Respecting the Imams (as)

الحسين بن محمد، عن محمد بن أحمد النهدي، عن محمد بن خلاد الصيقل، عن محمد بن الحسن بن عمار قال: كنت عند علي بن جعفر بن محمد جالسا بالمدينة و كنت أقمت عنده سنتين أكتب عنه ما يسمع من أخيه - يعني أبا الحسن عليه السلام - إذ دخل عليه أبو جعفر محمد بن علي الرضا عليه السلام المسجد - مسجد الرسول صلى الله عليه وآله - فوثب علي بن جعفر بلا حذاء ولا رداء فقبل يده وعظمه، فقال له أبو جعفر عليه السلام: يا عم اجلس رحمك الله فقال: يا سيدي كيف أجلس وأنت قائم، فلما رجع علي بن جعفر إلى مجلسه جعل أصحابه يوبخونه ويقولون: أنت عم أبيه وأنت تفعل به هذا الفعل؟ فقال: اسكتوا إذا كان الله عز وجل - وقبض على لحيته - لم يؤهل هذه الشيبة وأهل هذا الفتى ووضعه حيث وضعه، أنكر فضله؟! نعوذ بالله مما تقولون، بل أنا له عبد

Al-Husayn ibn Muhammad has narrated from Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Nahdi from Muhammad ibn Khallad al-Sayqal from Muhammad ibn al-Hassan ibn ‘Ammar who has said the following:

"Once I was in a meeting with Ali ibn Ja'far ibn Muhammad (as) in Madina. I stayed with him for two years to write down what he had heard from his brother, abu al-Hassan (Moosa) (as). At that time Abu Jafar Muhammad ibn Ali al-Rida (as), came in the mosque, the mosque of the Messenger of Allah (saww).

Ali ibn Jafar rushed toward him barefoot and without his gown. He kissed his hand and showed great respect for him. Abu Jafar (as) said to him, "Uncle, please sit down, may Allah grant you well being."

Ali bin Jafar said, "My master, how can I sit when you are standing?"

When Ali ibn Jafar returned to his place his companions began to blame him, saying, "You are the uncle of his father, how can you act as such before him?"
He said to them, "Be quiet, when Allah (swt), has not qualified this beard, holding his beard in his hand, but has qualified this young man and has given him such position, should I then deny his excellence and virtue? I seek refuge before Allah from what you say. In fact, I am a servant for him."

[Source: al-Kafi, Vol. 1, Pg. 322]