7 Hadiths Concerning Imam Ali

“The light by the means of which we are guided, the Quran… It is me who will inform you concerning it, what it contains of knowledge of the future, of the teachings on the past, of the healing of your sufferings and of the setting in order of your relationships.”

Imām ‘Ali b. Abi Tālib [Attributed to Nahj al balagha, sermon number 157, p499, ed A.N Faid al Islam (Tehran, 1351 Sh./1972)]

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By Sujjawal Ahmad

In Shia Islam, Walaya forms the substrate of the faith. It thus serves as an essential criterion and prerequisite of Iman. Hazrat Ali and after him every Imam personifies the Walaya. It is thus expressed as the pure love and devotion of a believer towards Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), his family and his descendant.

Below are given seven sayings of Prophet Muhammad in support of Imam Ali’s special status:

  1. “This (‘Ali) is my brother, my executor, and my successor among you. Hearken to him and obey him.”  Prophet Muhammad (Ibn Ishaq, Sirat Rasul Allah, tr. A Guilaume, The Life of Muhammad, 118)
  2. ‘Then he took ‘Alī’s hand and said: “Am I not closer (awla) to the faithful than their own souls?”“ Yes!,” They declared. He said: “Am I not worthier of each one of them than their own soul?”“ Yes!,” They responded. He said: “Then this is the friend/ protector (wali) of each person for whom I am their wali. O my God, protect whomever he protects (wali man wālāhu)! O my God, be the enemy of whoever is an enemy to him!”  [Ibne Maja, chapter: fadail-al asbab]
  3. ‘Truly, Ali is from me and I am from him, and he is the wali of every believer after me’ – Prophet Muhammad [Cited by Reza Shah Kazmi in his Chapter: Imam Ali, The Shia World, Pathways in Traditions and Modernity, Ed by Farhad Daftary, Amyn B.Sajoo, p. 35]
  4. “God placed the children of all prophets in their backbone but placed my children in the backbone of Ali”. (Al-Tabataba’i, Muhammad H. Shi’ite Islam. Suny Press. p. 180)
  5. “I am the Master of the revealed letter (of the Quran), and ‘Ali is the master of the spiritual hermeneutics.” Prophet Muhammad [Hadith quoted by Muhammad Ali Amir -Moezzi, The Tafsir of al-Hibarī ( d. 286/899): Qur’anic Exegesis and Early Shi‘i Esoterism, The Sudy of Shia Islam, History, Theology and law, Edited by Farhad Daftary and Gulfarid Miskinzoda]
  6. “Ali b. Abī Tālib is the one who has the knowledge of the exoteric (zāhir) as well as of esoteric (bātin).” Prophet Muhammad [Tradition narrated by Ibn ‘Abbās, Sulaymām b Ibrahim al-Qunduzi d. 1294, Yanabi all mawadda, quoted by Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi, The Tafsir of the alHibarī: Quranic Exegesis and Early Shi‘i Esotericism. The Sudy of Shia Islam, History, Theology and law, Edited by Farhad Daftary and Gulfarid Miskinzoda]
  7. “Ali is with the Qur’an and the Quran is with Ali. They will not separate from each other until they return to me at the pool.”Prophet Muhammad [Cited by Reza Shah Kazmi in his Chapter: Imam Ali, The Shi’i World, Pathways in Traditions and Modernity, Ed by Farhad Daftary, Amyn B.Sajoo, pp 35]

 

Read more at source: https://ismailiwellsprings.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/guardian-of-faith-the-spiritual-authority-of-the-imam-in-shia-ismaili-islam/

 

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