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Imam Hassan's Hadiths

Imam Hassan(AS)

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 poeple 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 maeger 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 .

Imam Hassan(AS)

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 recieves 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 rememberance 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 fradition 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

promise .


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

clamities 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 .

Imam Hassan(AS)

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 , quiting sins out of public shame , and

God-fearing .


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

to her".


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 unrelieble 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

misguided .


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 .

Imam Hassan(AS)

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

expenditures .


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 . "


41 - Messenger of Allah , peace be upon him and his progency , said :

" Choose to be a friend of the Prophet's family , for whoever meets God while

being a friend of our household , will enter Paradise as a result of our

intercession .


42 - O' people ! I heard my grandfather , the messenger of God , say :

" I am the city of knowledge and Ali , peace be upon him , is the gate to the

city . How can one enter a city without going through its gate ?


43 - Some body asked Imam Hassan , peace be upon him , : Why are we reluctant

to die , why don't we like death ?

" Becaues , " replied the Imam , " You ruined your next world and developed

this one ; naturally , you do not like to be transferred from flourrishing to

decline .


44 - I swear by God , whoever chooses to be our friend , no matter he is

kept in captivity in such a remote place as Deylam , our friendship will

benefit him . Indeed , our friendship removes Adam's offsprings' sins , as

the wind scatters the leaves of trees .


45 - Most inhabitants of Kufah wrote Mu'awiya letter to the effect that

they support him and that should he wish so , they would capture Imam Hassan ,

peace be upon him and bring him to Mu'awiya . Than they plundred Imam Hassan's

tent and injured him . subsequently , Imam Hassan , peace be upon him , wrote

Mu'awiya the follwing letter :

Indeed , this government and the Holy Prophet's succession belongs to me , and

the members of my family being forbidden to you and the members of your family ,

that is what I personally heard from the Apostle of God .

I swear by God , If I could find patient friends aware of their right, I would

not yield to you and would deny you your requests .


46 - If I could reduce the entire world to one single mursel of food to feed

a pure worshipper , I would feel negligent of my duties to wards him . And if I

could prevent an infidel from enjoying worldly blessing , to the extent that

his life should be endangered for want of food and water , and then I hand him

a glass of water , I would consider myself to be wasteful .


47 - To God , the highest - ranking man is the one most familiar with

people's rights . And that who is humble towards his brothers in faith , will

be put , by God , among the veracious and shi'ites of the king of the

Believers Ali , peace be upon him .


48 - The Holy Prophet said : No one is a true believer unless he does an

evaluation of himself more seriously than the selting of accounts between

two partners or between a master and his slave .


49 - The Messenger of God , may the blessing of Allah be upon him said :

" Making brothers in faith happy causes one's sins to be forgiven .

Imam Hassan(AS)

50 - This world is a trouble - some place of trail , and everything therein

will decline , God has informed us of its situation so that we could be

tought a lesson there from .

He has warned us against punishment in order that , thereafter , we would not

argue with him .

Consequently , be pious in this perishing world , and be interested in the

enternal , and be God fearing openly and secretly .


51 - Abondon what is discretionary when it happens to be in contradiction to

what is obligatory .


52 - Three things lead people to their destruction . pride , greed and

jealousy . Pride undermines faith , and satan was cursed and damned for the

same . Greed is the enemy of one's soul and Adam was expelled from paradise

for the same reason , and jealousy leads to evil and misery .

Cain killed his brother Abel only because of jealousy .


53 - Transfer your knowledge to others and also learn from others to enhance

your own knowledge and also forover coming your own short comings .


54 - Only visit those from whom you hope to be endowed or whose power you

fear , or those who benefit . you from their knowledge or those whom you hope

would pray for you , or those who are your own relatives .


55 - I have never seen a tyrant more similar to the oppressed than a jealous

person .


56 - Forget about whatever worldly things you aimed to attain but could'nt.

57 - Any one whom God blesses with an opportunity to pray , God will accept

his prayers and to whom God gives the chance to worship and be obedient , for

him He will open the doors of acceptance , and any one who is blessed by Him

to thank God , He will open the doors of abundance for increasing his

blessings .


58 - This question was put forward to Imam Mojtaba . Oh son of Prophet .

How are you ? He said : I have a God that controls me while the fire of

Hell is infront of me . Death is summoning me and I am surrounded by what

I've to give an account of on the day of final Judgement . I'm cought and

entangled between my actions and deeds . I can't get what I like and I am

unable to get away from what I despise , because all affairs are in the hands

of God . If He chooses He will forgive me . Therefore which poorman is more

needy than me ?


59 - Giving promises is like aphids in generosity and philanthropy , the

remedy is only in fulfillment and accomplishment .


60 - Don't be too prompt in punishing wrongdoings and errors;always leave

some time for apology between the perpetration of a mistake and punishment .


61 - Disasters and hardships are keys to rewards and compensations .


62 - A blessing is a Divine test , therefore if you thank God it remains a

blessing , but if you are ungrateful it turns in to God's wrath .


63 - The benefit you get from your tongue is enough for you to distinguish the

path to guidance from the route to aberration .


64 - Don't ever regret deep reflection and rationalisation because thinking

revives the alert heart and is a key to doors of wisdom .


65 - Oh thou the son of Adam ! Since you were born you were busy destroying

your life . So try to provide provision for the world hereafter in the rest

of your life .

Indeed a true believer makes provision in this world and an unbeliever

regales himself and then he recited this verse : " Make provision ( in this

world ) indeed there is no provision better than piety . "

Imam Hassan(AS)

66 - Some one asked Imam to give him a piece of advice . He said :

Get ready for your last journey , and before death arrives prepare yourself

some provision and be ware that when you desire this world , death desires

for you . To day you shouldn't think about tomorrow's sorrows . And be ware

that whatever wealth gathered by you , if it exceeds your daily sustenance ,

infact is saved for others . And be ware for the lawful wealth of this world

will be duly counted , and the unlawful wealth is followed by punishment ,

and there is reproach in doubtful wealth . Therefore consider this world as a

carcass and take only that much that suffices you . In this case if it is

lawful , you've performed a virtuous act , and if it is unlawful you haven't

committed any sin because it sufficed your urgent need , the same way you may

eat a carcass in exigency , and if there is any reproach in it , it will be

little and light .


67 - Behave , in this world , in such a way as if you will be living

forever , and for the world hereafter act in a way as if you'll die

tomorrow .


68 - If you had to become friends due to a want with a man and associate

with him , Be friends with a person whose association adds to your dignity

and when you do him a service , he supports you and when you ask him for

assistance he helps you and if you say something , he confirms your words

and if you attack , strengthens you in your assault and if you asked for

something , assists you and if your shortcoming is revealed he covers it

and if he sees any good deed performed he takes it into account .


69 - One prayer of he who recites Quran is accepted by God either immediately

or with some delay .


70 - Imam Hassan on whom be peace : The Prophet of God ( P.B.U.H ) has said :

Any one who recites " AYAT - OL - KORSI " ( verses ) after obligatory prayer

will be under the protection of God till the next prayer .


71 - Any fasting person can have one prayer accepted at the time he opens

his fast . So when you take the first morsel to open a fast say : " In the

name of God , oh God thine forgiveness is over whelming and abundant . Please

forgive me .


72 - Imam Hassan on whom be peace : The Prophet of God ( P.B.U.H ) he said

after performing morning prayers anyone who sits in the same place and keeps

invoking the name of God until sunrise will have a curtain and a barrier

between him and the tormenting fire of God .


73 - Whoever is foud of praying , purifies and adorns himself for it.


74 - It is becoming of a man on fast to dye his beard and put perfume on

his clothes and It is becoming of a woman on fast to comb her hair and put

perfume on her clothes .


75 - I heard it from my father that the messenger of God said anyone who

tries to satify the need of his Muslim brother , his endeavours are equal

to nine thousand years of worshipping God with days spent on fasting and

nights busy with praying .


76 - Giving almstax never results in decrease of wealth .


77 - I feel ashamed of my God to meet Him while I haven't performed

pilgrimae to the House of God on foot .


78 - When one of you meets his friend , you must kiss the place of light

on his forhead .


79 - He whose death is due asks for time to compensate for the misdeeds of

the past and one whose death is not due and has time to perform good deeds ,

procrastinates .


80 - Oh those who seek pleasures of the world ! You should know that they

are transitory and taking pride in a shadow that vanishes is absurdity .


81 - The greatest forgiveness and pardon of God comes when the sinner is

not able to make a pretext for his wrong doing .


82 - One who know God , loves God . One who knows the world , the world

tries to be chaste , and a true believer never goes after useless things ,

unless he is taken unawares and when he recohnizes his mistake , he feels

sad .


83 - God provides everything to one who worships God .


84 - He who counts his good deeds compromises the gratitude and benedictions

that are due to him .


85 - Some body asked Imam Hassan (PBUH ) about the virtues of reticence .

He replied . Reticence is a cover for ignorance and beauty honor and respect .

And he who observes silence is always easy and calm and the one who associates

with him is secure .


86 - A man sought guidance of Imam Hussain . The Imam replied : Don't

praise me for I know myself much better than you know me and don't consider

me a liar for the views of a liar are worthless and never talk light of

others before me .


87 - Oh son of Adam , abstain from misdeeds to remain pious and be content

with what God gives you to remain free of needs .

Recognize and implement the right of your neighbour to remain a Muslim and

treat others as you would like others to treat you , inorder to remain

just .


88 - It was asked of Imam , " Whose life is better than all ? " .

He replied : " The one who , he allows participation of people in his life .


89 - Being deprived of necessities is better than cadging from the

aberrant .


90 - Having a sour disposition is worse than affliction and misfortune .


91 - Oh you people of Kufa , remember that there is beauty in forebearance

and keeping promises manliness , precipitance and haste show lake of

knowledge and lake of knowledge imprudence , Fellowship with the mean brings

disgrace and shame , and social communication with libertines and sinners

creates suspicion and doubt .


92 - Have experienced and those who experience have also experienced that

nothing surpasses forbearance in effectiveness and nothing is more

pernicious as lack of it . With patience all affairs are rectified and

nothing else can replace it .


93 - I have never seen any right with no wrong in it but death , which is so

Similar to wrong with no right in it .


94 - Imam Hassan Mujtaba used to raise his eyes upwards before entering the

mosque and say : Oh creator your guest is standing in front of your house .

Oh the beneficient ! I the uncouth transgressor, have come to your threshhold

to ask forgiveness for all my loathsome misdeeds from all the beauties that

abound in you, oh thou the merciful and beneficient .

Imam Hassan(AS)

95 - There are 12 Points which Should be observed about eating and that every

Muslim is required to be informed of . Four of them are compulsory, the other

four are the Prophets traditions, and the remaining four are in accordance with

the etiquettes and ethics . On compulsory Points :

1 ) Knowing the Person who feeds you .

2 ) Being satisfied with what is fed .

3 ) Taking the name of Good and being thankful to whatever is endowed .

On Prophet' traditions

1 ) Performing one's ablution before eating .

2 ) Sitting on the left leg (Or part of the body) .

3 ) Eating with 3 fingers and licking them up .

On ettiquettes and ethics

1 ) Eating What is set before you .

2 ) Having small morsels .

3 ) Chewing the food well .

4 ) Avoiding staring at the others constantly .


96 - Jesting eliminates respect and honor .


97 - A good deed is one performed without hesitation and Without reminding

that a favor has been done .


98 - The blessings of our Creator remain unknown and are taken for granted ,

as long as they abound and their worth is realized , only when they are gone .

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