It is difficult to speak about the martyrdom of the Imam (as) that has provided us with the majority of our Jurisprudence (Fiqh) and Knowledge through his words. However, his impact and legacy was beyond just his spreading of knowledge – for the ones who were impacted the most at his departure were the needy people of al-Madinah. We look at the authentic hadith in al-Kafi:

“When it became dark and a part of the night had passed, abu ‘Abd Allah [al-Sadiq (as)] would pick up on his shoulder a sack of bread, meat and money and go to the needy people of al-Madinah, distribute it among them, and no one knew who he was. When abu ‘Abd Allah [al-Sadiq (as)] passed away, they missed him and realized that he (the helping person) was abu ‘Abd Allah [al-Sadiq (as)].”

Sanad: Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from ibn abu ‘Umayr from Hisham ibn Salim who has said the above hadith

Reference: al-Kafi, Volume 4, Chapter 4, Hadith #1 (See First Image below)

Grading: al-Majlisi says it is Sahih/Authentic (صحيح) [Mir’at al-Uqool, Volume 16, Page 132] (See Second Image below)