The Last Will
Umm Hamidah, the mother of Imam Musa Kadhim (a.s.) saw Abu
Baseer enter the house. She knew him as one of the most pious and
trusted companions of her husband, Imam Ja'far Sadiq (a.s.).
Imam Ja'far Sadiq (a.s.) had passed away, after being
poisoned: but at that time, Abu Baseer had not been in town. So he had
come now to offer his condolences. He wept bitterly as he remembered
the Imam (a.s.).
The Poor Man Said . . .
It was a usual meeting. The
Prophet (s.a.w.) was in his place and his companions gathered around him
to hear the words of wisdom and guidance. Suddenly a poor man in rags
appeared, saluted the assembly.
The End of Friendship
No one thought that this friendship would ever end. They
were always seen together. One of them was not even personally known to
the people. They called him 'the friend of ..."
Behlool liked to visit the
graveyards. "People here are good friends," he used to say.
"They do not backbite."
Once, he sat in a corner of a graveyard
and with a long heavy stick started probing some of the old skulls which
lay scattered about. Harun Rashid, the king, passed by and saw him.
Then he asked, "O Behlool! What are you doing?"
Junaid and Behlool
Behlool simulated madness,
though he was not mad. Junaid a scholar and Sufi or repute, knew him
very well. One day as they met, Junaid requested him to give him some
counsel and admonition.
"You do no need any advice. You are a well known Aalim."
The Greedy and The Deserters of Ohud
In the Battle of Ohud, the
Prophet (s.a.w.) ordered some archers to picket the rear defile of the
mountain. "Do not move from here in any circumstances for the enemy
might strike from behind these narrow passages." However, when the
archers saw that the enemy was retreating, they thought the battle was
over. They deserted their places and busied themselves collecting the
spoils of war. This eagerness turned the tide against the Muslims.
Abu Lahab - Bitter and Humiliated
Abu Lahab, the uncle of the
Prophet (s.a.w.) was his inveterate enemy. In the early days of Islam,
whenever the Prophet (s.a.w.) came to the market place to proclaim
Oneness of Allah and denounce idolatry, Abu Lahab would follow him and
announce: "O people! This young man is an impostor do not listen to
Seyyid Jawad Ameli, a great
Mujtahid, was having his dinner when someone knocked at his door. A
servant from his master, Ayatullah Seyyid Mahdi Bahrul Uloom appeared
and said: "Your master has sent for you immediately. He has just sat
down for his dinner but refuses to eat till he sees you."
Abu Dhar's Thirst
In the expedition of Tabuk, some Muslims
contrived excuses for not accompanying the Holy Prophet (SAW). Others
who had joined in reluctantly, deserted after having gone with the
expedition for some distance.
The Guard in Prayer
Jabir bin Abdullah says that in
the Battle of Dhat-ur-Ruqa' the Holy Prophet (SAW) asked his companions
to rest for the night on a plain surrounded by the mountains."
"Who will volunteer to guard us tonight?" The Holy Prophet (SAW)
Immediately, two companions,
namely Ammar bin Yathir and Abbad bin Bishr came forward and volunteered
to stand guard while the army of Islam slept.
The Brave and Dedicated Women of Islam
Hind, the daughter of Amru bin
Haram, was steadily advancing from Ohud towards Madina. She walked by
the side of the camel upon which lay dead bodies of her husband Amru bin
Jamuh, her son and her brother:
On her way, she met some women
who were going towards Ohud to find the results of the battle. One
"O Hind, where are you going?"
"To Madina, to bury my husband, my brother and my son",
Allegiance of Women
Abdur Rahman bin Ka'b bin Malik
used to lead his blind father to Jumu'a prayers regularly. Every time
his father heard Adhan on Friday, he would say: "May Allah bless
As'ad bin Zurarah." This continued for many years till one day
Abdur Rahman asked:
"Father, why do you remember As'ad and pray for him at Jumu'a
Abu Basir A'asha was one of the
great poets of the pre-Islamic era. One of his poems known as 'LAMIYYA"
is classified among the ten great epics of Arabia. In his famous eulogy
of the Holy Prophet (SAW) he says:
"Whenever you halt to rest at the door of the son of
Hashim, you feel relaxed, and are blessed with his magnanimity....
From him comes charity you cannot miss, and the benefit. And
what you gain today, is not refused tomorrow ..."