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Morality of Imam Sadjad (A.S)

part 4



Mother’s Right

Imam Sadjad was said, “You are the most benevolent man but you don’t eat from the same plate with your mother while she likes to.”‌ The Imam said, “I don’t like to stretch my hand to reach a morsel which my mother has an eye on it hence being disowned by her.”‌

From that time on, he would put a cover on the plate of food when eating with his mother so he would put his hand under it and ate the food.


Security Against Loan

Isa ibn Abdullah reports: Abdullah was on the verge of death. The creditors had gathered in his house claiming their dues. He said, “I don’t have anything to pay you. Refer to either of my cousins, Ali ibn al-Hussein or Abdullah ibn Ja`far to pay my debt to you.”‌ The creditors said, “Abdullah ibn Ja`far is a man of long-term promise. He is negligent too. Ali ibn al-Hussein, though not wealthy, is truthful. Hence, he is a better option for us.”‌ The news reached Imam Sadjad. He said that he would undertake to pay the debt at harvest time, while he had no grain at all. When it was harvest time, Allah destined for him a certain amount of money with which he paid all the creditors’ claim.


An Extraordinary Example of Forbearance

A man insulted Imam Sadjad (A.S). His slaves made an attempt to attack him. The Imam said, “Let him go. What is hidden of us is more than what he is saying about me.”‌ Addressing the same man, the Imam said, “Do you need anything?”‌ The man was ashamed. The Imam gave his garment to him together with a thousand Dirhams. The man said loudly, “I bear witness that you are the son of Allah’s Messenger.”‌


Reaction To Backbiting

Imam Sadjad (A.S) reached a group of people who were talking behind his back. He stood near them saying, “If you are true about what you say, may Allah forgive me; and if you are lying, may Allah forgive you.”‌


Imam Sadjad had a needy cousin and the Imam would go to the door of his house as an unknown man giving him a few Dinars. But the cousin would say, “Ali ibn al-Hussein does not observe ties of relationship towards me. May Allah not give him a good reward!”‌

The Imam heard what he was saying but forbore it and did not wish to reveal his identity.

When Imam Sadjad passed away, his cousin, whose nightly assistance had been cut off, realized that it was Imam Sadjad who fulfilled his needs. For this reason, he rushed to the Imam’s grave and wept bitterly.



Author: Allama Hussein Ansariyan

Translator: Dr. Ali Akbar Aghili Ashtiani

P. 204-210


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