A)
Imam Husain (A) is our 3rd Imam. He was well known for his kindness, charity and love for the poor.
One day when our Imam (A) was riding through the streets of Madina, he came across some beggars who had gathered together to eat the food that they had begged for during the day.
The beggars saw Imam Husain (A) and invited him to join them.
Imam Husain (A) was not allowed to take anything given in charity (Sadaqah) as he was from the family of the Prophet (S). Sadaqah is Haraam for all members of the family of the Prophet (S).
Imam Husain (A) got off his horse and sat down with the beggars. He then explained to them that although he would love to eat with them he could not because as a member of the family of the Prophet (S) he could not take Sadaqah.
As an alternative he invited all of the beggars to his house for food so that they could all eat together.
1. You should always be kind to others, especially the poor.
2. You should not compromise your beliefs for anyone, but at the same time you should be polite in how you tell them.
IMAM ALI ZAINUL ABIDEEN (A)
Once a man who claimed to be a friend of our 4th Imam, Imam Ali Zainul Abideen (A) came to him and told him that so and so had been saying horrible things about him.
Imam (A) replied that he had not heard anything and would not have if the man had not told him. Imam (A) then continued that the person who had said the horrible things was as if he had shot an arrow and missed the target but the man who had told him was as if he had picked up the fallen arrow and hit the target (Imam (A)) with it.
Allah does not like the habit of spreading scandal and gossip even if it be true.
In the time of Prophet Musa (A), once there was a severe drought. For months there had been no rain.
The people prayed and prayed but no rain came. When Prophet Musa (A) went to mount Sinai to pray, Allah revealed to him that amongst his people there was someone who spreading scandal and because of this person Allah had not let it rain. Prophet Musa (A) asked Allah who this person was so that he could tell him off for what he had done.
Allah replied that did Prophet Musa (A) want Him to do what He had forbidden for others. (i.e. talk about others).
Moral: Do not talk about other people when they are not there even if what you say is true.
IMAM MUHAMMAD AL-BAQIR (A)
Once a Christian asked our 5th Imam, Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (A) how it could possibly be true what the Imam (A) had said about the fruits of Heaven not reducing when they were eaten.
Imam (A) told him not only was it true but he could give him an example of something being used and not reducing, which was present in this world.
Imam (A) then continued that when a candle is used to light other candles, even as many as a hundred thousand other candles, the light of the original candle will not get any less.
Moral: Just because you do not understand something in Islam does not mean it is wrong. Allah gave us Islam and our knowledge can not compare with His.
IMAM JA'FAR AS-SADIQ (A)
In the time of our 6th Imam, Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq (A) there lived a young man called Zakariyya who had converted from Christianity to Islam.
When Zakariyya went to Haj, he stopped at Madina to visit Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq (A). On meeting the Imam (A), Zakariyya asked him how he should behave towards his father, mother and other family members who were still Christians.
Imam (A) replied that Islam is a religion of mercy and kindness to all that has been created by Allah. Also Islam holds the rights of parents very highly.
Imam (A) then advised the man to be even more kinder and more helpful to his mother than he had ever been.
When Zakariyya returned home, he was there even more than before for his mother. He listened to her and was kind to her and ever ready to help her. He gave her food and drink with his own hands. He washed her and her clothes and kept the house tidy. And when he was free he would sit and chat with her and cheer her up.
His mother was very surprised and asked Zakariyya what had made him become so kind towards her.
Zakariyya explained that his Imam, our 6th Imam, had told him to act in this way.
His mother wanted to know what else the religion of Islam had taught her son.
Zakariyya sat with his mother to tell her all about the teachings of Islam and when he had finished, his mother became a Muslim too.
Always behave with good Akhlaq towards other people. If they can see for themselves what decent children you are then they will want to find out more about Islam.
Never forget the rights of your parents.
IMAM MUSA AL-KADHIM (A)
There was a poor uneducated farmer who was very rude to our 7th Imam, Imam Musa al-Kadhim (A) whenever he saw him.
No matter how rude this man was, Imam (A) never got angry and he never said anything to the man.
Imam's (A) friends wanted to punish the rude man, but Imam (A) would not allow them to. Imam (A) told them that he himself would teach this man a lesson.
One day Imam Musa al-Kadhim (A) rode out to the rude man's farm where the man was working. When the man saw Imam (A) he stopped working and put his hands on his hips, ready to be abusive again.
Imam (A) dismounted, went towards the man and greeted him with a friendly, smiling face. Imam (A) then told him that he should not overwork himself and that the land he had was very good. He then asked him how much he was expecting to receive for the crop.
The farmer was amazed at Imam (A) politeness and sincerity, he waited a little then said that he was expecting to get around 200 gold pieces. Imam (A) took out a purse and gave it to the farmer telling him that in it was 300 gold pieces, more than the value of his crop. Imam (A) told the man to take the money and also to keep the crop, and that he hoped the man would receive more for it.
The farmer faced with such kind behaviour and good Akhlaq, was very ashamed of himself and asked Imam (A) for forgiveness.
After that when ever the man would see Imam (A) he would greet him very politely. The Imam's (A) friends were very surprised!
Do not treat people the way they treat you but always better.
Give to people even if they do not act as if they deserve it.
IMAM ALI AR-REZA (A)
Once when our 8th Imam, Imam Ali ar-Ridha (A) was travelling through a town called Nishapur, the people of the town asked Imam (A) to tell them a hadith from the Prophet (S).
Imam Ali ar-Ridha (A) told them the following hadith:
"My father Musa al-Kadhim (A) told me,
from his father Ja'far as-Sadiq (A),
from his father Muhammad al-Baqir (A),
from his father Ali Zainul Abideen (A),
from his father the martyr of Kerbala (Husain) (A),
from his father Ali ibn Abu Talib (A),
from the Holy Prophet (S).
"The Kalima of La ilaha illallah is My fort, and whosoever says it will enter My fort, and whosoever enters My fort is safe from My punishment."
This hadith is known as the golden chain hadith. This is because each member of the chain was a Ma'sum. The people of Nishapur began reciting the Kalima. Imam Ali ar-Reza (A) continued, that there was one condition to the safety in this fort and that was that they had to obey and follow the Imams (A).
Moral: Just to say something will be of no use. Only when you understand what you are saying and believe in it enough to follow it then will it be of use to you.
IMAM MUHAMMAD AT-TAQI (A)
Our 9th Imam, Imam Muhammad at-Taqi (A) had an uncle called Ali ibne Jaffar, who was a very knowledgeable, pious old man. Whenever he went to the mosque, people would surround him and ask him questions.
One day Imam Muhammad at-Taqi (A) arrived at the mosque. When his uncle who was sitting in the middle of a large group of people saw him, he immediately got up and kissed the hand of Imam (A).
Imam Muhammad at-Taqi (A) asked his uncle to sit down, to which his uncle replied that he could not sit while Imam (A) was standing. When Ali ibne Jaffar returned among his friends, after Imam (A) had left, his friends told him that it was wrong for him to show so much respect to that child (Imam (A)) as he was an old man and the uncle of the child.
Ali ibne Jaffar replied that he was showing respect to the child because of who he was. He continued that Imamate is an office and a station from Allah, and Allah did not deem him an old man fit and capable for the leadership of the Ummah, but considered the child capable for it. Therefore they should all obey his (Imam (A)) commands.
The age of a person is not important but what kind of person they are.
Only Allah knows everything about everyone and therefore only Allah is allowed to judge people, and say what they do and do not deserve.
IMAM ALI AN-NAQI (A)
Once in the time of our 10th Imam, Imam Ali an-Naqi (A), a lady came to the Khalifa, Mutawakkil and said that she was Zainab (A), the daughter of Fatimah (A), the daughter of the Prophet (S).
Mutawakkil told her that this could not be true because many years had passed since the time when Zainab (A) was alive, and the lady looked very young.
The lady answered that she was Zainab (A) and that she looked young because the Prophet (S) had passed his hand over her head and prayed for her to remain young for ever.
Mutawakkil did not know what to do so he called all the wise men and asked them. All of them said that the lady was lying, but how were they to prove this.
No-one could think of anyway to prove that the lady was lying, so then Imam Ali an-Naqi (A) was called.
Imam Ali an-Naqi (A) told Mutawakkil to put the lady into a cage of lions and if what she said was true, then the lions would not harm her, because the wild animals do not hurt the children of Fatimah (A).
The lady said that Imam Ali an-Naqi (A) wanted to kill her and that if what he said was true then let him go into the cage first.
Imam Ali an-Naqi (A) agreed and went into a cage of lions. The lions did not harm Imam (A) instead they caressed him. Imam Ali an-Naqi (A) then came out and told the lady that now it was her turn.
The lady began to cry and said that she was sorry and that she did not mean to lie, it was only a joke.
Moral: You should never lie (even as a joke) as you will get caught. If you do get away with it and no-one finds out remember that Allah knows and He is the one you have to go back to for your reward or punishment.
IMAM HASAN AL-ASKARI (A)
In the time of our 11th Imam, Imam Hasan al-Askari (A) there lived a Christian priest, who could make it rain by raising his hands up to the sky.
The Muslim king began to get worried because the Muslims' faith started to waver and if the Muslims left Islam he would have no one to rule over.
The king went to the Imam Hasan al-Askari (A) whom he had imprisoned and told him that the Muslims were losing faith in Islam because of the Christian priest.
Imam (A) told the king to arrange a gathering of all the people and the priest.
At the gathering Imam (A) asked the Christian priest to pray for rain. When the priest raised his hands to pray it began to rain. Imam (A) asked for whatever was in the priest's hand to be taken away and then told him to pray for rain again.
The priest tried and tried but he could not get it to rain.
Imam (A) then showed the people the bone that the priest was holding in his hands. Imam (A) told the people that it was a bone of a Prophet and that was what was causing it to rain and not the priest.
Imam Hasan al-Askari (A) then prayed for rain and it rained.
Moral: When things happen that make you question your faith remember you do not know or understand everything.
IMAM MUHAMMAD AL-MAHDI (A)
There was a pious man called Syed Muhammad Jabal Amili who was travelling through the desert with a caravan of people, when he got lost.
Syed Amili searched and searched for the caravan but could not find them. It became dark as night set in. He was all alone in the hot desert, tired, hungry and frightened.
He was about to give up and prepare himself for death when he suddenly saw some water. He went to the water drank some and then did wudhu and offered his Salaat.
After his Salaat he did not have anymore strength and lay there waiting for death.
All of a sudden he saw a person riding a horse getting closer and closer to him.
When the horse rider reached Syed Amili he said Salaam to him and asked him what the matter was. Syed Amili explained that he had lost his caravan and was hungry.
The rider asked him why then did he not eat the melons that were lying beside him. Syed Amili asked the rider not to make fun of him as he had searched all over for food.
The rider said he was not joking, and to look behind him. Syed Amili looked and there were three melons.
The rider then told him to eat one of them and to take the other two with him and pointed out the direction he was to go in. He also told Syed Amili that at about sunset he would reach a tent and from there he would be guided to his caravan.
Then the rider disappeared. Syed Amili says that that was when he realised that it was our 12th Imam, Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi (A).
Syed Amili did as he was told and sure enough the next day at sunset he reached the tent and was directed to his caravan.
Moral: Although we can not see our 12th Imam (A) he can see us and knows when we are in need of his help and comes to help us.