It is our attitudes which define our life and determine our value; the value
which we may rarely think about. How do we view the life? Do we look at it
through a narrow perspective or an extensive one? What position do people hold
in our eyes? Have we ever thought of this issue?
Our religion is full of elegance in regards to social issues which we are
unaware of. The teachings of the Ahl al-Bayt (a.s.) contain numerous delicate
moral points which help us with even the details of our lives. As they explain
the relationship of us with our merciful Lord, the Ahl al-Bayt (a.s.) explain
our attitudes and interactions with people also. Have we ever asked ourselves
how our Imams viewed life and how they defined the best way of living? Once, a
person intended to discover the attitude of Imam Hassan (a.s.) towards life;
thus, he exactly asked the same question from the Imam (a.s.)…
Imam Hassan (a.s.) was asked: "Who is the best person in terms of the way of
living?" Imam Hassan (a.s.) replied, "The one who shares his/her joys with
people". Then, he continued, "Who is the worst?" Imam Hassan (a.s.) replied,
"The one who has no partners in his/her joys".1
The tradition of our Imams was to teach their children and followers to help
people and share them in their internal and external lives.
If we focus on this statement of Imam Hassan (a.s.), we understand that the Imam
(a.s.) is referring to "people in general", not the faithful, Shiites, or
Muslims. Thus, it is concluded that cooperation and assistance is related to
people in general, and there is no condition on the faith or belief. Yet,
assisting the knowledgeable, the faithful, and the lovers of the Ahl al-Bayt (a.s.)
has a special value.
But how could we share our lives with the people? Of course the method of
sharing with others in life differs from one person to another. For example, a
physician shares his/her knowledge and ability of medical treatment with people;
a wealthy person shares financial support with the people; one who has a social
position helps people by solving their problems; a scholar serves people by
his/her knowledge; even one may guide people towards excellent goals through
counseling. These were all examples of sharing people in our lives.
Sharing with people in life is the tradition of our Imams and even their
students used to do the same. The expression Imam Hassan (a.s.) has used in this
Hadith is "partnering", which suggests utmost kindness and intimacy. It states
the view of Allah and the Ahl al-Bayt (a.s.) that people should be partners in
their properties, which all belong to Allah.
In such view of life the worst of people is the one who has no partners and does
not share his properties with others.
Now it is me and you and a question, in which group we fall in and which way of
living we have decided for ourselves.
* (Selection taken from," The Virtue of Hassan", by Sayyid
Ya’qubi, vol. 2, pp. 226-227