Faith without Morals and Morals without Faith - Hojjat al-Islam Alireza Panahian [Eng Subs]
In The Name of Allah The Beneficent, The Merciful.
As my first post of this blog, I would like to dedicate it to a book which I have recently finished reading titled “Morals & Manneers of the Holy Imams (Akhlaq-e-Aaimma)” by Sayyid Zafar Hasan Amrohi and translated by Sayyid Athar Husain Rizvi. I’m not good at reviewing books but I’ll try my best inshAllah=].
This book, as it mentions in the title, discusses the morals of Ahlul Bayt (as) and gives examples of the various situations the Imams were in demonstrating the highest of morals mankind will ever see. The author explains that four merits make up a person’s morals: Wisdom, Chastity, Justice, and Valor.
Below is taken from the book to demonstrate the Wisdom of Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (a.s).
Juad Ibne Dirham, a leader of atheist sect had kept some mud and water in a glass bottle. After some days worms grew in it and he claimed to be their creator. One day he came to Imam (a.s) and also claimed thus. Imam (a.s) said, “If you are their creator, tell us how many of them are male and how many female?” He said, “I don’t know.” Imam said, “If you can’t do that, command the worms going one way to crawl in the opposite direction.” He said, “I cannot do it.” Imam said, “All right, then tell us what is the weight of each of them?” He replied, “I do not know.” Imam said, “When neither you have any knowledge about them, nor any control over them, then how can you be their creator?”
The Piety Of Imam Zainul Abideen (a.s)
The narrator says that one day he saw Imam Zainul Abideen (a.s) in such a way that the straps of his sandals were broken, due to which he was walking with a lot of difficulty. The narrator asked him, “O son of the Messenger of Allah! Why don’t you buy a new pair of shoes?” He replied, whatever amount I save for it, before I could purchase it some needy person comes with a request and I give it to him.” The narrator said, “Please permit me to buy you a pair of shoes.” Just then a beggar came and requested the Imam for something. The Imam said to the narrator, “Give him whatever you had intended to spend for buying me a pair of shoes. This person is more deserving of it. If I had the money, I would myself have fulfilled his need.”
As you can see these are very inspiring stories of Ahlul Bayt (as). The book is full of similar scenarios which will only make you love the family of the Prophet (saw) even more. I reccomend everyone to read this book. It is short, simple, and very enjoyable to read. You won’t be able to put it down once you start reading! You can read it online at http://www.al-islam.org/akhlaq-aimma/.