Imam Sajjad’s Deep Love for the Holy Qur’an - Part 2
Practicing the Holy Qur’an
One day a close relative of Imam al-Sadjad (A.S) abused him in public. He spoke bad words to him and then left but the Imam (A.S) did not utter any word against him.
As soon as the man left, Imam (A.S) turned towards the people who were present there and had witnessed what had just transpired, and said, “Whatever this man said to me, you all heard it. I would now want you to accompany me to him so that you hear what I have to tell him”.
The people thought that Imam al-Sadjad (A.S) would seek revenge. But as they accompanied him towards the house of the man who had abused him, they heard the Imam (A.S) reciting the following verse:
“…And those who suppress their anger, and excuse (the faults of) the people and Allah loves the virtuous”. (3:134)
The people instantly realized that the Imam (A.S) was not in mood of seeking any revenge. When they all reached the house of the man, Imam (A.S) called him by his name and asked him to come out of his house, which he did. Then the Imam (A.S) said:
“Brother! Just now you spoke ill of me. If whatever you spoke is true then I seek forgiveness from Allah; and if whatever you spoke is untrue then I pray to Allah to forgive you”.
Hearing this, the man was extremely ashamed. He came forward and kissing the forehead of Imam al-Sadjad (A.S), said, “Forgive me O Son of the Prophet! Indeed whatever I spoke about you is not true”. (Qur’an-o-‘Itrat)
Abdullah Wafe’ani has reported that Imam Zaynul Abideen (A.S) used to give sugar and almonds in alms and charity. Once somebody asked him the reason for this, and the Imam (A.S) recited the following verse in reply:
“You will never attain piety until you spend out of what you hold dear…” (3:92)
This shows that the Imam (A.S) was very fond of the two items, which he (A.S) gave away in alms.
Guiding others through the Holy Qur’an
‘Ibaad Basri met Imam al-Sadjad (A.S) on the way to Mecca and said: “O Ali Ibn al-Hussein! You have left the difficulties of Jihad and have taken up Hajj – an easy course of worship although in the Holy Qur’an, Allah says: “Indeed Allah has bought from the faithful their souls and their possessions for Paradise to be theirs: They fight in the way of Allah, they slay and they are slain. A promise binding upon Him in the Torah and the Evangel and the Qur’an. And who is truer to his promise than Allah? So rejoice in the bargain you have made with Him, and that is the great success””. (9:111)
Hearing this verse, Imam (A.S) said, “You must recite the complete verse and not half”. Then the Imam (A.S) recited the remaining verse: “(The faithful are) penitent, devout, celebrators of Allah’s praise, wayfarers (or those who fast), who bow (and) prostrate (in prayer), bid what is right and forbid what is wrong, and keep Allah’s bounds – and give good news to the faithful”. (9:112)
The Imam (A.S) then added: “When we find the people with attributes described in the Holy Qur’an, then performance of Jihad will be better than Hajj”. (Al-Kaafi)
The following are some of the quotations from the sermons and sayings of Imam al-Sadjad (A.S) in which he (A.S) has given references to the Holy Qur’an:
“Beware, O people, of sins and acts of disobedience (to Allah) against which Allah has warned and exhorted in the truthful Book and the articulate rhetoric. When Shaytan urges you to enjoy the transitory passions and pleasures of this world, do not feel secured (in succumbing to him) from the retribution and punishment of Allah. Allah says: ‘When those who are God wary are touched by insinuation of Satan, they remember (Allah) and, behold, they perceive’. (7:201)
Take God-fearing as the slogan of your hearts and always remember that Allah promised you of the good rewarding and warned you against the painful anguish when you will be returned to Him. He, who fears something, will certainly beware of it, and he who is beware of something will desert it…” (Tuhaf al-‘Uqool)
“By Allah I swear, examples were cited for you and a variety of evidences is shown to the heedful ones. O Believers! Join yourselves with the heedful ones. All power belongs to Allah. Abstain from the transitory pleasures of this world from which Allah has ordered you to abstain. He, the most truthful says: ‘The parable of the life of this world is that of water, which We send down from the sky. It mingles with the earth’s vegetation from which humans and cattle eat. When the earth puts on its luster and is adorned, and its inhabitants think they have power over it, Our edict comes to it, by night or day, whereat We turn it into a mown field, as if it did not flourish the day before. Thus do We elaborate the signs for a people who reflect’. (10:24)”. (Tuhaf al-‘Uqool)
It is reported that whenever Imam al-Sadjad (A.S) recited the verse: “If you enumerate Allah’s blessings, you will not be able to count them”. (14:34) He (A.S) said, “All praise be to Him who has not enabled anybody to acknowledge all His favors except through the acknowledgement of the failure to acknowledge them properly…” He (A.S) also said, “All praise be to Him who has regarded the acknowledgement of His favors as praise. All praise be to Him who has regarded the acknowledgement of the failure to thank Him properly as showing Him gratitude”. (Tuhaf al-‘Uqool).
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