Imam Abu Ja'far al-Baqir undertook the preparation of the corpse of his father.
He washed his pure body. The people saw the places of his prostration, which
were like the knees of camels, out of his abundant prostration (in prayer) for
Allah, the Exalted. They also saw his shoulders, which were like the knees of
camels. Then they asked al-Baqir about this, and he replied: "He would put
food into his bag, carried it on his shoulders, and divided the food among the
poor and the deprived.1" When al-Baqir had finished washing the
corpse of his body, he shrouded it, and prayed over it with the written prayers.
Escorting him to his Final Resting Place
Great escorting was held for the Imam. Medina (Yathrib) had never witness
such escorting before. This is because the righteous and the sinful escorted
him. The masses surrounded the great coffin. They wept and lamented for the Imam
in humbleness. They felt a heavy loss, for they lost immense good, and unique
spirituality. When the Imam died, the tongues kept silent, and the intellects
became perplexed. Hence the people of Medina crowded all around the Holy Corpse.
Blessed was he who carried it. It is worth mentioning that Sa'id b. al-Musayyab,
one of the seven jurists in Medina, did not succeed in escorting the Imam and
praying over him. Hushrum, the retainer of Ashja', blamed Sa'id for this, and he
answered: "To say two rukas in the Mosque is more beloved to me than to prayer
over this righteous man in the Righteous House.2" This excuse is
weak, for escorting the Imam, who delivered the guidance of the prophets, is the
best and most beloved act of obedience to Allah, the Exalted.
At his Final Resting Place
In the middle of a halo of exclaiming Allah is great and praising Him, the
people brought the Holy Corpse to al-Gharqad Cemetery. They dug a grave for him
beside the grave of his pure uncle, Imam al-Hasan, the master of the youths of
Paradise, and the plant of sweet basil of Allah's Apostle, may Allah bless him
and his family. Then Imam al-Baqir, peace be on him, buried his father in his
final resting place. With him he buried knowledge, kindness, reverential fear,
spirituality of the prophets and of the Allah-fearing. After Imam al-Baqir had
finished burying his father, the people hurried to him to condole him. The Imam,
his brothers, and the other Hashimites, thanked them for their condolences.
* The Life of Imam Zayn al-Abidin. By Baqir Sharif al-Qarashi.
1- Hayat al-Imam
Mohammed al-Baqir, vol. 1, p. 54.
2- Al-Kashi, Rijal, p. 76.