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Imam Hasan (a.s.) and Shi'a

A particular class of people, devoted to Imam Hasan (as) and his illustrious father, having a special identity based on faith, thought, intellect and mystic knowledge. These people consider caliphate as the right of the household of the Holy Prophet (saww) ('Ahle Bait') from the very beginning, and obedience to them as obligatory.

There was no doubt about their asceticism, piety, faith, sincerity, honesty and devotion to 'Ahle Bait' (as); among these were well known and prominent personalities, and the Companions of the Holy Prophet (saww) as well. No doubt, in asceticism, piety and faith, these persons presented an ideal and the Muslims used to seek religious knowledge and learning from them only. But they were small in numbers as a large number from this group had been martyred in the unending wars during the caliphate of Hazrat Ali (as).

However, the remaining prominent personalities among them were still performing their duties honourably in the army of Imam Mujtaba (as) to the best of their ability. They tried their best in inducing people to join the army, but it seems they could not change the thinking of the majority of the people of Koofa, and could not win their support. They remained faithful to the members of the household of the Holy Prophet (saww) even after the martyrdom of Imam Hasan (as) and some of them joined the revolution brought about by Imam Husain (as) and attained martyrdom along with him.

Adapted from the book: "Imam Hasan and Caliphate" by: "Qurrat-ul-Ain Abidiy"