Imam's Companions Narrating Imam Reza(A.s) Behaviour
His moral virtues and piety was such that besides his followers and companions his enemies were attracted to him. He treated people as respectfully and kindly as possible and never separated himself from the people.
One of his companions say: I never remember him, talk badly to anyone and interrupt someone while speaking. If he afforded to help, he would never reject any poor and never stretched his legs in front of people. I never remember him talk badly to his servants. He always smiled instead of laughing loudly.
While having a meal, he invited all the servants to have the meal with him.
He slept little at nights and was used to staying up and saying prayer during almost all nights. He always performed three fasts in the month. He helped the poor secretly in the dark nights.
One of his other companions says: His carpet was of sackcloth in winter and a mat in summer. He wore rough and coarse clothes at home, but he wore nice clothes in public parties.
One night while Imam was talking to his guest, there was a problem with the light. The guest wanted to correct it, but Imam did not let him to do so. He fixed it himself and said: We are the ones who do not put our guests to work.
A man told Imam: By Allah I swear that no one on earth equals your ancestors in superiority and nobleness.
Imam said: Taqwa gave them nobleness and obedience to Allah gave them superiority.
A man from Balkh says: I was with Imam Reza (PBUH) during the travel to Khurasan. One day while having a meal Imam invited all the servants including the Blacks to have the meal with them. I told Imam: It is better they (the servants) sit somewhere else. Imam said:Be quiet! The creator of everyone is the same. The father and mother of all are the same and reward is according to deeds.
The servant of Imam -Yaser says: Imam Reza (PBUH) had told us that if I was above your head (and ordered you to do something) and you were having a meal, do not stand up till you finish it. Therefore it frequently happened that Imam called us for a work, and he was responded that he (the servant) is busy having a meal; then Imam would say: Let him finish his food.
One day a stranger came to visit Imam Reza (PBUH). He said hello and continued: I love you and your fathers and ancestors. I have come back form Hajj and have run out of money. If it is possible give me some money so that I could go back to my house. I promise to spend the same amount there as Sadaghah, for, I am not poor in my city. Imam stood up and went to another room. Then he came behind the curtain and said: Get this 200 Dinar and spend it for your travel, there is no need to pay the same back as Sadaghah. The man got the Dinars and went. Imam was asked for the reason of his secret help, he answered: I did such, in order not to see the shame of need in his face.
Our infallible and great Imams guided their followers both by sayings and behavior. In other words by their behavior, they taught their Shiites the true way of behaving
One of Imam's companions said: One day I was with Imam on the way to his home. At home his servants were busy repairing the house. Imam saw a stranger among them and asked of him. They answered: He helps us and we pay him. Imam asked: Have you defined the amount of payment? They answered: No, but he accepts whatever we pay him. Imam was disturbed and told me: I have told them many times that before you bring anyone, define the amount of payment and contract. The one, who works without any contraction, thinks that you have paid him little, even if you give him three times more. But if you contract and give him according to the contraction, he will be pleased with receiving his right. Now if you pay more even just a little, he will understand you have paid more and will be thankful to you.
Imam's servant says: One day his servants were eating fruits. They ate some and through out the rest. Imam Reza (PBUH) told them: Subhanallah! If you do not need it, give it to someone who need it.
Qualities of Imam Reza (as)
Poets Speaking in Praise about Imam Reza (as)
Imam Reza (as)'s Hadith
The Sermon and Teaching of Imam Reza (as)