The Letter Z”aad (Z”)
In Darus Salaam it is quoted from Qisasul Anbiya that Prophet Ibrahim (as) was nick-named Abu Ziyafaan (father of the hospitable ones). He was such that he neither ate in the morning nor in the evening without being accompanied by a guest. He used to walk one or two farsangs to find someone who would be willing to become his guest. His hospitability continues till the Day of Judgment and it is the same ‘blessed tree’ that the Almighty Allah has spoken about:
يُوقَدُ مِنْ شَجَرَةٍ مُبَارَكَةٍ زَيْتُونَةٍ
“…lit from a blessed olive-tree.” (Qur’an, Surah Noor 24:35)
I say: This hospitability and hosting is the hospitability of knowledges and Sunnahs that by the being of the Holy Prophet (S) and the Imam continues till the Day of Judgment. And in the Ziarat of Friday we recite:
“And I, my master am on this day your guest and refugee.”
In Part Three we have previously given some matter pertaining to this subject. Sayyid bin Tawus says in Jamaal al-Usbu’:
I reach you wherever I travel.
In whichever city I may be, I am always your guest.
Here I would like to quote a narrational report that in my view is not inappropriate to our subject matter.
In the book of Darus Salaam it is quoted from Tabarsi’s Mishkaat that:
A man asked His Eminence, Abul Hasan (Imam Hadi) Askari (as): How is it that Abu Dalf is having 4001 villages? He replied: One night a believer became his guest and he also presented to him a big tray full of dates numbering 4001. Thus the Almighty Allah rewarded him with a village for each date.