Story No. 17: (Episode)
It is related that Hishaam bin Abdul Malik, before he became the Khalifa once performed tawaaf. Numerous times did he try to kiss the Hajarul Aswad, but because of the vast crowd he could not do so. Then Hazrat Sayidina Aabideen R.A. the son of Hazrat Ali R.A. who was the son of Hazrat Imam Husain R.A came along to kiss the Black Stone and all at once everyone moved away so that he could do so in peace and comfort. Someone asked him: “Who is this person, (that is so honored)?”
Hishaam knew who it was but would not say because of the ill feeling borne by Banu Umayya towards the family of Rasulullah Sal’am household. Thus he said: “I do not know.”
The famous Arabic poet Farazdaq who was present then stepped forward and said: “I know who he is.” Then he read the following poetic verse:
He is the son of the most virtuous of men,
This is he, who is God-fearing, holy and a leader,
This is he whose footsteps all Mecca knows,
Whom the Ka’bah knows, the Hill and the Haram.
This is he that when he moves to kiss the Hajar, indeed does the Hajar almost move to receive his hand.
Never said he Laa ( no) to anyone save in the Kalima,
Had it not been for that, never would he say it?
When noble Quraish sees his like they exclaim; this is the holder of true nobility.
When the saintly assemble, he is their imaam.
And when asked the best of them, to him they point.
This O Hishaam, is the son of Fatima if you know not.
Through his grand father was prophethood sealed.
And never be thy denial of him a fault with him,
Him who is known amongst Arab and Ajam.
In modesty does he cast down his eyes; and in awe of him do men look down before him.
And then they speak not save when he smiles.
It is said that when Hishaam heard this praise of Hazrat Sayidina Zainul Aabideen R.A., he became so angered that he had Farazdaq imprisoned.
Hazrat Zainul Aabideen R.A. was indeed a very saintly, noble person. So many are the incidents illustrating his noble qualities that it is difficult to mention them all. He used to perform one thousand nafl salaah daily. When he performed wudhu his face used to turn yellow. And when he stood ready for salaah his whole body started trembling. Someone asked the reason for that and he replied: “Do you not realize in whose presence I stand?”
Once while in sajdah, his house caught fire. He, however continued his salaah as if nothing happened. When he completed his salaah people had already extinguished the fire. Someone asked him about it and he said: “The fear of a much greater fire (jahannam) did not allow me to be distracted.”
It was a noble habit of his to disguise himself at night and go secretly to people’s houses to help them and many households only subsisted through charitable gifts, while they never knew where it came from and who this person was. It was only after his death that they knew who the generous giver was. Then it was discovered that one hundred households were maintained by him. For this reason Farazdaq did not exaggerate when he recited those lines. (Rowdh)
Hazrat Imaam Malik R.A. says: “Of all the people that I have known among the Hashimi family, hazrat Zainul Aabideen R.A. was the most virtuous.’
Hazrat Saeed bin Mussayyib R.A. says: “I have not seen anyone more righteous than him.”
In spite of all that, when he put on his ihraam for Haj, his face used to turn yellow out of fear, so much so, that he could not utter the Labbaik.
Someone asked: “Why did you not recite the Talbiya?’
He replied: “I fear that when I say it, and answer of Laa Labbaik will be heard.”
People insisted that he recite the ward, because it is necessary to recite it, whereupon he obliged. As the words went forth from his lips, he fell down from his animal unconscious. And so it continued until the end of the Haj.
Hazrat Imaam Malik R.A. relates: ‘When Hazrat Zainul Aabideen R.A. intended to recite Labbaik, he fell down from his camel unconscious and broke a bone.” (Tahzeeb)
Many words of wisdom are also quoted from him. It is reported that he said:
“Some people worship Allah out of fear. Some worship Him for His great reward. This is the Ibaadah of merchant. The Ibaadah of the free ones is the Ibaadah of those who are grateful.”
Hazrat Sayidina Baaqir R.A. his son said: “My father, Hazrat Zainul Aabideen R.A., advised me not to associate with five types of people, not even to have them as fellow travelers on an journey.
Firstly the evil one who will sell and betray you in exchange for a morsel of food or even less. I asked him what is the meaning of even less and he said: “He will betray you in the hope that he will receive something and in the end receive nothing.”
Secondly, the stingy one, who when you are in dire need will avoid you.
Thirdly, the liar, who is like the sand of the desert, from afar it, appears to be water. Things, which are near, he will show to be far and those things, which are far, he will show as near.
Fourthly, the foolish one who although intending to be of benefit causes harm. It is said, the cleaver enemy is better than a stupid friend.
Fifthly, that person who cuts himself off from his family. Stay clear of him because thrice in the Qur’an have I found these people mentioned as cursed.” (Rowdh)
Story No. 18: (Episode)
When Hazrat Sayidina Imaam Baaqir R.A. arrived for Haj and he saw the Ka’bah, he uttered a loud cry and wept loud. People said to him: “Everyone’s eyes fall on the Ka’bah and yet you cry so loudly?”
He replied: “Perchance Allah will have mercy on me through this crying and I may succeed thereby on the day of Qiyaamah.” Then he performed tawaaf and having done that he performed salaah at the Maqaam-e-Ibrahim. In the sujood he wept so much that the ground under his face became wet with tears. He said to one of his companions: “I am in great grief and my heart is greatly troubled.”
They asked: “Why are you grieved?”
He replied: “When Allah’s Deen enters into the heart of anyone, it makes the heart free of everything else save Allah. Yet we keep it full of this world. What is this world save this animal on which I ride, these clothes I wear, this my wife that I have met, this food that I eat-Things with which this mind of mine gets occupied. This grieves me.” (Rowdh)
Story No. 19: (Episode)
Hazrat Laith bin Saa’d R.A says: “in the year 113 A.H; I went to Mecca on foot to perform Haj. One day at the time of Asr salaah I climbed onto Mount Abu Qubais where I saw a man sitting and making duaa. So many times did he utter the words: “Ya Rab” (O Lord) that it took his breath away. Then he stated uttering “Ya Rabbaah” (O, my dear Lord). This too he did until he was out of breath, then he went over to saying: “Ya Hay, Ya Hay” (O, the living One). Then: “Ya Rahmaan” (O, Beneficent One), and then Ya arhamar Raahimeen’, (O, most Merciful of all Merciful Ones).”
The he said: “O Allah, I desire to eat grapes; so grant me of that; and my clothes are worn out too.”
Laith R.A. continues: “I swear by Allah! The words had hardly left his lips when I saw a basket of grapes by his side, and two cloaks. This astonished me; for no-where around were grapes seen growing.
He was about to start eating the grapes when I said to him;
‘I have a right to be your partner in eating that’
He replied: “how is that?”
I said: “when you prayed, I said Aameen Aameen.
He replied: “Very well, come and eat but do not take anything of it with you.
I approached and ate with him. It had such a delicious taste; as I had never tasted before in my life. It was such a wonderful type of grape; without seeds. I ate myself to the full, yet the basket remained as full as ever.
Then he said: ” take anyone of these two cloaks that you like.”
I replied : “that I was not in need of clothing.”
Then he asked me to excuse him while he dressed himself, I moved away. He wrapped the one piece of cloth around his lower body; like lun’gi; and the other piece over his upper body. Then being clothed he descended the mountain while I followed him.
When he came between Safaa and Marwa a begger said to him: “O son of Rasulullah Sal’am, give these clothes to me; may Allah grant you a pair from paradise.” He gave the clothes to the begger. Hearing the beggars words I asked him; ‘who is this generous person? He replied: ‘He is Imaam Ja’far as Hazrat Saadiq R.A.
Then I turned to listen to some of his words but by then he had gone and was nowhere to be seen. Hazrat Imaam Ja’far R.A. is the son of Hazrat Imaam Baaqir R.A. about him hazrat Imaam Maalik R.A. says: “I have visited him on numerous occasions and always found him buy with one of these Ibadaat; salaah, recitation of the Qur’aan or fasting. He never quoted any Hadith except when in the state of wudhu.” (Tah’zeebut Tah’zeeb)
Hazrat Sufvaan Thowry R.A. says: “I heard hazrat Ja’far R.A. saying; ‘In these days complete safety is difficult to find; and if it is found in anything, then it lies in remaining unknown. And if not in that, than in solitude. However solitude is not as effective as in being unknown: and if it is not in that than in solitude. However solitude is not as effective as in being unknown: and if it is not found in that: then in keeping silent. Yet silence is not equal to solitude. And if not in silence: then in the words of advice from saintly elders. The fortunate one is he who finds solitude in his own self.”
Hazrat Ja’far R.A. reported a Hadith wherein Rasulullah Sal’am said: “Whosoever Allah had bestowed with favours, should thank Him for it; and when he is troubled by lack of means he should make a lot of Istighfaar (ask for forgiveness). And when he is in trouble, he should recite ‘La hawla walaa Quwata illa Billah.” (There is no force to divert: nor strength to conform; except with the will of Allah.) (Rowdh)
Story No. 20: (Episode)
Hazrat Shaqeeq Baikhi R.A. says that he went for Haj in the year 149 A.H. on the way he stooped in Qadisiyyah, where while observing the beauty of the place and people his eyes fell on a handsome young man sitting alone on one said. He thought within himself: “This seems like a sufi type of person, who could possibly be a burden to others way. I shall go to him, and when I came near to him, he saw me and before I could say anything; he said to me:
“O Shaqeeq,’ avoid suspicion as much as possible, for suspicion in some cases is sin.”
(Surat Hujuraat: 12)
This filled me with wonder because, although never having met me; he called me by my first name and knew what I held in my heart. Having said these words he walked away. I realized that this must indeed be a very saintly personality; and that I now had to beg his pardon. Hence I hastily followed him but lost sight of him.
When we reached Waqisa, I saw him again where he was performing salaah in such a manner that his whole body way was trembling with tears streaming from his eyes. I waited for him to complete his salaah so that I could beg his forgiveness. When he recited the salaah, I approached. As he became aware of my presence he turned to me before I could utter a words; and said:
“And without doubt, I am also He that forgives again and again, to those that repent and do right, who in faith, are ready to receive true guidance.” (Surah Tahaa)
Again, just said these words and departed. Within myself I thought: “This must be one of the ‘Abdaal’ because twice now has he become aware of my thoughts and intentions.”
On reaching Ziyala I saw him again standing next to a well with a cup in his hand. Accidentally the cup fell into the well. He lifted his fact up to heaven and recited a couplet in these lines:
“Thou art my Sustainer when thirst chases me; And Thou art my Maintainer when hunger worries me.”
Then he prayed: “O my Lord, my Allah, beside this cup, I possess nothing. Do not leave me deprived of it.”
Hazrat Shaqeeq R.A. says; “I swear by Allah: the water of the well was raised up to the mouth of the well. He stretched forth his hand and took out the bowl filled with water. With it he performed wudhu and then performed four rak’ahs salaah, then he gathered sand into the bowl, shook it and ate it. At this moment I approached him and greeted him. He replied, and I said: “Of that which Allah had granted you: kindly give me also to eat.” He replied: “O Shaqeeq: The favours of Allah both apparent and hidden are upon us all; so have faith in Allah’s goodness.”
Then he gave me the bowl from which I ate, and behold; in it I found Sattu as delicious and fragrant as I had never ate in my life. I ate so much that for many days after words I experienced no hunger thirst.
Thereafter till we entered Mecca I never saw him again. At Qubbatush Sharaab I spent the night and there I saw him once more performing salaah in utmost sincerity with tears flowing freely. He prayed for the rest of the night and having performed Fajr salaah, sat down for zikr till sunrise. Then he went to perform tawaaf and came out of the Masjid; while I following him outside the mosque, I was astonished to see him surrounded by slaves and servants who came to honor him; showing him great respect. I asked one of them who this man was and he said to me: “This is Moosa the son of Ja’far as Hazrat Saadiq R.A”
I was surprised and said to myself: “The wonderful things that I have seen could only come from such a Sayyid as he.” (Rowdh)
In his Tah’zeeb: Hazrat Ibn Hajar R.A .says that there are numerous stories portraying the great saintliness of Hazrat Moosa Kazim R.A. This is not surprising because they are the stars of the most saintly and noble families in whom Allah has placed such a special character that we unfit ones cannot even understand. Even the lowest of those of the Sayyid family have some special characteristic through the blessing of the holy blood that flows through their veins.