Biography of Imam Musa al-Kadhim (as)
Imam Musa al-Kadhim (as), an 8th century leader, was a righteous descendant of Muhammad (pbuh) the Messenger of God and founder of Islam. He earned the title al-Kadhim for his forbearance and pardons to those who wronged him. In one instance, when a person consistently cursed him and his family, instead of being upset he returned the rude act with kindness and generosity that ultimately changed the person's heart. In another instance, an individual accidentally spilled boiling water on him, but the Imam reacted with such patience and forgiveness that he became a role model for many. He was also unjustly incarcerated for almost 19+ years -- for no fault of his -- but that did not stop him to thank God for every opportunity. During these years in prison, he softened the hearts of even the harshest guards after they experienced his immaculate character and piousness. The Imam was transferred from the darkness of one prison to another and subjected to very harsh conditions. Still, the Imam always viewed the situation positively and prayed frequently. In spite of such atrocities, he was the most devout, most knowledgeable, and the most generous amongst the people of his time and the secret benefactor of many families in Madinah. He 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 Musa al-Kadhim (as)**
“Plants grow in plain, not rocky lands. In the same way, wisdom will grow in the hearts of the modest, not the arrogant, because Allah has made modesty the instrument of the mind and made arrogance the instrument of ignorance.”
“No charity is superior to giving a helping hand to the weak.”
“The best means by which a slave seeks proximity to God after his (God’s) recognition is praying, benevolence to parents, and abandonment of envy, self-conceit and vaunting”