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1 Issue 4
The Truth
A Weekly Bulletin Thu. Dec. 7th 2006

A nd We did not send before you any but men to whom We sent revela-
tion-- so ask the followers of the Reminder if you do not know
An-Nahl 16:43

Word of Wisdom “Faith (Imaan) stands on four supports: Trust


in Allah; Satisfaction in whatever He destines;
Submission to His commandments; and entrusting Him with all the
affairs. The virtuous servant says: ‘..And I entrust my affairs to Allah.
Indeed Allah sees best the servants. Then Allah saved him from their
evil schemes..’ (40:44-45)”
Imam Ali Al-Ridha [P]
[Tuhaf al-‘Uqool]

Article The Features of Imam’s (P) Morality

T he infallible Imams were the selected ones of the God and out-
standing, distinguished and superior to all the people. They used
to become the practical example for others during their lives. They
taught the lesson of life to the people. They did not segregate and sepa-
rate themselves from them and did not lead their lives on the style and
pattern of the tyrants and oppressors. They did not overlook or show
heedlessness and disrespect to anyone.
Cont’d on P. 3
A Personality Imam Ali Al-Ridha (P)

Name: Ali
Title: Al-Ridha
Agnomen: Abul Hassan
Father: Musa Ibn Ja’far
Mother: According to some narrations, Taktum.
Birth: 11th Dhul-Qida 148AH/765AD
Martyrdom: Poisoned by Al-Mamun on 17 or 29th of Safar 203 AH/818AD
according to different narrations.
Buried: Mashhad, Iran

Holy Mashhad, IRAN


The Truth, Thursday, December 7th, 2006. Vol. 1 Issue 4 
Story THE UNFIXED WAGES
That day Sulayman bin Ja’far Ja’fari and Imam
Al-Ridha (P) had gone out together for some work. It was sunset when
Sulayman wanted to return home. Imam Al-Ridha (P) said to him: “Come
to my house and be with us tonight.” Sulayman agreed and with Imam
(P) he went to his house.
Imam (P) saw his servants busy in gardening. By the way, he saw a
stranger, who was also busy in gardening with them. Imam (P) asked:
“Who is he?”
The servants replied: “We have hired him today so that he may help
us.”
Imam (P): “It’s all right. How much wages have you fixed for him?”
Servants: “We will give him something and would make him satis-
fied.”
The signs of displeasure and anger appeared on Imam Al-Ridha (P)
face and he wanted to punish them. Sulayman Ja’fari came forward and
said:
Why do you make yourself uncomfortable?”
Imam (P) said: “I have repeatedly given orders that till the work
and wages are not fixed, never get the work done by anyone. First fix
the wages of the person and then get the work done. Even if you have
fixed the wages, you could give something extra to him after the work
is over. Certainly, when he finds that you have given him more than the
fixed wages, he would be thankful to you and would like you. And the
affection between you and him would increase. And even if you would
give him the wages you have fixed, the person would not be unhappy
with you. But if you do not fix the wages and employ someone to work,
whatever you would give him after the work, he would not think that you
have done a favour to him. Rather, he will think that you have given him
less than his actual wages.”
Facts •One of the famous saying of Imam Ali Al-Ridha (P)
is: “This world is a prison for a believer (Mo’min)
and a paradise for the unbeliever.”
•Each Imam (P) is remembered for a specific thing. Example: the 4th
Imam, Imam Zainul Abideen (P) is remembered for his illness. The 6th
Imam, Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (P) - for his sustenance. And in the same
way our 8th Imam, Imam Ali Al-Ridha (P) is called upon when someone
is about to go on a journey.
•The body of Imam Al-Ridha (P) was buried in the same parameter
where Haroon was buried and in the front of his grave. The reason is
because Al-Mamun ordered people to bury the Imam’s (P) body in this
parameter is so Haroon’s grave would not be dug up in the future.
The Truth, Thursday, December 7th, 2006. Vol. 1 Issue 4 
Cont’d From P.1
Sheikh Saduk narrates through the words of Ibrahim bin Abbas that,
“I never saw Imam Al-Ridha (P) committing excess over anyone in talk-
ing and interrupting anybody’s speech before its coming to the end. He
did not stretch his legs in the presence of others. When the meal table
was laid he invited the servants to it, and took his meals with them. Af-
ter taking rest in the nights he got up and made himself busy with the
prayers to God. Similar to his fore fathers he carried food to the houses
of the afflicted ones at the mid of nights.”
“Mohammad bin Abi Ebad” says about Imam (P) “He used mats of
palm date leaves, straws and marsh reed in the summer season, and
woolen carpets in the winter.”
He led a simple life in his home, but when he went out he used to
decorate himself and put on new and clean dress. He respected and hon-
ored the guests to the extent that one night a lamp of the house went
out of order, the guest got to his feet to put it right. Imam (P) made him
sit and he set the lamp right, and said, “We do not employ our guests
(exploit) upon work.”
Yasir, the servant of Imam (P) says, Imam (P) said to us, “Whenever
you are busy taking your meal, if I call you, do not get up till you have
finished up eating.” Another friend of Imam (P) says, “One day a stranger
came to Imam’s (P) house and said, I am one of your friends and am
also not a poor man but my money has finished up and I do not have
the expanses to return. You give me an amount and when I return to my
city I will give it out as alms on you behalf.” Imam (P) got up and went
to another room, brought an amount of two hundred dirhams and gave
it to him from upside the door and said, “Take this and go and it is not
necessary to give it away as alms on my behalf.”
They asked the Imam (P), “Why did you do it this way that he may
not see you.”
He said, “So that he does not catch my sight and get ashamed (em-
barrassed).”
Holy Mashhad, IRAN
The Truth, Thursday, December 7th, 2006. Vol. 1 Issue 4 
Sayings Imam Ali Al-Ridha (P) Said:
1. The best and most respected virtue of a man is to do good and to
fulfill the desires of the needy.
2. You had better avoid the munificence that results in the greater loss
to you than the benefits received by your brethren.
3. He who is sure about the divine rewards will be more generous.
4. He who adopts someone as a brother in order to provide Allah’s con-
sent will be given a chamber in paradise.
5. Giving alms is the most valuable savings.
6. To be patient in the face of hard-ships is a virtue but to refrain from
forbidden deeds is a greater one.
7. Patience and resignation are considered as the worthiest devotions.
8. True devotion not only means excessive sayings of prayers and keep-
ing fasts. One ought to meditate on the divinity profoundly.
9. Be modest before your friends and be prudent while encountering an
enemy. Be pleasant with everyone.
10.It is much better to be uninterested in other’s properties than to be
munificent.
11.To help the disabled is much better than to give alms.
Poetry
Praise be to Allah (SWT),
who is the creator of the worlds,
and has created what is between,
yet he was not created nor was he begotten nor did he beget,
and guides whom he wills, and sends astray whom he wills,
and guides without guidance, and exists without guiding.
Praise be to Allah (SWT),
the one who know all and sees all,
but not all knows or sees him,
and he sees what is not seen,
and knows what is not known,
and teaches what cannot be taught,
without being taught,
and knows the truth without truth,
and knows a lie without lying.
By: Sayed Maher Kassem
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