'Today on top of palace, tomorrow buried in pits' – words of Imam Al-Hadi (A)
By: Shazzah Al-Hoseini
When Mutawakkil (the Abbasid Caliph) whom his hatred to
the Ahl al-Bayt (PBUT) and their followers is evident, became the
Caliph he feared that Imam Hadi (PBUH) rise against him. Therefore he
bade Imam Hadi (PBUH) to reside near him to keep him under his
scrutiny so that if necessary could impose pressure on him, and
whenever needed murder him. However, Imam (PBUH), by the will of Allah
(SWT), prudently decided to use the opportunity to infiltrate his
influence into the government and the inner circle of the Caliph, and
he succeeded in doing so. Incidents such as the following can
illustrate the aspects of influence of Imam Hadi (PBUH) in the court.
In the court of Mutawakkil, some had gossiped about Imam Hadi (PBUH)
and had said that he had received letters and arms from his followers
at Qum, and that he had plans to overthrow Mutawakkil and seize power.
Mutawakkil sent some of his soldiers to the house of Imam Hadi (PBUH).
They attacked his house at night, but could not find anything, and
found Imam (PBUH) in a room alone sitting on the soil, wearing a
woolen cloth in prayers, and reciting the Holy Quran. The soldiers
took him to the Castle straight away, and said to Mutawakkil, “Nothing
was found at his house, and we saw him sitting to the direction of
Qiblah, and reciting the Holy Quran.” Mutiwakkil was drinking wine and
there was a glass of wine in his hands. When he saw Imam (PBUH), he
caused Imam to sit next to him offering him his glass of wine.
Imam Hadi (PBUH) said, “By Allah my flesh and blood have never tasted
wine, excuse me.”
Mutawakkil then took back his offer and then asked the Imam to recite
a poem. Imam (PBUH) answered, “I know very few poems.”
Mutawakkil said, “No problem.” Imam (PBUH) while sitting close to
Mutawakkil started reciting the following verses:
“(The powerful and oppressor kings) would spend the night at top of
the mountains, while powerful men were protecting them; yet the
mountain peaks could not save them (from the danger of death.)
After times of glory and honor, they were pulled down from their
fortress, and settled in pits (graves); oh, what a bad place they
When they were buried in the ground, someone shouted, “Where are those
bracelets, crowns, and costly clothing?
Where are those delicately brought up faces that were respected
through the hanging curtains (they had palaces and doorkeepers)?”
Their graves answer instead of them, “Now, the worms are competing
with each to eat the features!”
They ate and drank a long time in this world; but now, they that were
eaters of all things are themselves being eaten by worms and insects!
What houses they built to protect themselves from dangers! But
eventually, after some time, they said farewell to these houses and
families and hurried into their tomb residence.
What wealth and reserves they had stored, but left all of them for the
Their houses and palaces turned into ruins and their residents hurried
toward dark graves!”
Mutawakkil heard these poems and started to weep until he had his
beard wet. The audience cried too. Then they returned Imam Hadi (PBUH)
to his house with great respect.
Source: “Guiders of the path of
light – Life of Imam Hadi (PBUH)”, by Ayatullah Sayyed Muhammad
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