'O God, carry us in the ships of Thy deliverance, give us to enjoy the pleasure of whispered prayer to Thee, make us drink at the pools of Thy love, let us taste the sweetness of Thy affection and nearness, allow us to struggle in Thee, preoccupy us with obeying Thee, and purify our intentions in devoting works to Thee, for we exist through Thee and belong to Thee, and we have no one to mediate with Thee but Thee!' Imam Sajjad ('A); Sahifa al-Sajjadiyya

Saturday, 1 January 2011

The Clemency of the Ali (a), For the tear for Husayn (a)

One day Sheikh Bahjat talked about the generosity and open-handedness of the Imams (a.s) saying, 

'In Iraq, there is a small town near the place where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers meet called al-Musayyab. A Shiite man used to pass by this town from time to time whenever he went to perform the ziyara of the Commander of the Faithful (a), and a Sunni man, too, was residing in this same town. 

The latter quite often used to make fun of the Shiite man whenever he saw him going to visit the shrine of the Commander of the Faithful (a.s), so much so that he dared once to speak ill of the holy Imam (a.s), so the Shiite man was very angry and he complained about this matter to the Commander of the Faithful (a.s) during one of his visits. During that night, he saw the Imam (a.s) in a vision and once more complained to him about this matter. 

The Imam (a.s) said, 'He [the Sunni man] has done us a favor, and we cannot punish him in the life of this world no matter what sins he commits.' The Shiite man asked, 'What favor is it? Did he do you a favor when he dared to speak ill of you?' The Imam (a.s) said, 'No, but he was sitting one day at the meeting place of both rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates, and he was looking at the Euphrates. He remembered the Kerbala story and the thirst of Imam al-Husain (a.s), so he said this to himself: 'Omer ibn Sa'd was wrong when he killed those men as they were thirsty, and it was better for him to give them water then kill them.' A tear trickled down his eyes out of grief for Abu Abdullah (a.s); therefore, it became mandatory on us never to punish him in this life.' 

The Shiite man says, I woke up from my sleep and returned to al-Musayyab and met the Sunni man on the road who said this to me in ridicule: 'Did you visit your Imam, and did you convey our message to him?!' I said, 'Yes, I conveyed your message to him, and I carry his message to you.' The man laughed and said. 'What is this message which you carry to me?' I narrated to him the incident from beginning to end. The Sunni man lowered his head to the ground and kept thinking: 'O Lord! Nobody at that moment was near me, and I did not talk about this incident to anyone; so, how did the Imam (a.s) become familiar with it?' Then he said, 'I testify that there is no god save Allah, and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and that Ali, the Commander of the Faithful, is a friend of Allah and the wasi of the Messenger of Allah.'

Sayyid Quddas says, Uswat al-Arifin

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