A little about Bohlol's life

By: Fatemah

Bohlol was born in Kufa and his real name is Wahab bin Amr. Haroun Rashid feared for the safety of his Caliphate and kingdom from the 7th Imam Musa Kazim (A.S.). That's why he imprisoned Imam (AS). His (AS) followers were in danger from the Caliph Haroun. They went to the Imam and informed him of the circumstances, and asked for advice and guidance. The Imam answered with the sole letter (jeem); all of them understood that that was it and asked no further questions.

Each person understood the Holy Imam's advice in his own different way. One person took (jeem) to mean (jala watan) --exile. Another thought of (jabl) --mountain. Bohlol took it to mean (jinoon) --insanity. This is how all of the Imam's companions were saved from calamity.

Because of the situation, Bohlol acted insanely by the Imam's order. By doing this, he was saved from Haroun's punishment. Now, without any fear of danger, and in amusing ways, Bohlol protected himself from tyrannies. He insulted the notorious caliph and his courtiers just by talking. Nevertheless, people acknowledged his superior wisdom and excellence. Even today many of his stories are narrated in assemblies and teach the listeners valuable lessons.

Before becoming insane, Bohlol lived a life of influence and power, but after obeying the Imam's order, he turned his face away from the majesty and splendor of the world. In reality, he became crazy over Allah. He dressed in rags, preferred desolate places over Haroun's palaces, lived on a bite of stale bread. He did not accept favors from or depend upon Haroun or those like him. Bohlol considered himself better than the caliph and his courtiers because of his way of life.

Bohlol was sincerely devoted to Allah; he was an intelligent and virtuous scholar. He was the master of the mind and manners; he spoke with the best of answers ready on his lips; he protected his faith and the Shariah. Bohlol became insane at the Imam's command for the love of Ahlul Bayt (AS), and so he could enforce the rights of which they had been wronged.

Haroun told his minister Yahya bin Khalid Barmaki that listening to the words of Imam Jafar Sadiq (AS)'s student Hisham bin Hikam --who proved Imam Musa Kazim (AS)'s Imamate-- was more dangerous to him than 100,000 swords. Haroun said, "Even then it amazes me that Hisham is alive and I am in power."

One day Bohlol arrived at Haroun's palace and saw that the throne was empty. There was no one to stop him, so he unhesitatingly and fearlessly went and sat in Haroun's place. When the court slaves saw this, they immediately started whipping him and took him off the throne. Bohlol started crying. Haroun came and saw this; he asked those nearby why Bohlol was crying. A slave told him the whole story. Haroun scolded them and tried to cheer Bohlol up.

Bohlol said he wasn't crying at his condition, but at Haroun's condition. "I sat on the seat of caliphate wrongfully for a few seconds and received such a beating and endured such misfortune; but you have been sitting on this throne all your life! What troubles you must receive, yet you still don't fear the consequence."


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

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