A brief look on Imam Hasan al-Askari (AS)’s life

By: Hyder Reza Zabet

Imam Hasan al-Askari (A.S.), the eleventh infallible and holy Imam, was born in the holy city of Madinah in the month of Rabi al-Thani 232 A.H. He gained the imamate after the martyrdom of his father Imam Ali Naqi al-Hadi (A.S.) through Divine Command and through the decree of the previous Holy Imams (A.S.).

He spent most of his time in prison as all the rulers knew of the justice that was promised to come with the coming of the 12th Imam and they wished to prevent anyone being born of the 11th Imam. Imam (A.S.) was buried in his house in Samarrah next to his father (A.S.).

The tenth and eleventh Imamayn were both called Al-Askari as they lived in an area of Samarra called Askari.

Another reason that the eleventh Imam was called Askari is said to be that once Mutawakkil wanted to show the Imam the strength of his army of 90,000 men and so he asked his men to fill their sacks with sand and pile all the sacks up. He then showed Imam this mountain of sacks. Imam (A.S.) asked Mutawakkil to look through his (Imam's) two fingers where he saw an army of armed Angels. Imam (A.S.) told him that they were at his disposal but he would not use them. (An army is called Askari).

Bohlol once saw the young Imam (A.S.) crying in the street where all the other children were busy playing with their toys. He asked whether Imam (A.S.) was crying because he had no toys to play with. Imam replied: “We have not been created to play!” Bohlol asked where he had learnt this from and the Imam (A.S.) said: “Have you not read the Qur'an where it says – “Do you think We have created you in vain and that you will not be returned to us.” When Bohlool heard this he asked Imam for some advice. Imam talked about death, barzakh and qiyama and cried so much that he fainted. Then Bohlol asked him why he was so fearful as he was not even adult yet. Imam (A.S.) said: “I have watched my mother light a fire; she uses the little twigs to get the big pieces of wood to burn; I fear that on qiyama Allah too will use little ones to light the big ones.”

Once a severe drought overtook Samarrah and a Christian priest came, who whenever he raised his hands caused rain to fall from the heavens. The Muslims faith started wavering and the Khalifa Mo'taz Billah got worried for if they left Islam he would have none to rule over. He went to the 11th Imam saying that Imam's grandfathers’ religion was in trouble. Imam asked him to call all the people outside Samarra with the Christian priest. He asked the Christian priest to pray for rain. When he raised his hands to pray it started to rain. Imam asked for whatever was in his hands to be taken away and then asked him to pray for rain again. There was no rain this time. Imam showed that what the priest had in this hand was the bone of a Prophet, which whenever placed under the open sky caused it to rain. Imam then prayed for rain and it rained.


Muntakheb Ul  Aqwaal
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(Hazrat Ali Ibne Abi Talib (A.S)

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