In The Name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful
Once Hasan bin Fazal asked Imam Ali Reza (a.s.) why the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) was called Abul Qasim. He said: “Because the name of one of his sons was Qasim.” Hasan asked: “Do your honor, not regard me worthy of being informed more than this?”
The Imam (a.s.) said: “Why not? Perhaps you are not aware that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) has said: I and Ali are two fathers of this Ummah.” I said: “I do know that.” Then he asked again: “Do you know that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) is the father of this entire Ummah?” I said: “Yes, I know.” He asked further: “Do you know that Ali (a.s.) is the distributor of Paradise and Hell?” I said: “Yes.” He said: “The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) is the father of the distributor of Paradise and Hell and hence the Almighty Allah gave him the title of Abul Qasim (father of the distributor).” I asked: “In what way is his being the father?” He replied: “It means that the admiration and love of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) for the entire Ummah is like the affection of a father for his children. And Ali (a.s.) is the best individual in Prophet’s
Ummah. Similarly after the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.), the love of Ali for the Ummah is like Prophet’s love because he is his legatee and the leader of the Ummah.
Hence it is said by him that: I and Ali are two fathers of this Ummah.” Then the Imam said: “One day the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) went to the pulpit and said: If a man dies leaving behind some debt and family members, the responsibility of his debt and maintenance of his family members is on me and if a man dies and leaves behind him his heirs and also wealth, then that wealth belongs to his heirs.”
Because of this the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) has the right over his Ummah which is higher than their own right over their lives. Likewise, Ali’s right over the lives of the Ummah, after the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a), was higher than the Ummah’s right over their own lives.”
Ref: Hayat Al Quloob
بسم الله الرّحمن الرّحيم
If we study the traditions regarding the creation of the universe, the reality will emerge that Allah – the High – did not create everything directly and without means. Rather, He only created the pure ‘light’ of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and his Ahle Bait (a.s.) through His Will (Masheeyyat). Thereafter, He gave existence to the rest of the creations through the medium of the ‘light’ of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and his Ahle Bait (a.s.) For the sake of brevity, we cite a few traditions on this subject:
1. Jaabir Ibn Abdullah Ansari (r.a.) asked the Holy Prophet of Islam (s.a.w.a.), “What was the first creation of Allah? He (s.a.w.a.) replied,
‘O Jaabir! Allah first created the ‘light’ of your Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and then He created all goodness from it.”
(Beharul Anwaar, vol. 57, p. 170)
2. Abbas, the uncle of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.), narrates that he (s.a.w.a.) said, “O my respected uncle! Allah created us at a time when there was neither sky nor earth, nor Arsh nor Paradise nor Hell. We glorified Allah at the time when no (form of) glorification existed. We revered Him at a time when there was no (idea of) reverence. When Allah intended to create the creation, He split my ‘light’ and created the ‘throne’ (Arsh) from it. The ‘light’ of the ‘throne’ is from my ‘light’ and my ‘light’ is from the ‘light’ of Allah. Hence I am superior to the ‘throne’. Continue reading →
بسم الله الر حمن الرحيم
The following narration has been reported by both the Shias and Sunnis — which entertains no doubt about its veracity.
Imam Jafar Sadeq (a.s.) says:
The Noble Messenger (s.a.w.a.s.) would kiss Janabe Zahra (s.a.) a lot. Ayesha objected to this and said: O Messenger of Allah, what is the reason behind you kissing Fatemah so much?
(Behar ul Anwaar, vol 18 pg, 315)
The Holy Prophet’s (s.a.w.a.s.) reply to this objection has been narrated by Suyuti in Durre Mansour and Tabrani in his Mojam.
(Durre Mansour, vol 4, pg 153, Al Mojam al Kabeer, volume 22, pg 401).
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) replied:
When I went on Meraaj, I visited the paradise. From the tress of paradise I saw a tree which was better than all the other trees. There was no other tree whiter than this one or any tree more scented than this one. I partook one fruit from this tree. This fruit took the shape of a fluid in my loin and when I returned back to earth I transferred this thing given to me in trust into the womb of Khadija from which Fatemah was formed. Therefore, whenever I am desirous of smelling paradise, I smell Fatemah.
(Tafseer-e-Noorus Saqalain, vol 3, pg 98).
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