NAJMUS SAAQIB Incident Forty-four: Husain bin Mudallil meets the Imam

A reliable gentleman has narrated this incident, although this report is famous among the people of Najaf Ashraf. The incident is as follows: The house in which I reside, in this year 789 A.H., once belonged to a virtuous and pious man named Husain Mudallil and Sabaat Mudallil is named after him. And this Sabaat (a roof between two houses) is adjacent to the walls of the Holy mausoleum of Najaf. This person also had a family.

He became affected by such terrible paralysis that he could not even stand up. The members of his family used to assist him in fulfilling his necessary needs. He remained affected by this malady for a long time as a result of which his family had to face penury and to depend on charity.

In 720 A.H. when a quarter of the night had passed, he awoke his family members. They saw that the house and the ceiling were illuminated with such a bright light that it dazzled the eyes. They asked him what the matter was. He said: The Imam of the Time (a.s.) had come and he told me: O Husain, stand up. I said: My master, I am unable to stand up as you can see. He took my hand and made me stand up and all the signs of paralysis disappeared. Now, I am perfectly healthy and cured.

The Imam (a.s.) also said: This canopy is my route to visit my grandfather, Ameerul Momineen (a.s.) so you must close it every night. I said: We hear and obey Allah and you are our master! After that the man arose and by way of thanksgiving for this divine mercy and kindness, he went to visit the mausoleum of His Eminence, Ameerul Momineen (a.s.).

This canopy, till this day is a place where people pray during times of need and all those who make petitions at this spot achieve success by the blessings of the holy footsteps of the Qaaem (a.s.).”[1]

[1]   Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, pp. 73-74

NAJMUS SAAQIB Incident Forty-three: Ja’far bin Zohdari

It is an incident of 759 A.H. narrated by Abdur Rahman Amani and he wrote it down in his own hand and it is with me.

He writes: Abdur Rahman bin Ibrahim Qabaiqi narrated that he used to hear in Hilla Saifiya that Qari Najmuddin Ja’far bin Zohdari was down with paralysis. After the death of his father, his grandmother tried to get him cured, but he showed no signs of recovery. People advised her to consult the physicians of Baghdad.

They summoned the Baghdad doctors and they treated him for a time, but it was of no use. Then she was told to take him to the dome of the place of Imam Zamana (a.s.) in Hilla. Perhaps the Almighty Allah will bestow cure to him at that auspicious place.

She did that and left him there for a night. The Master of the Age cured his malady and he became healthy once again.

I heard this incident from others, but once I happened to meet that person also and he narrated to me that one night my grandmother left be alone in that dome and the Master of the Age arrived and said: Stand up, by the order of Allah.

Then he helped me to stand up and my paralysis was cured. People mobbed me in such way that I survived with a great difficulty. They snatched away my clothes as blessings. Others dressed me in their clothes and I returned home. And he narrated this incident a number of times.[1]

[1]   Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, p. 73

NAJMUS SAAQIB Incident Forty-two: Moammar bin Shams

The respected scholar, Shaykh Shamsuddin Muhammad bin Qaroon has also narrated another incident that Moammar bin Shams was one of the kings’ friends and he was also called by the title of Muzawwar. He was the trustee of Alawite properties and one of his assistants was called Ibnul Khatib and he had another servant named, Usmaan who maintained his accounts. Ibnul Khatib was a righteous believer whereas Usmaan was a Sunni. They often argued on religious points.

One day it so happened that they had an argument at the Place of Ibrahim (a.s.) in public. Ibnul Khatib said: The truth will become clear just now. I will write the names of those whom I am devoted to, and they are Hasan and Husain (a.s.). And you may write the name of those to whom you are devoted: like Abu Bakr, Umar and Usmaan. Then both our hands will be tied up together and placed in the fire. Whoever’s hand is burnt will be considered false and one, whose hand is unhurt will be on truth.

But Usmaan refused to take up the challenge and people began to ridicule him. Usmaan’s mother was observing this from above; thus when she heard the people make fun of her son she began to abuse them and while she was abusing them, she lost her eyesight and became totally blind. Now, she began to scream in terror, but when her friends came to see what the matter was, they found that her eyes seemed to be all right; but nothing was visible from them.

Thus, they helped her to come down and then took her to Hilla. When this news spread in her clan, they summoned the physicians of Baghdad and Hilla, but they could not do anything for her.
Then some believer ladies with whom she had acquaintance, told her: Only Imam Qaaem (a.s.) has made you blind. Now, if you accept the Shia faith and adopt Tawalla and Tabarra we will guarantee your salvation, the Almighty Allah will cure your malady. Without it, your salvation is impossible.
She agreed on these conditions and on Friday eve, the ladies brought her below the dome and left her alone at the place of Imam Zamana (a.s.). Then they came outside and spent the night there.
When a quarter of the night had passed that lady came out and her sight was restored. She was able to see and recognize each of them.

The other ladies were elated at this miracle cure and they asked her to explain how it happened.
She explained: When you left me below the dome, I felt someone touching my arm and saying: Go out, the Almighty Allah has cured you.

As soon as he said this, my sight was restored and I saw the whole shrine illuminated with a bright light. Then I noticed a person there and asked him who he was.
He said that he was Muhammad bin Hasan, and after that he disappeared.

The ladies brought her back to her house and her son, Usmaan also embraced the Shia faith and both proved sincere converts. This incident became famous in her community and all those who heard about it, became believers in the existence of Imam Zamana (a.s.). This incident occurred in 744 A.H.[1]

[1]   Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 52, pp. 71-73

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