Imam Hasan al-Mujtaba (peace be upon him) was born on the 15th of the holy month of Ramadhan, 3 years after Hijra. He was the first son of Imam Ali and Lady Fatima (peace be upon them). When the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his pure progeny) received the happy news of the birth of his grandson, he came to the house of his beloved daughter, took the newly born child in his arms, recited Adhan and Iqamah in his right and left ears respectively, and in compliance with Allah's command named him Hasan.

The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his pure progeny) used to say; O Allah! I love Hasan, so love him and love those who love him. (Kanz al- ‘Ummāl v.16, pg. 262)

The Imam was quite wealthy and could have lived in luxury if he had desired, but he preferred to spend his money to help the poor and the needy. Twice in his life, he gave away his entire wealth in charity and began all over again.

He strived to uplift the plight of the Muslims. Once a person came to him and said “Poverty and bad luck is torturing me. You are a family of chastity, purity, and infallibility. Save me from this cruel enemy.” Imam Hasan (peace be upon him) called his servant and said, “How much money do we have available?” He replied “five thousand Dinars.” He said, “Give all of it to this man so that it may become the capital of his business and life, and he may relieve himself off and get rid of poverty and lack of resources.”

In the blessed month of Ramdhan let us not forget the noble act of charity and by adhering to the exemplary life of the Imam help our believing brothers and sisters in whatever way we can.