Birth of the Imam's (as)

Here are the narrations which prove that the birth of the Imam's (as) is different from that of normal Human beings:

Hakima bint Mohammad Taqi (as) when in the house of Imam Hasan Askari (as) on the night of the arrival of the Imam al-Qaim (atfs) says;

فقلت لسيدي أبي محمد عليه السلام: ما أرى بها حملا فتبسم عليه السلام ثم قال: إنا معاشر الاوصياء لسنا نحمل في البطون وإنما نحمل في الجنوب ولا نخرج من الارحام وإنما نخرج من الفخذ الايمن من امهاتنا لاننا نور الله لا تناله الدانسات

I said to my Master Imam Hasan Askari (as), "I do not see any pregnancy in her." Imam (as) smiled and said: "We successors (Awsiya) are not carried in the abdomens(belly), but rather, we are carried on the sides. We do not come out from wombs, but rather from the right leg from our mothers. Because we are the Divine light (Noor) to which impurities do not reach."

[Source: Bihar al-Anwar, Vol. 51, Pg. 26]



In a narration about the birth of Imam al-Qaim (atfs), Imam Hasan Askari (as) says,

قال : إنَّ أولاد الأنبياء والاصياء إذا كانوا أئمّة ينشؤون بخلاف ما ينشؤ غيرهم ، وإنَّ الصبيَّ منّا إذا كان أتى عليه شهرٌ كان كمن أتى عليه سنّة ، وإنَّ الصبي منا ليتكلّم في بطن اُمّه ويقرأ القرآن ويعبد ربّه عزَّ وجلَّ ، [ و ] عند الرِّضاع تطيعه الملائكة وتنزل عليه صباحاً ومساءً

"The sons of apostles and successors, when they are Imams, their growth/origination (coming into existence) is different from others. A child of ours when completes a month is like He has completed an year. And a child of ours talks in the womb of his mother, recites the Quran and worships his Lord. At the age of suckling, angels obey him and descend to him every morning and evening"

[Source: Kamal al-Deen, Shaikh Sadooq, Chapter. 42, Hadith. 2]


وروي عن آمنة أم النبي صلى الله عليه وآله انها قالت لما حملت برسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله لم اشعر بالحمل ولم يصبني ما يصيب النساء من ثقل الحمل ورأيت في نومي كأن آتيا اتاني فقال لي قد حملت بخير الأنام ثم وضعته يتقي (قابض ك) الأرض بيديه وركبتيه ورفع رأسه إلى السماء وخرج مني نور أضاء ما بين السماء إلى الأرض 


It is narrated from Amina (sa) the mother of the Prophet (saww) that She said, "When I carried (pregnant with) the Prophet (saww), I did not feel the pregnancy and I was not affected with that which affects women due to the weight of the pregnancy. And I saw in my dream as a person coming, He came to Me and said to Me, "Verily You are carrying the best of the creations, then He (Prophet Muhammad) came out and placed His hands and knees on the ground and raised his head towards the skies and emerged from me a light illuminating what is between the skies and the earth."

[Source: Tafseer al-Qummi, Vol. 1, Pg. 373]



إكمال الدين: بهذا الاسناد عن محمد بن عثمان العمري قدس الله روحه أنه قال: ولد السيد (ع) مختونا وسمعت حكيمة تقول: لم ير بامه دم في نفاسها وهذا سبيل امهات الائمة صلوات الله عليهم


Through the same chain of narration from Muhammad Ibn ‘Othmān al-‘Amari (a.s) saying, “The Master was born circumcised and I heard Lady Hakīma say, ‘No blood was seen in her mother at his birth.’ This is the manner of the mothers of the Imams, Divine bliss be for them.

[Source: Kamal Ad Deen , Sheikh Sadooq, Chapter. 42, Hadees. 14, Pg. 433]


In a narration detailing the arrival of the 12th Imam (as), Hakima bint Imam Mohammad Taqi (as) says about the mother of Al-Qaim; Hazrat Nargis (sa):

و لم أر بها حملا و لا أثر حمل

"And I did not see in her any pregnancy not any signs of pregnancy"

[Source: Dalaail al Imamah, Pg 497]


حَدَّثَني تَمِيمُ بْنُ عَبْدِاللَّه بْنِ تَمِيمٍ القُرَشِي رَضِىَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قالَ: حَدَّثَني أَبي، عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ عَلِى الأَنْصارِي، عَنْ عَلِىِّ بْنِ مِيْثَم، عَنْ أَبيهِ قالَ: سَمِعْتُ اُمِّي تَقُولُ: سَمِعْتُ نَجْمَة اُمِّ الرِّضا عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ تَقُول: لَمّا حَمَلْتُ بِاِبْنِي عَلِيٍّ لَمْ أَشعِرْ بِثِقْلِ الحَمْلِ، وَكُنْتُ أَسْمَعُ فِي مَنامِي تَسْبِيحاً وَتَهْلِيلاً وَتَمْجِيداً مِنْ بَطْني، فَيَفْزَعُنِي ذلِكَ وَيَهُولُنِي فَإِذا انتَبَهْتُ لَمْ أَسْمَعُ شَيْئاً، فَلَمَّا وَضَعْتُهُ وَقَعَ عَلَى الأَرْض واضِعاً يَدَيْهِ عَلَى الأَرْض، رافِعاً رَأسِهِ إِلى السَّماءِ، يُحَرِّكُ شَفْتَيْهِ كَأَنَّهُ يُتَكَلِّمُ فَدَخَلَ إِلىَّ أَبُوه مُوسَى بْنُ جَعْفَرٍعَلَيْهِمَا السَّلاَمُ فَقالَ لي‏: هَنِيئاً لَكِ يا نَجْمَةُ كَرامَةُ رَبِّكَ فَناوَلْتُهُ إِيَّاهُ فِي خِرْقَةٍ بَيْضاءَ، فَأَذِّنَ فِي اُذُنِهِ الُيمْنى‏ وَأَقامَ اليُسْرى‏ وَدَعا بِماءِ الفُراتِ فَحَكَنَّهُ بِهِ، ثُمَّ رَدُّهُ إِلَىَّ، فَقالَ: خُذِيهِ، فَإِنَّهُ بَقِيَّةُ اللَّه تَعالى‏ فِي أَرْضِهِ


Tamim ibn Abdullah ibn Tamim al-Qurashi narrated that his father quoted on the authority of Ahmad ibn Ali Al-Ansari, on the authority of Ali ibn Maysam on the authority of his father,

"I heard Najma, the mother of Imam Al-Ridha (as), say, "When I was pregnant with my son Ali, I did not feel any burden. I used to hear God's praises, glorification and supplications from my stomach when I slept. I got scared hearing these sounds and woke up to hear nothing more when I was awake. Once I gave birth to my child, he put both of his hands on the ground, and raised his head towards the sky and moved his lips as if he was saying something.’ His father, Musa ibn Ja'far (as) came to me said, 'O Najma! Congratulations for this Divine Blessing that God has bestowed upon you.” Then I wrapped the baby in white cloth and handed him to Imam Al-Kazim (as), He (as) said the Azan in his right ear and the Iqamah in his left ear. Then He (as) asked for some water from the Euphrates River and gave the infant (Imam Ridha) some of it. Then he gave the baby back to me and said,  "Take him. He is God's Continuation (baqiyyatulah) on the Earth."

[Source: Uyoon al-Akhbar, Shaikh Sadooq, Vol. 1, Ch. 3, Hadith. 2]