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Young Companions Close Up: 10 Noble Attributes of Hasan and Husain (RA)


Young Companions Close Up: 10 Noble Attributes of Hasan and Husain (RA)


”Whoever loved me, he should love these two i.e., Hasan and Husain.”

(Ibn Hibban)

Hasan and Husain (RA) were brothers, not twins.

Hasan (RA) was the older brother. But there was a strong bond and love between them perhaps as much as twins have.

They ate and played together. They were always found together and received much love from the same family members. Their close bond as described in different narratives made me pair them up together on this post, although I know they were individually unique and have a long lost of fine qualities each to their names.

Below are 10 noble attributes of Hasan and Husain (RA).

1. Pure lineage

They were sons of the Messenger of Allah’s daughter – Fatima Az-Zahra (RA); leader of the women of the worlds, daughter of Khadijah bint Khuwaylid (RA), and among the most beloved of women to the Messenger (SAW). Their father, Ali bin Abi Talib (RA) was the first youth to embrace Islam.

2. Unique names

They were the first to be given their names because those two names were not known before Islam.

It was reported on the authority of ‘Umar bin Sulaiman that he said: ‘

”Hasan and Husain are from the names of the people of Paradise and they were not known during the Jahiliyyah.” (Usdul – Ghabah, vol 2 in ‘Child companions around the Prophet [Peace be Upon Him]’)

3. Resemblance to the Messenger (SAW)

Both of them resembled the Prophet physically and in their mannerisms as well.

It is reported on the authority of ‘Ali (RA):

”Hassan was the person who most resembled the Messenger of Allah (SAW) from his face to his navel and Husain was the person who most resembled him in what was below that.” (At-Tirmidhi)

4. Graduates of the Prophetic school

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) was in their lives right from birth. He called Adhan in their ears, performed Tahnik on them and gave them their names.

They were both cared for and mentored by the Messenger of Allah (SAW) from childhood in faith, character and morals. He (SAW) loved them and they loved him too. He would always reassure them of his deep love and made sincere supplications for them. They were raised among a close and loving family fold.

He (SAW) referred to them as his two Raihanahs – sweet basil; meaning beloved in this context.

5. Bequeathal

Hasan and Husain (RA) were taken to the Messenger of Allah (SAW) during his final illness and he bequeathed something to them.

He said:

”As for Hasan, he has repect and authority which I have, while as for Husain, he has my courage and my generosity.” (Kanzul-‘Ummal) in ”Child companions around the Prophet [Peace be Upon Him]”

6. Very closely linked in narrations

Many Ahadith do not mention Hasan (RA) without mentioning Husain (RA). There was neither superiority nor competition in their relationship and accompanying narrations.

A hadith reported on the authority of Usamah bin Zaid (RA) states:

”These two are my sons and the sons of my daughter; Oh, Allah! I love them, so love them and love those who love them.” (At-Tirmidhi)

7. Masters of youth in paradise

It is reported on the authority of Hudhaifah (RA) that the Prophet (SAW) said:

”Oh, Hudhaifah! Gabriel [Jibrael -AS] came to me and he gave me the glad tidings that Hasan and Husain are the Masters of the young men of Paradise.” (Ahmad)

8. Love and esteem of the Companions (RA)

They were highly respected and revered by the companions (RA). They seized every opportunity possible to honour them and be close to them knowing how much Allah’s Messenger (SAW) loved them without a shadow of doubt.

When ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab (RA) set up the Treasury, he gave orders for Hasan and Husain (RA) along with those who participated in the Battle of Badr to be paid five thousand dirhams.

9. Knowledgeable and skilled

Both were reported to be learned scholars, knowledgeable in Islamic Jurisprudence.

They were also both eloquent; while Hasan was known as an Orator and renowned for his great linguistic abilities and profound thoughts, Husain was very articulate and renowned for his poetry, speeches and wisdom.

10. Piety and virtuousness

Hasan and Husain (RA) had great virtues. They were both reported to have performed Hajj twenty five times on foot. Hasan (RA) was said to have read sura Al-Kahf every night before sleeping and Husain (RA) known for his unmatchable charitable deeds.

Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) said:

”I have not regretted anything which I missed during my youth, except that I did not perform Hajj on foot; Hasan performed Hajj on foot twenty-five times.” (Tarikh ibn ‘Asakir, 4/216)

Az-Zubair bin Bakkar said:

”Mus’ab informed me that Husain performed Hajj twenty five times on foot.” {pg 64. Young Companions around the Prophet [Peace be upon him]}

Time to take action

It is interesting to read stories such as those of Hasan and Husain (RA) but of what benefit is it to your life – you may wonder.

After all, they were blessed by Allah (SWT) with these noble attributes. They were among the chosen few, while you are just an ordinary fellow.

Hold on… no so fast!

You have a lot of lessons to take for your own life. Here are just a few points of benefit to reflect and take action upon:

~ Give good names and nicknames to your children.

~ Made du’a for your young ones and their future generation.

~ Guide your children to love, respect and partner with each other as siblings.

~ Verbalise and show affection to your young ones through your actions/ manners.

~ Shower the children and youth under your care with genuine love, care and concern.

~ Take your grandchildren as your children; and your grandparents as your parents.

~ Even if you are blessed with a noble lineage, keep striving to do good and put in maximum effort to boost your knowledge and skills.

Now it’s over to you. Which other lessons and points of benefits can you take from the noble lives of Hasan and Husain (RA)?

Recommended Reading: Child Companions around the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him). Prepared by Darussalam Research Division. Maktaba Dar-us-Salam, 2003.


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