Saturday, 5 December 2009

Eid Gadeer Mubarak!

Salaamun alaykum, my greetings to you and sincere congratulations to all of you on this most auspicious of eids: the event of eid Ghadeer.
It was on the 18th of Dhul Hijjah, 10th Hijrah, in the hot sands of a place called Ghadir Khumm, not far from Mecca, when the Prophet (sa) was returning
from his last Hajj, that the following verse of Quran was revealed:
يَا أَيُّهَا الرَّسُولُ بَلِّغْ مَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكَ مِن رَّبِّكَ وَإِن لَّمْ تَفْعَلْ فَمَا بَلَّغْتَ رِسَالَتَهُ وَاللّهُ يَعْصِمُكَ مِنَ النَّاسِ إِنَّ
اللّهَ لاَ يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الْكَافِرِينَ
[5:67] O Messenger! deliver what bas been revealed to you from your Lord; and if you do it not, then you have not delivered His message, and Allah will
protect you from the people; surely Allah will not guide the unbelieving people.
Realizing the importance of the divine command, the Prophet of God (sa) gathered his companions to make the divinely ordained announcement of the wilayat
(leadership) of Imam Ali (as) after him. Prophet (sa) prayed for Imam Ali (as) and the Companions congratulated him.... It was an occasion of joy and
happiness....
May god bless us all to benefit from the teachings, ideals and words of wisdom of Imam Ali(as), the gate of divine knowledge of Prophet (sa) of God.

2 comments:

  1. Hmm, I've never heard of the aforementioned verse being interpreted as a direct command to give the Wilaia to Ali Bin Abi Talib, blessings be upon him! What's your source!

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  2. Salaam, there are a number of suni sources supporting the evidence for the event of Ghadeer in suni hadaith collections as well, including ‘bukhari and Muslim, for more information, check out www.al-islam.org and click on the ‘explore shia suni section.

    It is noteworthy that according to the knowledge of Hadith, there are few events reported to be as authentic as the event of Ghadir. Mas’ood ibn Nasser
    Sajestani in the book “Wilayatkade”, which is printed in seventeen volumes, narrates this event on the authority of one hundred twenty people. Muhammad
    bin Jarir Tabari in the book “Radd Alaa al-Kharqouziah”, narrates the event of Ghadir from seventy-five different routes, and Ibn Ouqdah mentions 125 different
    narrators for this Hadith in the book of Wilayat.

    It is quoted from Abou al-Ma’ali Jowni that:” I saw a book in a bookbinding store which contained the Hadith of Ghadir, and it was written on its back:”
    Volume 28 of the routes for the Hadith of Man Kuntu Mawlah (the beginning phrase of the Hadith of Ghadir which means whoever has me as Master)”. Sayyid
    Murtada writes that:” We have not come up to a single Islamic sect that denies the event of Ghadir”. Finally, the book of Al-Ghadir by Allamah Amini is
    the most general and complete encyclopedia for narrations about the Ghadir event.

    Based on the above, it is on us to celebrate this great Eid. There is a Hadith in Sahih Muslim narrating from Taariq ibn Shahab that:” A group of Jews told
    the second Caliph that:” If such a verse had been revealed to us (Today I have perfected for you your religion and have completed my favor upon you) and
    we knew that day it had been revealed, We would have celebrated that day.”

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