How much do we actually know about our 10th Imam [as]?
I don't know about anyone else, but personally I do not know much about him. Hardly about him.
The reason why I made this thread is, I want us to find facts about Imam al-Hadi [as] and post them here so that we may get to know him better and become closer to him. Maybe other people could make threads for the other Imams [as] too, or every few days I will make a new thread for a different Imam [as] so we go through a gradual learning process.
Please avoid large copy and pastes, I believe we will learn more if people post small things and we read each post one by one.
I will start off with his epithets.
His epithets expressed the high qualities he possessed. His epithets are as follows:
An-Nasih (loyal); he was called so because he was the sincerest advisor to the nation.
Al-Mutawakkil (reliant on Allah); he disliked this epithet and ordered his companions not to call him with it. I think he hated this epithet because it was the epithet of the Abbasid caliph Ja’far al-Mutawakkil who held a bitter grudge and enmity, and was spiteful, towards the Ahlul Bayt (a.s.).
At-Taqiy (pious, devout); he was called so because he feared Allah and turned to Him. Al-Mutawakkil, the tyrant Abbasid caliph, tried his best to attract Imam al-Hadi (a.s.) to the fields of amusement and debauchery but he failed.
Al-Murtadha (being pleased with Allah); it was his most famous epithet.
Al-Faqeeh (jurisprudent); he was the most informed person of his age in jurisprudence, and was the authority that jurisprudents and scholars turned to.
Al-Aalim (knowledgeable); he was the most knowledgeable one among the people of his time, not only in the Islamic laws, but all branches of knowledge and sciences.
Al-Ameen (trustee on religion and life)
At-Tayyib (generous, kind-hearted, good-natured…)
Al-Askari (military); he was called so because he resided in Surra Men Ra’a (Samarra’) which was called al-Askar.
Al-Muwadhih (explainer of the verdicts of the Holy Book and the Sunnah)
Ar-Rasheed (wise, prudent); he was called so because he was the wisest and most prudent of his time.
Ash-Shaheed (the martyr) because he was martyred at the hands of the enemies of Allah.
Al-Wafiy (loyal); he was the most loyal of his people, and loyalty was a key element of his personality.
Al-Khalis (pure from every defect and bad)
Edited by Shia_Debater, 23 January 2012 - 11:50 AM.