The following is the third part of a collection of hadiths about the third Imam of Shia Muslims, Imam Hussein (AS), who is also the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Twenty Years of Weeping!

Imam Sadiq (AS) said: `As for A’li Ibn al‑Hussain (AS), he cried over Hussain (AS) for twenty years (after the tragedy of Karbala); never would any food be placed before him except that he would begin to weep. Bihar al Anwar, vol 46, pg. 108.

The Etiquette of Mourning

Imam Sadiq (AS) said: When Ibrahim, the son of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) died, tears filled the eyes of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), whereupon he said, “The eyes are tearful and the heart is anguished (but) we shall not say anything which shall anger the Lord. Surely we, O’ Ibrahim, are grief‑stricken for you” Bihar al‑Anwar vol: 22 , pg. : 157.

Tearful Eyes

Imam Sadiq (AS) said: He in whose presence we (and our miseries) are mentioned and, as a result, his eyes pour out tears, Allah shall make his face forbidden upon the fire of hell. Bihar al Anwar vol. 44, pg. 185.

Hussaini Gatherings

Imam Sadiq (AS) said to Fudhail: Do you sit together, talk and discuss amongst yourselves? Fudhail replied: Yes. The Imam then said: I approve of these sittings. So keep our `issue’ (Imamate) alive. May Allah exhibit mercy on those who revive our issue and mission! Wasail al‑Shiah , vol. 10, pg. 391.

Invaluable Tears

Imam Sadiq (AS) said (to Masma’, one of those who mourned over Imam Hussain (AS)): May Allah have mercy upon your tears! Do know that you are regarded as being of those who are deeply concerned about us and of those who are happy at our happiness and aggrieved at our sorrow. Do know that you shall witness the presence of my fathers near you at the time of your death. Wasail al‑Shia, vol., 10, pg. 397

 Scalded Hearts

Imam Sadiq (AS) (while sitting on the prayer mat prayed for the mourners and those going for the pilgrimage of the Ahlul Bayt (AS) as follows): O’ Lord, have mercy upon those eyes, which have shed tears in compassion for us; and upon those hearts, which have been restless and blistered for us; and upon those wailings, which have been for us. Bihar al‑Anwar vol 98 , pg. 8.

 Tears over the Oppressed State of the Shias

Imam Sadiq (AS) said: He whose eyes shed tears for our blood which has been shed, or for our rights which have been usurped, or for the humiliation meted out to us or to one of our Shias, Allah shall accommodate him in paradise for a long time. Amali Sheikh al Mufid, pg. 175.

Weeping of the Sky

Imam Sadiq (AS) said: O’ Zurarah! The sky had cried for forty days over (the martyrdom of) Hussain (AS) Mustadrakal‑Wasail, vol 1 pg. 391.

The Holy Prophet and Weeping over the Martyrs

Imam Sadiq (AS) said: After the news of the martyrdom of Ja’far Ibn Abi Talib (AS) and Zaid Ibn Harithah reached the Holy Prophet (PBUH), whenever he entered his house, he would weep profusely for them and say: ” They used to converse with me and were intimate with me and (now) both of them have departed together”. Man La Yahdhuruhu al‑Faqih, vol. 1, pg. 177

 Sympathy for Ahlulbayt

Imam Sadiq (AS) said: The breath of one who is aggrieved upon the injustice and oppression subjected to us, is tasbeeh (glorification of Allah), and his grief for us, is i’baadat (worship of Allah) and his concealing our secrets, is jihad in the path of Allah.