Some statistical facts about the sermon of Ghadeer

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) explicitly mentioned the name of Imam Ali (as) in his sermon about forty times besides many more instances that he (s.a.w.a.s.) referred to him by pronoun. He (s.a.w.a.s.)   repeatedly  used  the  following  titles  for Imam Ali (a.s.) in this sermon:

  •  Wali and Mawla (guardian) fifteen times.
  • Imam (leader) twelve times.
  • Amir (commander) seven times.
  • Wasi (executor of the will and deputy of the affairs)seven times.
  • Akh (brother) four times.
  • Khalifa (successor) three times.
  • Hadi (guide) three times.
  • The  Prophet  explicitly  mentioned  the  word  A’imma (Imams), referring to the eleven Imams after Imam Ali (PBUH), nine times in his sermon.
  • The sermon also refers to over one hundred verses of the Holy Quran   concerning   Imam   Ali   (PBUH) and   his authority, his followers, and their enemies.
    The number of sentences categorized by some important subjects of the sermon is as follows:
  • Over  fifty  sentences  on  the  Walaya of  Imam  Ali (a.s.).
  • Twenty sentences about his virtues, yet stressing that it  is impossible to  enumerate all  his  virtues  in  the sermon.
  • Twenty-five sentences about the followers (Shia) o fImam Ali (a.s.) and their enemies.
  • Ten sentences on the Walaya of the Imams (PBUT) afterhim.
  • Twenty  sentences  specifically  about  Imam  Mahdi (a.t.f.s.),  the  last  divinely  appointed  Imam  who  will establish the divine government on earth at the end of time.
  • Twelve sentences about the importance of the Quran, and introducing Imam Ali (a.s.) and his children as its exclusive authorized interpreters.
  • Ten sentences on urging people to pledge their fealty to Imam Ali (a.s.)  and the Imams after him from his offspring.
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