Responsibility 44: Making Others Cry for the Imam
The believers should make others cry due to the separation with the Imam or because of the difficulties which the Imam and his pure fore-fathers had to endure of course, this should be done in accordance with ones’ ability.
It must be noted that this responsibility must only be carried out through the means permitted by the faith. By this we mean that one must enact this responsibility through recalling the authentic traditions which recount the trials and tribulations which the Ahlul Bayt (as) went through.
Thus, a believer must not make others cry by lying or changing the history of what the Infallibles went through as it is not permitted to make up historical narrations simply to make people cry as this is not what Allah and the pure and infallible family of the Prophet want from us.
Imam Ja’far b. Muhammad as-Sadiq (as) has said:
وَ مَنْ بَكـى أَوْ أَبْكَـى وَاحِداً فَلَهُ الْجَنَّةُ وَ مَنْ تَبَاكَـى فَلَهُ الْجَنَّةُ
“A person who cries or makes one other person cry will be granted Paradise and even a person who pretends to cry (if he cannot cry) will also be granted Paradise.”1
- 1. al-Luhuf, pg. 11; Biharul Anwar, vol. 44, pg. 288, sec. 34, no. 27