Imam al-Hasan b. 'Ali al-Mujtaba (a)

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Al-Hasan b. 'Ali al-Mujtaba
2nd Shi'a Imam
5th Caliph of Rashidun caliphs
Jannat al-Baqi'.JPG
Jannat al-Baqi', grave of Imam al-Hasan (a)
Born (625-03-04)4 March 625
(Ramadan 15, 3 AH)
Birthplace Medina
Beginning of Imamte Ramadan 21, 40/31 January 661
Duration of Imamate 10 years
Reign 661 – 661 (6 Months)
Martyrdom 30 March 670(670-03-30) (aged 45)
(Safar 28, 50 AH)
Deathplace Medina, Arabia
Cause of Death death by poisoning
Place of Burial Jannat al-Baqi', Arabia, 24°28′1″N 39°36′50.21″E / 24.46694°N 39.6139472°E / 24.46694; 39.6139472
Predecessor 'Ali b. Abi Talib (a)
Successor al-Husayn b. 'Ali (a)
Father 'Ali b. Abi Talib (a)
Mother Fatima bt. Muhammad (a)
Brother(s) Al-Husayn, 'Abbas, Muhammad,...
Spouse(s) Khawla, Umm Bashir, Umm Ishaq, Ja'da
Son(s) Qasim, Zayd, 'Abd Allah, Talha, al-Hasan, ...
Daughter(s) Fatima,...
Other Titles al-Mujtaba (the chosen),
Sibt (grandson),
Sayyid Shabab Ahl al-Janna (master of the youth of paradise),
al-Zaki (the pure),
at-Taqi (the pious),
al-Sayyid (the master)
The Twelve Imams
'Ali, al-Hasan, al-Husayn, al-Sajjad, al-Baqir, al-Sadiq, al-Kazim, al-Rida, al-Jawad, al-Hadi, al-'Askari, al-Mahdi

ʾAl-Ḥasan b. ʿAlī b. ʾAbī Ṭālib (a) (Arabic: الحسن بن علي بن ابي طالب) (b. 3/625 - d. 50/670), son of Imam Ali (a) and Lady Fatima (a), is the second Imam and caliph of the Shi'as and became caliph and Imam at the age of 37. He accepted a peace treaty with Mu'awiya in 41/661. His government lasted six months and three days.

He accepted the peace treaty with Mu'awiya because of his responsibility of Imamate and preserving the unity of Muslims. His decisions show his solemn and tolerant personality. His caliphate and peace treaty with Mu'awiya were among the most important events in his life and in early Islamic history. It demonstrated an example of unity at that time and as a moral and religious teaching, it greatly regulated Muslims and especially Shi'as throughout their history in their approach towards fundamental concepts like authority, war and peace.

He went to Medina after the peace treaty, and stayed there until he was martyred ten years later. He was buried in the Jannat al-Baqi' cemetery.

Lineage

Al-Hasan b. 'Ali b. Abi Talib (a) was the eldest son of Imam Ali (a) and Lady Fatima (a), the daughter of the Prophet (s). He was the second Imam of the Shi'as, was known as Imam al-Hasan (a) and was a Hashimi from the tribe of Quraysh.[1]

Family tree of Ahl al-Bayt (a)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Khadija
 
 
 
Muhammad
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lady Fatima
 
 
 
Imam Ali
 
 
 
 
Umm al-Banin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Husayn
 
Imam al-Hasan
 
Lady Zaynab
 
Umm Kulthum
 
Muhsin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Al-'Abbas
 
Abd Allah
 
Uthman
 
Ja'far
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Muhammad
 
'Awn
 
Ali
 
Al-'Abbas
 
Umm Kulthum
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Al-Hasan
 
Al-Qasim
 
'Abd Allah
 
Fatima
 
Zayd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
'Abd Allah
 
Zaynab
 
Ibrahim
 
Al-Hasan
 
Hasan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Muhammad
 
 
Ibrahim
 
 
Idris
 
 
 
Nafisa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Sajjad
 
'Ali al-Akbar
 
 
'Ali al-Asghar
 
 
Fatima
 
Sukayna
 
Ruqayya
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Baqir
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zayd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Sadiq
 
'Abd Allah
 
Ibrahim
 
'Ubayd Allah
 
'Ali
 
Yahya
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Kazim
 
Muhammad
 
Ali
 
Ishaq
 
Umm Farwa
 
'Abd Allah
 
Isma'il
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Rida
 
Ma'suama
 
Hamza
 
Ishaq
 
Ahmad
 
Ibrahim
 
Muhammad
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Jawad
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Hadi
 
 
Musa
 
 
 
 
Fatima
 
 
 
Amama
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Hasan al-'Askari
 
 
Husayn
 
 
 
 
Muhammad
 
 
 
Ja'far
 
 
 
 
 
Imam al-Mahdi
 
 


Birth

Imam al-Hasan (a) was born in Medina in the night or the day of Ramadan 15, 3/625.[2] However, in al-Kafi, al-Shaykh al-Kulayni reports that his birth was in 2/624.[3]

Naming, Kunya, and Epithets

Shi'a
Usul al-Din (Beliefs)
Main Beliefs TawhidProphethoodResurrection'AdlImamate
Other Beliefs 'IsmaWilayaMahdawiyya: Occultation (Minor Occultation, Major Occultation), Intizar, Zuhur, and Raj'aBada'
Furu' al-Din (Practical Orders)
'Ibadi Orders PrayerFastingKhumsZakatHajjJihad
Non-'Ibadi Orders Forbidding the EvilEnjoining the GoodTawalliTabarri
Sources of Ijtihad Qur'anSunnaReasonIjma'
Ethics
Virtues ForgivenessGenerosityGenerous help
Vices Greater SinsKibr'UjbGhururJealousy
Sources Nahj al-BalaghaAl-Sahifa al-SajjadiyyaLetter of Imam 'Ali to Imam al-Hasan
Challenging Issues
Succession of the Prophet (s)Shafa'aTawassulTaqiyyaMourningMut'aCompanions
Figures
Shi'a Imams Imam 'Ali (a)Imam al-Hasan (a)Imam al-Husayn (a)Imam al-Sajjad (a)Imam al-Baqir (a)Imam al-Sadiq (a)Imam al-Kazim (a)Imam al-Rida (a)Imam al-Jawad (a)Imam al-Hadi (a)Imam al-'Askari (a)Imam al-Mahdi (a)
Companions

Men: HamzaJa'far b. Abi TalibSalman al-FarsiMiqdad b. AswadAbudhar al-Ghifari'Ammar YasirMalik al-AshtarMuhammad b. Abi Bakr'Aqil'Uthman b. HunayfAbu Ayyub al-AnsariJabir b. 'Abd Allah al-AnsariIbn 'Abbas'Abd Allah b. Ja'farKhuzayma b. ThabitBilalYasir

Women: KhadijaLady Fatima (a)ZaynabUmm KulthumAsma' bt. 'UmaysUmm AymanUmm Salama
Scholars LitterateursScholars of UsulPoetsScholars of RijalFaqihsPhilosophersBibliographersExegetes
Shrines
Mecca: Al-Masjid al-Haram
Medina: Al-Masjid al-NabawiAl-Baqi'
Al-Quds: Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa
Najaf: Shrine of Imam 'Ali (a)Masjid al-Kufa
Karbala: Shrine of Imam al-Husayn (a)
Kadhimiya: Shrine of al-Kazimayn (a)
Samarra: Shrine of al-'Askariyyayn (a)
Mashhad: Shrine of Imam al-Rida (a)
Damascus: Zaynabiyya
Qom: Shrine of Lady Fatima al-Ma'suma
Shiraz: Shah Chiragh
Rey: Shrine of 'Abd al-'Azim al-Hasani
Eids
Eid al-FitrEid al-AdhaEid al-GhadirMab'athProphet's birthdayImams' birthdays
Mournings
FatimiyyaMuharram (Mournings of Muharram), Tasu'a, 'Ashura and Arba'in)
Events
MubahalaEvent of GhadirEvent of Saqifa Bani Sa'idaFadakEvents of Lady Fatima's HouseBattle of JamalBattle of SiffinBattle of NahrawanEvent of KarbalaHadith al-ThaqalaynAshab al-Kisa'Tathir VerseKilling Shi'as
Literature
Qur'anNahj al-balaghaal-Sahifa al-SajjadiyyaThe Four Books: (al-Istibsaral-KafiTahdhib al-ahkamKitab man la yahduruh al-faqih) • Mushaf of Fatima (a)Mushaf Imam 'Ali (a)Asrar-i Al-i Muhammad (s)Wasa'il al-Shi'aBihar al-anwaral-GhadirMafatih al-jinanMajma' al-bayanal-MizanOther Books
Sects
Ithna 'AshariyyaIsma'iliyyaZaydiyyaKaysaniyya

It has been narrated that at the time of his birth, God told Gabriel to go to the Prophet (s), greet and congratulate him and say, "Surly, to you, 'Ali is the position of Aaron to Moses; therefore, name the baby after Aaron's son." Gabriel did so and told the Prophet (s), "God has ordered that you name the baby after Aaron's son." The Prophet (s) asked, "What was the name of Aaron's son?" Gabriel answered, "Shubbar". The Prophet (s) told Gabriel, "But my language is Arabic." And Gabriel said, "Then name him al-Hasan." And so, the Prophet (s) named him al-Hasan.[4]

His Kunya is Abu Muhammad. Mujataba, Zaki, Taqi, Karim Ahl al-Bayt (lit.: the munificent of Ahl al-Bayt) are some of his most famous epithets. The Prophet (s) used to call him Sayyid.[5]

Wives and Children

Imam al-Hasan (a) had 15 children (8 boys and 7 girls),

  • Zayd and his two sisters, Umm al-Hasan and Umm al-Husayn. Their mother was Umm Bashir daughter of Abu Mas'ud 'Uqba b. Amr,
  • Al-Hasan whose mother was Khawla bt. Manzur,
  • 'Amr and his two brothers Qasim and 'Abd Allah whose mother was a concubine,
  • 'Abd al-Rahman whose mother was a concubine,
  • Al-Husayn, known as al-Athram, his brother Talha and their sister Fatima whose mother was Umm Ishaq, the daughter of Talha b. 'Ubayd Allah al-Taymi,
  • Umm 'Abd Allah, Fatima, Umm Salama and Ruqayya who were from different mothers.[6]

Historical sources differ with regards to the number of Imam al-Hasan's marriages and divorces, and their information cannot be accepted. In fact, bringing up this issue is often because of sectarian and political divides. Moreover, some researchers and scholars have mentioned indications of errors in the references and content of these narrations and the information given is ambiguous and doesn't even mention the names of his wives.[7] The only name which is clear is the name of Ja'da, the daughter of Ash'ath b. Qays, who poisoned Imam al-Hasan (a) and caused his death. Regardless of the ambiguity surrounding the names of his wives, there is a consistency in the names of his children and thus, their mothers can also be identified as such:

  • Ja'da, the daughter of Ash'ath b. Qays,
  • Khawla, the daughter of Manzur b. Ziyad al-Firazi,
  • Umm Bashir, the daughter of 'Aqaba b. Amr Khazraji,
  • Umm Ishaq, the daughter of Talha b. 'Ubayd Allah al-Taymi,
  • Hafsa, the daughter of 'Abd al-Rahman b. Abi Bakr
  • Hind, the daughter of Suhayl b. 'Amr,
  • Nafila or Ramla, who was a concubine.[8]

Position Before the Prophet (s)

Bura' b. 'Azib says, "I saw the Prophet (s) while al-Hasan was on his shoulders and the Prophet (s) was saying, "O God, I love him! May You love him too!"[9] In another hadith, it is reported that while the Prophet (s) had placed al-Hasan (a) and al-Husayn (a) on his lap, he said, "These are sons of my daughter. O God! I love them; so May You love them too! And love those who love them!"[10]

Elsewhere, the Prophet (s) has said of Imam al-Hasan (a) and al-Husayn (a) that, "al-Hasan and al-Husayn are two leaders of the youths in paradise.";[11] "These two sons of mine are two fragrant flowers in this world"; "al-Hasan and al-Husayn (or these two children of mine) are Imams, whether they rise up or sit (make peace)."[12]; "If intellect could be represented in human form, it would be al-Hasan."[13]

At the Time of the Caliphs

Imam al-Hasan al-Mujtaba(a):

"The beginning of reason is nice behavior with people and through reason, one can achieve both this world and hereafter. One who does not have reason, has lost both this world and hereafter."

Nahj al-sa'ada fi mustadrak nahj al-balagha, vol 7, p 366

One day, when Imam al-Hasan (a) was a child, he came to the mosque when Abu Bakr was giving a lecture on the pulpit. Imam al-Hasan (a) called Abu Bakr angrily and said, "Come down from my father's (a) pulpit!" Abu Bakr answered, "By God, you are right! This is your father's pulpit, not my father's!"[14]

Imam al-Hasan (a) and Imam al-Husayn (a) did not participate in the battles leading to the conquest of Iran by Muslims.[15] However, some historical reports have mentioned Imam al-Hasan's (a) participation in some wars.[16]

When a council was formed to choose the caliph after 'Umar, which eventually led to the choosing of 'Uthman as the third caliph, 'Umar asked Imam al-Hasan (a) to attend as a witness in that council. This shows his social status as one of the Ahl al-Bayt (a) and also his position among the Ansar (Helpers) and Muhajirin (the Immigrants).[17]

When 'Uthman banished Abu Dhar to Rabadha, he ordered that no one should see him off and or speak to him. 'Uthman ordered Marwan b. Hakam to banish Abu Dhar from Medina. Thus, when leaving Medina, no one dared to see Abu Dhar off. However, Imam Ali (a), his brother, 'Aqil, Imam al-Hasan (a), Imam al-Husayn (a) and Ammar b. Yasir came to bid Abu Dhar farewell, and saw him off.[18]

It is mentioned in historical sources that when people were rebelling against the third caliph, Imam 'Ali (a) tried to protect 'Uthman from being killed by angry rebels in order to preserve Islam. As such, he sent his sons to Uthman's house in order to ensure his safety. However, standing against the rebels was so difficult that 'Uthman was eventually killed. All of this being said, it is important to mention that there are many disagreements in the details of the event.[19]

At the Time of Imam 'Ali's (a) Caliphate

Imam al-Hasan (a) and Imam al-Husayn (a) participated in the battles of Jamal, Siffin and Nahrawan.[20]

In the Battle of Jamal

See also: Battle of Jamal

When Abu Musa al-Ash'ari, the governor of Kufa, did not cooperate with Imam Ali (a)'s delegation in order to stand against those who fueled the Battle of Jamal, Imam 'Ali (a) sent 'Ammar b. Yasir and Imam al-Hasan (a) with a letter to Kufa. Imam al-Hasan (a) delivered a sermon in the Mosque of Kufa and managed to convince about 10,000 people to join and stand against the army of Nakithun.[21]

Also, before the Battle of Jamal, Imam al-Hasan (a) delivered a sermon and Imam 'Ali (a) sent him to lead the right wing of the army.[22] Some say that Imam 'Ali (a) gave a spear to Muhammad al-Hanafiyya and told him, "Take this spear and kill the Jamal (Aisha's camel, which many people had died defending)". Muhammad went and failed in the task due to the volley of arrows. Then, Imam al-Hasan (a) took the spear and killed the camel.[23]

In the Battle of Siffin

In the Battle of Siffin, when Imam 'Ali (a) saw Imam al-Hasan's (a) fight, he ordered him and Imam al-Husayn (a) to draw back so that they could stay safe. Imam 'Ali (a) also commanded his army to help in this regard, and said: "Stop my sons from fighting, because I am worried about their lives and I fear that the progeny of the Prophet (s) may discontinue."[24] During the war, when Mu'awiya saw Imam al-Hasan's (a) fight, he wanted to bribe him to stop him from fighting. So, he sent 'Ubayd Allah b. 'Umar, the youngest son of the second caliph to bribe Imam al-Hasan (a) and offer to make him a caliph. 'Ubayd Allah approached Imam al-Hasan (a) and told him, "I want to tell you something." So, Imam al-Hasan (a) stopped fighting and went to him. 'Ubayd Allah told Imam al-Hasan (a) about Mu'awiya's offer, to which Imam al-Hasan (a) told him angrily, "I see you will be killed tomorrow or the day after. Satan has deceived you and beautified your actions [so that you would come and tell me this] so that the day will come when the women of Syria will mourn over your body. Soon, God will kill you and your body will be dragged on the ground on your face." 'Ubayd Allah came back to the tents. Upon seeing him, Mu'awiya figured out what al-Hasan's response was and said, "He (Imam al-Hasan (a)) is the son of that father ('Ali (a))"[25]

To prevent sedition after the event of the arbitration (Hakamiyya), Imam 'Ali (a) asked Imam al-Hasan (a) to give a sermon in order to explain the reality of the situation for people and Imam al-Hasan (a) did so.[26]

Letter no. 31 of Nahj al-Balagha is the famous will of Imam 'Ali (a) to Imam al-Hasan (a), which was written on the way back from the Battle of Siffayn.

Imamate

Imam al-Hasan (a) attained the position of Imam on the eve of Friday, 21st of Ramadan 40/January 31, 661 when 'Ali (a) was martyred by Ibn Muljam al-Muradi. Thereafter, the Muslims of Kufa gave allegiance to him. He appointed governors and commanders and 'Abd Allah b. 'Abbas as the governor of Basra.[27]

Proofs for Imamate

The following hadith from the Prophet (s) is an assertion of the Imamate of al-Hasan (a) and al-Husayn (a), "These two sons of mine are Imams, [whether they are] rising or sitting [making peace]".[28]

Imam 'Ali (a) told Imam al-Hasan (a) his will and then asked Imam al-Husayn (a), Muhammad al-Hanafiyya, his other children, noblemen of the Shi'a, and his family to bear witness to his will. Then, he entrusted Imam al-Hasan (a) with his Quran and his sword and told him, "My son! The Noble Prophet (s) ordered me to appoint you as my vicegerent and to entrust you with my Quran and sword in the same way that the Prophet (s) appointed me as his vicegerent and entrusted me with his Quran and sword and ordered me to tell you that when you see the signs of death in you, you should entrust your brother al-Husayn (a) with these [trusts]."[29]

Interactions with Mu'awiya

War

Imam al-Hasan al-Mujtaba (a):

"Think, because thinking is the life of the heart of a man who sees and is the key to doors of wisdom."

Musnad al-Imam al-Hasan (a) p:718

When informed of Imam 'Ali's (a) martyrdom and that people had given allegiance to Imam al-Hasan (a), Mu'awiya sent two spies to Kufa and Basra in an attempt to incite the people against Imam al-Hasan (a). So, Imam al-Hasan (a) ordered the arrest and punishment of the two. Letters were exchanged between Imam al-Hasan (a) and Mu'awiya and in them, Imam al-Hasan (a) proved his right to the caliphate.[30]

Mu'awiya tried to mobilize his army and sent letters to his governors asking them to support him. He led his army towards Iraq and left Dahhak b. Qays al-Fihri in the capital as his temporary substitute. It is reported that 60,000 soldiers or more accompanied Mu'awiya.[31]

Imam al-Hasan (a) sent Hujr b. 'Adi to deliver his orders to the commanders of different regions and to invite them to Jihad against Mu'awiya.[32] He also sent Qays b. Sa'd b. 'Ubada to Syria and he himself went to Mada'in. As the days passed, more bad news came from the camps. One day, the news came that Qays was killed. When the news spread amongst the army, they were terrified. People raided the tent of Imam al-Hasan (a) himself, plundered it, and even took out the rug from under his feet and even attacked him and wounded his leg with a mattock.[33]

Seeing such an despicable treatment and insolent disobedience, Imam al-Hasan (a) found resistance against Mu'awiya pointless. It was obvious that if he attempted to resist Mu'awiya and ordered his army (assuming they would accompany him) to fight, they would flee before leaving Mada'in. Inevitably, Imam al-Hasan (a) was forced to sign a peace treaty with Mu'awiya.[34]

Peace Treaty

Al-Baladhuri wrote that, "Mu'awiya sent a blank contract with his seal at the bottom for Imam al-Hasan (a) to write anything that he wished and thus he wrote, "In this peace treaty, al-Hasan b. 'Ali (a) establishes peace with Mu'awiya b. Abi Sufyan and leaves the government of the Muslims to him with the following conditions:

  1. He observes the Book of God, the conduct of the Prophet (s) and the conduct of the righteous caliphs.
  2. He appoints no one as the caliph after himself; and after him, the caliph should be elected by a council of Muslims.
  3. Lives, property and children of people should be safe everywhere.
  4. Mu'awiya should not implicitly or explicitly plot against al-Hasan b. 'Ali or threaten any of his companions.

'Abd Allah b. Harith and 'Amr b. Salama bear witness upon this peace treaty."[35]

With the conditions made by Imam al-Hasan (a), the peace treaty was signed in 41/661.[36] However, even though Mu'awiya signed off on them, he denied all of the conditions in his first sermon in Kufa, where the two armies were supposed to meet. He claimed that Imam al-Hasan (a) was asking for peace and insulted Imam 'Ali (a). Imam al-Husayn (a) wanted to respond to his insults, but Imam al-Hasan (a) prohibited him from doing so. Then, Imam al-Hasan (a) delivered a sermon and explained everything with regards to the peace treaty and how Mu'awiya's had asked for peace. He responded to the insults to his father in a very eloquent way and noted the honour and legacy that his family held as opposed to Mu'awiya's.[37]This made Mu'awiya very angry.[38]

After the Peace Treaty

After the peace treaty, Imam al-Hasan (a) went to Medina and became the scientific, religious, social and political leader there. He took positions against Mu'awiya and his companions in Medina and Damascus and had debates with them. These have been mentioned and discussed in al-Tabrisi's al-Ihtijaj.[39]

Martyrdom

The old picture of Jannat al-Baqi' and the tomb of Imam al-Hasan (a) which was destroyed by Wahhabis in 1343/1925

According to the famous report, Imam al-Hasan's (a) martyrdom happened in 50/670.[40] Most reports about the day Imam (a) was martyred refer to last days of Safar[41] including 28th . The 7th of Safar[42] and even one of the days of Rabi' I[43] have also been mentioned as the day Imam (a) was martyred. According to al-Shaykh al-Mufid, Imam (a) was 48 years old upon martyrdom.[44] However according to different reports about the date of Imam's (a) martyrdom, there are different opinions about the age of Imam (a).[45]

According to most of the Shi'a and Sunni sources, Imam al-Hasan (a) was martyred by poisoned food.[46] However, some non-Shi'a sources hold that he died a natural death because of illness.

According to a report, Mu'awiya sent someone to Ju'da, daughter of Ash'ath b. Qays (Imam al-Hasan's (a) wife) telling her that, "I will give you 100 thousand dirhams and will make you the wife of my son, Yazid, only if you give poison to al-Hasan (a)." Ju'da poisoned Imam (a) and Mu'awiya gave her the money,[47] but did not make her the wife of Yazid.

Ibn Sa'd has attributed the martyrdom of Imam (a) to one of Imam's (a) servants.[48] Another report says that poisoning Imam (a) was done by the daughter of Suhayl b. 'Amr, the other wife of Imam (a) encouraged by Mu'awiya;[49] but, according to the situation at the time of Mu'awiya who considered Imam (a) an obstacle against the princehood of Yazid, reports about poisoning Imam (a) by Ju'da bt. Ash'ath seem to be more reliable.[50]

According to reports, before his martyrdom, Imam (a) was poisoned several time, but survived.[51] Al-Ya'qubi wrote, "Upon his demise, Imam al-Hasan (a) told his brother, al-Husayn (a), 'O brother! This is the third time I have been poisoned, but none of them was like this time and today I will die. So, when I die, bury me beside the Prophet (s) because no one deserves more than me to be close to the Prophet (s) unless this is prevented and in such a case, you should not allow any blood to be spilled as little as the amount of once bloodletting."[52]

Burial

When the corpse of the Imam (a) was taken to the mausoleum of the Prophet (s), Marwan b. Hakam and one thousand of his soldiers went to the ceremony with armaments and prevented the corpse from being taken into the mausoleum.[53] According to Abu l-Faraj al-Isfahani, Aisha was a complicit in Marwan's plan,[54] but according to another account, when Aisha saw what was happening, she prevented Imam al-Hasan's (a) corpse to be buried near the Prophet's (a) grave in order to stop possible unrests.[55] At last, Imam al-Husayn (a) buried his brother's corpse in al-Baqi' cemetery.[56]

It is reported that at the request of Imam al-Husayn (a), Sa'id b. 'As, the ruler of Medina, said Funeral Prayer for Imam al-Hasan's (a) corpse,[57] but given some hadiths according to which an infallible Imam's corpse can only be washed, and his Funeral Prayer can only be performed, by another infallible Imam, it seems that Imam al-Husayn (a) himself had already said the Funeral Prayer for his brother, but out of taqiyya (dissimulation), he offered the performance of the Funeral Prayer to Sa'id b. 'As in al-Baqi' cemetery, and he accepted the offer.[58]

Virtues and Attributes

Imam al-Hasan (a) resembled the Prophet (s) in personality, manner and nobility.[59] It is narrated from the Prophet (s) that he told Imam al-Hasan (a), "O al-Hasan, you are like me in body (appearance) and morals (disposition and manners)."[60]

Imam al-Hasan (a) is one of the Ashab al-Kisa'.[61] Also, in the event of Mubahala, the Prophet (s) took al-Hasan (a), al-Husayn (a), 'Ali (a), and Fatima (a) according to God's order.[62] The Tathir verse is a great proof for the dignity and status of Imam al-Hasan (a) and the Ahl al-Bayt.[63]

Imam al-Hasan (a) went to Hajj 25 times and gave away a half of everything he had for the sake of God three times, such that once he gave away his shoes, keeping only slippers for himself.[64]

See also

Notes

  1. Al-Shaykh al-Mufid. Al-Irshad. vol. 2. p. 3
  2. Al-Saykh al-Mufid. Al-Irshad. vol. 2. p. 3
  3. Al-Shaykh al-Kulayni. Al-Kafi. vol. 2. p. 499
  4. Al-Shaykh al-Saduq. Amali. p. 134
  5. Al-Irbili, 'Ali b. 'Isa. Kashf al-ghumma. vol. 2. p. 296
  6. Al-Shaykh al-Mufid. Al-Irshad. vol. 2. p. 16
  7. See: 'Aqiqi Bakhshayishi, 'Abd al-rahim. Chahardah nur-i pak. vol. 4. p. 523 ff; Da'irat al-ma'arif buzurg Islami. vol. 20. p. 545
  8. See: al-Ya'qubi, Ahmad ibn Ishaq. Tarikh al-Ya'qubi. vol. 2. p. 228; al-Shaykh al-Mufid. Al-Irshad. vol. 2. p. 20; Ibn Sufi, 'Ali. Al-Majdi. p. 19 ff
  9. Al-Bukhari, Muhammad b. Isma'il.Sahih al-Bukhari. vol. 2. p. 432; al-Suyuti, Jalal al-din. Tarikh al-khulafa. p. 206
  10. Al-Suyuti, Jalal al-din. Tarikh al-khulafa. p. 207
  11. Al-Shaykh al-Saduq. Amali. p.333; al-Suyuti, Jalal al-din. Tarikh al-khulafa. p. 207
  12. Al-Shaykh al-Saduq. 'Ilal al-shara'i'. vol. 1. p. 211; al-Shaykh al-Mufid. Al-Irshad. vol. 2. p. 27
  13. Al-Juwayni, Ibrahim b. Muhammad. Fara'id al-simatayn. vol. 2. p. 68
  14. Al-Suyuti, Jalal al-din. Tarikh al-khulafa. p. 80
  15. 'Amili, Sayyid Ja'far. Tahlili az zindigi Imam al-Hasan al-Mujtaba. p. 170
  16. Danishnama-yi buzurg Islami. vol. 20. p. 534
  17. Ibn Qutayba. Al-Imamat wa al-siasat. vol. 1. p. 30; Ibn 'Abd al-Bir, Yusuf. Al-Isti'ab. vol. 1. p. 391; see: Jawhari, Ahmad. Al-Saqifa wa fadak
  18. Al-Mas'udi, 'Ali b. al-Husayn.Muruj al-dhahab. vol. 1. p. 698
  19. Ibn Qutayba. Al-Imamat wa al-siasat. vol. 1. p. 40; Baladhuri, Ahmad b. Yahya al-.Ansab al-ashraf. vol. 2. p. 216-217; Muqaddasi, Mutahhar b. Tahir al-. Al-Bad' wa al-tarikh. vol. 5. p. 206
  20. Al-Amin, Sayyid Muhsin. A'yan al-Shi'a. vol. 2. p. 370
  21. Ja'fariyan, Rasul. Hayat Fikri wa Siasi Imaman-i Shi'a. p. 124
  22. Al-Shaykh al-Mufid. Al-Jamal. p. 327-328
  23. Al-Qurashi, Baqir Sharif. Mawsu'at sirat Ahl al-Bayt. vol. 10. p. 403
  24. Al-Qurashi, Baqir Sharif. Hayat-Imam al-Hasan. p. 219
  25. Al-Qurashi, Baqir Sharif. Hayat al-Imam Hasan. p. 218
  26. Al-Qurashi, Baqir Sharif. Hayat al-Imam Hasan. p. 245
  27. Al-Shaykh al-Mufid. Al-Irshad. p. 350
  28. Al-Shaykh al-Mufid. Al-Irshad. p. 290
  29. Al-Kulayni, Muhammad b. Ya'qub. Al-Kafi. vol. 1. p. 297
  30. Al-Shaykh al-Mufid. Al-Irshad. p. 350
  31. Al-Qurashi, Baqir Sharif. Zindigani Imam al-Hasan. p. 334-335
  32. Al-Shaykh al-Mufid. Al-Irshad. p. 351
  33. Shahidi, Sayyid Ja'far. Tarikh-i tahlili-yi Islam. p. 159
  34. Shahidi, Sayyid Ja'far. Tarikh-i tahlili-i Islam. p. 160
  35. Al-Baladhuri, Ahmad ibn Yahya. Ansab al-ashraf. vol. 3. p. 41-42; Shahidi, Sayyid Ja'far. Tarikh-i tahlili-yi Islam. p. 162
  36. Khalifa b. Khayyat. Tarikh. p. 203
  37. Al-Tabari, Muhammad b. Jarir. Tarikh al-rusul wa al-muluk. p. 124-129; Harrani, Ibn Shu'ba al-. Tuhaf al-'uqul. p. 232 ff; Da'irat al-ma'arif buzurg Islami. vol. 20. p. 538
  38. Da'irat al-ma'arif buzurg Islami. vol. 20. p. 538
  39. Al-Tabrisi, Ahmad b. 'Ali. Al-Ihtijaj. vol. 2. p. 45-65
  40. Al-Shaykh al-Mufid. Al-Irshad. vol.2 p.15; years 48, 49, 51, 57, 58 and 59 are also reported as the year of his martyrdom.
  41. Al-Kulayni. Al-Kafi. vol.1 p.461
  42. Al-Shahid al-Awwal. Al-Durus al-shar'iyya. vol.2 p.7
  43. See: Ibn Qutayba. Al-Ma'arif. p.212
  44. Al-Shaykh al-Mufid. Al-Irshad. vol.2 p. 280-281
  45. See: Ibn 'Asakir. Tarikh madinat dimashq. vol.13 p.298-300, 302
  46. Al-Isfahani. Maqatil al-Talibiyyin. p.80-81; al-Shaykh al-Mufid. al-Irshad. vol.2 p.15
  47. Al-Shaykh al-Mufid. Al-Irshad. vol.2 p.15
  48. Ibn Sa'd. Tabaqat al-kubra. vol.6 p.386
  49. Al-Baladhuri. Ansab al-ashraf. vol.3 p.55
  50. Madelung. The succession to Muhammad, p.331
  51. Al-Baladhuri. Ansab al-ashraf. vol.3 p.55; al-Isfahani. Maqatil al-talibiyyin. p.81
  52. Al-Ya'qubi. Tarikh al-Ya'qubi. vol.2 p.154
  53. Al-Baladhuri. Ansab al-ashraf. vol.3 p.60
  54. Al-Isfahani. Maqatil al-talibiyyin. p.82
  55. Al-Baladhuri. Ansab al-ashraf. vol.3 p.61
  56. Al-Baladhuri. Ansab al-ashraf. vol.3 p.66
  57. Al-Isfahani. Maqatil al-talibiyyin. p.83
  58. Rasuli Mahallati. Zindigani Imam Hasan. p.452
  59. Al-Irbili, 'Ali b. 'Isa. Kashf al-ghumma. vol. 2. p. 290
  60. Majlisi, Muhammad Baqir al-. Bihar al-anwar. vol. 43. p. 294
  61. Al-Shaykh al-Saduq. Al-Khisal. vol. 2. p. 550; Shaykh al-Saduq al-. 'Uyun akhbar al-Rida. vol. 1. p. 55
  62. Al-Qummi, 'Ali b. Ibrahim. Tafsir al-Qummi. vol. 1. p. 104; Zamakhshari, Jar allah al-. Al-Kashshaf. vol. 1. p. 368
  63. Al-Qummi, 'Ali b. Ibrahim. Tafsir al-qummi. vol. 2. p. 193
  64. Al-Bayhaqi, Ahmad b. al-Husayn. Al-Sunan al-kubra. vol. 4. p. 331

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