Ali (RA) – The eternal hero of a Muslim woman
For me, he is the emblem of
heroism. Of wisdom. Of passion. Of love of Allah.
He accepted Islam as a ten year
old child, when very few were willing to risk their life. He grew up,
literally, in the house of Allah’s beloved (saw). He resembled Rasool Ullah
(saw) in mannerism and action. On the night of the migration from Makkah, he slept
in the bed of the Prophet (saw) with the risk that the enemies may kill him in
place of the Prophet (saw).
Our beloved (saw) trusted Ali
(ra) with his treasure, his youngest daughter Fatima (ra). He was the Prophet’s
While Rasool Ullah (saw) breathed
his last on the chest of our mother Ayesha (ra), Ali (ra) was the one to bathe
Rasool Ullah (saw) after his death.
Ali was a lion in the battlefield
and most humble in private life. In worship, such was he that he told people to
pull out an arrow lodged in his body during salaat (namaz) because when in the
presence of his Rabb in prayer, he focussed on nothing else.
Ali (ra) is my hero, forever.
They are all my heroes: Abu Bakr
(ra) and Umar ibn Al-Khattab (ra) and Uthman bin ‘Affan (ra) and Ali (ra). Each
a sparkling gem warding away darkness and showing rays of light. Each with
their own beautiful unique personalities. Each chosen by God for special work.
Each guiding us in their own way.
Yet, with the mention of Ali (ra)
the heart softens with the realization of how beloved he was to the Prophet
(saw) of Allah. He is the father of Hasan (ra) and Hussain (ra), and the love
of Fatima’s (ra) life.
These glimpses from ahadith and
seerah remind me even more why Ali (ra) is who he is to me:
So many incidents are recorded
about the beautiful way the Prophet (saw) used to solve disagreements between
Ali and Fatima.
One such incident resulted in Ali
getting the title Abu Turaab – “The man covered with dirt” – this title was one
of the dearest to Ali. For once the Prophet went to visit his daughter Fatima
& he did not find Ali home. He asked about him, so Fatima told her father
that she had some argument with her husband so he left home angry in the
afternoon without taking his usual nap. The Prophet told someone to go &
look for Ali. He came back saying that he is in the mosque. The Prophet went to
him to find him lying on the floor with his dress falling off his flank which
was covered with dirt. The Prophet woke him up clearing the dirt off his body
& addressing him with a smile: “Wake up you who is covered with dirt”.
The Prophet’s (saw) Kin
When the verse 3:61 was revealed
to the Prophet (saw): “Now that you know the facts, say to them ‘Come, let
us summon our sons and your sons, our women and your women and ourselves and
yourselves and pray Allah and beseech Him to accurse those who intentionally
assert falsehood’”; he summoned Ali, Fatima, Hassan and Hussain and said:
“O God, & these are my kin”.
How can a believer not love
Zirr reported: ‘Ali observed: By
Him Who split up the seed and created something living, the Apostle (may peace
and blessings be upon him) gave me a promise that No one but a
believer would love me, and none but a hypocrite would nurse grudge against me.
Reference: Book 001, Number 0141: (Sahih Muslim)
The strength of Ali – in
fighting the enemy and fighting anger
I love the incident where Ali
(ra) was fighting with an infidel on a battlefield. Ali was about to thrust his
sword into the other man’s heart when all of a sudden the infidel raised his
head and spit at him. Ali immediately dropped his sword, took a deep breath,
and walked away. The infidel was stunned. He ran after Ali and asked him why he
was letting him go. “Because I’m very angry at you,” said Ali.
“Then why don’t you kill me?” the infidel asked. “I don’t understand.”
Ali explained, “When you spit in
my face, I got very angry. My ego was provoked, yearning for revenge. If I kill
you now, I’ll be following my ego. And that would be a huge mistake.”
So Ali set the man free. The infidel was so touched that he became Ali’s friend
and follower, and in time he converted to Islam of his own free will.
He whom Allah and His
Messenger (saw) love
Narrated Salama: Ali happened to
stay behind the Prophet and (did not join him) during the battle of Khaibar for
he was having eye trouble. Then he said, “How could I remain behind Allah’s
Apostle?” So ‘Ali set out following the Prophet . When it was the eve of the
day in the morning of which Allah helped (the Muslims) to conquer it, Allah’s
Apostle said, “I will give the flag (to a man), or tomorrow a man whom
Allah and His Apostle love will take the flag,” or said, “A man who loves Allah
and His Apostle; and Allah will grant victory under his leadership.”
Suddenly came ‘Ali whom we did not expect. The people said, “This is ‘Ali.”
Allah’s Apostle gave him the flag and Allah granted victory under his
Reference: Volume 5, Book 57, Number 52: (Sahih Bukhari)
He was to the Prophet
(saw) what Haroon (as) was to Musa (as)
Sa’d reported Allah’s Apostle
(may peace be upon him) as saying to ‘Ali: Aren’t you satisfied with being unto
me what Aaron was unto Moses?
Reference: Book 031, Number 5916: (Sahih Muslim)
For whosoever is Prophet
(saw) Mawla, Ali is Mawla
Sayyidna Abu Sarihah (Radhi
Allah) or Zayd ibn Arqam (Shu’bah is uncertain about it) said that Prophet
(salallaho alaihi wasalam) said: He for whom I am Mawla (friend,
beloved, helper), Ali is Mawla
Reference: Sunan al Tirimdhi Hadith No. 3733 – Imam Abu Isa Tirimdhi (rah)
said: This Hadith is “HASAN SAHIH”
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