Story No. 389 – Imam Musa Kazim (as) and Imam Abu Hanifa

One day when our 7th Imam, Imam Musa Al-Kadhim (as) was only 5 years old, Imam Abu Hanifa asked him who is responsible for our deeds. Does man do them of his own free will or does Allah (SWT) make him do them.


Imam Musa Kazim (as)Imam Musa Al-Kadhim (as) replied that were are three possibilities:


  1. Allah (SWT) makes man do them.
  2. Both Allah (SWT) and man are responsible.
  3. Man does them alone.


If the first is true than Allah (SWT) should be judged on the day of Qiyamah and sent to heaven or hell.


If the second is true that both Allah (SWT) and man should be judged on the day of Qiyamah and sent to heaven or hell.


The only one that is true is the third one because only man will be judged on the day of Qiyamah and sent to heaven or hell, as only man alone is responsible for his actions and deeds.


Moral: Although Allah (SWT) has power over everything he allows us to do as we please so that we may be held accountable for our deeds on the day of Qiyamah (Day of Resurrection).


Imam Musa Al-Kadhim (as) and Bishr Haafi:


Once, Imam Musa Al-Kadhim (as) was passing by the house of Bishr Haafi, when he heard the sound of dance and music coming from inside. At that very moment a slave-girl came out of the house to throw some garbage.


“Is the owner of this house a free person or a slave?” Imam Musa Al-Kadhim (as) asked her.


The slave-girl replied, “He is a free man.”


Hearing this, Imam Musa Al-Kadhim (as) remarked, “You speak the truth, for had he been a slave, he would have feared his Master.”


When the slave-girl came back inside the house, Bishr Haafi, who had been consuming alcohol, asked her what took her so long? As soon as the slave-girl related what had happened, Bishr Haafi immediately got up and ran bare-footed after the Imam Musa Al-Kadhim (as). Once he had caught up with the Imam, he expressed shame and repentance over his acts, sought forgiveness and amended his wrongful ways.