hadith by Imam Hasan (A.S)
1 - Maxims by Imam Hassan peace be upon him when asked what piety is , Imam
Hassan , peace be upon him replied : " yearning for virtue and no longing for
this world . "
2 - When asked what manliness is . Imam answered : " protection of religion ,
self-respect , lenience , benevolence , discharging one's duties , and
showing amity towards people .
3 - When asked what generosity is , Imam said : donation before request
and feeding people during drought .
4 - When asked what parsimony is , Imam said : to consider what you have as
dignity and what you spend as waste .
5 - When asked what freedom from want is , Imam said : Being satisfied
with one's destiny , however meager it may be .
6 - When asked what poverty is , Imam said : greed for everything .
7 - When asked what dignity is , Imam said : agreeing with friends and
maintaining good neighbourly relations .
8 - When asked what meanness is , Imam said : self - centredness and having
no regard for one's wife .
9 - The person who takes refuge in God is relaxed and secure where as his
enemy is fearful and friendless .
10 - Be careful with God by frequently remembering Him , and be fearful
of God by being pious , and approach God through obedience , for indeed He is
near and responsive .
11 - The greatness of those who came to know his greatness lies in their
modesty . The dignity of those who came to know His glory lies in their
humbleness . The security of those who came to know His power lies in their
submission to God .
12 - You should know that God has not created you for no reason and that has
not left you to your own . He has determined your life time and divided your
sustenance among you so that every wise man know his share and understand what-
ever he receives has been predestined and that he would not receive that which
does not belong to him . God has provided you with sufficient in come to
have enough time to worship and thank Him . He made remembrance and prayer
obligatory and recommended you to be pious to gain his utmost satisfaction .
13 - O' servants of God ! Do have God fearing and do know that God enables
God fearing persons to overcome trials , and to succeed in their affairs . He
will also smooth the path of right for God-fearing people .
14 - Only those people who are properly guided consult one another .
15 - Meanness is to fail to thank God for His blessing .
16 - In quest , do not take victory for granted , do not trust predestination
like the yielding , for it is a tradition to be in quest of sustenance . Thus ,
moderation in search of one's livelihood comes from chastity which is not on
the way of sustenance .
By the same token , avarice does not increase sustenance . In deed , sustenance
has been predestined and avarice brings about sins .
17 - One is free as long as has not promised . However when one promises ,
he shoulders responsibility and shall not be released until he fulfils his
18 - The person having confidence in God's free-will ( satisfied with
divine destiny ) dose not wish to be in a state other than the one chosen for
him by God .
19 - The good without evil is thanking for the blessing and patience in
calamities and hardships .
20 - Imam , peace be upon him , said to a man just cured from a disease :
God remembered you , then you remember Him . He pardoned you , you
should thank him .
21 - Whoever regularly goes to the mosque will enjoy one of the following
eight benefits : a decisive verse , access to a helpful brother , new
knowledge , an expected mercy , a word leading him to the way of salvation or
salvation or saving him from death , quitting sins out of public shame , and
22 - Indeed , the eyes with most clear - sightedness are those penetrating
good , the ears with sharpest hearing are those benefiting from advice , and the
purest hearts are those without any doubts .
23 - A man asked Imam Hassan peace be upon him , " I have a daughter , whom should
she marry ? " A man", answered the Imam , " of faith and God fearing for if
he loves her, he will respect her , and should he hate her won't do injustice
24 - Indeed , this world offers no everlasting blessing , nor one is
immune to its damages and evils . The world is a sham standing on the way to
happiness , an unreliable support .
25 - O' Servants of God ! Take advice from example , be admonished by the
effects of ancients , stop disobedience by remembering His blessings
and benefit from pieces of advice .
26 - Indeed , God made Ramazan a racing field of His people so that take
precedence to obtain His consent by obeying Him .
27 - I Swear by God , if the veil is lifted , it will be revealed that
benefactors are engaged in benefaction and that malfactors in wickedness .
28 - O' My son Fraternize nobody before knowing his distiny or origin .
Thus , after having come to know him and after having accepted to keep
company with him , enter in to a fraternity , provided you could pardon his
blunders and help him in hardships .
29 - When asked what fear is , Imam , peace be upon him , replied .
Showing bravery towards friends and running away from enemies .
30 - Infamy is easier than entering the Hell .
31 -Foolishness is tending to meanness and keeping company with the
32 - Imam , peace be upon him , described his benefactor brother as follows :
I thought him to be the greatest of all . The secret of his greatness lay in
his low opinion of this world . Ignorance had no control on him . He did not
take any action unless he made sure that the action was useful . He never
complained,nor , did he get angry and distressed . He was silent for the
greater part of his life time and when he spoke , he was the most eluquent of
all . He looked weak ; how ever , he fought as bravely as a lion . At the
precence of scholars , he preferred listening to speaking . He spoke whenever
it was necessary , never saying anything he did not act upon and acting upon
things he did not speak about . When faced with two alternatives he was not
sure which one was more pleasing to God , he considered the alternative less
pleasing to himself . He did not blame anybody for doing something for
which there existed an acceptable excuse .
33 - An irrational person is rude , and a person with no ambition lacks
manliness , An infidel has no shame . Wisdom causes one to keep good
company with people . Happiness in both worlds is obtained by wisdom .
34 - I am astonished to see people thoughtful of their food , but unthoughtful
of their spiritual nourishment . They protect themselves against harmful
food , but fail to reject dirty and mean thoughts .
35 - Imam , the chosen one , peace be upon him , wore his best attire on
prayers . In response to those who had asked the reason , Imam said : " God is
beautiful and likes beauty , that is why I adorn myself at His presence .
36 - The only permanent phenomenon in this perishing world is Quran . There-
fore , let Quran be your Imam and leader to be guided . Indeed , those who
apply the teaching of Quran to their conduct , are the most deserving of the
Book , not withstanding they have not learnt it by heart .
And the farthest people from Quran are those not acting upon it's instructions ,
though they are able to recite it .
37 - O' people ! whoever with sincerity and devotion towards God ,
listens to His guidance , will be guided to the most righteous path and God
will assist him in knowledge and awareness to reach a happy end .
38 - A right question is tantamount to half knowledge , tolerance of people
is tantamount to a half of reason , and econmny is tantamount to a half of
39 - The highest degree of cleverness is God-fearing and piety , and the
highest degree of ignorance is gratifying one's passions .
40 - Friday night , I saw my mother worshipping till dawn bowing down and
prostrating herself . She offered petitions to many believers mentioning
their names , she did not offer any petition for herself , I therefore ,
asked her : " Mother , why did not you not offered any petition for yourself
as you did for others ? " " My son , " replied she , " Neighbours are to be
given priority over the members of the household amd oneself . "