Will nearness to the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) help?

بسم الله الر حمن الرحيم

Imam Muhammad ibn Ali al-Baqir (a.s.) narrates:

Janabe Safiyah ibn Abdul Muttaleb’s son expired and at that time Umar ibn Khattab said, “Surely your relation with Muhammad (Holy Prophet s.a.w.a.s.) will not benefit you.

Safiyah then went to Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) and she informed him about what Umar had said.

Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) came out of his house and announced congregational prayers (namaz-e-jamaat) after which the people gathered.

Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) said: Why is that some of you think that nearness to me will not benefit? If I were to stand at Maqam-al-Mahmood I will certainly do shifa in your illness. Today if anyone were to ask me about his father, I will most certainly give him the details.

One person from the crowd stood up and asked Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.), “Who is my father?”

He (s.a.w.a.s.) replied, “Your father is other than whom you are calling. Your father is so and so.”

Another person asked, “Who is my father?” He (s.a.w.a.s.) replied, “The one whom you consider.”

The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) then said, “Why is the one who feels that nearness to me will not benefit, stand up and ask me?”

Umar stood up and said, “I seek protection of Allah. Forgive me and Allah will forgive you.

On this occasion verse 101 of Surah Maidah was revealed.

(Ref: Behar vol 30)

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Holy Prophet’s (s.a.w.a.s.) constant remembrance of Imam Ali (a.s.)

بسم اللهِ الرّحمن الرّحيم

When Khalil bin Ahmad was asked about Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib’s (a.s.) virtues, he responded, How can I describe the merits of the one whose merits were concealed by his enemies out of envy and by his friends for fear of their lives. Despite this, the east and the west bear testimony to his virtues.”[1]

What is conveyed in this article provides a very brief insight into Imam Ali’s (a.s.) character. We have primarily sourced all traditions from the books of the Ahle Sunnah, because that praise is most sincere which emanates from the rivals.

 Only Allah and His Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) know Ali (a.s.)

How can one not be perplexed about the personality whose very mortality is debated? Some considered him to be God and worthy of worship, while at another extreme, some wondered whether he was as pious and Ggod-fearing as projected. The latter were shocked to learn that Imam Ali (a.s.) was martyred in Masjid-e-Kufa while engaged in prayers., – they exclaimed, . –“ Did Ali ever offer prayers at all?” Continue reading →