NAJMUS SAAQIB Incident Forty-one: Abu Raje Himami

Allamah Majlisi has narrated in Behaarul Anwaar from the book of Sultanul Mufarraj an Ahalal Imaan, compilation of the perfect scholar, Sayyid Ali bin Abdul Hamid Neeli Najafi that he said:
The incident of Abu Rajeh Himami in Hilla was famous in all the cities and it was known to all the people that:
“Of all those who have seen Imam Zamana (a.s.), there is the most famous and well known, and it is narrated by a group of scholars and eminent people of that town. Among those eminent personalities is also the pious, senior and virtuous Shaykh Shamsuddin Muhammad bin Qaroon.
He says that there was a ruler in Hilla called ‘Marjaan, the younger’. Some people reported to him that Abu Rajeh abuses the companions of the Prophet. So he got Abu Rajeh arrested and ordered him to be beaten. They beat him so severely that each part of his body was injured and they hit at his mouth so much that his teeth were broken.
Then they pierced his tongue with a thick iron needle. Then they pierced his nose and put a rope through it. After that he was given over to the ruler’s men to take him around the lanes of Hilla in this manner and ordered that he should be thrashed from every side. It happened in this way and the poor man fell down exhausted; people thought that he was dead.
They informed the king and he ordered his execution. Those present in the court wanted to know what purpose would be served by his execution. Since he was an old man this much punishment was enough for him. He was already dead, so he should be left now, and he would die a natural death. Why should the king take the responsibility of his death? When people petitioned much, he ordered his release.

NAJMUS SAAQIB Incident Forty: Version of Sayyid Fazlullah Rawandi

The honorable Sayyid, Fadlullah Rawandi says in the book of Dawaat[1] quoting from some religious person that he said: For sometime it had become difficult for me to rise from my prayer and this had made me aggrieved. Then I saw the Imam Sahibuz Zamaan in dream and he said to me: You should take chicory water, and surely Allah will make this easy for you.
The man said: So, I took a lot of chicory water and it became easy to stand up for prayer.

[1]   Al-Daawaat, p. 156

NAJMUS SAAQIB Incident Thirty-nine: Version of Mirza Muhammad Taqi Almasi

The same Sayyid Muhammad Baqir has also mentioned in the book of Noorul Oyoon, narrating from Mirza Muhammad Taqi Almasi, that he stated in the treatise of Bahjatul Awliya: Informed me the righteous and trustworthy scholar from the Sadat of Shulistan from a trustworthy man that he said:
So they continued this till it was the turn of a person who did not have any money with which to serve the guests. That is why he was extremely sorrowful about it and his sorrow and grief increased.
It so happened that he went out into the desert night and saw a man who said: Go to so and so trader and tell him: Muhammad bin Hasan asks you to give me the twelve gold coins, which you have vowed for me. So take those gold coins from him and spend them on your guest.
So that man went to that trader and conveyed the message.
That merchant asked: Did Muhammad bin Hasan tell you this himself?
The man from Bahrain said: Yes.
The trader asked: Do you know him?
He said: No.
That trader said: He was the Sahibuz Zamaan and I had vowed these gold coins for him.
So he accorded respect to that Bahraini and gave that amount of money to him and requested him and expressed the wish that when His Eminence accepts my offering, please give me one gold coin from it and I will give another in return. So the Bahraini came and spent that amount on that occasion and that trustworthy person told me: I heard this story from the man from Bahrain through two references.[1]

[1]   Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 53, p. 261

NAJMUS SAAQIB Incident Thirty-eight: Version of Mirza Muhammad Taqi Majlisi

Pious scholar, Mirza Muhammad Taqi son of Mirza Kazim bin Mirza Azizullah bin Maula Muhammad Taqi Majlisi (r.a.) maternal grandson of Allamah Majlisi (r.a.), nicknamed Almasi, says in the treatise, Bahjatul Awliya: As the student of that late gentleman and one having great insight, Sayyid Baqir bin Sayyid bin Sayyid Muhammad Sharif Husaini Isfahani in the book of Nurul Oyoon, has quoted from him that he said: Some have narrated to me that a pious gentleman from people of Baghdad, who is alive even today, that is in the year 1136 A.H., said:
I had set out for a journey and during that journey I boarded a ship and set sail. By chance, we had a shipwreck and all its contents sank. Clinging to a piece of a plank we were moving on the waves till we found ourselves on the banks of an island after a long time. We roamed around the island and after despairing of life reached to a wilderness. I saw a mountain in front of us; when we came near to it, I saw that around that mountain was a sea and on one of it there was a desert and the fragrance of the fruits reached our nostrils, which gave us exceeding joy and pleasure.
We climbed that mountain for some distance and in the centre of it reached a spot, which was a clear stone slab approximately twenty yards such that it was absolutely impossible to move hand or feet on it. I was in that confused and bewildered state when suddenly I saw a huge snake, much larger than sycamore trees that it had focused its complete attention on me and was heading towards me.
I fled from there beseeching the Almighty Allah for help: O my Lord, since You saved me from drowning, please save me from this great calamity as well.
At that moment, I saw an Animal, the size of a rabbit, come down from the mountain and pounce upon the snake.

NAJMUS SAAQIB Incident Thirty-seven: Green Island

So to say: I found in the treasure of Ameerul Momineen Ali Ibne Abi Talib (a.s.), chief of the successors and the Imam of the pious, a treatise in the writing of Fazl bin Yahya Ali Tayyabi Kufi (q.s.) as follows:
Praise be to the Lord of the worlds and may Allah bless Muhammad and his Purified Progeny.
So to say: This humble servant, Fazl bin Yahya Ali Tayyabi Kufi says that he heard this report from Shaykh Shamsuddin Najih Hilli and Shaykh Jalaluddin bin Haraam Hilli (q.s.) in the mausoleum of Imam Husain (a.s.) on 15th Shaban 699 A.H. and the two gentlemen heard it in Samarrah from Shaykh Saaleh Zainuddin Ali bin Fazil Mazandarani, the caretaker of Najaf Ashraf. It is an eye-witness account of Shaykh Mazandarani. After hearing this report, I became eager to meet Shaykh Mazandarani and I prayed that I should get an opportunity to meet him so that I can get it verified from him directly. Thus, I set out for Samarrah for this purpose. By chance that same year the Shaykh had come to Hilla in Shawwal, which I came to know from Sayyid Fakhruddin Hasan bin Ali Musawi Mazandarani, who was a resident of Hilla. When he came to meet me, during the conversation he also mentioned that Shaykh Zainuddin Ali bin Fazil was staying at his place in Hilla nowadays. I was extremely elated at this and I set out for Hilla in the company of Sayyid Fakhruddin. I met Shaykh Zainuddin Ali bin Fazil at the house of Sayyid Fakhruddin, greeted him and kissed his hands.
He asked Sayyid Fakhruddin about me.

NAJMUS SAAQIB Incident Thirty-six: Ali bin Yunus Amili

The prominent Shaykh, Zaiduddeen Ali bin Yunus Amili Bayazi[1] says in the book of Siraatul Mustaqeem Ilaa Mustahaqul Taqdeem: I went out in the company of more than forty persons for the Ziyarat of Qasim bin Moosa Kazim (a.s.) and reached a place from where a distance of around a mile remained from the tomb. I saw a rider heading to us and thought that he intended to rob us. So we concealed from him what we were fearful for. When we reached him, we saw the signs of his horse, but did not see him. I glanced around the dome, but did not see anyone. We were surprised, inspite of the open terrain and presence of sunlight. Thus, it is not unlikely that he might have been the Imam of the Age (a.t.f.s.) or one of his representatives.
The author says: It will be mentioned that these incidents prove the blessed existence of the Imam of the Age (a.s.) and the implication of the Abdaal will also be mentioned and this Qasim is buried at a distance of eight farsakhs from Hilla and scholars and religious people come for his Ziyarat regularly. A report very similar to this is famous among Ahle Sunnat that Imam Ali Reza (a.s.) said:
One, who cannot perform my Ziyarat should do the Ziyarat of my brother, Qasim.[2] And I have not seen this report. But in Usul Kaafi there is a report, which proved his lofty status till the level of ones imagination.
Thiqatul Islam, Kulaini has in the chapter of the declaration for Imam Ali Reza (a.s.), narrated a lengthy traditional report from Yazeed bin Salit from Imam Moosa Kazim (a.s.) on the way to Mecca. In that it is mentioned that the Imam said: “O Abu Umara, I can inform you that when I came out of my house, I gave my will to my son, so and so and in public. I allowed my other sons to take part in my instructions with him, but I gave my directive will to him in private and wanted him to be alone. Had it been upon myself I would have placed my directive will with my son, Qasim because of my love for him and sympathy. However, it is up to Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, who places it (Leadership with Divine Authority) wherever He wants…and so on.[3] And praise be to Allah.

[1]   Shaykh Ibrahim Kafami says in some of his writings, under the account of his writings: These are: Zubtatul Bayaan, Insaanul Insaan and Al Muntaza min Jami-il Bayaanl Jamiul etc.
[2]   Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 48, p. 311 and, vol. 3, p. 256
[3]   Al-Kaafi, vol. 1, p. 314

NAJMUS SAAQIB Incident Thirty-five: Abu Muzaffar or Abul Faraj Hamadani

He also says: The trustworthy Shaykh, Abul Muzaffar, and in some copies it is mentioned as Abul Faraj Muzaffar bin Husain Hamadani, was a trustworthy person and a prominent Imamite and he was an envoy of Imam Zamana (a.s.)
He lived during the time of Shaykh Mufeed, Abu Abdullah Muhammad bin Muhammad bin Noman Harithi Baghdadi, attended the gatherings of Sayyid Murtada and Shaykh Abu Ja’far Toosi. He recited books for Shaykh Mufeed but not for those two gentlemen. Informed me my father from his father about those writings: that is his narrations and books; through this channel I got the permission to narrate and quote them. Among then are: Kitabul Ghaibah, Kitabus Sunnah, Kitabuz Zahid fil Akhbaar, Kitabul Minhaaj, Kitabul Faraid.[1]
It is clear that his sitting in the lecture of Sayyid and Shaykh, was representing them in teaching and education and not benefiting from it; as is clear from his later statement. And Allah knows best.

[1]   Al-Fehrist, Muntajabuddin, p. 101

NAJMUS SAAQIB Incident Thirty-four: Thair Billah

The respected Shaykh of traditions, Muntajabuddin Ali bin Ubaidullah bin Hasan bin Husain bin Hasan bin Husain, brother of Saduq (r.a.), author of Arbaeen, famous for the book of Muntajib, which is the account of modern scholars, from the time of Shaykh Toosi till his own period. And he said: Thairbillah bin Mahdi bin Thairbillah Husaini Jaballi belonged to the Zaidiyyah sect and was a claimant of Zaidiyya Imamate. He staged an uprising in Gilan. At that time he had a vision and he embraced the Imamite faith. He also claimed to have seen Imam Mahdi (a.s.) and has narrated traditions from him.[1]

[1]   Al-Fehrist, Muntajabuddin, pp. 44-45l Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, p. 77

NAJMUS SAAQIB Incident Thirty-three: A Short man prays behind Imam (a.s.)

The respectful Shaykh, chief of the pious, Warraam bin Abi Faraas, at the end of the second volume of Tanbiyatul Khatir,[1] says: Informed me, the noble Sayyid, Abu Hasan Ali bin Ibrahim Arizi Alawi Husaini that: Informed me Ali bin Ali bin Numa that: Informed me Abu Muhammad Hasan bin Ali bin Hamza Aqsasi in the house of Sharif Ali bin Ja’far bin Ali Madaini Alawi that he said:
There was a short-stature Shaykh in Kufa, who was well known for his piety, he liked sight-seeing, was an ardent worshipper and preferred seclusion. And he was always in pursuit of historical information and traditional reports.
One day it so happened that I was in the gathering of my father when this gentleman arrived and began to converse with my father and the latter was listening to him intently.
The senior gentleman said: One night I was in Masjid Jofa, which is an ancient Masjid on the outskirts of Kufa. Half the night had passed and I was engrossed in secluded prayers when suddenly three persons entered. When they reached the center of the courtyard, one of them squatted and began to move the soil to the right and the left. A spring of water appeared and water gushed out of it.
He performed the ritual ablution with this water and gestured to the other two persons and they also performed the ablution. Then he stood in the front and the other two stood behind him to pray. I also went and stood at the back and recited the prayers with them.
Since I was astonished at the erupting of the spring, when the prayer was concluded, I asked the man to my right: Who is that gentleman? He told me: He is the Master of the Affair, son of Imam Hasan Askari (a.s.). So I went forward and kissed the blessed hands of His Eminence and asked very respectfully: O son of Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.a.), what is your opinion about Shareef Umar, son of Hamza? Is he on the right faith? He replied: No, but it is possible he may come to the right path. However, it is sure that he would not die without seeing me.

NAJMUS SAAQIB Incident Thirty-two: A Grocer who met the Imam

Also the respected Sayyid has stated verbally as well as in writing that:
When I was residing in Najaf Ashraf for my religious studies around the year 1275 A.H. I heard about a grocer who was supposed to have met Imam Zamana (a.s.).
I desired to know this person and to meet him in private and learn directly from him how he met Imam (a.s.).
So, I initiated the process of developing friendship with him. Many a times when I met him I greeted him and bought from him the provisions he sold till there developed friendship between us. All this was only to hear that blessed report from him. Till the time when I had the chance to go to Masjid Sahla on Wednesday to perform the prayer of Istijaara.
When I reached the Masjid, I saw that person standing over there. I saw it as an opportunity to ask him to spend the night with me. He was with me till I finished the main rituals of that Masjid and we set out for the grand Masjid of Kufa as per the usual customs of that time as no lodging was possible in Masjid Sahla due to lack of water and attendants etc.
When we reached that Masjid and performed some of its rituals and we settled down in the house, I asked him about the report of the promised one and requested him to narrate his story in detail.
He said: I had often heard from people with the gnostic bent of mind that one, who performs the rituals of Istijaara in Majid Sahla for forty Wednesdays eves continuously with the intention of seeing the Awaited Imam (a.s.), he would have the good fortune of seeing the Imam and it has often occurred. Thus, I also became eager to perform the ritual of Istijaara every Wednesday eve and neither heat nor cold or rain hindered me from performing this till almost a year passed and I continued to perform the ritual of Istijaara and maintained vigil at night in Masjid Kufa according to the common practice till it was the time of Asr when I came out from Najaf Ashraf on foot as per my habit and it was the winter period and condensed clouds and the atmosphere was dark and there was a light drizzle.