Sayyiduna Imam Hasan and Sayyiduna Imam Husain RA

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“Allah only desires to remove abomination from you, members of the family, and purify you.” (Sura 33:Verse 33)

Hazrath Zaid bin Arqam RA reported Allah’s Messenger SAW as saying, “I am leaving among you something of such a nature that if you lay hold of it you will not go astray after I am gone, one part of it being more important than the other: Allah’s Book, a rope stretched from heaven to earth, and my close relatives who belong to my household. These two will not separate from one another till they come down to the Pond, so consider how you would act regarding them after my departure.” (Imam Tirmidhi RA)

Sayyidina Imam Hasan RA

The Holy Prophet SAW has said that, "Sayyidina Imam Hasan RA and Sayyidina Imam Husain RA are my two basils in this world." (Sahih Bukhari). He used to carry Sayyidina Imam Hasan RA on his shoulder and he prayed to Allah, “I love him, so please love him.” Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddiq RA used to say that Sayyidina Imam Hasan resembled very closely to the Holy Prophet SAW.

It has been narrated that the Noble Prophet SAW was ordered by Hazrath Jibraeel AS to name his first grandson Hasan. A name that was not been used in the pre-Islamic era. The Holy Prophet SAW himself recited the Adhan in his right ear and the Iqamah in his left ear and shaved the head of his grandson and offered a sacrifice in his name.

He grew up under the blessed guidance of his Noble Grandfather SAW and under the tutorship of the most esteemed and honourable parents Hazrath Ali ibn Abi Taalib RA and Hazrath Faathima Zahraa RA.

Sayyidina Imam Hassan RA  enjoyed a lofty status status in the eyes of his grandfather the Noble Prophet Muhammad SAW . One day the Rasool of Allah SAW was delivering a khutba to the people, when he SAW heard the voice of Sayyidina Imam Hasan RA crying. He SAW came down from the pulpit, went to calm him down, and then returned to deliver his khutba . When the Companions RA asked him the reason for this act, the Holy Prophet SAW replied , "Whenever I hear the him crying I get restless". The Most Esteemed  Messenger of Allah SAW, having offered his salaah along with the people, would lift Sayyidina Imam Hassan RA  into his lap and would say, "Whosoever loves me, must love this child as well". Sometimes, he SAW  lifted Sayyidina Imam Hasan RA child upon his shoulder and said, "It is hoped that Allah will purify this Ummah through him". The Noble Prophet RA would often say, "Whosoever loves Hassan RA and Hussain RA he loves me and whosoever has enmity against them has enmity with me".

One day, an old man was performing ablution. He made ablution incorrectly . Sayyidina  Imam Hasan RA  wondered how to correct him  . He might get upset or he might  feel hurt and embarrassed. Together with Sayyidina Imam Hussain RA they decided to create a scene and ask the old man to make the judgment. Sayyidina Imam Hassan RA addressed Sayyidina Imam Hussain RA saying to him, "I have  performed  a better ablution than you have ." Sayyidina Imam Hussain RA said:  "I have performed it better than you have ." Both of them approached the old man and said, "You come and see our ablution and decide whose ablution is more correct " Both of them got busy with performing ablution and ended it in a correct and nice way. The old man understood what was the wisdom behind this  and became aware that he had not performed his ablution correctly . So he said to them "The ablution performed by both of you are correct and the ablution I have made is incorrect. I am indeed grateful for your gentleness and  I am thankful that you have made me aware of my mistake.

Sayyidina Imam Hassan   was very pious , and ascetic worshiper and a great Lover of Allah. Whenever he performed hajj , he would do so walking . Whenever he made ablution and began to perform his prayers his noble body would tremble out of the fear of Allah and his face would turn pale.

Sayyidina Imam Hasan  grew up seeing his courageous  father Hazrath Ali ibn Abi Talib   on  the battlefield defending the Deen of Allah and His Rasool  .He had also seen that the pious Khulafa  respect his father Hazrath Sayyidina Imam Ali  for his manners and knowledge, and consulted him on many occasions as the need arose. Sayyidina Imam Hasan   played a vital role in assisting his father in many ways during his rule.

It was because of Sayyidina Imam Hasan  unity of the muslim umma was achieved .

Hazrath Sayyidina Imam al Husain

Master of the youth of paradise

Whenever this name is mentioned , love , admiration and respect builds up in ones heart for this personality. This personality has occupied history and continues to do so even today. His influence is vast and his authority overwhelming. And why should it not be so when he was the Raihana   of the Messenger of Allah Al- Mustafa  .

Hazrath Sayyidina Imam al Husain  was born in the month of Safar in the 4th year of the Hijrah about two years after the birth of his elder brother Hazrath Sayyidina  Imam al Hassan  . And it was the Beloved Rasool  who performed his Tahnik  and named him Husain. The names Hasan and Husain were not known in the time of Jahiliyyah and it was said by the Rasool   to be names from the names of the people of paradise.  Hazrath Sayyidina Imam al Husain   , like his elder brother , lived in the shelter of three towering figures which tutored him to rise to the highest levels of perfection.

The status of Hazrath Sayyidina Imam Husain   in the eyes of his grandfather

It is reported on the authority of Ya’la al Amiri that the Messenger of Allah  said : ‘Husain is my grandson ; Whoever loves me should love Husain’.

In another hadith it is said that the Messenger of Allah  was invited to a meal and while heading towards this invite he spotted Hazrath Sayyidina Imam Husain  who was playing with some boys. Wishing to take him with ,the Rasool  told him to come towards him. Imam Husain   ran away from the Rasool  in the opposite direction wanting the Rasool  to play with him and try to catch him. The Rasool  played and eventually caught him and lovingly kissed him and said : ‘Husain is from me and I from him; Allah loves whoever loves Husain’.

The Beloved Rasool  once while passing the house of his beloved daughter Sayidah Fatima   he heard Imam Husain  crying. So he called out to his daughter ‘ Ya Zahra! Do you not know that his crying pains me’. And this love was reciprocated by Imam Husain   , who although being young in years loved the prophet dearly. The companions of the Rasool  also loved and held in high esteem the grandsons of the Rasool. It is reported that one day Imam Husain  went to meet Sayidina Umar  when he was Caliph. Arriving at the door of Hazrath Umar   he found the son of Hazrath Umar Sayidina Abdullah   standing outside as his father was busy with Hazrath Mu’awiya  . So Hazrath Imam Husain  and Hazrath ibn Umar  left. When Sayidina Umar   met with Imam Husain  later and enquired as to why he did not enter. Imam Husain  replied ‘O! Commander of the faithful! I came and found you alone with Hazrath Mu’awiya   so I returned with Abdullah ’. To which Sayyidina Umar  replied ‘you have more right to be permitted than ibn Umar   as what is grown on our heads is because of Allah and then your family’.  Imam al Husain  was courageous and steadfast. We are well aware of the sacrifice that this grandson of the Rasool  made for Islam. We know well the stories of his martyrdom. But how many of us learn from this great mans sacrifices. It was through men like him that Islam reached us in its pure and unadulterated form. It was because of his sacrificing of his life for truth and justice that we live today. But yet we as a muslim ummah have not yet really risen from the ashes. We have discarded our guides in life for role models and for values that are demeaning. What has happened to the Muslim ummahs zeal and its love for Jihaad in the path of Allah. Let us return and uphold the values as laid down by the life of Imam al Husain  . And know that although Imam Husain   was killed yet he remains alive in the hearts of true muslims , just as he is alive with his lord , for those slain in the path of Allah are alive receiving sustenance.

And in conclusion to those that slayed the Beloved of the Rasool  and who , up to this day insults and degrades the family of the Habib I end with what a poetess from the daughters of Abdul Mutallib wrote :

‘ What would you say if the Prophet  said to you

What did you do when you were the last of nations to my family and offspring

Amongst them were those who were taken captive and those who were killed ,stained by their blood

This was not what I advised you that you should succeed me by inflicting evil upon my kin’.

The Hijrah

The Hijrah of Sayyiduna Rasulullah (SAW) highlights the starting point and journey from complete abandonment of falsehood and darkness into the light of Truth and Faith.

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