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A Glimpse into the Life of the Eleventh Infallible (as)

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“The young boys were playing with their toys, just as most young boys do – except for one boy, who stood amongst his peers with tears streaming down his cheeks.

“Would you like me to buy you a toy to play with?” asked a concerned onlooker.

“…We have not been created for (such) play…” responded the crying boy.

The stunned man inquired, “…and what have we been created for?”

The boy replied, “For knowledge and worship.”

The man then asked, “Where did you get that from?”

“From the words of (God), the Exalted, ‘Did you suppose that We created you aimlessly and that you will not be brought back to Us?’[i]” said the boy…

“What’s wrong with you? You are a small innocent child!” exclaimed the man.

The boy dismissed the man’s words saying, “Leave me be… Indeed, I have seen my mother try to start a fire with big logs but the fire does not start without using the small ones first… I fear that I would be among the small logs of hellfire!…”

Theses are the mind-blowing words of the 11th Imam of Twelver Shiites at a young age, Imam Hassan Ibn Ali Al-Askari (a) as described and depicted  in Al-Sawa’iq al-Muhriqah, a book written by the Sunni Scholar, Ibn Hajar al-Haytami [1].

Biography of The Eleventh Imam in short:

Name: Hassan
Title: al-Askari
Kunya: Abu Muhammad, Ibn al-Ridha
Father: Ali ibn Muhammad al-Hadi al-Naqi (p)
Mother:  Hudayth / Sousan / Sulayl
Born: 8th Rabi’ al-Thani, 232 AH/846 CE
Martyrdom: 8th, Rabi’ al-Awwal, 260 AH/874 CE, after being poisoned by the Abbasid Caliph al-Mu’tamad
Age at Martyrdom: 28
Period of Imamate: 6 years
Buried: Samarra, Iraq

Alas! The life of the epitomes of humanity, kindness, wisdom, and obedience to God are unfortunately filled with the pain of being ignored by the people of their time, expect for a single few! When reading thesespearls of wisdom by the Infallible Imams, and how they were treated, the words of the Commander of the Faithful resonate louder in the ears of this world: “We [the Household of the Holy Prophet]  remain ignored blessings!”  …

May God hasten the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (aj)

[1] Pg. 293 of Manaqib Ahlulbayt by Sh. Shirawani

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