28 Oct 2013
HAZRAT MEESAM-TAMMAR AND PROPHECY OF IMAM ALI (a.s)
Meesam-e-Tammar was a slave belonging to a woman of Bani Asad. Imam Ali (as) purchased this slave from the woman and set him free in the way of Allah (SWT). He used to sell dates in Kufa Market and on this account he was known as Meesam-e-Tammar.
Imam Ali (as) asked Meesam: "What is your name"? "Saalim", he replied. Imam Ali (as) said: "Prophet Muhammad (saw) has told me that the Iranians call you Meesam." Meesam was astonished because no one knew his real name. So, he said: "Allah (SWT) and His prophet are truthful." Since that day, Meesam had not left Imam Ali (as).
Meesam was one of the distinct and favorite companions of the Commander of the faithful Imam Ali (a.s.), rather he, Umro bin Humaq, Mohammad bin Abu Bakr and Oways Qarani were among his disciples. Keeping in mind their merit and worthiness, Imam Ali (a.s.) had trained them with concealed knowledge and mysteries, which would occasionally be apparent from them. Once Meesam told Abdullah bin Abbas, who was one of the students of Imam Ali (a.s.) and had learnt the Quranic Exegeses from him, and whom Mohammad bin Hanafiyah had referred to as " the Divine of the nation " that, " O son of Abbas! Ask from me whatever you desire regarding the interpretation of the Quran, as I have recited the revelations of the Quran before Imam Ali (a.s.) and have received it`s interpretation from him."