Imam Rebukes His Brother Zayd
Yasir the servant narrates that when Zayd entered the Imam's house, Abul-Hassan (A.S.) said, "O Zayd! Were you duped by the speech of some lowly people in Kufa who said that Fatima safeguarded her modesty, therefore God shunned Hell-fire from her progeny? Those were only al-Hassan and al-Husayn in particular. If you think that you could go against God's Will and still enter Paradise, while Mousa ibn Ja'fer (A.S.) obeyed God and entered Paradise, do you think you are more worthy in the eyes of God Almighty than Mousa ibn Ja'fer? By God! Nobody achieves the rewards with God except after obeying Him, while you claim that you will achieve it by your disobedience..." Zayd said to him, "But I am your brother and the son of your father!" Abul-Hassan (A.S.) said to him, "You are my brother as long as you obey the Dear and Glorified God.
Noah had said, `Lord! My son is of my family, and your promise is true, and you are the best of judges,' and God Almighty said to him, `O Noah! He is not of your family! It is indeed a wrongful deed,' thus God excluded him from his family due to his disobedience..."145
145 Ibid., Vol. 2, p. 234
Adapted from: "Imam al-Ridha (a.s.), A Historical and Biographical Research" by: "Muhammad Jawad Fadlallah"
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