I recall this anecdote whenever someone is rude. The simplicity and clarity Imam’s response is a practical example for us on how we should respond in similar situations. More about Imam Al-Baqir
This comic is adapted from The Garden of Self healing translated by Sheikh Fadhlalla Haeri. The eloquence is amazing, which gave inspiration to express the incident in Comic form.
This is an excerpt from the Book Lantern of the Path by Imam Jaffer Sadiq (as). The whole book contains several gems for every aspect of life, and worth referring to several times.
The classic question whether our actions are governed between Freewill or Predestination has been asked by all schools of thought. The correct answer according to Islamic thought is that it’s somewhere in between. We don’t have complete freewill over all our actions, as that would imply that God has no power over our actions. At the same time we’re not completely powerless over our actions, as that would imply that God controls us like robots.
The above comic illustrates the simplicity in how Imam Ali (as) explains this balance.
This prayer summarizes in essense the intention of a Sufi’s approach to supplication. It’s a higher state one strives to acheive where one yearns for God not for any ulterior motive, but because God is worthy of being yearned & worshipped.
This question was asked to the 6th Imam (Imam Jafar As-Sadiq). His face is not shown in Islamic Art. I heard this anecdote a long time ago during my School days when I attended Summer classes conducted by Al-Haj Hassanain Rajabali, in Dubai. It’s been stuck in my head ever since.