Imam Hadi, you kept the line of Imamate alive despite all ups and downs in your
life. You had you own network to keep the light of Islam glittering although you
had to endure many difficulties in your life.
The governor of Medina, Abdullah bin Mohammad Hashemi, made Motawakel too
concerned by his letter on your political activities,1 but you
rejected his allegations by sending Motawakel a letter so Motawakel removed his
Governor and replied through letter:
“In the name of God to whom all praise belongs, the Leader of all Muslims (PBUH)
knows you well and respects your personality, greatness and consanguinity with
the Prophet. My only goal is to provide for divine satisfaction as well as
yours. Hence I order Abdullah bin Mohammad, the war commander and leader of
Friday Prayers, removed and install Mohammad bin
Fazl to replace him as you requested. He is ordered to obey your orders and do
his best to respect you and thus get closer to God, His Prophet and the Leader
of Muslims (a.s.).
The Leader of Muslims desires your visit to renew the allegiance, if you also
desire to see the Caliph you may move with your family and friends and
followers. The trip will be planned as you wish and you may stop wherever you
want and, if preferred, Yahya bin Haraama, the Caliph servant will accompany you
to serve you honorably since we regard you highly and like you so much. God
You have no way and should go since rejecting Motawakel’s demand confirms the
allegations of his governor. So he may create more problems for you that’s why
later in Samara you said “I was brought here against my will.”3
* Translated by: Sadroddin Musawi
1- Bihar al-Anwar
vol. 50 p. 200.
2- Osule Kafi vol. 1 p. 501.
3- Majlesi vol. 50, p. 129.