The Status of Imam Hussein (A.S.)

Imam Hussein (Abu Abdulla) (A.S.) had a lofty position in the Qur’anic verses which mentioned his high position with the position of Ahlul-Bait (A.S.). next to the verses of the Glorious Qur’an like the verse of Purification, Malediction, Affection and others, we quote statements, from the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his household) as additional evidence expressing the lofty position occupied by Imam Hussein (A.S.) in the world of Islam and the Muslim Ummah. Some of them are:

In the Sahih of Tirmidi, The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his household) said:

“Hussein is from me and I am from Hussein, Allah loves whoever loves Hussein.”

2. Salman Farsi is reported to have said: I heard the Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him and his household) saying:
“Hasan and Hussein are my two sons. Whoever loves them, then he loves me and whoever loves them then Allah loves him. And whomsoever Allah loves, He will make him enter Paradise. And whoever dislikes them then dislikes me. And whoever Allah dislikes, He will throw him into hell face downward.”

Ali bin Hussein (A.S.) said, on the authority of his father, on the authority of his grandfather (A.S.), “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his household) took the arms of Hasan and Hussein and said,

‘Whoever loves me and loves these two and their father, he will certainly be with me on the Day of Judgement.”

Aspects of His Character:

Under the supervision of his grandfather (peace be upon him and his household), his father, and his mother, al-Zahraa ( peace be upon them all), the aspects of his characters fused together personifying the Message of Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, in thought, action and conduct. Here, we cite some examples regarding him:

Shu’aid bin Abdul-Rahman is reported to have said:

“On the way to Taf (Battle of Karbala’), wherein he was martyred) a mark was seen on the back of Hussein bin Ali (A.S.). Imam Zainul-Abideen (A.S.) (his eldest son, and the son who survived the battle) was asked about it. “It is the trace,” he replied, “of the bag, which he puts on his back (carrying food) to the house of the widows, orphans and the poor.”

Another example, reflecting his humble nature is that of his acceptance of an invitation to having food with the poor. He encountered a number of poor men. Having had their food they hastened to ask him to share with them. He dismounted from his horse saying: “Surely, Allah does not like the haughty.” He partook of their food and said: “I have accepted your invitation won’t you accept mine?”

“Certainly, we will,” said they. He took them to his house and said to al-Rabab, his wife, “Bring us what you have been storing.”

One day he was asked, “How great is your fear of your lord?”

“No one would be secure on the Day of Judgement except those who feared Allah” he replied.”

The night before the tenth of the month of Muharram, Imam Hussein (A.S.) asked the Ummayad army to delay the battle till the following morning. He said: “This night we want to offer our prayers to our Lord, and we want to ask His forgiveness. He knows that I love to offer my prayers to Him, recite His Book, and pray much asking for His forgiveness.”

source: english.almaaref

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