Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Salman Farsi talks with a Dead Person

Asbagh bin Nubata (r.a.) was a trusted companion of Ameerul Mumeneen Ali (AS). He went to see Salman Farsi (r.a.) who had settled in Madain. Asbagh (r.a.) says:

“I found him very sick, near his death. He told me: 'O Asbagh, the Messenger of Allah had informed me that, at the time of my death, a dead person would talk to me. Now, put me on a wooden plank and take me to the graveyard. On reaching the grave-yard, Salman faced towards Quibla and in a loud voice saluted the dead. Nobody replied. After saluting them several times without getting any reply, Salman said: “O Inhabitants of these graves, I am Salman, a slave of the Messenger of Allah. The Prophet had told me that at the time of my death a dead person would converse with me. Now, if that time has arrived, then, for the sake of Allah and His Messenger, please talk to me”.

Suddenly someone responded to his Salaam, and said: “O people who build and plant, and ultimately the buildings turn into ruins and gardens decay; ask me what you want,, I will reply”.

Salman (r.a.) asked: “Are you from the people of Paradise or of Hell?” The dead man said that he was from the people of Paradise.

Salman requested him to describe how he died and what agonies he had to undergo at that time. He replied:

“O Salman, please do not ask this. By Allah, if someone had snipped my flesh (by scissors) in little bits and removed the flesh from the bones, it would have been easier than the agony of death. O Salman, I always did good deeds in your world, always prayed on time, used to recite the Qur'an, was good to my parents, lived on lawful earnings. Then I fell ill and my life came to its end. At that time, a very tall person, with a frightening countenance, stood in the air before me. He pointed to my eyes and they lost their sight; to my ears and they became deaf; to my tongue and it lost its speech. I asked him who he was and why he was doing it to me. He said: I am the angel of death; your life has ended in this world. You have to go from here to another world'.

Then two persons came to me, one of them sat on my right, the other on the left. They informed me that they were the two angels who had written all my deeds in the worldly life. One, whose name was 'Raqueeb' gave my record of good deeds, on reading which I was much pleased. Then the other angel, whose name was 'Ateed', gave me the other record, a complete record of my sins; and on reading that I was very sad.

Then the Angel of Death came nearer and removed my soul through my nose, and I have not forgotten its agony yet. Seeing me dead, my relatives and family members started crying. The Angel of Death said: “Why are you crying? I have not done any injustice that you are complaining of. When his life came to end, I removed his soul on the command of Allah. And I will come to you so many times.”

Then another Angel took my soul and I was brought to heaven where I was asked about my deeds, viz. prayers, fasts, Zakat, Khums, Hajj, Jihad, recitation of the Qur'an, obedience to the parents etc. Likewise, I was asked whether I had murdered any one, or taken some one's property without any right, or been unjust to other people and such things.

Then that same Angel brought my soul back to earth. At that time the person who wanted to wash my body (Ghassal) removed my clothes and started the ritual washing (Ghusl). My soul cried out: “O servant of Allah, have mercy On this weak and broken body. By Allah, all its veins, whence I have come out, have been broken; and its limbs are like they have been minced”. My soul was imploring him in such a touching way that if the Ghassal were to hear it, he would have left washing the dead bodies altogether.
Then they covered me with Kafan (shroud), gave me Hunut,prayed upon me. When they laid me in the grave, I was so much frightened that words cannot describe it.

When they closed my grave, my soul entered my body again. An Angel, Munabbih (One who awakens, reminds) by name, came to me and made me sit. He ordered me to write down all the deeds which I had done in the world. I said that I did not remember. He said: 'I will go on reminding, you go on writing'. I said: 'Where is the paper?' He said: “This Kafan of yours will do for paper'. I said: 'Where can I find a pen?' He said: 'Your finger will be your pen'. I asked about the ink and was told that my saliva will work like ink.

When I had written all my deeds, the Angel put my writing around my neck like a band; it is as Allah says in the Qur'an:

“And the bird (i.e., deed done by one) of every man have We bound about his neck, and We shall produce unto him, on the Day of Resurrection, a book (in which his actions will be recorded) which he will find open, (it will be said to him) read thy book; thine own self will be a sufficient reckoner against thee.” (Qur'an, 17:13-14).

 (In other traditions, the name of the angel, who comes in the grave and guides in writing the deeds of the Mayyit, is given as”Ruman”)

Then an angel, very frightening, Munkar by name, came to me with a fiery club, and asked me: “Who is your Lord? Who are your Prophet and Imams? What is your religion?” I was so afraid that I became totally confused; my limbs were trembling; I could not understand what to reply. In that confusion, the Mercy of Allah supported me, and my heart became tranquil, and I replied; “Allah (His Power is Great) is my Lord; and Muhammad is my Prophet, and Ali bin Abi Talib is my Imam and Islam is my religion; and the Qur'an is my Book and the Kaaba is my Quibla”.

Then another Angel, who is called Nakir, interrogated me in the same manner about my beliefs. By Grace of Allah, I replied his questions also and said: “I bear witness that there is no god except Allah, and that Muhammad is His Messenger, and that Ali and his sinless progeny are the proofs of Allah, and that Paradise is Haqq (a Fact, Truth) and the Fire (of Hell) is true, and Sirat (Path) is true, and the Balance (of deeds) is true and the Questioning of Munkar and Nakir in the grave is true, and Resurrection is true, and raising (of dead) is true, and flying of the books (in which deeds of a person are recorded) is true, and that the Hour (Day of Judgement) is sure to come, there is no doubt in it, and that Allah will raise all the dead who are in the grave”.

Hearing these true answers, the angels said to me: “Sleep as a bride sleeps” (without any worry); they opened a door of Paradise towards my head, and the breeze of Paradise came to me, and my grave (which previously looked like a prison) become a vast place extending beyond my vision, and the whole place became a garden.

O Salman, a man must remember his Lord at all times, and must spend his life in His obedience, because death is a sure thing and every one will have to face all those things which I have told you.”

Asbagh (r.a.) said: “When the voice stopped, Salman (r.a.) told me to take him back home, there he lay on the ground and looking towards heavens prayed to Allah, and left this world.”

[Lawa'iju 'l-ahzan, vol. 1, (Lahore ed) pp. 367 – 370]

Friday, December 23, 2011

Incident of a bird who was covered by the blood of Imam Husain (a.s.)

After the martyrdom of Imam Husain (asws), a bird whose color was white landed on the dead body of Imam (asws). He covered his wings in the blood Imam Husain (asws) and went to a place where many birds were sat in the shade of trees and were talking about their food. Upon reaching their he said to the other birds, "Alas! You are talking about your food and the Grandson (asws) of RasoolAllah (saw) has been slaughtered on the plains of Karbala. His dead body is lying on the hot sands and His blood is still fresh.

When the other birds heard this news, they flew to Karbala and saw Imam Husain (asws) laid slaughtered while the accursed army of yazid (la) was taking His Holy Head towards Kufa. Imam (asws)'s dead body was lying there without ghusl or kaffan, and His sacred body had been trampled under the hooves of the horses. The hot sand of the desert was covering Imam (asws)'s dead body. The animals of the jungle and jinns were coming for the ziarat of Imam (asws). When the birds saw this great scene of oppression, they started crying loudly. All of the birds covered their wings with the Holy Blood of Imam (asws) and flew in different directions. They started telling people, "O' people, Imam Husain (asws) has been slaughtered in Karbala. Muslims have destroyed the whole Family of RasoolAllah (saw)."

Wherever these birds went, other birds would also gather around them. All would mourn Imam Husain (as). One of these birds came to Medina and went to the shrine of RasoolAllah (saw). He kept telling RasoolAllah (saw) about how Imam Husain (as) was slaughtered. When the other birds saw this bird, they gathered around him and all began mourning Imam Husain (asws). When the people of Medina saw this scene, they could not understand what had happened. They noted the day of the crying of these birds. Then after some time, the news of the martyrdom of Imam Husain (asws) came to Medina , then they realized Imam Husain (asws) had been martyred on the same day they had seen these birds gathered at the shrine of RasoolAllah (saw) offering their condolences.

One bird flew from the shrine of RasoolAllah (saw) and landed in the garden of a Jew. He sat upon a tree and cried over Imam Husain (asws) the entire night. The owner of this garden had a daughter who was blind and disabled. The Jew would bring his daughter in the day and bring her back into the home during the evening. That day however the Jew was very busy and could not take his daughter back to the home. So the girl spent the whole night under the tree in which the bird was sat mourning over Imam Husain (asws).

A drop of Imam Husain (asws)'s holy blood fell from his wings onto one eye of that blind girl. With the blessing of the blood of Imam Husain (asws), her sight was immediately restored. Then another drop of the blood of Imam Husain (asws) fell onto her other eye and sight in that eye was also immediately restored. Then a few drops fell on her body. With the blessing of the Holy Blood of Imam Husain (asws), all of her disabilities were healed.

In the morning, when the father came in the garden, he saw a healthy girl walking in the garden. He asked her "Do you know where my sick and blind daughter has gone?"

The daughter replied, "O'my father, I think you do not recognize me. I am your sick and disabled daughter."

Upon hearing this, the Jew fell unconscious. When he came to, he asked his daughter how she had been cured. The daughter took hold of the hand of her father and brought him to the tree upon which the bird was sitting and mourning Imam Husain (as). The daughter said, "O'my father, in the night when I was lying under this tree. A few drops of blood fell down from the wings of this bird and with the blessing of that blood I was cured." That Jew said to the bird, "O'bird, for the sake of the one who created you, speak to me in my language." Allah blessed this bird with the ability to speak in the human language.

The bird said, "I was sitting with my fellow birds when suddenly another bird came and said, "O' birds, you are busy in gossips here while Imam Husain (as) has been slaughtered in Karbala. The oppressors have beheaded Him and His whole Family has been destroyed. Upon hearing this, we immediately went to the desert of Karbala where we saw the dead body of Imam Husain (as) laying on the plains of Karbala with His Holy Blood still freshly flowing. We covered our wings with His Holy Blood and flew in different directions. I came here to offer my condolences to RasoolAllah (saw)."

When the Jew heard this, he said, "No doubt the religion of the Grandfather of Imam Husain (as) is the true religion. If there is this much great blessing contained in a few drops of His Holy Blood, then what would be the status of such personality."

The Jew embraced Islam immediately along with 500 people from his tribe.

[Mantaqib Tareehi page no 107-109]

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Imam Zainul Abedeen (a.s.)

Name:  Ali
Title:  Zainul Abedeen, Sayidus Sajideen
Designation:  4th Imam
Kunyat:  Abul Muhammad
Father:  3rd Imam Hussain Ibne Ali (A.S.)
Mother:  Shahr Banu Binte-Yazdjard
Born:  15th Jumada Awaal, 37AH
Died:  25th Muharram, 95AH
Martyred:  Poisoned by Waleed
Buried:  Cemetery of Jannatul Baqi
Lived:  57 years

Imam Ali ibn al-Husayn (A.S.) the Fourth Shi'ite Holy Imam and the eldest son of Imam Husayn(A.S.) famous as Zayn al-Abidin and Sayyid-i Sajjad.

Imam was martyred by poisoning on 25th Moharram in the year 95 A.H. at Madinah Munawwarah and is buried at Baqi cemetery near his uncle, the 2nd Imam Hasan (A.S.).

He was named Ali and was called Abu Muhammad, Abul Hasan and Abul Qasim. Some of his titles were Sayyad-us-Sajideen , Zain-ul-Abideen , Sajjad and Abid. He was present in Karbala along with his father, but did not fight as he was very sick. After Imam Hussain (A.S) martyrdom, he was put in shackles, but he carried his father's message beyond Karbala. He lived for 40 years after Karbala and publicised the event of Karbala.

He was such a great worshipper that people called him "ABID" and "SAJID". He used to fast daily and worship the whole night. He used to stand so long in prayers that his feet used to swell up. While praying he used to cry so much that his eyes used to turn red. His supplications are so many that their collection are present in a book titled "SAHIF-E-KAMILAH". Along with love for ALLAH, he also loved his fellow beings. He provided all the basic necessities to many needy families. He used to carry food for the poor at night and provide them with their needs.

Imam (AS) in Madina through his silent teachings left many pupils; the most prominent of them was Abu Hamza-e-Thumali, who remained to spread the teachings of Ahlulbayt in the Islamic world. Abu Mikhnuf was also one famous pupil of the Imam who later on the instructions of the fifth Imam wrote the story of Karbala in the narrative form which became the part of the Majlis all over the world.

The calm and peaceful life of the Imam was not to be tolerated by the Ummayad's cruel regime. They realized that the Imam was succeeding in his mission of spreading the message of his father Hussain (AS). The Syrian monarch Walid Ibn Abdul Malik had him poisoned. He died in Madina on the 25th of Muharram 95 Hijri. His eldest son Muhammad Ibn Ali al Baqir arranged the burial and laid him to rest in the grave yard of Jannatul Baqi beside his uncle Imam Hasan (AS).

The Holy Imam Ali-Zain-ul-Abedeen (A.S.) spent the first two years of his infancy in the lap of his grandfather Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (A.S.) and then for twelve years he had the gracious patronage of his uncle, the second Holy Imam Hasan Ibn Ali (A.S.). In 61 H.A. he was present in Karbala, at the time of the gruesome tragedy of the wholesale massacre of his father, his uncles, his brothers, his cousins and all the godly comrades of his father; and suffered a heartless captivity and imprisonment at the hands of the devilish forces of Yezid

"There are three things which are refuges and shelters for the faithful: to refrain his tongue from the people and backbiting; keeping himself busy with things that are beneficial for his future, the hereafter and the world; and lengthy weeping upon his sin."

Source: (Tuhful Aqool p 282)

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