Story No. 400 – Imam Sadegh (as) in the dead of night distributing food among poor
Mu’alla, who was a servant of Imam Sadiq (A.S.), narrates the following event:
It was a dark, cold night. Our 6th Imam, Hazrat Imam Sadegh (as) was walking along carrying a heavy sack. “Where is Imam Sadegh (as) going with this heavy sack?” I said to myself. “In this dark night perhaps he will find himself in danger. It is best for me to walk along with him and guard him.”
I walked quietly along behind Imam Sadegh (as), but I couldn’t think where he was going or what he was carrying. We walked through a few lanes, and then I heard a noise. It sounded as if Imam’s sack had fallen to the ground. I heard Imam’s voice as he prayed, “O Lord, help me this dark night to find what I have lost.”
Imam Sadegh (as) in the dead of NightI went closer to Imam Sadegh (as) and could just see that the sack which he had been carrying on his back was lying on the ground. Imam Sadegh (as) was trying with his hands to gather all its contents. I came up to Imam Sadegh (as) and greeted him. Imam Sadegh (as) returned my greeting and recognizing my voice, asked me,
“Is it you. Mu’alla?”
“Yes, O Son of Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)” I replied.
“Will you let me help you?”
Imam Sadegh (as) had been carrying loaves of bread and packets of food, and I helped him gather them and put them back in the sack. When the sack was full I asked him if he would allow me to carry it for him.
“No”, he said. “It is more fitting for me to carry it. My grandfather Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) used to say that whoever doesn’t think about the needs of the Muslims is not a Muslim, and that whoever sleeps at night with a full stomach while his neighbors are hungry is not a Muslim.”
Together we walked along until we came to the lodge of “Bani Sa’idah” where many poor people were living. Hazrat Imam Sadegh (as) put his load on the ground and, quietly, without awakening anyone, began to distribute the food he had brought. He put the share of each person by the side of his head, and, without any one knowing who it was from, we quietly left.
Allah (SWT) tells us in the Noble Qur’an: “Give to the poor and distribute from what We have provided you and render them needless, before the Day of Resurrection when you will be sorry for your hoarding of wealth and you will be faced with a severe chastisement.”
Checkout how Maula-e-Kainat, Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) was taking care of poor during his time.