Sunday, February 14, 2010
The Outcome of Loving the Ahl al-Bayt (A.S.)
Removing the Sins
The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.): Loving my Ahl al-Bayt removes sins and doubles good actions.
Imam al-Sadiq (A.S.): Loving us, the Ahl al-Bayt, removes the servants' sins just as a strong wind drops the leaves of trees.
Purity of the Heart
Imam al-Baqir (A.S.): There is no servant who would love and obey us, unless Allah would cleanse his heart, and Allah would do that only to those who obeyed us and surrendered to us. Such a person would be saved from the great Fear on the Day of Reckoning.
Peace of Mind
Imam Ali (A.S.): When this verse was revealed: Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find peace(28:13), the Holy Prophet(S.A.W.) said: This verse is about someone who sincerely loves Allah and his Prophet, and loves my Ahl al-Bayt and the believers whether being present or absent. Lo! Remembering Allah makes them love one another.
Imam al-Sadiq (A.S.): Whoever would love the Ahl al-Bayt and harbor it in his heart, will have his faith renewed and springs of wisdom will flow from his tongue.
Completion of the Faith
The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.): Loving me and my Ahl al-Bayt, is [the sign of] completion of faith.
Happiness at the Time of Death
Abd Allah ibn Walid: During the reign of Marwan, we came to "Abu 'Abd-Allah [Imam al-Sadiq(A.S.)], he asked: Who are you? We replied we are from Kufah. He said: In no other town do we have as many supporters as in Kufah, especially the present group. Allah has guided you to something which others are not aware of. You love us whereas other people are our enemies, you follow us and others disobey us, you agree with us while others do not. May Allah make your life and death similar to ours. I testify that my father used to say: Whoever of you whose breath reaches here-pointing to his Throat-, before taking the last breath shall behold something which would make him happy. Allah the Supreme and the High has said in His Book" And indeed we sent messengers before you, and we gave them wives and offspring" (13:38). We are the offspring of the Messenger of Allah(S.A.W.).
The Intercession of the Ahl al-Bayt (A.S.)
The messenger of Allah (S.A.W.): Cling to our Ahl al-Bayt's friendship; because whoever would meet Allah on Doomsday loving us, shall go to Paradise by our intercession.
Luminosity on the Day of Judgment
The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.): Lo! I swear by Allah, no servant would love my Ahl al-Bayt unless Allah, the Glorious and the most High, would bestow on him a light which places him at my side near "the Hawz" on the Day of Judgment. Allah would be hidden from all those servants who are enemies of my Ahl al-Bayt.
Security on the Day of Judgment
Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.): Know that whoever loves Muhammad's (S.A.W.) family[A.S.] shall be protected in the Reckoning, the scale and the Pathway (Sirat).
The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.): Loving me and my Ahl al-Bayt (A.S.) will be beneficial on seven horrible occasions: In the agony of death, in the grave, on the Resurrection Day, the Reckoning time, when the book of deeds is presented, at the scale, and on crossing over the Sirat.
Being Steady on "The Sirat"
The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.): The steadiest one on''the Sirat" is a person who loves my Ahl al-Bayt most.
The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.): If a person who loves Ahl al-Bayt falters [on Sirat] the love of my Ahl al-Bayt(A.S.) would stabilize his next step till he is saved by Allah on the Day of Judgment.
Deliverance from the Hell-Fire
Bilal-ibn Hamamah: One day the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) came to us laughing and cheerful. Abd al-Rahman bin Awf asked: Why are you so happy O Messenger of Allah? The Holy Prophet replied: A glad tiding has been given to me by Allah. When Allah wanted to bind Ali (A.S.) and Fatima (A.S.) in a marriage, He ordered an angel to shake the tree of Tuba (knowledge) in the Paradise. The angel did as was ordered and the written leaves were scattered around. Allah created the angels to pick and keep them till the Day of Judgment. On that Day they should search among the people and give one leaf to each of our true friends and followers. On those leaves this sentence is written: "This paper is the deed of security from the Hell Fire and it is written by my brother and cousin [Ali(A.S.)], and my daughter. [Fatima Zahra (A.S.)] to deliver the men and women of my Ummah from the Hell-Fire.
To be Grouped with Ahl al-Bayt (A.S.)
Imam 'Ali (A.S.): the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) took the hands of Hasan (A.S.) and Husayn (A.S.) and said: Whoever loves me, these two sons and their parents, will be of equal rank with me on the Resurrection Day.
The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.): Whoever would love the Ahl al-Bayt for the sake of Allah will be grouped with us and we shall take him to Paradise with us.
Imam al-Husayn(A.S.): Whoever would love us for the sake of worldly gains should know that worldly people are loved by good persons and evil doers and whoever loves us for the sake of Allah he and us will be together on the Day of Judgement.
Hakam ibn Utaybah: I was in Imam al-Baqir's(A.S.) presence and his room was packed with visitors. Suddenly an old man leaning on his walking stick came in and said: Peace be upon you! O son of the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.), May Allah's bounties and mercy be upon you! And he remained silent. Imam al-Baqir (A.S.) replied: Peace be upon you and may Allah's bounties and mercy be upon you too.
Then the old man faced the crowd in the room and said: Peace be upon you all and remained silent. Till all who were present greeted him back. Then he turned to Imam al-Baqir(A.S.) and said: "O son of the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.)! May I be sacrificed to you! Let me sit close to you, because I love you and I love those who love you, and I swear to Allah that I do not love you and your followers out of a desire for worldly gains. I swear to Allah I hate your enemies and I swear to Allah that this hatred and reluctance is not the result of hatred and animosity between me and them. I swear to Allah I consider lawful whatever you consider lawful, and I consider unlawful whatever you consider unlawful, and I wait for your order: May I be sacrificed to you! Do you have any hope for my salvation in such conditions? Imam al-Baqir (A.S.) said: Come closer! Come closer! And asked him to sit next to himself and then said: O Sheikh (old man): Once a man came to Ali ibn al-Husayn(A.S.) and asked my father a question as yours. My father told him: When you depart from this world, you shall meet the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) and Ali (A.S.), al-Hasan(A.S.) and al-Husayn(A.S.). Your heart shall be filled with joy and shall be soothed and you shall have clear visions, and when your breath reaches here- the Imam pointed to his throat-the noble writers [Kiram al-Katibin] will welcome you warmly and enthusiastically, and if you remain alive, you shall see something [the advent of Qa'im(A.S.) and the government of Ahl al-Bayt(A.S.)] by which Allah shall light up your life and shall be of the highest rank with us.
The old man said: What did you say O Imam Abu Ja'far? And he repeated what he had said before. The old man said: Allah is the greatest, O Abu Ja'far! When I leave this world will I see Ali (A.S.), al-Hasan(A.S.) Messenger of Allah(S.A.W.) and Ali ibn al-Husayn(A.S.); and will I be with al-Husayn(A.S.) and my heart be soothed and when my breath reaches here the Noble Writer welcome me, and if I remain alive will I witness something which lights up my life and will be at the highest status along with you ?! At this time the old man started to weep and fell on the ground. Those who were present started to weep loudly. Imam al-Baqir(A.S.) wiped the tears from the eyelids of the old man with his own hand.
The old man then raised his head and said to Imam al-Baqir(A.S.): O son of the Messenger of Allah(S.A.W.); may I be sacrificed to you! Give me your hand. The Imam stretched his hand. The old man kissed it and placed it on his eyes and cheeks; then uncovered his chest and belly and placed the Imam's hand on them. Then he stood up and took his leave.
Imam al-Baqir(A.S.) looked at his back and said to the people there: Whoever likes to see a man who will go to Paradise, should see this man. Hakam ibn 'Utaybah says: I have never seen such a lamentation rite in my whole life.
Hudhayfa: I saw that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) took Husayn Ibn 'Ali's hand and said: O people! Husayn's grandfather is dearer to Allah than the grandfather of Joseph the son of Jacob. Al-Husayn shall reside in paradise as his parents, his brother, their followers and those who love them will be residents in Paradise.
Imam Ali (A.S.): Whoever loves us deeply and helps us by his words and fights against our enemies, shall have the same status as ours in the Paradise, and whoever loves us and helps us by his words but does not fight against our enemies, shall be two levels below them; and whoever loves us but does not help us either in fighting against our enemies, or by his speech, shall go to paradise too.
Yunus: I said to Imam al-Sadiq (A.S.): The love I feel toward you and the understanding that I have of your rights is far better to me than the kingdom of the world, then I noticed signs of anger on Imam's face. He said: O Yunus! This is not a good comparison. What is world and all that belongs to it? Isn't it but filling the stomach and covering the private parts? Whereas you can attain eternal life through loving us.
The Good of this World and of the Next World
The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.): Whoever wishes to have trust in Allah should love my Ahl al-Bayt and whoever wishes to be saved from the torment in the grave should love my Ahl al-Bayt, and whoever wishes to attain wisdom should love my Ahl al-Bayt and whoever wishes to go to Paradise without being reckoned should love my Ahl al-Bayt. Because I swear to Allah, none of those who loved them failed to be winners in this world and Hereafter.
The General Effects of Loving the Ahl al-Bayt (A.S.)
The Messenger of Allah(S.A.W.): Whomsoever Allah would destine to love my Ahl al-Bayt, have doubtlessly gained the good of this world and that of the next world and no one should have any doubt that they shall be residents of paradise; because loving my Ahl al Bayt shall result in twenty consequences: ten in this world and ten in the world to come:
But its results in this world are: piety, eagerness for work and doing good deeds, devoutness to the religion, eagerness to worship, repentance before death,finding joy in nocturnal devotion, paying no attention to others' assets, abiding by the orders and prohibitions enjoined by Allah the High and the Great; the ninth having enmity towards the world and the tenth is generosity and mercifulness.
But its outcomes in the next world are: The book of his deeds will not be opened before him, no scale will be set up for him, the book of his deeds will be placed in his right hand, the draft for freedom of the Hell Fire will be written for him, he will be honored for his good deeds, he will be clad in heavenly garments, his intercession for one hundred persons of his family will be accepted, Allah, the Glorious and the Almighty will look at him with love and tenderness; the crowns of heaven will be placed on his head and then he will enter the Paradise without being reckoned. So blessed are those who love my Ahl al-Bayt.
Imam Ali (A.S.) to Harith Anwar: Your love for us shall doubtlessly benefit you on three occasions: When the Angel of death descends, at the time of questioning in the grave and when you will stand in Allah's presence.