The Greatness of Imam Hasan (a.s.)

Imam Hasan Al-Mujtaba (A.S) was an active participant in the Jung-e-Jamal (Battle of camel where Ayesha the daughter of Abu Bakr and also the wife of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.a.s. led her fanatic bunch against Imam Ali. It was Islam’s first civilian war and it was due to Ayesha’s visceral hate for Prophet’s family resulted in thousands losing their lives).

In one of the attacks, Imam Ali (a.s.) gave his spear to his younger son, Mohammad Hanafia, and told him to fight with it…

Hanafia and killed many but when he faced a strong group of enemies from Bani Zebba he couldn’t get the better of them and had to retreat back to his father.

Imam Hasan (a.s.) took the spear and entered the battle like a lion. Such was the intensity of his warfare that the colour of his spear had turned red with the enemies’ blood.

He then returned to his father. When Mohammad Hanafia saw him, he dropped his head in embarrassment and his face turned red.

Imam Ali (a.s.) said, “Don’t look down upon yourself, because he is son of Our Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) but you are Ali’s son.”

(Bihar Al Anwar | V43 | P345)

Abu Bakr’s evil plan to assassinate Imam Ali

When Fadak was forcefully usurped from the Chief of the Ladies of Universe — Fatemah Zahra (s.a.) — by the first caliph Abu Bakr, the infallible daughter of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a) ordered that curtains should be drawn inside Masjid-e-Nabawi.

Following which, Janabe Zahra (s.a.) entered the mosque and gave an articulate and coherent sermon. First, she (s.a.) averred the Oneness of Allah the Almighty then she spoke about Islam and its laws after which she (s.a.) started to converse on the issue of Fadak.

Janabe Fatemah (s.a.) said: “Everyone is fully aware that Fadak was gifted to me by my respected father (s.a.w.a.) and it was under my ownership. Therefore, on what premises has the government confiscated it?”

After her speech, Abu Bakr retorted, “We want you prove to us by producing witnesses that what you claim [that Fadak was gifted to you by The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.)]”

Ironically, in the light of Islamic laws, it is Abu Bakr who should have put forward evidence for claiming Fadak from Fatemah Zahra (s.a.). Religious rules clearly state that a thing which is already in possession of a Muslim is in itself an irrefutable evidence that the thing belongs to him/her.

On this basis, Abu Bakr and Umar ibn al-Khattab should have brought forward evidence for filching Fadak from the Ahlul Bayt (a.s.).

Ameerul Momineen Ali ibn Abi Talib (a.s.), Imam Hasan (a.s.) and Imam Husain (a.s.) testified that Fadak was gifted to Janabe Zahra (s.a.) by her father (s.a.w.a.). The fourth witness was Umme Ayman — regarding whom Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) had categorically stated that he was from among the women of paradise — and the fifth person to testify was Asma binte Umays.

But Umar rejected the testimonies of those pious personalities whom the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a..) had taken along with him to confront the Christians of Najran. This incident is famous as Mubahela and has been documented in Surah Nisa. Continue reading →

Some innovations introduced by second caliph Umar in Islam

Second Caliph Umar ibn al Khattab (la) introduced numerous innovations in Islam (that did not exist during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (s) and forbade things which the Prophet himself had enjoined. To quote a few:

1) He initiated the congregational Tarweeh prayer in the month of Ramzan, which the Prophet himself had forbidden it upon the community (Imam al- Bukhari, “Sahih”, vol. 3 and 8)

2) He added the following line into the adhan of the Fajr prayers, “As-Salatu khairum minan nawm (Prayer is better than sleep)” (Imam al-Malik, “al-Muwatta”)

3) Pointing the index finger during recitation of salutations (salam) in prayers towards the Kaabah (Shibli al-Nomani, “al-Farooq”; Shah Waliyullah Muhaddith al-Dehlawi, “Izalatul Khifa”, vol. 3)

4) Changed the ruling of the Noble Prophet by treating three pronounced divorces in one sitting and same time, as one (Imam al-Muslim, “Sahih”)

5) The first one to award himself the title of Amirul Mumeneen (Imam al-Bukhari, “Sahih”; Ibn Khaldun, “al-Muqaddamah”; Shibli Numani, “al-Farooq”)

6) Entered into a treaty with the Christians of Syria in which he offered them entirely new terms by drafting a document that sought to humiliate them, quite contrary to the Prophet’s dealings with them (Ibn Taymiyah, “al-Fatawa”; Ibn Hazm, “al-Muhalla”; Shibli al-Numani, “al-Farooq”)

7) Ordered the killing of Magians (Zoroastrian). (Abu Dawud, “al-Sunan”, bk. 19)

8) Depriving the Ahlul Bayt of the Prophet a share from the khums after his death

9) Despatching cruel commanders (like Khalid b. Walid) with drawn swords and large troops to expand his dominion under the pretext of spreading Islam far and wide

10) Forbidding the writing of Prophetic traditions (Hadith)

11) Prohibiting the pronouncement of “Hayya ala khairil Amal” (come towards the best deed As-Salat) in the adhan (Imam al-Malik, “al-Muwatta”; al-Taftazani, “Shahr al-Maqasid”; al-Qushaji, “Shahr al-Tajrid”; Ali al-Halabiyah, “Siratul Halabiyah”

12) Prohibited the mutah (temporary marriage) of Hajj and mutah with women while both of these were permitted during the lifetime of the Prophet (Imam al-Bukhari, “Sahih”; Imam al-Muslim, “Sahih”, vol. 1; al-Taftazni, “Shahr al-Maqasid”; al-Qushaji, “Shahr al-Tajrid”). He most audaciously declared, “There are two mutah which existed in the time of the Prophet of Allah and during Abu Bakr which I have banned and I will punish those who disobey my orders – these two are the mutah of the Hajj and the mutah of the women.” Imam Ali says, “If Umar had not forbidden mutah, there would have been only a few unfortunate men who committed fornication.” (al-Tabari, “al-Tafsir”). Abdullah b. Abbas also comments saying, “Muttah was a blessing that Allah, the Almighty, endowed the nation of Muhammad and had it not been prohibited, no one except the truly perverted ones would have committed adultery.” (Ibn Athar, “al-Nihiyah”; al-Zamakhshari, “al-Faiq”)

13) He forbade the mahr for women to be more than 400 dirhams, even when a woman in the public pointed out a verse from the Quran permitting it. (Jalaluddin al-Suyyti, “Tafsir Durr al-Manthur”, vol. 2; Ibn Kathir, “al-Tafsir”, vol. 1; al-Zamakhshari, “Tafsir al-Kashshif”, vol. 1; Ibn Majah, “al-Sunan” vol. 1; al-Baihaqi, “Sunan al-Kubra”, vol. 1; al-Qastalani “Irshadus Sari Sharh Sahih al-Bukhari” vol. 8; Muttaqi al-Hindi, “Kanzul Ummal” vol. 8; Hakim al-Naishapuri, “al-Mustadrak” vol. 2), and many more acts.

One should refer to the words of the Quran, “And whatever the Apostle give you, accept it, and whatever he prevents you from, keep away from it; and fear (the wrath of Allah); Verily Allah is severe in retribution.” Sura Hashr (59): 7) — however Umar seemed to be heedless of this injunction of the Quran!