The Friday Message - Issue No: 424 - Be on guard: Do not oppose the Imam

The Friday Message - Issue No: 424 - Be on guard: Do not oppose the Imam

Salamun alaykum,

Address by the Imam:

Imam Hasan Al Mujtaba a.s. was mobilising the masses to support him in confronting the terror and injustice in the nation being spread by Muawiya bin Abi Sufyan. Amongst his addresses to the community the Imam said

“....I am the sincerest of God's creatures in giving advice to them. I have not become one who bears malice to any Muslims nor one who wishes evil or misfortune to him. Indeed, what you dislike about jama'a -unity- is better for you than what you like about division. I see what is better for you better than you see for yourselves. Therefore, do not oppose my commands and do not reject my judgement...”

They doubted the Imam:

In response people began to look at one another asking, "What do you think he intends by what he has just said? We think that he intends to make peace with Muawiya and hand over the authority to him. By God the man has become an unbeliever…..”

Doubting the Imam and filled with these aspersions they rushed towards his tent plundering to the extent that they even took his prayer mat from under him.

Do you know what happened?

The desertion of the people from Imam Hasan a.s. increased. Further threats upon life of Imam multiplied with some even willing to hand him over to Muawiya. Subsequently Imam Hassan a.s. is deserted; left as the loneliest commander. This led to the Imam undertaking the peace treaty.

Who were being addressed by the Imam?

These were the people who, after the martyrdom of Imam Ali a.s., had pledged their allegiance to Imam Hasan Al Mujtaba a.s. as their leader. Some of them being his and his father’s devoted Shias. Others were from the Kharijites who desired to fight Muawiya with every possible means. Some were men who loved discords, and anxious for booty, some were doubters; some were followers of tribal leaders without reference to religion.

Strangely they all were Muslims. They did practise the rituals of salat, sawm, haj and other obligatory acts, yet they were opposing the commands of the Imam and questioning his judgement.

The strategy of Muawiya had affected the people. What a mixed band of men they were!

Why did the Imam address them?

It can be seen that a reason for Imam Hasan a.s. to address the community was to test his followers and make the situation clear with regard to necessity of obedience to the Imam and in turn the requirement for their total commitment to the Thaqalayn.

Our world today:

We are passing through a period where Saahibal Asr Waz Zamaan -the master of our Age, the Imam of our time- is in ghayba; occultation. As Muslims, we too fulfil the practices and rituals of Islam. We devotedly count ourselves as among the Shias of the Imam.

Whilst living amongst communities of faiths including Islam and those of no faith one does interact by default with people of all ideologies and thoughts. Even within our Shia community deviant ideas and misinformation are being pedalled amongst the laity under the banner of academic discussions and reformation. Further one’s nafs- individual self-is greedy to be satisfied for selfish desires that result into mischief and corruption in society.

Today the strategies to lure one away from taqwa, are very much in strong play like the strategies of Muawiya in luring the masses away from obedience to the Imam and drawing them to his side.
Isn’t there need to confronting these deviant plans?

If the sincerity of devotion and obedience to the Imam would be overtaken, then one may end up no longer being from the devoted Shias but being a Shia for name’s sake only. Can one continue being without?

Be on guard: Do not oppose the Imam

Is only fulfilling the practices and rituals of Islam sufficient to attain peak of taqwa?
As a sincere devoted Shia are you on guard not to oppose the Divinely Appointed Imam?

During this period of ghayba are you on guard that you do not slip into the mixed band of men as was during the time of ImamHasan Al Mujtaba a.s.?

أَعظَمَ اللهُ أُجُورَنا و أُجُورَكُم بِمُصابِنا بِالحُسَين ع
May Allah make great our reward and your reward, for our grief on Husayn a.s. May He place us and you from those who help his cause with His representative, the guided Imam from the family of Muhammad, S.A.W.W.

Wa ma tawfiqi illa billah

With salaams and duas

Shaykh Fazle Abbas Datoo
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Wessex Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat