9th imamMajlis Summary

Heartiest Felicitations on the Blessed and Auspicious Occasion of the Birth Anniversary of 10th Imam Ali An Naqi a.s.

Imam Ali An-Naqi a.s. was born in Medina on 15th Dhulhijjah in the year 212 A.H. He is the son of the 9th Imam Muhammad At -Taqi a.s. and Bibi Samanna. The mother is from the progeny of Ammar Yasir, a prominent companion of Noble Prophet. The parents of Ammar, Yasir and Sumayya, were the first martyrs of Islam. Thus the 9th Imam is honored being descendant of martyrs of Islam.
He assumed the office of Imamat from 220 A.H. at the shahadat of his father, at young age of 9 years and led the Ummah for 34 years.

Reflect on the names of 9th Imam and link them to our life as shias:

(i) Be a Haadi:

In those days there was great discussion on topics of theology relating to God such as embodiment, vision, description, actions of man etc. Here the 10th Imam would eloquently overcome these arguments and present guidance to the people. Thus he was called Al Haadi - the guide and An Naseeh-the counsellor.

Definitely the news of a child prodigy spreads far and people are drawn to the Imam in Madina to seek guidance.
In our times the discussion on concept of God, belief in Atheism and Secularism is high. How does a Shia of Imam Al Haadi be a guide through this confusing maze?
Analyse the topics of conversation among families to find out if such concepts are discussed? What proportion of conversations does this topic occupy compared to other topics such as business, housekeeping sports, leisure? Is one competent to converse and guide on these topics?

Is not a shia required to be a haadi to oneself, family, community, neighbourhood and society? What does one need to do?

(ii) Be An Naqi:

The other title of the Imam is An Naqi- the pure, uncorrupted, untainted.
The rulers efforts to lure the Imam in difficult scenarios of wine, women, music, dancing, wealth did not succeed.

To prevent from becoming tainted, corrupted, impure one needs to be zaahid –abstaining- and have qana'ah- contentment. One abstains and becomes contented not because one resigns to whatever state one is found in. Rather zuhd –abstaining- and qana'ah- contentment t is due to one not coveting for that which is higher than one's needs.

One day in the presence of the ruler people were discussing about taqwa, tawakkul, zuhd, qana'ah and abundantly praising Imam Ali An Naqi to be outstanding in these qualities.
The ruler commented, "When he does not have anything (to possess), what else can he do, but be content with this condition!"
The people responded that this was not so in reality.
So the ruler set a test for the Imam. Various expensive clothes, gold coins and other luxurious items were dispatched to the Imam by the ruler.

When receiving these valuable gifts, Imam An Naqi said, "All these things are higher than our needs, What can I do with them?"
The spies who had been placed to report on the Imam relayed to the ruler that everything lay unused. The plot to corrupt the Imam failed.

Relate the response of the Imam to our state of living where there is craze for having additional, modern, latest gadgets and always trying to keep up with the johns's!
How much energy and resources is diverted away from the reality of life and instead put towards acquiring this lifestyle? The desires are endless.
Where is zuhd –abstaining- and qana'ah- contentment? Does not its absence provide stage for tainting one's faith?

Is not a shia required to strive towards being Naqi -pure to oneself, family, community, neighbourhood and society? What does one need to do?

Wa ma tawfiqi illa billah

Fazle Abbas Datoo
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