In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Occasion: The Birth of Al-imam Ali Al-Rida (A.S.).
All congratulations and blessings are offered to Al-Imam Al-Mahdi (May God hasten his appearance), and to the supreme leader of the Muslims Al-Imam Al-Khamenei (May God keep him) in the birth of the eighth Imam of the prophet family, Al-Imam Ali Al-Rida (A.S.) the son of Al-Imam Al-Kazem (A.S.).
Al-Imam's worship and ethics
Al-Imam Al-Rida (A.S.) was known by his ethics, which have been witnessed by everyone; until Al-Maamoun said about him, "This person is the benevolent for people on earth and the most educated and worship among them". And Rajaa ben abi Aldahak said, "I swear by God I haven't seen a man who is religiousness as Him, or more renown for God than him in all times, and not more than him fears of God".
It has been known about Him (A.S.) that in His worship, while praying the dawn prayer in its time, he had to genuflect to God for a long time without raising up his head until the sunrises up in the sky; and at night He had to read the Holy Quran and to seal it every three days; he had to say, "if I wanted to seal it in less than three days, I have done, but I have to think about every masterpiece I pass by, in what thing it was said, and at what time, because of that I became to seal it every three days".
And about Al-Imam's (A.S.) ethics in dealing with others, Ibrahim the son of Al-Abass said, "I haven't seen or heard about a person better than Al-Imam Ali Al-Rida (A.S.) and I have seen from Him what I haven't seen from anyone: I didn’t see him alienating anyone with His words, and never seen Him boycott anyone while talking, and never reimbursed someone for a favor He can do. And never stretched his legs or inclined in front of a person sitting with him. I haven’t seen Him laughing loudly, His laugh is just a smile, and if He was presented in a place and they put food, He had to let his kings, proponents, doorkeeper and stableman to sit with Him".
In a conversation to one of His followers", once I were with Al-Imam Al-Rida (A.S.) in His travel to Kharasan, so one day He asked for a table of food for Himself; He invited on it his proponents from Al-Sudan and several places. I said, done for your sake, if you seclude a table for those. He said, "Allah is one, mother is one and father is one and the reward is in work".
And Al-Imam (A.S.) assured more than once that the value of human beings is in religiousness and obeyness to God. Then one told him, I swear to God there is no one on earth has the sense of honor more than you have. He answered him (A.S.), "religiousness ennobled them, and God obeyness surrounded them".
Also Al-Imam (A.S.) worked on publicizing the purebred Islamic Mohammedan sciences and shared scientists in unique debates, one described it, beginning with the description of Al-Imam, "I haven't seen a person renown than Al-Imam Al-Rida (A.S.), and every scientist has seen Him witnessed the same; Al-Maamoun gathered a number of religious scientists and jurisprudents of Islamic law, Al-Imam (A.S.) prevailed them one after the other, until no one was kept unless he confirmed His merit and confirmed to themselves their weakness. Also I have heard him saying; "I had to sit with them in the meadow, and the scientists in the city are available, if someone of them failed to solve a certain case, they all pointed out to me and sent me the cases to solve".
The yarn of the gold medal series
When Al-Imam (A.S.) arrived in his trip to Kharasn to Nishabour, He entered it on a gray mule, and was welcomed by Abo Zaraa Al-Razi, Mohammad the son of Aslam Al-Tousy and a large number of people demanding education. They both said, "you lofty sir, the son of All Imams, for the sake of Your immaculate fathers, and Your kindness ascendants, show us Your prosperous blessed face and narrate for us a narration about Your fathers, grandfather, the prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him). He said, "my father Mousa Al-Kazem (A.S.) told me about his father Al-Imam Jaafar Al-Sadek (A.S.) about his father Mohammad Al-Baker (A.S.) about his father Ali the son of Zen Al-Abedeen (A.S.) about his father the martyr of karblaa Al-Hussein (A.S.) about his father Ali the son of Abe Taleb (A.S.) that he said, "My beloved, the delight of my eye, the prophet Mohammad told me once about Gabriel, "that he has said: "I heard Allah saying, "the statement: there is no God but he is my fortress, who says it enters my fortress, and who enters my fortress he is secured from my agony".
At that time more than one thousand wrote this narration, then Al-Imam passed by the eyes following him, he stopped and took off the veil and all people were surprised of his action, he looked at them and continued the passed narration saying, "but in its conditions and I' am from its condition".
Eventually, all praise is due to Allah the lord of the world.