The Life of Imam Hasan AlahisSalam part-1

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The Newborn Child

The Light of Imamate towered over the world from the houses which Allah has permitted to be
exalted and that His name may be remembered in them. A good, pure branch came out of the
great tree of the prophethood and Imamate. Through this branch Allah made exalted the entity of
Islam, built the edifice of faith and made peace between two great parties.
The grandson of the Prophet (a.s), the master of the youths of the Garden, came to the world of
existence in the month of Ramadan when the Qur’an was revealed. It was in the second or the
third year of hijra.The appearance of
[1] Al‐Isaba, vol. 1, p. 328. Al‐Isti‘ab, vol. 1, p. 368. Al‐Sayuti, Tarikh al‐Khulafa’, p. 73. Al‐Bustani,
Da’irat al‐Ma‘rif, vol. 7, p. 38.
In these books it has been mentioned that he was born in the
middle of the month of Ramadan, in the third year A. H. Perhaps, the author has meant Imam al‐Husayn, peace be on him, who was
born on the fifth day of the month of Sha‘ban. Some authors thought that he, peace be on him,
was born in the second year A. H. In the book Mir’at al‐‘Uqool, p. 390, it has been mentioned:
“There is no contradiction in the dates of the birth. For each of them is based on a term in the
principle of history other than the term on which the another is based. We can detail it in three
terms: The first is that the beginning of the birth was in the month of Rabee‘ al‐Awwal; that is
because the emigration (of the Prophet) was in it. The companions (of the Prophet) depended on
it until the year sixty A. H. The narration that al‐Hasan was born in the second year A. H., it is
based on this meaning. The second is that the beginning of the birth was in the month of
Ramadan before the Month of Rabee‘ al‐Awal when the emigration took place; that is because it
is the beginning of the Hijri year. As for the narration that al‐Hasan, peace be on him, was born in
the third year A. H., it is based on this meaning. 
As for the narration of the author of the book Mir’at al‐Uqool, it removes the contradiction
between the two statements. As for the report of the professor Fareed Wajjdi in his book Daa’irat
al‐Ma‘arif, vol. 3, p. 443, that the birth of al‐Hasan, peace be on him, was six year before the
emigration, it opposes the unanimous agreement of the historians. That is because Imam Ali, the
Commander of the faithful, did not marry Fatima, the truthful one, before the emigration, as we
have already explained. As for how Fatima, the truthful, gave birth to Imam al‐Hasan, peace be on
him, it has been mentioned in the book Tarikh al‐Khamees, vol. 1, p. 470. That is when the hour of
her giving birth came, Allah’s Apostle (a.s.) sent to her Asma‘, daughter of ‘Umays, and Umm
Ayman, and they recited to her the Verse of al‐Kursi and the two verses called al‐Mu‘awadhatayn
(chapters 113 and 114). Asma’ narrated, saying: “Fatima, peace be on him, was pregnant with al‐
Hasan, peace be on him, but I saw no blood of her. So I said: ‘Allah’s Apostle (a.s.) I have seen no
blood of Fatima during her menstruation and her childbed.’ He (a.s.) said: ‘Did you not Allah’s
Apostle (a.s) was seen through the appearance of the newborn child. The Prophet’s merits and
good qualities were present in him.
When the news of that Truthful Fatima gave birth to the blessed newborn child, waves of delight
and rejoicing covered the heart of the Prophet (a.s). He hurried to the house of his daughter, the
dearest one to him from among his children. He congratulated her on her blessed newborn child,
congratulated his cousin Imam Ali, and gave the newborn child some of his noble qualities, whose
scent covered the whole world. When the, Prophet (a.s) reached Imam Ali’s house, he called out:
“O Asma’, give me my (grand) son!”
Asma’ hurried and handed him the baby warped in a yellow piece of cloth, so he said to her: “Did I
not tell you not to wrap the newborn child with a yellow piece of cloth!”
The Prophet (a.s) cut off the baby’s navel and pressed the baby to his bosom. Then he raised his
hands towards the heaven and invoked Allah for him, saying: “O Allah, I commend him and his
offspring into Your protection from the accursed Satan!”[1]

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Rites at the Birth of a Child

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) performed for his newborn child the ceremonies and rites, which are as follows:

1. The azan and the iqama

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) recited the azan in the baby’s right ear and the iqama in his left ear.[2] It has
been mentioned in a tradition: “Most surely performing such a rite protects the child from the
accursed Satan.”[3] The Prophet, the best one of Adam’s children (a.s) whispered wonderful
words in the ear of his newborn child, that he might receive the world of existence through the
highest thing know that Fatima was pure and purified? Her blood during her menstruation and
her childbed is not seen.’” The period of her pregnancy with al‐Hasan was six months. The author
of the book al‐Fusool al‐Muhimma has mentioned something contrary to this narration.
Accordingly, no baby other than him was born in six months and remained alive except ‘Isa, son of
Maryam, peace be on him, just as the late al‐Amini, may Allah have mercy on him, has mentioned
in his book A‘yan al‐Shi‘a, vol. 4, p. 3.
[1] Al‐Bustani, Da’irat al‐Ma‘arif, vol. 7, p. 38.
[2] Ahmed, Musnad, vol. 6, p. 391. Al‐Turmidhi, Saheeh, vol. 1, p. 286. Abu Dawud, Saheeh, vol.
33, p. 214.
It was said that he did not do that by himself; rather he ordered Asma’, daughter of

Umays and Umm Salama to perform that an hour after the birth. This has been mentioned by al‐
Shiblanji’s Noor al‐Absar, p. 107.
[3] Al‐Jawahir, a Chapter on Marriage.  
in it. The first words to knock on his ear were those of his grandfather, the Prophet (a.s), the cause
of beings and master of creatures. These words were: “Allah is great! There is no god but Allah!”
With these words full of faith Allah’s Apostle (صلى الله عليه وسلم) received his grandson. He planted them in the
depth of his soul and with them he supplied his feelings and sentiments, that they might be a
hymn in his life in this world.

2. The Name
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) turned to Imam Ali, who was happy and delighted, and asked him: “Have you
given a name to the blessed child?”
“I do not want to precede you, O Allah’s Apostle,” replied the Imam. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “I do
not want to precede my Lord!”
Some minutes later, the Revelation called out the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and carried to him the name from
Allah, the Exalted. Gabriel said to him: “Name him Hasan!”[1]
[1] In the book Tarikh al‐Khamees, vol. 1, p. 470, it has been mentioned: “The one entrusted with
the revelation, Gabriel, came down to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and said to him: ‘I am reciting to you your
Lord’s words. He says to you: Ali is in the same position with respect to you as Aaron (Harun) was
to Moses (Musa) except that there is no prophet after you.’ Therefore, name this (grand) son of
yours by the name of Harun’s son.’ So the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: ‘What was the name of Harun’s son,
O Gabriel? ‘Shibr,’ replied Gabriel. ‘Most surely, my language is Arabic,’ retorted the Prophet.
‘Name it al‐Hasan,’ explained Gabriel. Accordingly, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) did that.’” 
In the books Usd al‐Ghaba and Tarikh al‐Khamees, vol. 1, p. 470, it has been mentioned that the
name al‐Hasan was not known in the pre‐Islamic period. In the book Tarikh al‐Khamees it has
been mentioned that Allah’s Apostle (صلى الله عليه وسلم) gave it this name after the seventh day of its birth. This
narration is incorrect, for giving the name took place immediately after the birth according to the
unanimous agreement of all the historians. In the books al‐Isti‘ab, vol. 1, p. 368 and al‐Adab al‐
Mufrad, p. 120, it has been mentioned that when al‐Hasan, peace be on him, was born, Allah’s
Apostle (صلى الله عليه وسلم.) and said: “Show me my (grand) son! What have you named it?” “Harb,”
they answered. “Rather, it is al‐Hasan,” he retorted. When al‐Husayn was born, he said:
“Show me my (grand) son! What have you named it?” “Harb,” they answered. “Rather, it is al‐
Husayn,” he (a.s.) retorted. When the third grandson was born, he asked “What have you named
it?” “Harb,” they answered. “Rather, it is al‐Muhsin,” he (صلى الله عليه وسلم.) retorted. Then he (a.s.) said: “I have
given them names of Harun’s sons, Shubbar and Shubayr.” It could be said that this narration was
fabricated. Firstly, the enmity between the Hashimites and Harb’s family is very clear. Therefore,
why did the members of the House (Aal al‐Bayt) approve of naming their children by the names of
Harb, to whom belonged the Umayyads? Secondly, that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) turned away from the
name Harb is a sufficient proof of making Aal al‐Bayt turn away from Indeed, it was one of the
best names. It is sufficient for the name to be beautiful and good is that the Wise Creator has
chosen it. Its beautiful utterance might be a proof of its beautiful meaning.

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3. Aqiqa
Seven days after the birth, the Prophet (a.s) headed for the house of Imam Ali (a.s) that he might
honor his grandson. He ordered a ram[2] to be sacrificed for his grandson and ordered a leg of it
to be given to the midwife. His community has followed his deed after him.

4. Shaving the Hair
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) shaved the hair of his blessed grandson with his own hand. Then he silver as
much as the weight of the cut hair to the poor.[3] Then he perfumed al‐Hasan’s hair with al‐
khuluq[4]. Indeed, we have not seen affection giving such a name to al‐Hasan, al‐Husayn and al‐
Muhsin. Thirdly, al‐Muhsin was not born during the lifetime of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم). These reasons
indicate that the narration mentioned by the author of al‐Isti‘ab is incorrect. In his book al‐
Musnad, Ahmed bin Hanbel, has reported on the authority of Ali, peace be on him, who said:
“When al‐Hasan was born, I gave him the name of my uncle al‐Hamza. When al‐Husayn was born,
I gave him the name of my brother Ja‘far. So Allah’s Apostle (a.s.) summoned me and said: ‘Most
surely, Allah has commanded me to change the names of these two (grandsons of mine).” Then
he gave them the names of al‐Hasan and al‐Husayn.’” This narration is also weak, for Allah’s
Apostle (a.s.) gave these names to his two grandsons after their birth. No one has mentioned
what Ahmed has mentioned.
[1] It is among the most recommended acts. Some jurists have thought that it is obligatory. When
the Prophet (a.s.) slaughtered the ram, he said: “In the name of Allah, this is the aqiqa of al‐Hasan.
O Allah, its flesh (i.e., the flesh of the sacrifice of the aqiqa) for his flesh, its blood for his blood, its
bone for his bone, its hair for his hair, its skin for his skin. O Allah, let it be a protection of the
family of Muhammed (صلى الله عليه وسلم.).”
[2] Tarikh al‐Khamees, vol. 1, p. 470. Mushkil al‐Aathaar, vol. 1, p. 456. Al‐Hulya, vol. 1, p. 116. Al‐
Turmidhi, Saheeh, vol. 1, p. 286. A‘yan al‐Shi‘a, vol. 4, p. 108. In al‐Shiblanji’s Noor al‐Absar, al‐
Tahawi’s Mushkil al‐Aathaar, vol. 1, p. 456, and al‐Hakim’s Mustadrak, vol. 1, p. 237, it has been
mentioned that the Prophet (a.s.) offered two sacrifices on behalf of al‐Hasan and two on behalf
of al‐Husayn. This narration is weak, for Shams al‐Deen al‐Dhahabi has criticized it in his book
Talkhees al‐Mustadrak. He has said: “Firstly, Sawar, the reporter of the narration, is weak in
reporting traditions. Secondly, the leading jurists have mentioned that only one sacrifice should
be offered.”
[3] Tarikh al‐Khamees, vol. 1, p. 470. Noor al‐Absar, p. 107. Al‐Turmidhi, Saheeh, vol. 1, p. 286. In
them it has been mentioned that the weigh of al‐Hasan’s hair was a dirham and some.
[4] Al‐khuluq is a perfume composed of saffron and other things. In the book al‐Bihar, vol. 10, p.
68 it has been mentioned that the people in the pre‐Islamic period used to put blood on the
child’s hair, so the Prophet (a.s.) said: “(Putting ) blood (on the and kindness similar to that (of the
Prophet toward his grandson).

5. His kunya (surname)
The Prophet (a.s) gave him the kunya of Abu Muhammad.[3] Al‐Hasan had no kunya other than
this. With this deed all the rites of birth the Prophet (a.s) performed for his eldest son ended.

His Nicknames
Al‐Hasan (a.s) was given the nicknames of al‐Sibt (the grandson), al‐Zakiy (the pure), al‐Mujjtaba
(the chosen), al‐Sayyid (the master), and al‐Taqiy (the pious).

His Features
As for his features, they were similar to that of his grandfather the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم). Anas bin Malik
said: “No one was more similar to the Prophet than al‐Hasan bin Ali.”[4]he traditionists have
mentioned al‐Hasan’s form, which was child’s hair) was among the acts of those who lived before
Islam.” He prevented Asma’ from doing that.
[1] Noor al‐Absar, p. 108.
[3] Usd al‐Ghaba, vol. 1, p. 9. A kunya is the name by which an Arab is usually referred to and
which refers to him or her as the father or mother of someone, usually his or her eldest son. It is
among the rites of birth. It has been narrated on the authority of Imam Muhammed al‐Baqir,
peace be on him, who has said: “We give kunyas to our children during their childhood for fear
that nicknames may be given to them.”
[4] Fada’il al‐Sahaba, p. 166.

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In his book al‐Saheeh, vol. 2, p. 307, al‐Turmidhi has mentioned on

the authority of Ali, peace be on him, who has said: “Al‐Hasan was like Allah’s Apostle (a.s.) from
his head to his chest, while al‐Husayn was like him from his chest to his feet.” In the book al‐Isaba
it has been mentioned on the authority of al‐Bahi, who has said: “We held a discussion about who
was from among his family like him. Then Abdullah bin al‐Zubayr came in to us and said: ‘I will tell
you about who was from among his family similar to him and the most lovable to him; he is al‐
Hasan bin Ali.’” This narration has been narrated by al‐Haythemi in his book al‐Majjma‘, vol. 9, p.
175.
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) saw that his grandson al‐Hasan was a copy of him. He was similar to him in
manner and high soul. He was a firebrand of his brilliance. He would guide his community after
him to the way of the truth and direct people to the straight path. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) came to know
that al‐Hasan would achieve all his ideal aims in life. So he poured onto him a ray from his great
soul. He took great care of him and honored him. He poured onto him love and kindness since his
birth and childhood. In detail we will deal with all kinds of care and honor issued from the Prophet
(صلى الله عليه وسلم) toward al‐Hasan during his childhood and youth.
saying to it: “I swear by my father, you are similar to my father and not to Ali.”
[1] Tarikh al‐Khamees, vol. 1, p. 171. In his book Da’irat al‐Ma‘arif, vol. 7, p. 38, al‐Bustani has
mentioned some of these features.
[2] Al‐Ya‘qubi, Tarikh, vol. 2, p. 201. In his book Ihya’ al‐Uloom, al‐Ghazali has mentioned: Allah’s
Apostle (a.s.) said to al‐Hasan: ‘You are similar to me in form and manner.’”

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