Imam Muhammad Taqi Al-Jawwad (as), son of Al-Imam Ali bin Mousa
Ar-Ridha (as), and the ninth infallible successor of holy Prophet
Muhammad (sw), was born on Rajab 10 … greetings to all readers marking
the auspicious and blessed occasion.
The tale of Mamun-or Rashid’s first meeting with the young son of Imam
Ali Ridha (as) is interesting. Once when our 9th Imam, Imam Taqi (as)
was only nine years old, he was walking down a street of Baghdad, when
Mamun-or Rashid and his soldiers came by. All the other children on
the street ran away but Imam Taqi (as) did not.
Noting this, Mamun-or Rashid stopped his carriage and asked, “Young
man, why did you not run away like the other children?”
Imam Taqi (as) replied calmly, “Neither had I committed a crime, nor
was I blocking the way. Why should I have run away or be afraid? And I
also know that you will not cause any unnecessary trouble when your
way is not blocked.”
Mamun-or Rashid was surprised with this mature reply and asked, “What
is your name?”
“Muhammad,” came the reply.
Whose son are you? Asked Mamun-or Rashid.
“Son of Imam Ali Ridha (as).”
Mamun-or Rashid rode on.
During his hunt the hawk returned to him with a fish in its beak.
Mamun-or Rashid was surprised. He returned back toward the city. Once
again, he found children playing on the same spot, who ran away seeing
the caliph’s soldiers, except this young man who said he was Muhammad
son of Imam Ali Ridha (as) who remained where he was.
Mamun-or Rashid hid the fish in his palm, stopped his carriage near
Imam Taqi (as) and said, “Tell me, what is there in my fist?”
Imam Taqi (as) replied, “Allah has created tiny fish in the river. The
hawks of kings sometimes catch fish from there and bring it to the
Kings. They hide it in their fist and ask a member of the Ahlul Bayt
of the Prophet, “Tell me what is there in my fist.”
Mamun-or Rashid said, “Truly, you are the worthy son of Imam Ali Ridha