Tearful face

When he would visit the shrines in Najaf or Kazimayn, the Imam would not recite all the supplications like others did in the shrine so that the people would notice. On Thursday nights when we would visit the shrine, he would return home and recite the “Kumayl” supplication in the house; or when we would return from the mosque, he would go to his room, shut the door from inside, put off the light for about fifteen minutes and engage in exclusive forms of worship. Once when I returned with the Imam from the mosque I saw that the Imam had disappeared. The lock on the door of the upper room hung in such a manner from the door that I thought the door was locked. I thought the Imam had left the house and asked the attendant of the house about the whereabouts of the Imam. He replied that the Imam had climbed the stairs to the upper room but when I went there I saw that the room was locked and the lights were off. Ayatullah Tabrizi had also arrived to meet the Imam. Again the attendant mentioned that the Imam was upstairs and I replied; “By God he is not there and room is locked.” I heard the Imam call from inside the room that: “Mr. Forman, I am here; don’t shout!” then he got up, unlatched the door which he latched from inside. I asked the Imam why he sat in the darkness. The switch was near the door and as soon as I put on the light I saw the Imam in prostration. He asked: “What do you want?” the Imam was reciting certain supplications in that position which we could not understand; but when he raised his head from prostration I saw that his face was tearful and the place of prostration was soaked with tears.

Tearful face: Hujjat al-Islam Furqani

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