Golden Sayings & Speeches of Hazrat Imam Hadi Ali Naqi a.s.
Asalamoalaka ya Hazrat Imam Hadi Ali Naqi a.s.

  1. Allah has lands upon earth He loves it that he is prayed & supplicated in those lands (Karbala) & whosoever prays & supplicates over there He grants it.( The Hayer of Imam Hussian a.s is one of those). [Tuhful Aqool P-482]
  2. Abul Hashem al-Jafferi narrates that one day he went to the Imam to see him and to be in his service when the Imam addressed him in Hind (Sanskrit language) and I could not understand a word of it. He took up a pebble lying near his feet and then threw it towards me and said, "Abul Hashem, keep it in your mouth". I took it in my mouth and started sucking it for a while, and when I took leave of the Imam (A.H.S.) I could speak in 73 languages, Hind being one of them! !" [From the book "Mukhtar al-Kharaij wal Jaraih", page 237]
  3. There is a narration from Saleh ibn Saeed, who says he was once in the company of the Imam (A.H.S.) and said, "O my Moula, these people want to harass you and extinguish the light of Allah (you) and so they have deliberately lodged you with the poor and the pauper in the Caraven-serai, to belittle you!
  4. " The Imam (A.H.S.) said, "O ibn-Sayeed, do not be upset and perturbed; you do not know us truly" and saying this, the Imam pointed out with his hand and said, "Look there", and when I lifted up my gaze, behold! I saw lush green gardens, with Angels and Houris walking gently through them, birds chirping on the branches, gazelles and deer playfully romping around and streams of sweet water rippling by ! I was amazed and dazzled by what I saw. The Imam (A.H.S.) said, "This is from Allah for me". [From the book, Basaaer Ul-Darajaat, page 406]
  5. Seeing this, Imam Ali an-Naqi (A.H.S.) cast a wrathful glance on the pillow on which there was a picture of a lion and upon which this Indian magician was reclining and resting; he slapped on the pillow and addressed the lion, "What are you looking at, eat up this magician"! As if the lion was waiting for a command from the Imam (A.H.S.) that it immediately pounced upon the magician and within a matter of seconds, it ate and gobbled him up and then went back to its original shape of a picture!! All the people gathered there were completely spellbound and a deathly silence prevailed.
  6. The Imam (A.H.S.) got up to go when Mutawakkil came begging for the magician to be restored back to life.
  7. The Imam (A.H.S.) turned around and said, "You shall never get him back, you tried to impose an enemy of Allah upon Allah's friends"; saying this the Imam (A.H.S.) left." [This has been taken from the book Mukhtar al-Kharaij wal Jaraih, p.210.]
  8. When the son of Ali and Fatima (S.A.H.) walked out coolly, Mutawakkil went to him and sheepishly grinned and said, "O Abul Hassan, I did not mean to harm you but only ascertain what you had told". When the Masoom came near the ladder to climb out, the lions came once again to him and started rubbing their snouts with the helm of his robe; he smiled softly at them and asked them to go back and they all went back to their place.
  9. He then told the gathering to send the woman down into the enclosure to make certain she is from the progeny of the Bibi Fatima (S.A.H.) at which, the woman started shouting and making a hue and cry and said, "I am not what I had claimed to be, do not put me to the lions." She kept weeping and crying and imploring, but Mutawakkil, his pride totally mingled in dust and his power and authority all reduced to ashes, turned a deaf ear to her and she was ultimately thrown into the enclosure and the lions pounced upon her and she was completely eaten away!!
  10. This narration has been recorded in Tabresi's book, A'alaam-ul-Wara and also in the book Ma'aani-ul-Akhbar and has been narrated by Saqar ibn Dalaf of Kharq who says, he went one day to see the Imam-e-Masoom (A.H.S.) who was then imprisoned by Mutawakkil.
  11. Addressing the Imam, he said, "O my Master, my Lord, I have been narrated a saying of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.A.) which I have not understood." The Imam asked him to say the saying, upon which, Saqar relates, "The Holy Prophet said, "Do not have animosity for "DAYS", for they will be enemy to you"! What is the meaning of this saying?"
  12. The Imam (A.H.S.) replied, "DAYS" here refers to US, the Masoomeens! Since the times the Earth and the Sky have been made, Saturday refers to the Holy Prophet, Sunday is an indication to Ameer al-Mo'mineen (A.H.S.), Monday is referring to Hasan and Husain (A.H.S.), Tuesday means Ali s/o Husain, Mohammed s/o Ali, and Ja'far s/o Mohammed (A.H.S.), Wednesday stands for Moosa s/o Ja'far, Ali s/o Moosa, Mohammed s/o Ali and myself (A.H.S.), Thursday is for my son Hasan (A.H.S.) and Friday means my son's son whose followers shall gather with him and he will be the One who will fill the Earth with justice and equality as it will have been filled with tyranny and oppression! This is the meaning of "DAYS"; do not bear grudge and ill-will against them and do not be hostile towards them, for then, they shall be your enemy on the Day of Judgment."
  13. Yahya ibn Akhtam was Chief Justice during the reign of Ma'moon, the Abbasi Caliph who poisoned the eighth Imam Ali al-Reza (A.H.S.); he had some doubts and needed some clarifications for them. He wrote all of them on a piece of paper and asked the Tenth Imam (A.H.S.) to clear them. One of his doubts was regarding Verse 27 from the Chapter Luqman: "And if it were that all the trees in the Earth be pens, and the sees added to seven (more) seas be ink, (yet) will exhaust not the words of Allah ! Verily Allah is All Mighty, All Wise"; ("words" here refer to Creation as well as Legislation, vide Agha Pooya). 
  14. The Imam-e-Masoom (A.H.S.) says, "Those seven springs [that gurgled out during the time of Prophet Noah's (A.H.S.) deluge too,] are , 1) Spring of Kibreet, 2) Spring of Yemen, 3) Spring of Barhoot, 4) Spring of Tabriya, 5) Spring of Hamma, 6) Spring of Africa, and 7) Spring of Baahooran and the "words" here refers to WE Masoomeens whose virtues and greatness cannot be enumerated or can be gauged even if, as the verse expostulates, all the trees become pens and all the oceans together with these seven springs, become ink !!
  15. The Masoom Imam (A.H.S.) declared, "My flesh and blood has never been polluted with wine". He said, "Well, if you do not drink wine, then atleast recite some poetry", to which the Imam replied solemnly, "I remember very few verses". Mutawakkil then forced him to recite some of those verses upon which the Masoom Imam (A.H.S.) recited a few verses, the gyst of which was: "There were some people who were so exalted that spent their nights on mountain-tops, yet those mountain-tops were never of any benefit to them; and after this regal and royal pomp they fell down so low that they reached the abyss of their graves!"
  16. "And what a horrible place it is; when they were buried, there was a Voice announcing,
  17. "Whither has gone thine jewellery and thine crown, thine robes?
  18. Whither have gone those beautiful charming faces for which hung curtains and veils?
  19. And their grave would reply on their behalf,
  20. "Worms and insects are now crawling on their faces; they ate and drank for a long period, and now in return, they are being eaten!"
  21. Hearing these verses, Mutawakkil's tears flowed and he cried so profusely that his beard got wet from his tears, and the entire audience was weeping and crying. He gave the Mosoom Imam (A.H.S.) 4000 Dinars and bade him good-bye with great respect and regard.
  22. There is no security from the evil of the one who is disregarded & humiliated in his own eyes. [Tuhful Aqool P-483]
  23. The world is market, a community reaps benefit in it & there is an other one which faces loss. [Bihar ul Anwar, Vol-78,P-368]
  24. The one who is pleased with himself: (his own state & condition) those displeased & angry with him shall get abundant in number. [Bihar ul Anwar, Vol-78,P-368]
  25. Poverty & adversity is the cause of getting the soul’s rebellion & revolt & the gravity of dismay. [Bihar ul Anwar, Vol-78,P-368]
  26. Better than the good deed is the one who performs it. And more beautiful than the beauty (of speech) is the sayer of it (decent words). And superior to the knowledge is it’s bearer & carrier. And worse than the evil is it’s attracter. And more horrible than the horror is the one who rides it. (Ayan u Shia Vol-2,(modern print) P-39)
  27. Allah can not be defined & described except with what He has defined himself. And how can that one (Allah) be defined wits are unable from the perception of whome & the imagination & fancy are short of finding him. And the memories of mind are unable to encompass him & the eyes & vision is unable to sight & surround him. And lack (the strength of) limiting & encompassing him. And the eyes are short of strength & weak from seeing & bounding him. [Tuhful Aqool P-482]
  28. The one who thinks he is obliged to commit sin has attributed the responsibility of his sin towards Allah & has accused Him of cruelty & excess upon His servants. [Tuhful Aqool P-482]
  29. Whenever a time comes that the justice overwhelms & over comes cruelty it is prohibited to form negative bad conjecture & opinion about anyone except when one knows it about him. And when ever  a time comes that the cruelty & oppression over whelms the (quantum of) justice then one must not have good opinion about the beneficence of a person till such time he knows it(for sure). [Ayan u Shia Vol-2, P-39]
  30. The person who meets death on the way towards seeking the right & does not reach it, is upon beneficence. And this is the word of Allah where in he says. “The one who comes out of his house as a migrant towards Allah & His prophet then the death finds him (on that way) his reward is upon Allah” . [Tuhful Aqool P-472]
  31. Who so ever has the fear of Allah, people fear him & the one who obeys Allah, people obey him. [Tuhful Aqool P-472]
  32. Compensate & remind your self f regrets & envoys of dissipations by giving priority & preference to fore sightedness, resolution & sound judgment. [Bihar ul Anwar, Vol-78,P-370]
  33. Jealousy is the cause of erosion of good deeds & the attracter of chastisement. [Ayan u Shia Vol-2, P-39]
  34. The torturing & testing of parents is followed by shortage (of sustenance) & being driven towards belittlement & humiliation. [Bihar ul Anwar, Vol-78,P-369]
  35. Wrath & anger is the key to difficulties & hardships but (at the same time) it is better than nursing grudge. (malice). [Ayan u Shia Vol-2, P-39]
  36. The one who obeys the creator does not have the fear of anger & wrath of the creatures & the one who makes Allah angry & displeased must now that the creatures will (certainly) become angry with him.[Bihar ul Anwar, Vol-78,P-367]
  37. Indeed, both the scholar & the student share the prosperity. [Bihar ul Anwar, Vol-78,P-367]
  38. Waking up in the night makes the sleep sweeter & hunger increases the nicety & decency of food. (Imam intends to invoke & encourage the people to keep fast & offer prayers.) [Ayan u Shia Vol-2, P-39]
  39. Mind the time when you would be lying before your family members & there would be no physician to stop it (death) & no friend to benefit you. [Ayan u Shia Vol-2, P-39]
  40. The one who performs a deed & his heart does not believe in that deed, Allah will not accept any of his practices; but that it be along with the sincerity of intention. [Tuhful Aqool P-473]
  41. The one who considers himself to be safe from the planning of Allah & his painful chastisement & wrath commits arrogance till His Devine will catches hold of him. And His ordinance gets implemented. [Tuhful Aqool P-483]
  42. Sustain & prolong the beneficences & benevolences by decent neighborhood with them. And keep seeking the benevolences by thank giving , over those. [Ayan u Shia Vol-2, P-39]
  43. The one who has a clear cut proof & evidence from Allah the hardships of life become light for him; although, he is cut into pieces & spread out & scattered. [Tuhful Aqool P-83]
  44. Allah has made the world a place of calamities & the resurrection day the spot of rewards. And He has made the anguishes & calamities of life a media & way to the rewards of justice day. And made the reward f resurrection day are the replacement & compensation for the troubles & anguishes of world (life). [Tuhful Aqool P-483]
  45. When Allah intends a beneficence & benevolence for His servant he accepts the admonition of those admonishing him. [Tuhful Aqool P-481]
  46. The silly (insane) rightful is on the verge of extinguishing & putting out the light of his righteousness through his stupidity & unwise ness. [Tuhful Aqool P-483]
  47. When the Imam arrived. Mutawakkil was at the prime of his drinking party. He ordered the Imam to sit by him. Then he offered a glass of wine to the Imam. Imam refuse and said: "By Allah never has wine entered my body. Excuse me from it."
  48. Mutawakkil accepted and said: "Then sing for us and entertain us with beautiful poems." Imam said: "I am not interested in poetry and I remember only but a little of the poems of other".
  49. Mutawakkil said: "There is no excuse, you must read us some poetry." Imam started: "They made rising mountains their residence. And they always had armed men guarding them. But none could save them from the attack of death. At the end they were descended from those hills and placed in the deeply dug graves with misery and humility. At this time a caller called: Where is all that glory, crowns, and luxury? Where is the face that knew comfort and hid itself behind silk curtains from the gazes of the commoner? The grave disgraced them at end. Those delicate faces are the ground for worms to crawl on. For a long time they sucked, swallowed, drank and ate of the earth. But today they are food for the earth and its pests. " Imam's voice resonated with a deep and effected melody onto the ears of the attendants, and destroyed the high of the wine. Mutawakkil threw his glass away & started crying. Thus was Caliph's party ruined, & the light of truth shun into a disease heart even if it were for a fleeting moment.[1]  Bihar-al Anwar v. 2, states of Imam Hadi(as) p. 149
  50. Once in the time of our 10th Imam, Imam Ali an-Naqi (A), a man came to Imam (A) and told him that if Imam (A) did not help him, he would be killed.Imam Ali an-Naqi (A) asked the man to explain. The man explained that he had been given an expensive stone by the King and told to write something on it.
  51. The man continued that when he went to write on it, the stone broke in half and when the king would find out, he would kill the man .Imam Ali an-Naqi (A) prayed for the man, then told the man not to worry, and that Allah would look after him. The next day when the king came to pick up his stone, the man was shaking because he was so scared. The king told the man that he had changed his mind and now wanted the stone broken in half, one piece for each one of his two daughters, with the writing on each half of the stone. Moral: No matter what trouble you are faced with always trust in Allah and ask for His help as He can make anything happen.
  52. In the time of our 10th Imam, Imam Ali an-Naqi (A) the king was a bad man called Mutawakkil. One day Mutawakkil fell very ill. The doctors could not make him better. Mutawakkil's mother was very sad and asked Imam Ali an-Naqi (A) to help him. Imam Ali an-Naqi (A) told her what medicine to use to make Mutawakkil better and when she used what Imam (A) had told her to use, Mutawakkil became well again. All the doctors were very surprised. Although Mutawakkil was a bad man, Imam Ali an-Naqi (A) still helped him, because the mother had come to him for help. Moral:  If anyone ever asks you for help you should help them even if they are not very nice.
  53. Our 10th Imam, Imam Ali an-Naqi (A) became an Imam at the age of only 8 years old. Imam Ali an-Naqi (A) when young, was forced to go to a famous old poet named Junaydi to be tutored. Junaydi was a very clever man but hated the Ahlul-bayt. The king at the time forced Imam (A) to go to Junaydi so that anything that the Imam (A) said or did in his life would be according to the teachings that he had received from Junaydi. Even if they were not people would think that they were because he had been taught by him. After some time had passed the king asked Junaydi how the Imam (A) was doing. To which Junaydi answered that he was no longer the teacher (Imam (A) was), but a student, and that he now understood what knowledge really was. Moral:  Imams (A) have a supreme knowledge so that they are able to answer whatever question is put to them. What age you are does not matter but how much you know matters. People will treat you like a child unless you can show them otherwise - through your knowledge and your Akhlaq.
  54. An advice from Imam Hadi (PBUH). Regarding cleanliness the Imam says to one of his companions: “God likes beauty and cleanliness and dislikes slovenliness.
  55. God likes to see the effects of his blessings in His servant. Everyone should be the manifestation of Gods’ blessing.”
  56. The Imam was asked how is it possible? He replied: “ By keeping one’s clothes and home clean and tidy.”
  57. Once in the time of our 10th Imam, Imam Ali an-Naqi (A), a lady came to the Khalifa, Mutawakkil and said that she was Zainab (A), the daughter of Fatimah (A), the daughter of the Prophet (S). Mutawakkil told her that this could not be true because many years had passed since the time when Zainab (A) was alive, and the lady looked very young. The lady answered that she was Zainab (A) and that she looked young because the Prophet (S) had passed his hand over her head and prayed for her to remain young for ever. Mutawakkil did not know what to do so he called all the wise men and asked them. All of them said that the lady was lying, but how were they to prove this. No-one could think of anyway to prove that the lady was lying, so then Imam Ali an-Naqi (A) was called.
  58. Imam Ali an-Naqi (A) told Mutawakkil to put the lady into a cage of lions and if what she said was true, then the lions would not harm her, because the wild animals do not hurt the children of Fatimah (A). The lady said that Imam Ali an-Naqi (A) wanted to kill her and that if what he said was true then let him go into the cage first.
  59. Imam Ali an-Naqi (A) agreed and went into a cage of lions. The lions did not harm Imam (A) instead they caressed him. Imam Ali an-Naqi (A) then came out and told the lady that now it was her turn. The lady began to cry and said that she was sorry and that she did not mean to lie, it was only a joke. Moral: You should never lie (even as a joke) as you will get caught. If you do get away with it and no-one finds out remember that Allah knows and He is the one you have to go back to for your reward or punishment.
  60. One day Imam Hadi said to Motavakkel: “You assume that we have kept silent but that's not right. Our message is echoed in the Azan (every day call for prayers). My grand father is God’s prophet and I am his son and shine like stars."
  61. The Imam following me is my son Hasan. After Hasan his son is the Qa'im who will fill the earth with justice and equity just as it is filled with injustice and tyranny .
  62. Do not expect honesty and purity of intention from someone who has suffered from your malice; do not expect loyalty from one to whom you have been disloyal; do not expect goodwill from someone whom you regard with ill-will: his heart towards you is the same as your heart towards him.
  63. The one who thinks he is obliged to commit sin has attributed the responsibility of his sin towards Allah and has accused Him of cruelty and excess upon His servants.
  64. Whosoever has the fear of Allah, people fear him and the one who obeys Allah, people obey him.
  65. Compensate and remind yourself of regrets and envoys of dissipations by giving priority and preference to farsightedness, resolution, and sound judgment.
  66. Jealousy is the cause of erosion of good deeds and the attracter of chastisement.
  67. The torturing and teasing of parents is followed by shortage (of sustenance) and being driven towards belittlement and humiliation.
  68. Wrath and anger is the key to difficulties and hardships but (at the same time) it is better than nursing grudge (malice).
  69. Mind the time when you would be lying before your family members and there would be no physician to stop (death) and no friend to benefit you.
  70. The one who performs a deed and his heart does not believe in that deed, Allah will not accept any of his practices, but that it be along with the sincerity of intention.
  71. The one who considers himself to be safe from the planning of Allah and his painful chastisement and wrath commits arrogance till His divine will catches hold of him. And His ordinance gets implemented.
  72. Wealth (means) the scarcity of your aspirations and longings and getting contented with what could be sufficient for you.
  73. To be enraged and angry with somebody who is under your hand is reprehensible and blamable.
  74. Beware of jealousy for its effect will appear upon you and it shall not effect your enemy.
  75. Wisdom does not have effect upon the perverse and corrupt natures.
  76. Talking nonsense and futile things is the enjoyment and pleasure of foolish and insane ones, and the activity of ignorant ones.
  77. Self-conceit stops and restrains from seeking knowledge and becomes the cause of (people’s) despise, scorn, and ignorance.
  78. There is no security from the evil of the one who is disregarded and humiliated in his own eyes.
  79. The world is a market, a community reaps benefit in it and there is another one, which faces loss.
  80. Poverty and adversity is the cause of getting the soul’s rebellion and revolt and the gravity of dismay.
  81. Waking up in the night makes the sleep sweeter and hunger increases the nicety and decency of food.
  82. Imam addressing to caliph Mutawakil:
    1.They made the lofty and high peaks their residence and permanently stationed armed guards to watch that, but none of those could stop the death from approaching them.
  83. 2.Finally and consequently after all that grandeur, they were dragged from their grand palaces into the ditches of graves, and how unfortunately they fell into those bad steeps.
  84. 3.After the burial the voice of the caller of Allah raised, saying: Where did those decorations, crowns, ostentation go?
  85. 4.At the time of their being questioned the grave answers eloquently, "These are the faces which are presently the attacking spot of the worms and insects."
  86. Doing 6 things without doing the other 6 things is self-mockery.
  87. Asking forgiveness from Allah verbally without repenting with the heart.
  88. Asking for Allah's help without undertaking any effort.
  89.  Making a firm resolution to do something without taking due precautions.
  90.  Beseeching deliverance from hell fire without refraining from lusts.
  91. “A believer has two wings, namely the wing of hope and the wing of fear.”
  92.  Asking Allah for paradise without enduring related hardships.
  93.  Remembering Allah without anticipating to encounter him.
  94. In another place, Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) has guided us to his Holy Household (A.S.), saying: "We are 'Ahlul-Bait'; none can be compared to us."
  95. In the year 262 AH/877 CE Ahmad b. Ibrahim came to see Hakima Khatun, the daughter of Imam Jawad. He spoke to her from behind the curtain and asked her about her beliefs. She introduced her Imams and mentioned Muhammad b. Hasan as her last Imam. Ahmad said: "Were you yourself witness to the matter (of his birth) or are you saying this on the basis of what you have heard?" She replied saying that the matter was according to what Imam Hasan 'Askari had written to his mother. So Ahmad went on to inquire as to whom the Shi'a should follow in that matter. Hakima said that they should follow Imam Hasan 'Askari's mother. Ahmad objected saying: "In this will of testament should we follow one woman?" Hakima responded that actually Imam Hasan 'Askari was following his forefather, Imam 'Ali b. Husayn in this matter. Imam Husayn had made his sister Zaynab his legatee and the knowledge that was possessed by 'Ali b. Husyan was ascribed to Zaynab. Imam Husyan had done that, added Hakima, so that the matter about the Imamate of 'Ali b. Husayn would remain secret. Then she said: "You are the people who know the traditions. Have not you been informed that the inheritance belonging to the ninth among the descendants of Husayn will be distributed while he is alive? "As you can see, in this report Hakima has not responded to the inquiry about the last Imam's birth directly. In fact, she has attributed the story to Imam Hasan 'Askari's mother. It is also likely that out of fear for revealing the true state of affairs to the reporter she employed 'prudential concealment' (taqiyya). Or, she simply wanted to present the report in a manner that would generate bewilderment. However, the same Hakima in another place relates the event that led to the marriage of Imam Hasan 'Askari with Narjis Khatun and the birth of the Mahdi, to which she was herself a witness, in great detail. She ends this account with the following statement: "I now see my master (i.e., the twelfth Imam) regularly and talk to him
  96. Mutawakkil knew of the progress Imam had made in Madina in 14 years of spreading knowledge. In fact he himself had to ask Imam when the Caesar of Rome wrote to him (Mutawakkil) to ask him:
    "I have heard that there is a chapter of a divinely revealed book which does not contain the letters ( t d k S X ) and if this chapter is recited it grants the reciter paradise! I would like to know which chapter and in which book and why these letters are not present".
    Mutawakkil's 'Ulema' were confused and eventually Mutawakkil turned to Imam. Imam told him that the chapter was Suratul Fatiha in the Qur'an and the above letters were not present because it was a chapter of mercy and each of the above letters represented words of Adhab (punishment) or Ghadhab (anger of Allah).e.g.*- jaheem (hell), *- khusr (loss), *- zaqqum (fruit of Jahannam)
  97. Hasan ibn Jiham says: ‘I saw Hadrat Abu al-Hasan (AS) who had dyed his hair. I asked if indeed he had dyed his hair’. He stated: ‘Yes, adornment of man (for the sake of hi wife) helps her keep her chastity. Women who deviate from the path of chastity do so due to the carelessness and faults of their husbands.’ Hadrat Abu al-Hasan then stated: ‘Do you like to see your wife untidy?
    ’ I replied: .No.’ He then added: ‘She thinks just as you do’
  98. Bakr ibn Saleh said: ‘I wrote a letter to Hadrat Abu Hasan (AS) saying that I had been taking measures against having a child for five years, because I wife had been reluctant to have one, and that she was lack of money would make it difficult for us to bring up child.’ I asked Hadrat Abu al-Hasan his opinion on the matter. He replied: ‘Do not prevent having a
    child, because the Almighty Allah would provide him sustenance’.
  99. Once when Imam Hasan Al-Askary (A.S.) was a young child he fell into a well near their house. His father Imam Ali An-Naqi (A.S.) was praying and didn't even notice the commotion around him of the ladies crying. When he finished praying and asked what had happened, he was told. He went towards the well. The water rose and all saw the 11th Imam sitting peacefully on the water and playing.
  100. Humbleness is treating the people the way you like to be treated (Mahajah Al-Bayda , Vol. S , P. 225)
  101. God has some areas where he likes to be supplicated in and the prayer of the supplicator is accepted ; the Hussain's (P) sanctuary is one of these (Tohaf Al-Okool , P. 510)
  102. Whoever feared God , people fear him whoever obeyed God is obeyed ( by others ) ; whoever obeyed God didn't care for creature's wrath ; and whoever made God angry ( with him ) should have certitude that he will meet the creature's wrath (Tohaf Al-okool , P. 510)
  103. The one who doesn't eat meat for forty days , and the one who eats meat for successive forty days get ill-humoured (Behar Al-anwar , Vol. 56 , P. 326)
  104. Verily , God can not be described with any thing other than what he has described him-self with , how can he be described , the one whom members are unable to understand imaginations to perceive and eyes to observe . He with all his closeness is for and with all his remoteness in near. He created the how without himself having any how . he created the place without himself having any place ; he is tree from how and where , the single , the one , his glory is great and his names are pure (Tohaf Al-okool , P. 510)
  105. Whoever was firm and persistence in the way of obedience to God , the afflictions of this world are easy for him even if cut in to pieces (Tohaf Al- okool , P. 511)
  106. If I said that the one who leavs precautionary concealment is as the one who leaves praying , I have said the truth (Tohaf Al-okool , P. 511)
  107. The thanking person is more happy for thanking than for the blessing causing the thanking , because the blessing is the article of this world ( while ) thanking is the blessing of this world and the hereafter (Tohaf Al-okool , P. 512)
  108. God made this world the inn for examination the hereafter the inn for reckoning , the afflictions of this world the means for the hereafter's reward and the hereafter's reward the compensation for this world's affliction
    (Tohaf Al-okool , P. 512)
  109. It is likely that a meek oppressor is forgiven by his meekness and the rightful fool is likely to extinguish the light of his rightness by his fullness (Tohaf Al-okool , P. 512)
  110. Don't be secured from the evil of the one who is disrespectful to himself (Tohaf Al-okool , P. 512)
  111. If all people chose a path to walk on , I would go to the path of the one who sincerely worships only : God (Behar Al-anwar , Vol. 78 , P. 245)
  112. Envy destroys good-deeds (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P. 302)
  113. Arrogance causes enmity (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P. 302)
  114. Poverty is the self's greed and increased despain (Behar Al-anwar , Vol. 78 , P. 368)
  115. Greed is the most unrecommendable character and moral (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P. 302)
  116. Greed is an inadmissable trait (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P. 302)
  117. Imam Hadi (P) said to the one who was exaggerating in praising him : Refrain from this action because increased flattery causes suspicion , and if you trusted your believer brother stop flattering him and ( instead ) show good intention (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P. 302)
  118. At a time where justice is more spread than oppression , suspicion in others is forbidden , unless see evil from somebody ; and if oppression is more than justice , nobody should have good opinion in anybody unless see good from him (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P. 304)
  119. Better than goodness is the good-doer , more beautiful than beauty is its sayer , better than knowledge is it's carrier , worse than evil is it's doer , and more terrifying than horror is its causer (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P.304)
  120. Don't expect good heartedness of the one whom you were angry with , loyalty of the one whom you were treacherous to or benevolence and advising of the one whom you were suspicious at , because the other's hearts to you are like your heart to them (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P. 305)
  121. “Quarrels eradicate the old friendship and leave behind feed hatred. The least thing in quarrel is superiority-seeking and this characteristic is the basis of separation.”
  122. Anger at your subordinates is meanness (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P. 304)
  123. Whoever was pleased with himself the ( number of the ) enraged with him increase (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P. 303)
  124. The destinies expose things which you never thought of (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P. 303)
  125. Paren't dissatisfaction cause poverty and lead to humuliation (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P. 303)
  126. People are in this world by their wealth and in the hereafter by their deeds (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P. 304)
  127. Buffoonery is the amusement of the fool and the action of the ignorant (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P. 304)
  128. Remember your dying when close to your family , no doctor can prevent your death and no triend can benefit (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P.304)
  129. Argumenting and dispute cause the destruction of old friendship , tear off firm relations , and the least it has is striving to overcome each other which is the main reason for separation (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P. 304)
  130. Wisdom doesn't affect corrupt hearts (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P. 304)
  131. Be good neighbors for the blessings and have hope in their increase by thanksgiving (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P. 305)
  132. Reproof is the key to overburdening ,however ,reproof is better than hatred (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi, P. 304)
  133. The ignorant is the captive of his fongue (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P. 304)
  134. Compensate for the regret for negligence in the previous works by working hard in the future
    (Mesnad Al-Imam Al-Hadi , P. 304)
  135. The Imam (A.H.S.) asked his followers, we Shias, to observe fast on four days in a year apart from the compulsory month of Ramadan, and these are 17th Rabi'awwal, the birth of the Holy Prophet, 27th Rajab, the day of declaration of his Prophet hood, 25th Zulq'ada, the day the Earth was spread, and the 18th day of Zilhaj, the day of proclamation of Vicegerency of Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (A.H.S.) as the Lord of the people after the Holy Prophet.
  136. The Imam-e-Masoom (A.H.S.) explaining about "the tree" which was prohibited for Adam and Eve (A.H.S.) was the Tree of Jealousy and Envy! For Allah had taken an oath from both that they shall never look with envy towards those whom Allah had created and exalted above them!
  137. Abul Qassem ibn Abul Qassem Al-Baghdadi narrates our next incident from the life of the Imam quoting Zaraarah, the Orderly of Mutawakkil who said, "There came a magician and juggler to the court of Caliph Mutawakkil al-Abbasi who was supposed to be an expert on making things disappear and in such other tricks and buffoonery. Mutawakkil was very fond of such bilge and drivel and immediately summoned this magician and told him if he could by his tricks and magic, put Abul Hassan,
  138. Imam Ali ibn Mohammad al-Naqi (A.H.S.) In a fix and embarrass him, he would reward him with 1000 dinars. The magician agreed and request food before him and to have special bread baked thin and to place them on the dining cloth. It was agreed and the Imam was called to have food.
  139. Every time Imam (A.H.S.) stretched his hand to take the bread, the magician by his trickery would snatch it away from his hand and all the people including Mutawakkil would laugh loudly. The Imam tried to take bread a second time, but the magician played the same trick and took off the bread away from him. Again there was laughter and all around guffaw with Mutawakkil rolling with mirth and joy and laughing uncontrollably.
  140. Once boils came out on Caliph Mutawakkil’s body. His condition was so critical that no surgeon dared to put a knife on his wound. His mother made a vow that if her son recovered from the disease, she would hand over a good deal of properties to the Imam (AS). Fath ibn Khaqan proposed that they send someone to the Imam (AS) to ask him for a drug to heal the boil. They sent someone to the Imam (AS) and he came back with the following prescription: Soak dung in rose water and place it on the boil. It will definitely fall if Allah wishes. Upon hearing this, some of those who were present by Mutawakkil’s side burst into laughter. But Fath ibn Khaqan told them: What will be the harm if we practiced what he said? They did what Imam (AS) had said. The boil burst and all the pus came out. Mutawakkil’s mother sent 10,000 dinars to the Imam (AS) when her son Mutawakkil regained his health.
  141. Mutawakkil was burning with rage and anger when he turned towards Fath ibn Qaqan and growled, "You always try to offer excuse and cover up for the man?!" He meant Imam Ali al-Naqi (A.H.S.). Fath ibn Qaqan tried to cool down his temper and replied, "O ameer al-monineen, {the author of this article desists this title for all except the rightful owner of it, Ameer al-Mo'mineen Imam Ali ibn Abi-Talib (A.H.S.)} he has been falsely implicated!"
  142. This added flame to the fire and made him tremble with anger; he shouted at his courtiers, "By Allah, I shall kill this hypocrite and impostor; he has alleged himself to be an Imam and Vice-regent of Allah, spread the seeds of sedation and revolution in my kingdom." He then ordered four of Khazari soldiers to be brought to him and when they came he gave them the sharpest of scimitars and ordered them to kill Abul Hassan Imam Ali al-Naqi (A.H.S.) and to cut him to pieces; he also added that he shall burn his dead body later!
  143. The narrator says, he was hiding behind a curtain when suddenly some courtiers came running saying, "He has come" and lo! to our surprise, we saw (A.H.S.) coming with an air of authority and walking with a steady step and there were no signs of any fear or panic or dread or fright, but his lips were moving gently and softly. When Mutawakkil saw the Masoom Imam (A.H.S.), he jumped down from his throne and ran towards him and kissed him on the forehead and his hands and said, "O my Lord, my Master, why did you take the trouble of coming down now?"
  144. The Imam (A.H.S.) replied, "Your servant had come to me saying you have called me". He glibly murmured,
  145. "O my Lord, that vagabond is a liar; my Master, please return back to your house; O Fath, O Obaidallah, O Mo'taz, take your Master and my Lord back to his house!!
  146. On the other side, all the four soldiers were found prostrating before Imam Ali al-Naqi (A.H.S.) out of sheer fright and horror! When the Imam-e-Masoom (A.H.S.) left for his home, Mutawakkil called the four soldiers and with the help of an interpreter, asked them why they did not carry out their plan of stabbing the Imam-e-Masoom (A.H.S.) to his death? They all with one voice cried out,
  147. "We were so awed and mesmerized and overtaken by his grand appearance that we were literally shivering out of fear and even one hundred swords would not scare us as his face made us horrifying and made our hearts beat like that of a galloping steed!!"
  148. Hearing this, Mutawakkil turned towards Fath bin Qaqan and let out a peel of laughter and Qaqan also joined the laughter and said "Glory to Allah that He made his (Imam-e-Masoom) face so brilliant and shinning and his countenance so fearful so as to overpower the hearts of people and thus show to the world that he is the Vice-regent of Allah".
  149. In a tradition (hadith) quoted from Imam Hadi (AS), this point has been emphasized: Allah has not revealed His inner self to anyone but the messenger in whom He is well pleased. So whatever knowledge the messenger had, was what his successors knew as well. If the method was other than this the land of the Lord would be devoid of a knowledgeable messenger.
  150. Imam Hadi (AS) was inspired, by the mercy of Allah with the knowledge of different languages. It has been quoted from Ali ibn Mahziar that he sent his servant, who was from Maghlabieh, to Imam Hadi (AS). When the servant returned he was amazed because he said that the Imam(AS) had spoken his language with him as though he had lived among the Maghlabis.
  151. Imam Hadi (AS) knew Persian (Farsi) and Turkish but all other languages as well. Meanwhile, he would warn people of incidents that would happen to them in the future. This was proven when he foretold the death of Waseq Abbasi.
  152. It has been quoted from Khairan Abbasi who said: I went to see Imam Hadi (AS). Imam (AS) said: How is Waseq doing? I said: He is safe and sound. He asked: How is Ja’far doing? I said: He is in the worst condition in jail. He asked: How does Ibn az-Ziat feel? I said: Everything’s upon his order and I left them 10 days ago.
  153. Then Imam Hadi (AS) said: Waseq died and Ja’far Mutawwakil succeeded him and Ibn az-Ziat was killed. I asked: When did these incidents happen? He said: Six days after you set out for Baghdad. The incident had occurred exactly as Imam (AS) had predicted.
  154. He remarkably excelled all others of his time in human perfection, vast knowledge, generosity, politeness, worship of Allah, moral qualities and discipline.
  155. One example of his generosity is that he paid 30,000 dirhams to an Arab man of Kufa, saying to him, “We pay your debts.” The man then, thanking the Imam (AS) said: “Sir, the debts I owe are only about one-third of the amount you gave me!” The Imam (AS) added, “Then spend the rest on your family and your people!”
  156. The man in astonishment of the Imam’s (AS) generosity said, “Allah knows whom to entrust with His Message of Divine Guidance!” He then left.
  157. A group of people from Isfahan1 narrated that there was a man whose name was Abd al-Rahman. He was a Shiite and used to lived in this city many years. He was asked:” Why have you converted to Shia and believe in the Imamah of Imam Ali al-Naqi (PBUH)?” He then answered:” Because of a miracle of him I saw in the past.” Then he continued:” I was a poor man and at the same time courageous and somehow rude.
  158. One year the people of Isfahan sent a group of people with me to express complaint about the unfair situation to Mutiwakkel2. We had arrived there before Mutiwakkel ordered to bring Ali ibn Muhammad (Imam Hadi (PBUH)). I asked someone:” Who is this man Mutiwakkel has summoned him?” He answered:” He is one of Alawian3 that Shiites believe in his leadership.”
  159. Then he added:” Mutiwakkel might have summoned him to kill him!” I told myself:” I will not move from here until I see this Alawi man.” Suddenly a person riding a horse appeared. The people stood in two rows right and left and began to watch him. As soon as I looked him, his affection filled my heart. Then I started to pray for him that may Allah survive him from Mutiwakkel. He was passing through people while he did not look right and left. He was just looking at mane of his horse.
  160. Meanwhile I was still praying. When he arrived at me, turned to me and said:” May Allah accept your pray, make your life long and increase your progeny.”
  161. When I heard such words, my body began to tremble and I fell among my friends. They asked me: “What has happened to you?”
  162. I answered:” Everything is fine”, and did not tell the story to anyone. Afterward I returned to Isfahan. Now the almighty Allah bestowed me a great wealth i.e. except my properties outdoors; presently I have one million Dirham4 only in my house. I have 10 children and by now my age has exceeded 70 years. I believe in Imamah of a man who was aware of my heart and whose prayer for me was accepted. Of course due to attention of Allah (SWT) Mutiwakkel never could bother Imam to the end of his life. This way the almighty Allah accepted the pray of His great representative –Imam Hadi (PBUH) – about a man who liked him, however the man was not of Imam’s friends or followers.
  163. A man, as goes the incident, was suffering from leucoderma due to which his whole body and face was covered with white patches. He felt obviously fed up with his life and was very miserable. Abu Ali Fehri after listening to all this told him to go to the Imam by whose prayer he would get cured completely. So this man went and sat on the path by which the Imam would pass by. Presently, he saw the Imam coming and he got up to go near the Imam and greet him. The Imam saw him coming and told him from a distance, "Do not come near, Allah will cure you". The Imam repeated this sentence thrice and the man dared not go near the Imam.
  164. He came back to Fehri and told him all that had occurred. Abu Ali Fehri said, "The Imam has listened to your prayer and cured you; go home now and you shall be cured." The man went home and the next morning he got up, there was not a trace of the disease, he was completely cured ! ! [This has been extracted from the book, Mukhtar al-Kharaij wal Jaraih.]
  165. The Imam (A.H.S.) had predicted the death of Mutawakkil twice in incidents, which have been written down in the book, Mukhtar al-Kharaij wal Jaraih. The first incident has been narrated by Abul Qassem al-Baghdadi as witnessed by the Orderly of Mutawakkil, Zarrarah by name who said Mutawakkil, decided one day, to order Imam Ali al-Naqi (A.H.S.) to come on-foot when he would come to greet him. His Vizier advised him that it would become very obvious to the people that the Caliph intends to insult the Imam and that he should desist from such an idea; instead he should proclaim that all people should come walking and not on horse-back, as was customary, and this way the Imam would also come walking on-foot. Accordingly, Mutawakkil acted upon this advise, so the Imam (A.H.S.) had to come walking in the hot sun. By the time he reached the palace, he was sweating profusely and was very exhausted. The narrator of this incident says, he ran to the Imam (A.H.S.), and wiped the sweat from his brow and said, "Your cousin's intention was to make you walk like this in the hot sun so that you get tired and people see you in this condition"! The Imam (A.H.S.) said, "Quiet now; he then recited verse 65, from Chapter Huud, which means, "Enjoy in your abode for three days; that is a promise not to be belied". Zarrarah says third day ended and on the fourth night, Mutawakkil was ruthlessly murdered!!!
  166. A second incident of a similar nature occurred when a man from the city of Madaen wrote to the Holy Imam asking him the number of days the rule of Mutawakkil would last, to which the Imam quoted in reply verse 47, 48 and 49 from the Chapter Yousuf wherein Prophet Yousuf says to the people of Egypt; "Ye shall sow seven years as usual, but that which ye reap, leave ye in its ears, except a little of which you eat". "Then shall come after that seven years of hardship (famine), which shall eat away all that ye have laid by beforehand for them, except a little of which ye have preserved." "Then shall come after that a year people will have abundant rain and in having it, they will produce wine". Mark these verses, which the Imam chose to quote specially, in answer to the question; if the number of years mentioned in these verses are added up, they give a total of 15! And lo ! Mutawakkil was mercilessly murdered exactly on the fifteenth day!!
  167. "The one who obeys the creator does not have the fear of anger and wrath of the creatures, and the one who makes Allah (s.w.t) angry and displeased must know that the creatures will (certainly) become angry with Him." ..
  168. Abu Hashem Jafferi narrates the next incident, which took place in the time of Mutawakkil Abbasi. There came a woman who declared that she was daughter of Bibi Fatima (S.A.H.) ! Mutawakkil told her "But you are young, and the grand daughter of the Holy Prophet died years ago? To this, she answered him saying, "The Holy Prophet placed his hand on my head and prayed Allah to make me young all over again every 40 years"! She continued, "I remained silent all these years but now I have come out in the open to declare my true identity, and there is a purpose". Mutawakkil consequently called the people of the House of Abu Taleb, House of Abbas, and all the Quraish to witness this strange phenomena, and to know there opinions about it. Most of them refuted her saying she could not be the one she is purporting to be!      She turned angrily towards them and said, "All of you are wrong, for none of you know the truth that I am what I am, Zainab the daughter of Bibi Fatima the daughter of the Holy Prophet! None of you know this because I was living a life of exclusion and without exposing my identity, so how could anyone know about my life and death?" All those listening to her claim could not say anything further and Mutawakkil told the gathering, "If any one amongst you does not challenge her allegation, I would then free her and let her go". All the people were very uneasy about this matter and yet could not do anything; then all of a sudden they unanimously yelled, let us call Imam Ali an-Naqi (A.H.S.) for he certainly must have an answer to this problem.
  169. The Imam-e-Masoom was called and he was told about the incident and he said, "She is a liar, for Bibi Zainab daughter of Bibi Fatima died on such and such a day and such and such a year". Mutawakkil said, he would set her free if no one thwarts her in her attempts in calling herself Zainab the grand daughter of the Holy Prophet.
  170. Imam Ali al-Naqi (A.H.S.) proclaimed, "The flesh of Sons of Fatima (S.A.H.) have been prohibited on all creatures; if this woman is what she claims to be, then put her in front of these animals and nothing should happen to her". She heard this and said, "Probably this man wants that I should be killed; let him undergo this test himself before me and let us see if he himself stands this test!" Mutawakkil within his heart had always wanted to persecute, torture and cause anguish to the Imam and his followers, so when he heard of this proposal he immediately agreed to send the Imam into the enclosure where six or seven hungry lions were kept.
  171. The Imam-e-Masoom was lowered into the enclosure and he with dignity and an air of nonchalance walked and sat on a rock near the animals. Seeing the Holy Imam (A.H.S.), the hungry lions came to him and as if paying obeisance to him, sat down with their front paws folded!
  172. The Holy Imam (A.H.S.) orated affectionately on their manes and backs and gently ordered them to go and sit in the corner as commanded by the Vicegerent of their Creator! Spectators looking down saw all these strange phenomena and all were dumbstruck. Now it was Mutawakkil, who feeling ashamed and embarrassed, ordered the woman to be put into the lions' enclosure and at the same time he whispered to his Vizier to take out Abul Hassan, Imam Ali al-Naqi (A.H.S.) immediately from the enclosure, for if the people come to know about this miracle of the Imam (A.H.S.) they would start loving the Imam (A.H.S.) all the more and the whole Islamic world would come to know the Virtues and Greatness of the Masoomeens of the House of Bibi Fatima (S.A.H.) !
  173. After describing to him the greatness of Allah and His Oneness, His Omnipresence and Omnipotence, the Imam (A.H.S.) then eulogized his grand-father the Holy Prophet of Islam saying,
  174. "How can anyone ever imaging the status of him when Allah has made him His partner in his name, made him share His attribute of giving bounties?
  175. Whosoever obeys him, Allah is sure to reward him for his obedience; as per including the Holy Prophet in His above attribute, Allah has this verse in the Holy Quran which says: "and they did not seek revenge but because Allah and his Apostle had enriched them by His grace"." verse no: 74, from the chapter Baraa't.
  176. The Imam (A.H.S.) continued, "and for those people who disobeyed the Apostle and went against him, there is verse 66 from the chapter Al-Ahzab which clearly states: "Oh! Would that we had obeyed Allah and obeyed the Holy Prophet"!
  177. And what can you say about those people, obedience to whom has been made equal to the obedience of the Holy Prophet and Allah talks about them in His book thus:
  178. "O ye who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Holy Prophet and those vested with authority from among you"." verse 59 from the chapter Al-Nisa.
  179. He then continued and recited verse 83 from the same chapter which says: "...and if they had referred to the Apostle and those in authority from among them, (who could) draw the truth in it; would have (known the truth) from them"; and another verse from Al-Nisa,
  180. "Verily Allah doth command you to render back your trusts to their owners" verse 58. And he quoted another verse, this time from Al-Nahl, which says "So ask ye the people of 'Zikr' (the Quran) if ye know not". Having recited all these verses, the Imam-e-Masoom said,
  181. 'O Fath, just as Allah's attributes and His qualities cannot be comprehended and envisaged by anyone and neither can one ever encompass the Holy Prophet and his Successor (Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib A.H.S.) nor the progeny of Bibi Fatima (S.A.H.), exactly in the same way, no one can describe the specialties of a Momin who accepts our Imamate", (meaning one who obeys the Imams and loves them with true devotion).
  182. The Imam-e-Masoom (A.H.S.) narrates an anecdote about Ameer-ul-Mo'mineen (A.H.S.) to Yahya ibn Aktham saying, "A man came to my great-grand father Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (A.H.S.) confessing a sin which he committed and implored Ameer-ul-Mo'mineen (A.H.S.) to punish him so that he does not have to undergo the punishment of the Day of Judgement. There was no witness to his sin and the Government for the sin did not catch him; he voluntarily confessed before the Imam (A.H.S.).
  183. Ameer-ul-Mo'mineen (A.H.S.) told the man that the Holy Prophet had suggested three different types of punishments for the type of sin he has committed, and asked him which one of those three he preferred, to which the man replied,
  184. "The one most severest" ! Imam Ali (A.H.S.) said, "To burn alive in fire?!"
  185. The man answered, "I am ready". Accordingly, a pit was dug and was filled with raging fire. The man performed a 2 raka'at prayer and lifted up his hands for asking the pardon of Allah, and then suddenly started crying. He cried so piteously and wept so profusely that even Ameer-ul-Mo'mineen (A.H.S.) also cried and all those who had gathered around to witness the punishment being meted out to him also started lamenting and crying.
  186. The First Imam (A.H.S.) went to the man and said, "Get up, you have made the Sky and the Earth weep for you and all the Angels are so crying for you. Go, Allah has pardoned you, but remember, do not ever commit such a sin again !"
  187. Now your question, Yahya ibn Aktham is, "How did Ameer-ul-Mo'mineen Ali ibn Abi Talib (A.H.S.) pardoned him from the punishment prescribed by Islam?" Listen! An Imam who is ordained by Allah to be Imam and who has been vested with the authority of punishing the wrongdoer by Allah also has the authority, again granted by Allah, to pardon him. Have you not heard what Prophet Suleiman told, "This is our gift, now give thou freely or withhold it, (for thou hast) not to render (any) account," verse 39, Chapter Saad!!
  188. Interpretation of verse 27 and 28, from the Chapter Al-Furqan: Book Al-Istedraak narrates from its own authentic sources that some people complained to Mutawakkil one day against Imam Ali al-Naqi (A.H.S.) saying that the Imam in his interpretation of these two verses from the Chapter Al-Furqan, "And on the day when the unjust one shall bite his hands saying: "Oh! Would that I had taken with the Apostle the (same right) path !
  189. " Verse 27. "Oh! Woe is me! Would that I had not taken such a one as my friend!" Verse 28, opines that the first and second Caliphs are being castigated in these Verses! Mutawakkil, a sworn enemy that he was of the Ahl-e-Bait (A.H.S.), asked them,
  190. "What should be done?" The people suggested that the Imam (A.H.S.) be called in public and then asked about the interpretation of these Verses. Accordingly, the Imam-e-Masoom (A.H.S.) was called and was asked by Mutawakkil to explain the two Verses and give his interpretation. Dear readers listen to the answer the Holy Imam (A.H.S.) gave and praise his wisdom;
  191. the Imam (A.H.S.) said; "When Allah the All Mighty, out of His Mercy and Magnanimity, has decided not to mention the names directly, and has thus covered them in a veil, do you then, O Caliph! want them to be named in public, and thus open the secret?" Mutawakkil hurriedly added, "No, no, never; I would never want such a thing." (One has to be discreet in talking!).
  192. “When people fell asleep, we moved to the house of Imam Hadi (PBUH) in Sammarra. When we reached the home, we climbed the home’s wall by a ladder and entered the Imam’s home without his information. My cavalries were holding many torches and candles. We started searching the house. Although the Imam noticed our presence, he paid no attention to us and was still engaged in worshipping God. We sought every single corner of the home. We found nothing except for two bags of Dinars one of which was stamped. We also found a sword in an old cover. These were all what we found and we took them to Motawwakkel." Mottawakkel was surprised by seeing the two bags of money. He took the stamped one and looked at it carefully. He saw the stamp of his mother on the bag. The Abbasid caliph whispered and said :" this is the step of my mother. This means that she too contributes to Ali Ben Mohammad as well Moments passed. Mottawwakkel summoned his mother and asked for explanation". His mother said in response: “Yes I have sent the bag of Dinars to Ali Ben Mohammad. I prayed to God for a need and I vowed to contribute 10,000 Dinars from my properties to Imam Hadi if the Almighty materializes my need.”
  193. Mottawakkel who was amazed with the spiritual influence of Imam Hadi (PBUH) among his relatives ordered to send back the two money bags and the sword to the Imam. Saeed Hajeb said I sent them back to the Imam and I said that Motawwakkel seeks your apology. I wish you to forgive me. Since I was assigned to implement the order and I had no fault. Imam Hadi replied: “Soon the oppressors would realize where they return.”
  194. "In this manner, he was brought to Mutawakkil, the Abbasid caliph and was ordered to enter the palace to meet the caliph. Mutawakkil was holding a glass of wine in his hand. He offered it to Imam al-Hadi (A.S.), but the Holy Imam refused it, saying:
  195. "By Allah, my flesh and bone has never touched wine. Therefore, forgive me.'But Mutawakkil insisted the Holy Imam to recite (some lines) of poetry. Imam Ali al-Hadi said:
  196. "I rarely narrate poetry.' But the caliph insisted the Holy Imam to recite. So, he (the Holy Imam) recited the following verses: 'They spent the night on the tops of the mountains to guard themselves (against death).
  197. The men were overcome, so the tops (of the mountains) did not avail them.
  198. After glory, they were brought down from their strongholds.
  199. And were housed in pits. What bad they have inhabited!
  200. After their burial, a crier called to them:
  201. Where are the bracelets, the crowns, and the garments?
  202. Where are the luxurious faces before which the curtains and the mosqutio nets were pitched?
  203. So, the grave spoke frankly about them:
  204. The ants are fighting one another for those faces.
  205. They ate and drank for a long time.
  206. However, after the long eating, they have been eaten.
  207. So Mutawakkil wept till his tears made his beard damp. Those who were present with him wept, too."
  208. Imam al-Hadi(A.S.) said to one of his adherents: In a friendly manner say to him: When Allah intends goodness for somebody, He makes him accept the blame of the friends.
  209. Al-Mutawakkil (the Abbasid caliph) vowed he would give much money as alms if he would recover his health. When he was healthy, he wanted to fulfill his vow: therefore, he asked the scholars how much he should give as alms so as to be regarded as much money. The caliph then submitted the question before Imam Ali-un-Naqi al-Hadi (A.S.), who answered:
  210. You should give eighty dirhams as alms. When he was asked about this definition, the Holy Imam (A.S.) answered: Allah says to His Messenger (p):
  211. Allah has helped you on many occasions. (Holy Qur'an 9:25) As we counted these many occasions, they were eighty. However, Allah regarded them as many. Al-Mutawakkil was pleased by this explanation and gave eighty dirhams as alms.
  212. There are definite places in which Allah likes the servants to supplicate to Him. One of these places is the tomb of Al-Hussein: Master of the Martyrs (A.S.).
  213. Others will fear him who fears Allah.
  214. He who obeys Allah will be obeyed.
  215. He who obeys Allah will not care for the dissatisfaction of the creatures.
  216. He who enrages the Creator should be sure of encountering the dissatisfaction of the creatures.
  217. No one can describe Allah with attributes other than these with which He describes Himself.
  218. How can anyone describe Him when senses are too short to perceive Him, illusions are too short to comprehend Him, ideas are too short to mark Him, and sights are too short to appreciate Him?
  219. He is remote in His nearness and near in His remoteness.
  220. He created the how without being asked "How?" and founded the where without being asked "where?"
  221. He is out of how and where.
  222. He is the One and Only. Exalted be His Majesty and sacred be His Names.
  223. Al Hasan-bin-Mas'ud related: One day, one of my fingers was hurt, a rider hit me in the shoulder, and a crowd of people caused my clothes to be torn. In this manner, I visited Abul-Hasan Ali-bin-Mohammed (A.S.) and said: Allah protect me against the evil of such an ill-omen day." Imam Al-Hadi (A.S.) worded: O Hasan, do you accuse the guiltless of your guilt while you are frequently visiting us?"
  224. I then regained my intellect and noticed my flaw; therefore, I said, "O master, I seek Allah's forgiveness." The Holy Imam (A.S.) said: O Hasan, what was the fault with days that you regard as evil portent while the fact is that you are punished for your own deeds during them?"
  225. I said, "O Son of Allah's Messenger, I seek Allah's forgiveness and declare my repentance against so."
  226. The Imam (a) then added: To dispraise days and regard them as evil portent is useless for you.
  227. Allah, however, will punish you for dispraising the days for matters that are out of their control.
  228. O Hasan, do you not know that the only rewarder and punisher for the deeds, sooner of later, is Allah?"
  229. "I know, master," I said. He (A.S.) then added: Do not repeat it again and do not say that days have any effect in the affairs of Allah. "I will, master," I said.
  230. He who feels secure from Allah's unexpected retribution and painful penalty will feel arrogant until Allah's act and inevitable decree (death) will befall him. He whomever receives evidence from his Lord will belittle the worldly misfortunes even if he is cut into pieces.
  231. Dawud As-Sarmi related: My master Imam Al-Hadi (A.S.) ordered me to do many actions then he tested whether I had retained them all. When he noticed that I could not maintain them all, he took a pen and wrote down. "In the Name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful. I will remember it, Insha'Allah. All the matters are in Allah's hand
  232. " I smiled and the Holy Imam (A.S.) asked me about the reason. I said, "Allah make me your sacrifice, this record reminds me of the report that one of our acquaintances related to me on the authority of your grandfather Imam Reza (A.S.). He said that whenever the Imam (A.S.) ordered of a matter, he used to write down: "In the Name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful. I will remember it, Insha'Allah."
  233. The Holy Imam (A.S.) said: O Dawud, I am honest to tell you that the neglector of the Bismillah is as same of the neglector of the (obligatory) prayers.
  234. The thankful of a grace should be happy for thankfulness more than it is for the grace.
  235. Allah has made this world for testing while He has made the life to come for receiving the result. He has also made the misfortunes of this world the cause of gaining the rewards of the life to come and made the rewards of the life to come as the compensation for the misfortunes of this world.
  236. The clement oppressor is about to be acquitted for his clemency, while the foolish one is about to extinguish the illumination of his right with the blows of his foolishness.
  237. You should present thorough obedience to those who present for you their thorough love and advice.
  238. Do not feel secure from those who disgraced their personalities.
  239. This world is like a market in which some profited and others lost.
  240. Do not expect honesty and purity of intention from someone who has suffered from your malice; do not expect loyalty from one to whom you have been disloyal; do not expect goodwill from someone whom you regard with ill-will: his heart towards you is the same as your heart towards him.
  241. Others will fear him who fears Allah.
  242. He who obeys Allah will be obeyed.
  243. He who obeys Allah will not care for the dissatisfaction of the creatures.
  244. He who enrages the Creator should be sure of encountering the dissatisfaction of the creatures.
  245. You should present thorough obedience to those who present for you their thorough love and advice.
  246. He who feels secure from Allah's unexpected retribution and painful penalty will feel arrogant until Allah's act and inevitable decree (death) will befall him.
  247. He whomever receives evidence from his Lord will belittle the worldly misfortunes even if he is cut into pieces.
  248. "I am the student and he is the teacher.
  249. I now know what knowledge is. What I say is because of what I have been taught by Imam".
  250. Mutawakkil knew of the progress Imam had made in Madina in 14 years of spreading knowledge. In fact he himself had to ask Imam when the Caesar of Rome wrote to him (Mutawakkil) to ask him: "I have heard that there is a chapter of a divinely revealed book which does not contain the letters ( t d k S X ) and if this chapter is recited it grants the reciter paradise! I would like to know which chapter and in which book and why these letters are not present".  Mutawakkil's 'Ulema' were confused and eventually Mutawakkil turned to Imam.
  251. Imam told him that the chapter was Suratul Fatiha in the Qur'an and the above letters were not present because it was a chapter of mercy and each of the above letters represented words of Adhab (punishment) or Ghadhab (anger of Allah). e.g.*- jaheem (hell), *- khusr (loss), *- zaqqum (fruit of Jahannam)
  252. Once an Arab man of Kufa came to Imam Al-Hadi (A.S.). Imam (A.S.) paid thirty thousand Dirhams to him, saying to him, “We pay your debts”. The man thanked the Imam (A.S.) and said, “Sir, the debts on me are only about one third of the amount you gave!”
  253. The Imam (A.S.) added, “Then spend the rest on your family and your people.” The man in astonishment of the Imam's (A.S.) generosity said,
  254. “Allah knows who to entrust with His Message of Divine Guidance!” Then he left.
  255. Once when Imam Hasan Al-Askari (A.S.) was a young child he fell into a well near their house. His father Imam Ali Naqi (A.S.) was praying and didn't even notice the commotion around him of the ladies crying. When he finished praying and asked what had happened, he was told. He went towards the well. The water rose and all saw the 11th Imam (A.S.) sitting peacefully on the water and playing.
  256. Mutawakkil, who was a deadly enemy of Ahlul Bayt (A.S.), knew of the progress Imam (A.S.) had made in Madina in 14 years of spreading knowledge. In fact he himself had to ask Imam when the Caesar of Rome wrote to him (Mutawakkil) to ask him: “I have heard that there is a chapter of a divinely revealed book which does not contain the letters (t d k S X) and if this chapter is recited it grants the reciter paradise! I would like to know which chapter and in which book and why these letters are not present.” Mutawakkil's Ulema were confused and eventually Mutawakkil turned to Imam (A.S.). Imam told him that the chapter was Surah Al-Fatiha in the Qur'an and the above letters were not present because it was a chapter of mercy and each of the above letters represented words of Adhab (punishment) or Ghadhab (anger of Allah).
  257. Do not expect honesty and purity of intention from someone who has suffered from your malice; do not expect loyalty from one to whom you have been disloyal; do not expect goodwill from someone whom you regard with ill will: his heart towards you is the same as your heart towards him.
  258. Others will fear him who fears Allah. He who obeys Allah will be obeyed.
  259. He who obeys Allah will not care for the dissatisfaction of the creatures. He who enrages the Creator should be sure of encountering the dissatisfaction of the creatures.
  260. You should present thorough obedience to those who present for you their thorough love and advice.
  261. Do not feel secure from those who disgraced their personalities.
  262. He who feels secure from Allah's unexpected retribution and painful penalty will feel arrogant until Allah's act and inevitable decree (death) will befall him.
  263. He whomever receives evidence from his Lord will belittle the worldly misfortunes even if he is cut into pieces.
  264. There are definite places in which Allah likes the servants to supplicate to Him. One of these places is the tomb of Al-Husayn (A.S.),Sayyid ush-Shuhada (Master of the Martyrs).
  265. Imam who will arise Hazrat Mahdi (Qa'im), peace be on him, and the events which will take place before his appearance, together with the indications and features of it.
    Among them are:
    - The Sufyani will come out in revolt;
    - the Hasanid will be killed;
    - the Abbasids will dispute over worldly kingdom;
    - there will be an eclipse of the sun in the middle of the month of Ramadan;
    - there will be an eclipse of the moon at the end of that month in contrast to ordinary happenings;
    - the land will be swallowed up at al-Bayda'; it will be swallowed in the east-it will be swallowed up in the west;
    - the sun will stay still from the time of its decline to the middle of the time for the afternoon prayer;
    - it will rise from the west;
    - a pure soul (nafs zakiyya) will be killed in the outskirts of Kufa with seventy righteous men;
    - a Hashimite will be slaughtered between the corner (of the Ka'ba) and the station of Abraham);
    - the wall of the mosque of Kufa will be destroyed;
    - black standards will advance from Khurasan;
    - al-Yamani will come out in revolt;
    - al-Maghribi will appear in Egypt and take possession of it from Syria;
    - the Turk will occupy the region of al-Jazira;
    - the Byzantines will occupy Ramla;
    - the star will appear in the east giving light just like the moon gives light;
    - then (the new moon) will bend until its two tips almost meet;
    - a colour will appear in the sky and spread to its horizons;
    - a fire will appear for a long time in the east remaining in the air for three or seven days;
    - the Arabs will throw off the reins and take possession of their land, throwing out the foreign authority;
    - the people of Egypt will kill their ruler and destroy Syria; and three standards will dispute over it (Syria);
    - the standards of Qays and the Arabs will come among the people of Egypt;
    - the standards of Kinda (will go) to Khurasan;
    - horses will come from the west until they are stabled in al-Hira;
    - the black standards will advance towards them from the east; the Euphrates will flood so that the water comes into the alleys of Kufa;
    - sixty liars will come forward, all of them claiming prophethood, and twelve will come forward from the family of Abu Talib, all of them claiming the Imamate; a man of important rank of the supporters of the 'Abbasids will be burnt between Jalula' and Khaniqin;
    - the bridge next to Karkh in the city of Baghdad will be established;
    - a black wind will raise it at the beginning of the day and then an earthquake will occur so that much of it will be swallowed up;
    - fear will cover the people of Iraq and Baghdad; swift death (will occur) there and there will be a loss of property, lives and harvests;
    - locusts will appear at their usual times and at times not usual so that they attack agricultural land and crops and there will be little harvest for what the people planted;
    - two kinds of foreigners will dispute and much blood will be shed in their quarrel;
    - slaves will rebel against obedience to their masters and kill their masters (mawali);
    - a group of heretics (ahl al-bida) will be transformed until they become monkeys and pigs;
    - slaves will conquer the land of their masters; a cry (will come) from the sky (in such a way) that all the people will hear it in their own languages;
    - a face and a chest will appear in the sky before the people in the centre of the sun;
    - the dead will arise from their graves so that they will return to the world and they will recognize one another and visit one another;
    - that will come to an end with twenty-four continous rainstorms and the land will be revived by them after being dead and it will recognize its blessings;
    - after that every disease will be taken away from those of the Shia of the Mahdi, peace be on him, who believe in the truth;
    at that time they will know of his appearance in Mecca and they will go to him to support him.
    (These signs) are as the reports have mentioned. Among the total of these events are some which are bound (to happen) and other which are conditional. God knows best what will take place. We have only mentioned them on the basis of what is recounted in basic sources of tradition (usul) because of their inclusion in traditions which have been handed down. From God we seek help and Him do we ask for success.

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