Hasan ibn Ali

Hasan ibn Ali

infobox Imams

name = Hasan al-Mujtabā
given name = Hasan ibn ‘Alī
rank = Second Twelver & Zaydi Imām
subtitle = Abu Muhammad [Usd al-Ghaba, vol. 1, p. 9.]
birth = 15th Ramadhān 3 AH [ [http://www.al-islam.org/masoom/bios/2ndimam.html Shaykh Mufid. "Kitab Al Irshad." p.279-289] ]
Mar. 1, 625 C.E.
death = 7th [Shaykh Radi Al-Yasin. "Sulh al-Hasan." p.12.] or 28th [Yousuf N. Lalljee. "Know Your Islam."] Safar 50 AH
Mar. 6, 670 C.E.
birthplace = Madīnah [ [http://www.al-islam.org/masoom/bios/2ndimam.html Shaykh Mufid. "Kitab Al Irshad." p.279-289] ]
buried = Jannatul Baqī‘, Madīnah
duration = Before Imāmate: 37 years
(3 - 40 AH)
- 8 years with his grandfather Muhammad
- 8 years with his mother Fātimah
- 37 years with his father ‘Alī

Imāmate: 10 years
(40 - 50 AH)
titles = *al-Mujtabā [Shaykh Radi Al-Yasin. "Sulh al-Hasan." p.4. Baqir Shareef al-Qurashi. "The Life of Imam al-Hasan al-Mujtaba." p.59.]
(Arabic: The Chosen)

*as-Sibt [Shaykh Radi Al-Yasin. "Sulh al-Hasan." p.4. Baqir Shareef al-Qurashi. "The Life of Imam al-Hasan al-Mujtaba." p.59.]
(Arabic: The Grandson)

*Sayyidush Shabābi Ahlil Jannah [Tirmidhi, Vol. II, p. 221 ; تاريخ الخلفاء، ص189 ]
(Arabic:Leader of the Youth of Paradise)
*az-Zakī [Shaykh Radi Al-Yasin. "Sulh al-Hasan." p.4. Baqir Shareef al-Qurashi. "The Life of Imam al-Hasan al-Mujtaba." p.59.]
(Arabic:The Pure)
*at-Taqī [Shaykh Radi Al-Yasin. "Sulh al-Hasan." p.4. Baqir Shareef al-Qurashi. "The Life of Imam al-Hasan al-Mujtaba." p.59.]
(Arabic:The Pious)

*as-Sayyid [Shaykh Radi Al-Yasin. "Sulh al-Hasan." p.4. Baqir Shareef al-Qurashi. "The Life of Imam al-Hasan al-Mujtaba." p.59.]
(Arabic:The Master)

spouse = Umm Is'hāq bint Talha ibn ‘Ubaydallāh, Hafsa bint ‘Abd al-Rahmān ibn Abi Bakr, Hind bint Suhayl ibn ‘Amru, Ju'da bint al-Ash'ath ibn Qays
father = ‘Alī
mother = Fātimah
children = Qāsim, Fātimah, Zayd, Abdullah, Talha, Umma Al-Hasan (Maymūnah), Umma al-Hasayn. [Shaykh Radi Al-Yasin. "Sulh al-Hasan." p.12.]

Hasan ibn ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib ( _ar. الحسن بن علي بن أﺑﻲ طالب)‎ (Fifteenth of Ramadhān, 3 AH – Seventh [Shaykh Radi Al-Yasin. "Sulh al-Hasan."] or Twenty-eighth of Safar, 50 AH) [http://www.al-shia.com/html/eng/books/masoom_hasan/2ndimam.html] was the grandson of Muhammad, son of ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (final Rashidun Caliph and first Shī‘a Imām) and Fātimah Zahrā (daughter of Muhammad). He is an important figure in Islām as he is a member of the Ahlul Bayt (the household of Muhammad) and Ahlul Kisā, as well as being a Shī‘a Imām, and one of The Fourteen Infallibles of Twelvers.

His birth and family life

In both Sunni [Husayn Diyar Bakari. "Tarikh al-Khamees." vol.1, p. 470.] and Shī`a [Muhsin al-Amin al-‘Amili. "A‘yan al-Shi‘a." vol. 4. Baqir Shareef al-Qurashi. "The Life of Imam al-Hasan al-Mujtaba." p.57.] sources, it has been narrated that upon the birth of his grandson in 3 AH, Muhammad was ordered by the archangel Gabriel to name him "Hasan" - a name that had not yet been used in the pre-Islāmic period [Husayn Diyar Bakari. "Tarikh al-Khamees." vol.1, p. 470. Ibn al-Athir. "Usd al-Ghaba."] . Muhammad also honoured his grandson by reciting the Adhān in his right ear [Ahmed, Musnad, vol. 6, p. 391. Al-Turmidhi, Saheeh, vol. 1, p. 286. Abu Dawud, Saheeh, vol. 33, p. 214.] , the Iqāmah in his left ear [Ahmed, Musnad, vol. 6, p. 391. Al-Turmidhi, Saheeh, vol. 1, p. 286. Abu Dawud, Saheeh, vol. 33, p. 214.] , shaved the head of his grandson [Husayn Diyar Bakari. "Tarikh al-Khamees." vol.1, p. 470. Noor al-Absar, p. 107. Al-Turmidhi, Saheeh, vol. 1, p. 286.] , and sacrificed a ram in his name [Husayn Diyar Bakari. "Tarikh al-Khamees." vol.1, p. 470. Mushkil al-Aathaar, vol. 1, p. 456. Al-Hulya, vol. 1, p. 116. Al-Turmidhi, Saheeh, vol. 1, p. 286. Muhsin al-Amin al-‘Amili. "A‘yan al-Shi‘a." vol. 4, p. 108.] . Hasan ibn Ali and his younger brother, Husayn ibn Ali, are said to have been greatly beloved by their grandfather. There are numerous Hadiths (oral traditions) that affirm this claim. There are also Hadiths which states that Hasan ibn Ali and Husayn ibn Ali will be the leaders of the youth in paradise. Muhammad also said that Hasan and Hussain are Imams, whether they sit (agree to a peace treaty) or stand (go to war). Shi'ahs and Sunnis believe that Hasan ibn Ali is one of the five persons included in the Hadith of The Cloak.

Life of Hasan ibn Ali during the times of his father

As a growing youth, Hasan saw the active role of his father, Ali ibn Abi Talib, in the battlefield defending Islam, as a preacher to a vast congregation of believers on the occasion of Hajj, and as a missionary of Islam to Yemen. After the death of his grandfather, Muhammad, he saw his father having retreated to a passive role in the matters of the state during the period of the first three caliphs. However, whenever he saw it necessary, Ali ibn Abi Talib never refrained from giving his opinion to the caliph of the time on matters of the practice of faith. He had also seen that the caliphs, in turn, respected Ali ibn Abi Talib for his overall knowledge, and consulted him on many occasions as the need arose.

When the third caliph was murdered by a mob of agitated demonstrators in his palace in Mad'mah, and Ali ibn Abi Talib was elected to lead the Muslim nation, Hasan ibn Ali took active part in assisting his father in many ways. He went to Kufa and successfully raised the first army of believers against the dissenting Muslims. He participated actively in the battlefields of Basra, Siffin, and Nahrawan alongside his father, and demonstrated his skills as a soldier and as a leader.

Before he died, Ali ibn Abi Talib appointed Hasan to lead the nation of believers and to be their Imam after him. The people also chose him to be their Caliph.

The Caliphate

Upon the death of Ali ibn Abi Talib in Kufa a new caliph was chosen. As Ali declared in many occasions that just Ahl Al-Bayt of prophet were entitled to rule the Muslim community the choice was restricted to Hasan and his brother Husayn. Thus Kufi Muslims pledge allegiance(bay'ah) to his eldest son Hasan without dispute. [Madlong, (1997) p. 313 - 314]

This threatened Muawiyah I, who had been fighting Ali for the caliphate. Muawiyah summoned all the commanders of his forces in Syria, Palestine, and Transjordan to join him in preparation for war. He also attempted to negotiate with Hasan, sending the young heir letters asking him to give up his claim. If he could persuade Hasan to renounce his claim to the caliphate, then Muawiyah would certainly avoid the undesirable consequence of killing fellow Muslims, and would further support his claim to the caliphate. If Muawiyah was forced to defeat Hasan in battle, Muawiyah would gain absolute power, but questions regarding his legitimacy would linger.

Negotiations stalled, and Muawiyah marched against Hasan ibn Ali with an army claimed to number sixty thousand fighters [Ibn A'zham [http://www.answering-ansar.org/answers/muawiya/en/chap5.php IV, p. 153] . Other numbers: [http://www.al-islam.org/sulh/10.htm] ] . Hasan ibn Ali also marched his army towards Muawiyah. The two armies faced opposed near Sabat.

During this period of suspense, Hasan is reported to have given a sermon in which he proclaimed his hatred of schism and appealed to his men to follow his orders even if they did not agree to them. Some of the troops took this as a sign that Hasan was preparing to surrender; they rebelled on him and attacked him. Hasan was wounded, but his loyal soldiers surrounded him in protection and managed to kill the mutineers. Another one of Hasan’s commanders, Ubayd Allah Ibn Abbas, deserted him and joined Muawiyah’s forces.

The two armies fought a few inconclusive skirmishes. Hasan, distressed that the result of a battle would mean a loss of many men and a lack of people to go back and partake in caring for the people. Muawiyah also had his concerns with forcing a battle and because of that he sent two men from Banu Quraish to Hasan ibn Ali in order to negotiate a settlement with Hasan ibn Ali and his followers. [ [http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/fundamentals/hadithsunnah/bukhari/049.sbt.html#003.049.867 Sahih Bukhari 3:49:867] ] Hasan ibn Ali, foreseeing the events that were to transpire, and to avoid unnecessary bloodshed, finally negotiated a settlement with Muawiyah. With regards to the negotiation, the Prophet had prophesied earlier, saying, "It is this grandson of mine, on whose hands the two great armies from amongst the Muslims will stop fighting."

* According to Sunni scholars, Hasan ibn Ali stipulated that Muawiyah should follow the Qur'an and the Sunnah, allowing a shura for the caliphate to be held after his death, and refrain from any acts of revenge against Hasan ibn Ali’s followers.

* According to Shi’ah scholars, Hasan ibn Ali further stipulated that the caliphate should be returned to him after Muawiyah's death, if Hasan ibn Ali was still alive, and in case if he dies before that then the caliphate should be given to his younger brother, Hussain ibn Ali. [ [http://al-islam.org/gallery/kids/Books/2ndimam/index.htm Imam Hasan bin 'Ali ] ]

Muawiyah proceeded to Kufa and demanded that the Muslims there swear allegiance. He also asked Hasan ibn Ali to join him and support him in the fight against the rebellious Kharijites. Hasan ibn Ali is claimed to have written him in response: "I have abandoned the fight against you, even though it was my legal right, for the sake of peace and reconciliation of the nation. Do you think that I shall then fight together with you?" [Madelung, 1997 pp. 324-325]

Was he a Rashidun Caliph?

Most caliph chronologies do not include Hasan ibn Ali. Hasan ibn Ali claimed the Rashidun Caliphate only briefly and was recognized by a half of the Islamic empire. Muawiyah ibn Abi Sufyan forced him to resign. However, a handful of the older Sunni Muslim historians, such as Suyuti, Ibn al-Arabi, and Ibn Kathir accept Hasan ibn Ali as the last Rightly Guided Caliph before the ascension of Muawiyah :Suyuti in "The Khalifas who took the right way" [http://www.answering-ansar.org/answers/muawiya/en/chap5.php page 9] and "History of the Caliphs" [http://al-islam.org/twelve/5.htm#n21 Vol 12] :Ibn al-Arabi in his "Sharh Sunan al-Tirmidhi" 9:68-69 [http://al-islam.org/twelve/5.htm ref] :Ibn Kathir in "The Beginning and the End" [http://al-islam.org/twelve/5.htm#n21 Vol 6 page 249-250] Examples of other brief and partially recognized caliphs include Muawiya II and Abd-Allah ibn Zubayr.] . Twelver Shi'a Muslims also regard Hasan ibn Ali as one of the twelve infallible imams.

Retirement to Medina

Marwan I, who was the personal secretary to the third caliph, and had fought against Ali ibn Abi Talib during the Battle of Bassorah, was now the governor of Medina. He took personal pleasure in discharging Muawiyah's wishes to slur the reputation of Hasan ibn Ali and his father. Needless to say that the life of Hasan ibn Ali in Medina after the peace treaty was not peaceful at all. In addition to the relentless taunts and abuse slung at him by Muawiyah, Hasan ibn Ali had to endure the anger of his supporters for having relinquished the Caliphate to the lifelong enemy of himself and that of his father before him. They had failed to appreciate that Hasan ibn Ali had given up his right in the larger interests of Islam, and to avoid further bloodshed of the Muslims.


Muawiyah wished to pass the caliphate to his own son Yazid ibn Muawiyah, and saw Hasan ibn Ali as an obstacle to his plans. And thus Muawiyah plotted to kill Hasan ibn Ali. He secretly contacted Hasan ibn Ali's wife Ja'da bint al-Ash'ath ibn Qays, and instigated her to poison her husband. Ja'da did as Muawiyah suggested, giving her husband poison mixed with honey. Madelung (pp. 331-333) notes other traditions suggesting that Hasan ibn Ali had been poisoned by another wife, the daughter of Suhayl ibn Amr, or perhaps by a servant. Madelung also cites the early historians (Baladhuri, Waqidi, etc.) who recounted these traditions. Madelung, who is more accepting of Shi'a traditions than most Western academic historians, believes that Hasan ibn Ali was poisoned and that the famous early Islamic historian al-Tabari suppressed the tale out of concern for the faith of the common people. (Madelung pp. 331-332)

Shi'ahs believe that Ja'da was promised gold and marriage to Yazid. Seduced by the promise of money and power, she poisoned her husband, and then hastened to the court of Muawiyah in Damascus to receive her reward. Muawiyah reneged on his promises and married her to another man. [ [http://www.ezsoftech.com/stories/infallible4.asp] , [http://www.al-islam.org/kaaba14/5.htm] , [http://www.shia.org/hasan.html] , [http://www.al-imam.net/forums/lofiversion/index.php?t1056.html] ]

Hasan ibn Ali died in Medina on Safar 28, 50 AH. He is buried at the famous Jannat al-Baqi cemetery across from the Masjid al-Nabawi, the Mosque of the Prophet.

Burial of Hasan

Hasan ibn Ali, before his death, asked to be buried next to his grandfather, Muhammad. However, Marwan prevented Hasan ibn Ali's his right. Marwan requested Aisha to allow his relative Uthman ibn Affan to be buried beside the Prophet if she allows Hasan ibn Ali to be buried there. On the contrary, Aisha was aware of Marwan's treachery from the past so she refused to accept his plan, and further did not allow anyone else to be buried beside the Prophet. Hasan ibn Ali's family was thus forced to bury him elsewhere, and so they buried him in Jannatul Baqee'.

unni view

Sunni Muslims honor Hasan ibn Ali as righteous and pious because he is from the Ahl al-Bayt. Certain early Sunni scholars are of the opinion that Hasan was the Fifth Rightly Guided Caliph because of his appointment by Ali ibn Abi Talib.

hi'a view

Muawiyah was successful in deceitfully gaining the absolute power he had aspired for. He was not interested in the functions of preaching piety or theology. He was interested in expanding his sphere of influence in the territories already conquered by the Muslims, and was actively engaged in further conquests to the north and north west of Syria. In utter violation of the terms of the Treaty with Hasan ibn Ali, Muawiyah decided to name his son Yazid to succeed him after his death. He knew that Yazid lacked all qualifications to be a caliph for the Muslims and to represent Muhammad. He also knew that Hasan ibn Ali, being a true representative of Muhammad, would oppose the nomination of his son. Consequently, he decided to eliminate the opposition.

Muawiyah solicited the services of Marwan ibn al-Hakam, a son-in-law of Uthman ibn Affan, who was the governor of Medina at that time. With a promise for a reward, Marwan approached one of the wives of the Imam, Ju'da binte al-Ash'ath ibn Qays to poison Hasan ibn Ali. He was successful, and Hasan ibn Ali died as a result of this plot.

Before Hasan ibn Ali died, in accordance with the Will of Allah, named his brother, Hussain ibn Ali to be the next Imam. He expressed his wish to his brother to bury his body near to the grave of his grandfather, Muhammad. This caused an armed opposition by the governor of Medina. Under a shower of arrows, the funeral procession of Hasan ibn Ali had to withdraw and be diverted to Jannat al-Baqi, the general graveyard of Medina, where he was buried.

Shi'ahs hold Hasan ibn Ali in a very high positive view, like the Sunnis, except that Shi'ahs regard Hasan ibn Ali as their second Imam. Both Sunnis and Shi'ahs regard him as a martyr. According to Shi’ahs Hasan ibn Ali married four women:

# Umm Ishaq bint Talha ibn `Ubayd Allah.
# Hafsa bint 'Abd al-Rahman ibn Abi Bakr.
# Hind bint Suhayl bin `Amru.
# Ju'da bint al-Ash'ath ibn Qays, whom Muawiyah I tempted to kill Hasan ibn Ali. So she killed him with poison.

A few words of Masaib

On the 28th of Safar in 50th A.H., Imam Hasan visited the grave of his mother and his grand father. When Imam Hasan returned to his home in the evening, he knew of the intentions of Jada binte Ashas. He asked her to bring milk and do what she had in her mind. As soon as Imam Hasan drank a little bit of the milk, the poison started making its effect and the pieces of his liver came out of his mouth.

Seeing this, his other wife Umm-e-Farwa – the mother of Hazrat Qasim - rushed towards him. It was already night and she was very worried. She asked Qasim to go and inform the sisters of Imam Hasan. Qasim was only about 3 or 4 years so he said how would I tell them what had happened so Umm-e-Farwa told him that his condition would tell all the story. She tore off the dress of Qasim, took off his little turban and poured mud in his hair. Then asked him to go to the nearby house of Bibi Zainab and Bibi Umm-e-Kulsoom.

The daughters of Imam Ali were preparing for the namaz-e-shab when Qasim knocked the door. When they saw him in this state, they started weeping and asked him what had happened. Qasim told them that his father is in his last moments in this world. They were the daughters of Imam Ali so they knew what had happened. They hurriedly reached the house of Imam Hasan. Imam asked Bibi Umm-e-Farwa to hide the milk pot so his sisters would not see his blood in it. Daughters of Imam Ali said please don’t hide the pieces of our brother from us, we have come to collect them in our hijab and would preserve them.

Imam Hasan gathered all his relatives and appointed Imam Hussain as the next Imam by the will of Allah. He asked Imam Hussain to try to bury him next to the Prophet Mohammad but if that were not possible then not to harm anyone and bury him in Jannatul Baqi. He breathed his last in the night of 28th Safar.

Imam Hussain took out the funeral of his brother with some of his companions but for the first time in history the janaza of a muslim was returned back without burial and the slain body of Imam Hasan was riddled with arrows. Both the brother Imams had arrows in their destiny – the only difference was that arrows were in the body of Imam Hasan but Imam Hussain’s body was on arrows.

All brothers and sisters of Imam Hasan then sat together to take out the arrows one by one weeping and shouting aloud – wa Muhammada, wa Hasana, wa musibata.

Ala lanatullahe alal quamiz zalimin. Sayalamul lazina zalamu ayya munqalabi yanqaliboon. Inna lillahe wa inna ilehe rajeoon

ee also

* Twelve Imams
* Shi'a Islam
* Sharif
* Harrak



External links

* [http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9039439/Hasan Hasan ibn 'Ali] In Encyclopædia Britannica
* [http://www.iranica.com/newsite/articles/v12f1/v12f1024.html Hasan ibn 'Ali] by Wilferd Madelung , In Encyclopædia Iranica
* [http://www.almujtaba.com AlMujtaba Islamic Network - In The Memory of Imam Al-Hassan AlMujtaba (AS)]
* [http://www.al-shia.com/html/eng/books/masoom_hasan/2ndimam.html Kitab al Irshad , by Sheikh al Mufid, translated by I.K.A Howard, pp. 279 - 289]
* [http://home.swipnet.se/islam/imamhassan.htm]
* [http://www.al-islam.org/kaaba14/5.htm The Second Imam]
* [http://www.balagh.net/english/ahl_bayt/sulh_al-hasan/index.htm Sulh al-Hasan, The Peace Treaty of al-Hasan] by Shaykh Radi Al-Yasin.
* [http://www.balagh.net/english/ahl_bayt/sulh_al-hasan/25.htm]

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