Biography of Imam Hassan (as)
Imam Hassan (a.s.), a 7th century revolutionary leader, was the grandson and the righteous descendent of Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) the Messenger of God and founder of Islam. He earned the title Al-Mujtaba, "The Chosen One" due to his abundant generosity and piety. For example, he was known for his hospitality, offering meals, clothes, and other needs to visitors to his home. The Imam’s polite and kind mannerisms were also reflected when responding to disrespectful acts of others unfortunate circumstances. When an employee accidentally spilled hot soup on him, he responded patiently and overlooked the mistake. Furthermore, the Imam was an advocate of social justice and signed a treaty with Muawiya, the tyrannical governor of that time. In the treaty, the Imam clearly outlined the peaceful terms and methods utilized to secure justice and one’s rights in society. However, Muawiya exposed his own hypocrisy when he violated this treaty. The Imam continued to follow the treaty, illustrating the Imam’s pious and peaceful intentions. These intentions were essential in reviving the hearts of humanity against injustice, eventually leading to a revolution led by his brother, Imam Hussain (a.s.). These examples are of many that demonstrate that Imam Hassan is truly an inspiration, and 1400 years later his legacy continues, inspiring us and many to give back.
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**More Quotes by Imam Hassan (as)**
“People will destroy themselves if they have these three bad habits. These are arrogance, greed and jealousy.”
“Teach others your knowledge and learn the knowledge of others so that you will bring your own knowledge to the level of perfection.”
“People protect their stomach from harmful food, but they do not care if evil thoughts corrupt their mind.”