Remember Your Imam: Ali ibn Abi Talib

October 12, 2006

AliOn the night that the Commander of the Faithful Imam ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (peace be upon him) died, after having been stabbed with a poison dagger by the wretched Ibn Muljum, Ali’s son, Imam Hasan (peace be upon him), rose to deliver a khutbah, saying:

“Tonight you have killed a man on a night in which the Qur’an came down, a night in which Jesus the son of Mary was taken up, and a night in which Joshua the son of Nun, the champion of Moses was killed. By God, none of those who were before him are ahead of him and none of those who will come after him will overtake him. By God, if the Prophet sent him on a raid, Gabriel was at his right hand and Michael at his left. By God, he did not leave (at his death) gold or silver except for 800 or 700 dirhams, which he set aside for a servant woman.”

Imam ‘Ali was the first imam of the Prophetic household to undertake the office after the Prophet’s death and the fourth caliph of the Muslim Ummah to rule over it. He was the cousin of the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace), the first male to accept Islam, the husband of the most perfect woman to ever live, Sayyida Fatimah (peace be upon her), the champion of the Muslim army, the progenitor of wilayah, the most knowledgeable among the companions of the Prophet, the father of the leaders of the youths of Paradise (Hasan and Husayn), the executor of the Prophet’s affairs (wasi), the gate to the city of knowledge, the door to the house of wisdom, and the well from which the divine fountain of secret knowledge of Allah pours fourth to all awliyah.

Peace be upon you, Ya Abu Turab, the day you were born inside the Ka’ba, the day you died, and the day you will pour the sweetest beverage for the believers at the fountain of Kawthar.


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