Story No. 336 – Imam Ali bin Hussain (as), the 4th Imam helps the Lepers

Once, Imam Ali bin Hussain (as), our 4th Imam encountered some lepers sitting on the roadside and eating their food. Greeting them, he passed by, when all of a sudden he stopped and said to himself: “Allah (SWT) does not like the haughty ones.”

Having said this, he retraced his steps and approaching the lepers, said, “Presently, I am in a state of fasting (and thus unable to sit down and share your food). However, I invite you to come to my house and be my guests.”

They accepted the offer and went to his house, where Imam Ali bin Hussain (as) fed them and helped them by giving them some money.

Harassment of Imam Ali bin Hussain (as), the 4th Imam

During the time of Imam Ali bin Hussain (as), our 4th Imam; there lived a person in Madina, who used to make people laugh to earn his livelihood.

Some people suggested that they should invite Imam Ali bin Hussain (as) and allow this person to make him laugh a little in an attempt to sidetrack Imam Ali bin Hussain (as) from his deep lamentation. They gathered together and were on their way to his house when they saw him coming towards them, accompanied by two of his slaves. When Imam Ali bin Hussain (as) came near, the comedian took the cloak off Imam Ali bin Hussain’s (as) shoulders and put it over his own. The people around burst out laughing when they saw this antic.

Imam Ali bin Hussain (as) inquired, “Who is this person?”

The people around him answered, “He is a person who makes people laugh and receives money from them for his antics.”

“Inform him that those who expend their lives in a futile way performing absurd acts shall be the losers on the Day of Judgment,” advised Imam Ali bin Hussain (as).

After hearing this, the comedian stopped his annoying behaviour and mended his ways.

Imam Jafar Sadiq (as) said: “As for Ali bin Hussain (as), he cried over Imam Hussain (as) for twenty years (after the tragedy of karbala); never would any food be placed before him except that he would begin to weep.” (Bihar al-Anwar)