Lesson Fifty Five: Self Sacrificing Lovers
Imam Al-Baqir (a.s.) said:
إنَّ أَصْحَابَ جَدِّىَ الْحُسَيْنِ لَمْ يَجِدُوا أَلَمَ مَسِّ الْحَدِيْدِ
The devoted companions of my grandfather, Imam Husayn (a.s.) did not feel any pain under the strokes of sword and spear of enemy.1
When man’s affection for a goal reaches the stage of deep love , all of his feelings are so concentrated on it that any amount of inconvenience is tolerable for him. Not only tolerable, but it can even become painless. When Egyptian women, based on a figurative transient love on seeing Prophet Joseph’s face, could lose their awareness and cut their fingers instead of fruits, it is not surprising that restless lovers in the path of God and self-sacrificing persons in the path of truth and virtue, would not feel pain and toil of heavy strokes of the enemy. First , one shall be a lover, then self-sacrifice and tolerance will inevitably follow.
- 1. Bihar al-Anwar, volume 45, page 80