Story No. 351 – Imam Baqer (as): A Perfect Example of Behavior and Moral Aspects

Allah (SWT) would never appoint a person as an Imam and make him His decisive proof upon people unless the person has earned the position and has reached perfection in his virtues, sayings, and deeds. Such a person would say nothing but truth, and do nothing but good…

Like his ancestors Imam Baqer (as), fifth Imam of the Shiites, is a perfect example in terms of behavior and other moral aspects. In his behavior towards people, he was so chaste and humble that he would forgive and forget people’s wrongdoings as much as possible. This manner of the Imam would deeply penetrate within people’s hearts. The following narration clearly indicates this magnificent virtue:

A Christian man who intended to make fun of Imam Baqer (as), changed the word Baqer (Splitter of knowledge) to Baqr (the Cow), and addressed Imam Baqer (as) insultingly. Without showing any signs of sadness or anger, Imam Baqer (as) simply replied: “No, I am not Baqr, I am Baqer.”

The Christian continued: “You are son of the woman who was a cook.”

Imam Baqer (as): “That was her career. This is not shameful.”

The Christian: “Your mother was black, impudent, and rude.”

Imam Baqer (as): “If such matters you accuse my mother are true, I ask Allah (SWT) to forgive her sins; and if they are false, I ask Allah (SWT) to forgive you for your accusations and lies.”

The patience of Imam Baqer (as) was enough for the Christian to be revolutionized and attracted towards Islam. He later became a Muslim.