My son-in-law wrote to Abu Ja’far the second Imam Muhammad Taqi (as), peace be upon him, that: “My father is a Nasibi (one who shows hatred towards Ahlulbayt (as)) and has wretched views about Ahlulbayt (as). And I have experienced a lot of hardship and pressure from him. I write to request for special prayers for me, may I be your ransom, and to advise me what should be my line of action. Should I confront him or comply with his whims?”
He, peace be upon him, wrote back: “I have understood your letter and what you have mentioned about your father. God willing, I shall never forget you in my prayers. And it is better to be compliant rather than resorting to open confrontation. For with every hardship, there is ease. Be patient, for the end result is always in favour of those who are mindful of duties towards Allah. May Allah keep you firm on the path of those who you have accepted as the authority. You and we are all entrusted in the care of Allah, and with Him, no trust is lost!”
Bakr said: Then Allah caused a change of heart in his father, so that he in turn became compliant to the son.
Source: Al-Amali, Sh. Mufeed, Twentry Third Assembly, Hadith #20
Our Lord, forgive me and my parents and the believers the Day the account is established.” (14:41)
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