Site of Al-Imam
Musa bin Jafar Al-Kadhim (AS)
A little about Imam Musa Al-Kadhim (AS)
By: Naema Hussein
25th of Rajab is the martyrdom anniversary of the Holy
Prophet’s 7th Infallible Successor, Imam Musa Al-Kadhim (AS). He was
born on 7th of Safar year 128 Hijrah at the land of Abwa situated
between holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.
His mother Hameeda Khatoon (AS) described that, "when my son came to
the world, he set his head on ground for prostration, and thanked God,
and this is the sign of his Imamate."
Yaqoob Siraj says I happened to visit Imam Sadiq (AS) in Madinah, I
saw him near the cradle of his son Imam Musa Al-Kadhim (AS). I saluted
him and he cheerfully answered it. Then he said, "Come near the Imam
succeeding me and salute him." I came close and saluted. He responded
eloquently and said, "God has given you a daughter to whom you have
not given a good name. Go and change her name."
History tells about his forbearance and patience that, "the enemy use
to feel shy and ashamed by his morality and nice behavior." There
lived a man in Madinah, whenever he saw the Imam (AS) he would stop
him and use foul language about him. The friends of Imam (AS) said,
"Permit us to reprimand him." Imam (AS) said, "Leave him alone and do
not bother him." A few days passed and there were no news about him.
Imam (AS) enquired after his health. They said he has gone out of
Madinah towards his agricultural fields. Imam (AS) rode upon the horse
and moved towards the fields. When that man saw the Imam he shouted
from a distance "Do not enter my field I am an enemy of you and your
Imam came near him. Saluted and enquired after his health and
well-being and said kindly to him, "How much have you spent over these
fields." He replied, "A hundred dinars." He asked, "How much profit do
you expect from it." He said, "Two hundred dinars." Imam took out a
bag containing three hundred dinars and gave it to him and said, "Take
this amount and the agricultural (products) fields may also be yours."
The rude and impudent man who had been taking liberties with Imam (AS)
for a long time, and did not expect such a thing, was very much
ashamed. When Imam (AS) returned to Madinah he said, "Repulse the evil
from yourself in this way."
In one of his statements the Imam says: "Participate in the gathering
of thinkers and keep close to them even though you find no place to
sit and are forced to stand, for, God revives dead hearts under the
blessing of wisdom in the same way that He revives the dead land
Once the Imam (AS) sent Haroun (Ar-Rashïd) a letter in which he
expressed his displeasure with him, saying: "No day of tribulation
passes me until a day of ease passes you, so that we will all perish
and (be resurrected) on the endless day when those who say false
things shall be losers."
The famous historian Yaqoubi writes: During a long period of
imprisonment in Haroun’s jail, a person suggested that the Imam write
a letter to one of the officials to procure his release. In response,
Imam Al-Kadhim (AS) gave a clear and decisive answer, saying: "One day
God revealed to Prophet David that: “If any servant seeks refuge in
other than Me, I will deprive him of My mercy.”
Such steadfastness unnerved the Abbasids, and the cruel Caliph, Haroun
Ar-Rashid, poisoned the food of the Imam in the jail of Baghdad. The
dose proved fatal and the 7th Imam kissed martyrdom on this day in 183
However, Haroun Ar-Rashid was afraid to admit his crime and he bribed
the chief justice to testify that no bodily harm had befallen Imam
Musa Al-Kadhim (AS). His holy dead body was placed on the bridge of
Baghdad and people were coerced to come and witness that they were no
signs of foul play on the body.
The Imam was laid to rest in what has since grown into the town of
Kadhemayn in honor of the twin golden-domed mausoleum, where the
people from not only Iraq but from throughout the world come to pay
respects and pray to God to grant them their needs, that are
Some of the sayings of Imam (AS) are:
"He is not from us one who gives up his material world for his
religion or his religion for the life of this world."
“Always say the right thing although it may lead to your loss.”
“Whenever you get a pious leader and ruler (then) thank God for this
“Be tough and strict with the cruel so that you may take the right of
the oppressed from him.”
“The best of generosity is the help to the oppressed.”
“The world is soft and beautiful like a snake but there is a
(disastrous) killer poison hidden inside it.”
“If there is a walnut in your hand and people say that it is a pearl,
their saying will not benefit you in any way when you know that it is
actually a walnut. And if there is a pearl in your hand and people say
that it is a walnut, their saying will not harm you in any way when
you know that it is actually a pearl.”
“Indeed cultivation and growth takes shape in a soft, even land and
not in a rocky (barren) land. Likewise, wisdom grows and develops in a
humble heart and not in a proud, vain and arrogant heart”.
“There is nothing seen by your eye but it has a lesson in it”.
better than wealth because it protects you while you have to
guard wealth. it decreases if you keep on spending it but the
more you make use of knowledge ,the more it increases . what you
get through wealth disappears as soon as wealth disappears but
what you achieve through knowledge will remain even after you."MORE