Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Imam Ali (as) and his Last Days

Here is clip which discusses the Imam's last day of Ramadaan.

Imam Ali (as) and his Last Days
By Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqani

Seyyadina Ali (ral) was entering a mosque for his morning prayer, when he saw his murderer lying face down and he tapped him with his foot saying "Oh man, I know for what you have come here. You are sleeping like Shaitan on your face. Don't sleep like this". A person who sleeps on his face may be well known by his face. The slaves of Shaitan sleep on their faces so that people cannot see their faces and about what bad they are going to do. Don't sleep like Shaitan is sleeping. Ali (ral) looked at this person's face and knew that he was trying to kill him. He knew that, that was what Allah Almighty had chosen for him. So Ali (ral) was saying "You Allah Almighty are trying to test me, by showing me who is going to kill me, to see whether I am accepting your will or not". Yes Seyyadina Ali was perfect through this test. He said to his killer" You are going to kill me". But that person fell on Ali's (ral) fees saying "Oh Imam don't let me do that. You kill me". But Seyyadina Ali said to him "How can I do that. If I kill you I will be killed under Islamic Law. I cannot tell as an excuse that because I knew that you will kill me one day that I I killed you. Shariat will not accept this defense. Therefore I cannot kill you". Ali (ral) knew what his Lord had chosen for him. He was not trying to change that for he said "No need, for what reason should I change it".

Seyyadina Ali was a person who destroyed armies by himself. It was not possible for a person to fight face to face with him and kill him. It was impossible. But when he was praying and when this person attacked him he never tried to defend himself. Qiyarath "Allah's act" - the killing flight of the arrow came to him and it was only like a mosquito touching him and he died because the Divine Command and Divine Choice made it that way for him.

During the battle of Hazrath Ali (ral) and Muawiya, one sahaba, reported that "after Magrib we were sitting on our tent and when it was dark, a person came to our tent and we found out as to who it was and that person gave salams to us saying Aslamu Alai Kum Ya Sahabil Kiram" and we replied "Wa Alaikum Salam Ya Ali" after recognizing him. We wondered as to how Hazrath Ali was going around the battle tents after dark all alone without even his bodyguards. When we questioned Hazrath Ali (ral) he replied that Allah Almighty had said that

there were Angels protecting Allah's true servants from front and behind from any harm. They are protected unless harm comes with the "Arrow of Ajal" which is the "Arrow of Destiny" which finishes our lives and brings death to us.

When that arrow touches a person, his life finishes and since Allah's true servant knows when the Arrow of Ajal comes, and since he knows that he is protected by Allah's bodyguards or Angels, he will know when the Angels will open the protection for the arrow to pass. He knows that when that time comes nothing can be done to protect him or anyone else. Therefore Hazrath Ali was going about undeterred and making his patrol rounds. Yes Hazrath Ali had reached to a level of Kashf where the veils of the heart were taken away and he could look at the Preserved Tablet (lawhul mahfooz). In the same manner the Saints are looking and are likewise continuing on their path. If this is shown to common or ordinary people they may look at their Qadr (Destiny) and want to escape from it. Therefore Allah Almighty is not showing this to ordinary people, but only to the Awliyas (Saints). It is shown to them and they always submit to the Will of the Almighty. Ordinary people will not submit to the Divine Will and they will always try to find a means of escape by taking more bodyguards or more statepolicemen in order to protect themselves from any harm. If Allah Almighty in that level (the level of Awliyas) sends any harm to these people they will always accept it and be willing to carry out the Divine Will.

Therefore, when Hazrath Ali (ral) was murdered, who do you think paid for his compensation (Deeyath), for one killed by mistake? Allah Almighty paid the compensation for Hazrath Ali's murder. He asked him to be patient and there was no objection from Seyyadina Ali (ral) with regard to his fate. Hazrath Ali (ral) accepted his fate because his teacher was a perfect teacher who was none other than Seyyadina Muhammed Rasoolullah (Sal). Seyyadina Rasoolullah (Sal) was his perfect teacher and he taught him everything.

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