Question:
Please provide me details about children of our 11th Imam Hazrat Imam Hassan Askari (Peace Be Upon Him). How many sons he had other than our 12th Imam Mahdi ( Peace Be Upon Him). I am very concerned about this matter because many families in India , Pakistan and other countries such as Uzbekiztan claim to be direct descendant of Imam Hassan Askari ( Peace Be Upon Him ). Please provide me guidance in this regard.

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Answer:
Salaam Alaykum It's well-known among Shia (Imamia Twelvers) that Imam Hassan Askari (a.s.) had no other children except Imam Mahdi (a.s.), as Sheikh Mufid has mentioned it in his book al-Irshad, where he says: "There were no children for Imam Hassan al-Askari except Imam Mahdi Sahib al-Zaman; and Imam al-Askari has left no child except Imam Mahdi." Ibn Shahr Ashub has also acknowledged Sheikh Mufid's comments and said: "Al-Qaem (Imam Mahdi) was the son of Imam Hassan al-Askari (a.s.) and Imam al-Askari had no other child than him." Historical sources such as Tarikh al-Tabari and Tarikh al-Massoudi as well as other sources have made no mention of a child other than the awaited Imam Mahdi, who was born on Sha'ban 15th in the year 255 A.H. [Source: "A'laam al-Hidayah" (The Leaders of Guidance) published by the Ahlulbayt World Assembly] Ibn Abi Salj al-Baghdadi (d. 326 AH) who lived in Baghdad at the time of the specific vicegerents of Imam Mahdi during Ghaybate Soghra (the short occultation period of Imam Mahdi), quotes in his book "Mawalid wa Wafayat al-A'immah" (The Births and Deaths of Imams): [Imam Hassan al-Askari's children are Muhammad, Musa, Fatima and Aisha. At the birth of Muhammad ibn al-Hasan (Imam Mahdi), Imam Hassan al-Askari said: "The oppressors thought that they would kill me to eradicate our family tree, but they saw the power of God."] Imam al-Askari then calls his son (Imam al-Mahdi) as 'Muammal' (that is, the one in whom people will pin hope to save them in the future). NOTE: This is the only hadith in which we can see the names of other children of Imam Hassan al-Askari (a.s.); that is, Mohammad, Musa, Fatima and Aisha. Other Sunni scholars have taken these names from this hadith; but as we know, it is well-known that Imam Mahdi (Muhammad ibn al-Hasan) is the only son of Imam Hassan al-Askari. However, Allamah Shooshtari believes that all the reports that attribute other children than Imam Mahdi to Imam al-Askari are fake accounts and not reliable. Wassalaamu alaykum

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