Introduction to Part Two

In the name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate

Sessions with our late teacher were always full of blessings and benefits. I, this humble being, always appreciated the value of these meetings, and have thus recorded them. I particularly benefited from meeting with ‘Allamah during the four months he was residing in Tehran,1 and have recorded the questions he was asked and his answers. I present some of these questions and answers here so that everyone can benefit from them.

In God’s hands is the bridle of every affair, and from Him I seek assistance. There is no movement and no power save by Allah, the All-Supreme, the All-Magnificent.

‘ALLAMAH. The Honourable Messenger of Allah had an immense intimacy with the Noble Qur’an, such that when someone recited a verse, he would respond by reciting the following verse.

The Prophet was also the source of mercy and compassion. On one occasion, the Prophet had issued a death sentence to someone for committing a crime. That person resorted to Imam ‘Ali and asked, ‘O ‘Ali! What should I do so that the Honourable Messenger of Allah pardons me?’

Imam ‘Ali instructed him to go to the Prophet and recite this verse:

...By Allah, verily Allah hath preferred thee above us, and we have certainly been wrongdoers. (12:91)

Joseph’s brothers said these words when they recognised Joseph, whereby they asked for pardon with embarrassment. That man did the same, and the Messenger of Allah immediately recited the next verse:

...No blame is on you today! May Allah forgive you, for He is the most Merciful of the merciful. (12:92)

This was Joseph’s response to his brothers, whereby he announced their pardon. Thus, this verse became the verdict of that man’s pardon.2

  • 1. That was from Safar to Jumada al-Ula 1400 (or December 1979 to March 1980).
  • 2. See Muhammad Baqir Majlisi, Bihar al-Anwar (Beirut, 1983), 22:259; Ibn al-Athir, al-Kamil fi al-Tarikh (Beirut, 1965), 2:243.