THE HOLY QURAN – PART
IMAM AL-HADI (A.S.)
& THE HOLY QURAN- (SECTION 1)
HAFIDH & ‘AALIM OF
QURAN IN CHILDHOOD
Imam Ali al-Hadi (as)
assumed the official role of Imamate at a very young age of 7 or 8
years. At that tender age, he (as) had become a point of reference
for the Muslims. People would refer to him and seek his guidance in
almost everything pertaining to their lives. When the enemies of
Ahlul-Bayt (as) saw this, they were displeased with the situation.
So, in conjunction with the government of the time, which was in
opposition of Ahlul-Bayt (as), they began looking for a person who
was the most knowledgeable of the time yet a sworn enemy of
Ahlul-Bayt (as) so that Imam al-Hadi (as) is put under his care for
training and the Muslims, particularly the Shia’hs do not get any
access to him.
Junaydi, a prominent scholar from ‘Iraq and a sworn enemy of
Ahlul-Bayt (as) was appointed for the task. ‘Ubaydullah took our
Imam (as) into his care and did not allow any Shia’h to visit him.
This way, the guidance of Imam al-Hadi (as) was suspended for his
One day a person came to
‘Ubaydullah Junaydi and asked him, “How is the Hashimite servant
doing?” Junaydi, a sworn enemy of Ahlul-Bayt (as) became extremely
furious with the man and said to him, “Do not call him a Hashimite
servant for he is not a servant but a leader of Banu Hashim. By
Allah! Despite his young age, he is more knowledgeable than I am.
People think that I am disciplining him but the truth is that he is
disciplining me. I swear by Allah! He is not only the Hafidh of
Quran but also possesses its knowledge. To be precise, he is the
best of all on the face of this earth”.
PREDICTING THE DEATH
The people of Madayin
wrote to Imam Ali ibn Muhammad al-Hadi (as) inquiring from him about
the period of Mutawakkil’s rule. Imam (as) responded through the
following verse of the Holy Quran:
“You will sow
for seven consecutive years. The leave in the ear whatever (grain)
you harvest, except a little you eat. Then after that there will
come seven hard years which will eat up whatever you have set aside
for them – all except a little which you preserve (for seed). Then
after that will come a year wherein the people will be granted
relief and provided with rains therein”.
Therefore, Mutawakkil was
killed in 115 AH.