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Imam Zainul Abiddin (as): Moral Conduct and Behavior

Imam Zainul Abiddin (as): Moral Conduct and BehaviorImam Zainul Abiddin (as) was present in Karbala along with his father Imam Hussain (as), but did not fight as he was very sick. After the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (as), he was put in shackles, but he carried his father's message beyond Karbala. He lived for 40 years after Karbala and publicized the event of Karbala.

Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) was such a great worshipper that people called him "ABID" and "SAJID." He (as) used to fast daily and worship the whole night. He (as) 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 collections are present in a book titled "Sahifa-E-Kamilah (The Psalms of Islam)." Along with love for ALLAH (SWT), he also loved his fellow beings. He (as) provided all the basic necessities to many needy families. He (as) used to carry food for the poor at night and provide them with their needs.

Imam Zainul Abiddin (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 Ahlul Bayt in the Islamic world. Abu Mikhnuf was also one famous pupil of Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) who later on the instructions of the fifth Imam, Imam Baqir (as) 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 Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) was not to be tolerated by the Umayyad cruel regime. They realized that Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) was succeeding in his mission of spreading the message of his father Imam Hussain (as). The Syrian monarch Al-Walid ibn Abd al-Malik had him poisoned. Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) died in Madina on the 25th of Muharram 95 Hijri. His eldest son Imam Baqir (as) arranged the burial and laid him to rest in the grave yard of Jannatul Baqi beside his uncle Imam Hasan (as).

Now let us take a look at the following few incidence from the life of our 4th Imam, Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) to understand his Moral Conduct and Behavior:

Imam Zainul Abiddin's (as) reaction to Mistreatment or Insult:

One day our 4th Imam, Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) was sitting in the company of his followers when a man, who was related to him, approached and began insulting Imam Zainul Abiddin (as). This man's name was al-Hassan Ibn al-Muthanna. Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) ignored the man and when he had left said to his companions:

"You heard what that man said to me, I would like you to come with me to hear my reply to him."

The companions of Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) then said:

"We will come with you, although we wanted you or us to say something (an equal response) to him."

Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) proceeded to the man's home reciting:

"And those who when they commit an indecency or do injustice to their souls remember Allah and ask forgiveness for their faults; and who forgives the faults but Allah, and (who) do not knowingly persist in what they have done." Noble Qur'an (3:135)

His companions hearing this concluded that Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) would say only kind words to the man. Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) reached al-Hassan Ibn al-Muthanna's house and said:

"Tell him this is Zainul Abideen." The man heard this and came out prepared for an encounter. He was sure that Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) came only to revenge his actions. When al-Hassan al-Muthanna appeared. Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) said:

"My Brother! You have come to me and have said something's. If you have said that which truly lies in me, I seek forgiveness from Allah (SWT); and if you have accused me of that which I am innocent, I ask Allah (SWT) to forgive you!"

When the man heard the words of Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) he kissed his forehead and said:

"Indeed I accused you of that which you are innocent of. These words describe me."

Moral: Never get angry at someone when they are angry - It takes two people to start a fight. No matter how other people act you should always have perfect moral (Akhlaq).

Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) and Gheebat (Backbiting)/Gheebah (Gossip)

Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) and Gheebat (Backbiting)Once a man who claimed to be a friend of our 4th Imam, Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) came to him and told him that so and so had been saying horrible things about him.

Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) replied that he had not heard anything and would not have if the man had not told him. Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) then continued that the person who had said the horrible things was as if he had shot an arrow and missed the target but the man who had told him was as if he had picked up the fallen arrow and hit the target with it.

Allah (SWT) does not like the habit of spreading scandal and gossip even if it be true.

In the time of Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh), once there was a severe drought. For months there had been no rain. The people prayed and prayed but no rain came. When Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) went to mount Sinai to pray, Allah (SWT) revealed to him that amongst his people there was someone who spreading scandal and because of this person Allah (SWT) had not let it rain.

Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) asked Allah (SWT) who this person was so that he could tell him off for what he had done. Allah (SWT) replied that did Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) want Him to do what He had forbidden for others. (i.e. talk about others).

Moral: Do not talk about other people Gheebat (Backbiting) when they are not there even if what you say is true.

Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) and Noble Qur'an

Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) and Noble Qur'anZayd was one of the sons of Imam Zainul Abiddin (as). This is the same son who became a great martyr in the cause of Islam. It is narrated that: One of the habits of Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) was that after performing Fajr (morning) prayer till sunrise, he (as) never talked to anyone. One day, after Fajr, Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) was given the good news about the birth of a son in his house.

Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) asked his companions, "What should I name him?" Everyone suggested some names. Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) then turned towards his servant and asked him to bring the Noble Qur'an. He (as) opened the Noble Qur'an and the first verse, which he (as) saw was:

"And Allah has graced those who strive (in His cause) over those who sit back with a great reward." (4:95)

Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) then closed the Noble Qur'an and opened it again. This time he (as) saw the following verse:

"Indeed Allah has bought from the faithful their souls and their possessions for Paradise to be theirs: They fight in the way of Allah, they slay and they are slain. A promise binding upon Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur'an. And who is truer to his promise than Allah? So rejoice in the bargain you have made with Him, and that is the great success." (9:111)

After seeing these two verses, Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) said, "By Allah (SWT)! This is Zayd." Zayd means 'Great Achiever' and Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) derived this name from the meanings of the aforementioned two verses. (Bihar al-Anwar)

Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) and the Criteria for Choosing a Friend

Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) and the Criteria for Choosing a FriendHave you ever experienced the situation in which the difficulties of life become so intense that you wish to open your heart to someone? Have you ever had a close friend warmed the cockles of your heart and was a good audience to your words? Or have you ever had a friend who made you desperate, hopeless, and distressed? Have you ever thought how to choose a decent friend and what are the criteria for choosing such a friend?

The importance of having a friend in life in so great that according to scholars and intellectuals, every person could be identified through his/her friends. Moreover, a true and good friend can be a good supporter and assistant in all stages of life, and guide us towards a proper destination. In contrast, an inappropriate friend, who is not chosen based on suitable criteria, could prevent one from progress or even cause us to decline.

Therefore, the decision as to whom we choose as a friend and whom we avoid is of great importance. Numerous discussions have been presented in this respect and the importance of choosing a good friend. The Infallible Imams (as) have paid special attention towards this issue also. In this regards, a beautiful statement has been quoted from the beauty of the worshippers, our 4th Imam, Imam Zainul Abiddin (as), which clarifies a portion of the criteria for choosing a friend.

It is narrated in the book of Usul al-Kafi that Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) said to his honorable son, Imam Baqir (as):

Do not become the companion, interlocutor, or friend of five people. I said, "O Father! Who are they?" Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) replied,

  • Avoid the companionship of a liar, because he is like a mirage, which deceives you by showing the far, close to you and taking the close far from you.
  • Avoid the companionship of a transgressor, because he would betray you for a morsel or even less than that.
  • Avoid the companionship of a stingy person, because he would deprive you of his wealth when you are in extreme need of him.
  • Avoid the companionship of a stupid person, because he would harm you (of his stupidity) even though he wants to benefit you.
  • Avoid the companionship of a person who has cut off his ties of kinship, because I have found him distant from the mercy of Allah (SWT) in three places in the Noble Qur'an.

Allah (SWT) has said: "But if you held command, you were sure to make mischief in the land and cut off the ties of kinship! Those it is whom Allah has cursed so He has made them deaf and blinded their eyes." (47:22-23)

He has also said: "And those who break the covenant of Allah after its confirmation and cut asunder that which Allah has ordered to be joined and make mischief in the land; (as for) those, upon them shall be curse and they shall have the evil (issue) of the abode." (13:25)

He continued and said: "Who break the covenant of Allah after its confirmation and cut asunder what Allah has ordered to be joined, and make mischief in the land; these it is that are the losers." (2:27) (Selection taken from," Forty Hadiths, Vol. 3, by Sayyid Hashim Rasouli Mahallati)

Imam Zainul Abiddin's (as) behavior with his worst enemy

Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan, 5th Umayyad Caliph died in 86 Hijri, after 21 years of tyranny. His son Al-Walid ibn Abd al-Malik succeeded him. He decided to bring about some justice to please the public. He tried hard to please the people of Medina, in particular, as it was one of the two sacred Muslim cities where some descendants of the Prophet Mohammed's (pbuh) companions, and some famous narrators lived. That is why he fired Hisham bin Ismail, the father-in-law of Abdul Malik, who was the cruel and unjust governor of Medina. Hisham bin Ismail had reached the extreme cruelty and offense to the people of Medina. Saeed bin Museeb, who was a respectable and famous narrator was beaten sixty lashes, was made to wear a coarse robe, while sitting on a Camel and being walked through the streets of Medina, because he had refused to give allegiance. He had committed numerous offenses towards the family of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh), especially Imam Zainul Abiddin (as).

Al-Walid ibn Abd al-Malik fired Hisham bin Ismail and instead hired Umar bin Abdul Aziz, his young cousin who was popular for his sincerity and his justice. Umar bin Abdul Aziz ordered that Hisham bin Ismail be brought in front of Marwan's house and whoever has any complaint against him, get his right. People would come, in groups, and offered him curses, and harsh words. Hisham bin Ismail was afraid of Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) revenge. He thought to himself that Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) will bring him nothing less than death due to the cruelty done to his family.

Imam Zainul Abiddin's (as) behavior with his worst enemyBut the Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) had told his followers: "Our character isn't one of kicking the fallen ones. Neither do we avenge the enemy when he has fallen and weak. Our character is that of assisting the poor and the needy." As the Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) and his followers approached him, Hisham bin Ismail turned pale and expected a cold blooded murder at any moment. But just apposite to his expectation, Imam Zainul Abiddin (as), in his usual manner of a Muslim must aid a Muslim, called on him:

"Salaamun Alaikum." After greeting him, Imam Zainul Abiddin (as) offered: "If there is anything I could do for you, I am ready to do." The people of Medina, also, stopped punishing Hisham bin Ismail after that moment.

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