Benefitting from Al-Hasan Al-Basree (may Allah have mercy on him)


Who was al-Hasan Al-Basree?

He is Abu Sa’eed al-Hasan ibn Abee al-Hasan Yasaar al-Basree.  He was born in al-Madeenah al-Munawarrah during the caliphate of Umar bin al-Khataab (may Allah be pleased with him) and he is from the Taabi’een (the generation after the companions).  He was the leader of the people of his time in knowledge and action.  Mu’tar bin Sulaymaan said, “My father used to say, ‘al-Hasan is the sheikh of the people of al-Basrah (a city in Iraaq)’.[1]

Reports from the life of al-Hasan al-Basree:[2]

It was reported that a man entered into al-Basrah, and he had never seen al-Hasan al-Basree (may Allah have mercy on him).  So the man asked as-Sha’bee about the whereabouts of al-Hasan. So as-Sha’bee said to the man, “Enter the masjid, may Allah protect you from all evil, and if you see a man that you have never seen anyone like him before then that is al-Hasan”.

It is said that Muhammad bin Waasi’a sat with Thaabit bin Muhammad al-Bunaanee.  So Muhammad saw Thaabit laughing and joking in his sitting, so Muhammad said to Thaabit, “May Allah protect you from all evil!  Indeed you joke in your sittings.  We used to sit with al-Hasan, and when he presented himself to us it was as if he came from the hereafter and he would speak to us about the seriousness of it (i.e. the hereafter)”.

A man said to al-Hasan, “How are you Abu Sa’eed?”  Al-Hasan said, “I’m not good at all”.  So the man asked, “And why is that?”  Al-Hasan said, “Because I am a person that is awaiting death when I awake and when I go to sleep, and I don’t know what my condition will be when I die”.

Al-Hasan (may Allah have mercy on him) used to say, “Repent to Allah for eating too much and sleeping too much”.

He also used to say (may Allah have mercy on him), “I don’t know of any form of worship more difficult than the Salaat in the middle of the night.  Indeed it (i.e. the Salaat in the middle of the night) is from the actions of those who fear Allah, The Most High”.

It is reported that al-Hasan used to say, “Indeed Ahlul Khair (the people of good) have signs that they are known by: truthfulness in their speech, fulfilling their trusts, keeping their promises, having very little pride and conceit, keeping the ties of kinship, being merciful to the weak, being courteous, having good manners, being very patient, spreading knowledge, and having very little association with women”.

We ask Allah, The Most High, to make us from Ahlul Khair, and may the prayers and peace be upon our prophet Muhammad.


[1] Ath-Thahabee, Imaam Shamsu-Deen. Siyar ‘Alaam An-Nubalaa. Beruit: Mu’asasah Ar-Risaalah AH1412/1992 4/563

[2] Al-Jawzee, Ibn Jamaal Ad-Deen. Aadaab Al-Hasan Al-Basree. Daar An-Nawaadir 1429H./ 2008

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About Abdul-Malik Merchant
Muslim. Husband. Father. Associate Imam @ISBCC. UQU grad. Boston resident. DC native. Biker. Goofy. Straight up.

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