Biography of Imam Sajjad (as)
Imam Ali ibn Hussain (a.s), a 7th century revolutionary leader, was the great grandson and the righteous descendent of Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) the Messenger of God and founder of Islam. Imam Ali earned the title “Sajjad” and “Zaynul-Abideen” (Adornment of Worshippers) as he was always seen in worship and prostration. During the night he would anonymously deliver food to families in need; hundreds benefitted from this kind act, and only after Imam Sajjad passed away did they discover it was his doing. Furthermore, during the epic battle of Karbala, the Imam fell ill and unfortunately could not aid in the fight for social justice. Nonetheless, he witnessed the massacre of his entire family, and he was shortly held as prisoner along with the remaining women and children. When brought in front of the tyrant Yazid, the Imam refused to submit to the ruler’s oppression and countered with an eloquent speech. Sensing a revolution, the tyrant had no choice but to free the captives. After witnessing such great hardships and tragedy at a young age, Imam Sajjad focused the remainder of his life on prayers -- he is known for stating that prayer is the “weapon of the believers”. In fact, through prayers, he moved the people away from negativity, anger, spite, and selfishness and instead towards strengthening their relationship with God. His collection of prayers are still available in a book called “Sahife Sajjadiya”. Another significant contribution from the Imam was his emphasis on equity, justice, and mannerisms. His work is compiled in a book called “Risalatul Huquq” or “The Treatise on Rights”, establishing human rights in a succinct and accurate manner. These examples are of many that demonstrate that Imam Sajjad 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 Sajjad (as)**
“Spend moderately in times of poverty, give generously in times of luxury, treat people fairly, and greet them initiatively - these manners are within the characters of the believers.”
“Beware of associating with the liar, for he is as same as a mirage: he shows you the near as remote and shows you the remote as nearby. Beware of associating with the sinful, for he will disappoint you for a single bite or even something less valuable. Beware of associating with the stingy, for he will let you down when you are in urgent need of his property. Beware of associating with the foolish, for he harms you when he intends to do you favor.”
“The most precious thing you own is your heart, so don’t let anything taint your heart.”