Martydom of Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (A)In: Ahlul-Bayt
Last Words of Imam (A)
The famous companion, Abu Basir went to the house of the Imam a.s. to offer his condolences to the family. While there, Abu Basir was told that as the Imam a.s. was about to leave this world, he ordered all of his family to come near him.
Although going in and out of consciousness, at one point, the Imam a.s. looked towards the family and said: “Surely our intercession shall never reach to those people who take their Salaat lightly.”
The Imam a.s. was not concerned about those who did not pray, as they are in a completely different category. However his words were directed to his “Shia” who do not give importance to their prayers and he was very emphatic in his final words that he and the rest of the Ahlul Bayt a.s. would have no ability to intercede for those who claim to be their followers, but give no attention or importance to the prayers.
Service to the Poor in the Darkness of Night
Mu’alla, who was a servant of Imam Sadiq (A), narrates the following event:
“One rainy night, as Imam Sadiq (A) left his house, I calmly followed him. Suddenly, something fell out of his hands onto the ground.
I approached him and greeted him. He asked:” Is it you Mu’alla?” “Yes” I replied, “O son of the messenger of Allah (S.A.W.W.)”.
He then said: “Touch the ground and hand me what you find.” I stretched my hand toward the ground and found a piece of bread.
I took it and returned it back to him. It was then that I realized Imam Sadiq (A) was carrying a sack full of bread, some of which had fallen to the ground.
I said: “My Master! Let me carry the sack.” He refused saying: “No! I am worthier for carrying it. Yet, follow me!”
I followed him until we reached the shelter of Bani Sa’idah.
The Shelter of Bani Sa’idah was an area where people gathered to shelter themselves from the extreme daytime heat; and where the poor and needy would sleep there during the night.
There, I realized that Imam Sadiq (A) had left his house in the dark night in order to help the poor.
Imam Sadiq (A) took loaves of bread out from the sack and placed one or two beside each person, making sure that no one was left out.
His Timeless Treasure
The person moving to help his Momin brothers is like the person who is walking between Safa and Marwa.
He who treats people kindly will be accepted as arbiter.
To recognize the actuality of your friend, you should enrage him (i.e.try him). If he still keeps up his friendship, then he is a true friend.
Islam is a definite rank. Faith is one rank higher than Islam. Conviction is one rank higher than faith.
To remove a mountain is easier than removing faith.
The desire for the worldly pleasures causes grief and sadness.
Abstinence from the worldly pleasures brings about the rest of both heart and body.
He who mistreats people should not complain when people mistreat him.
A Muslim always has three characteristics: knowledge about the religion, good management of life, and perseverance in the faces of calamities.
A real believer is one whose sexual appetite does not overcome him and whose stomach does not shame him.
Enjoining good and forbidding evil should be practiced with a faithful believer that he would learn a lesson.
Enjoining good and forbidding evil become surely worthless when they are applied to the powerful tyrants.
As some people showed ingratitude for Allah’s graces, He changed the graces into crises.
As other people showed steadfastness against the misfortunes that inflicted them, Allah changed the misfortunes into graces.
Thank him who did you favour, and confer upon him who thanked you.
Thanks increase the graces and saves against poverty.
To miss a need is better than asking it from other people.
Bad mannerism in a misfortune is more catastrophic than the misfortune itself.
A man asked him for a short advice that can benefit him in this world and the Next.
Imam (A) replied: NEVER UTTER LIES.
Imam As-Sadiq (A) was asked about eloquence. He answered: Eloquence is to express the idea in as few words as possible words.
Debt is grief at night and humility in day.
Treat your fathers piously so that your sons will treat you piously.
Keep yourselves away from the strange women so that your harem will be chaste.
Salutation is voluntary while responding is obligatory.
Do not answer those who speak before they greet you ‘Salaam’.
Shaking hands is the perfect greeting of the resident and embracement is the perfect greeting of the traveller.
Shake hands, because this will confiscate malice.
As for those who control themselves in rage, desire, fear, and lust, Allah will prevent Hell from burning their bodies.
Everything has limits. The limit of conviction is not to fear anything besides Allah.
Compiled by Muallim Mustafa Mawjee