Imam Ali

Imam 'Ali ibn Abi Talib (علي‎, translit. ʿAlī, 15 September 601 – 29 January 661) was the cousin and the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad (s). He is the first Imam of Shi'a Muslims and the fourth Rightly Guided Caliph of the Sunni Muslims. He was born on Rajab 13, 23 BH (March 17, 599 AD) inside the Holy Ka'ba in Mecca.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 month ago

1. Imam Ali (AS) has the maximum and highest level of intellect after the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA), that is why his faith in Allah is the maximum after the  Prophet (SAWA). The Hadeeth stated that the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) told Ali (AS): O Ali, no one Knew Allah (properly) but myself and you. 
2. Seeing Allah by eyes is impossible because He is above all senses and He can never be confined or limited to any sense. Allah is The Creator of all senses and whatever can be sensed and whatever can not be sensed. 
3. Proper Intellect leads us to the fact that lot of things in the existence are comprehended and known by intellect and reason not by materialistic senses. 
4. Realities of Faith in Allah (SWT) are in each and every thing in this universe, but many people don't see it because of their indulging in darkness of sins which disable their intellectual abilities. When the heart is clean from sins, mind is transparent and more able to see the realities which are behind the outer senses. These realities lead the human being to the absolute Truth of Allah. 

5. Realities of faith are for every believer according to his degree in the purity of heart and proper thinking. More purity in heart leads to more proper thinking which in turn leads to discovering more realities of faith.

6. The Faith in Allah is the faith in the greatest Truth in the universe. Proper intellect can never deviate from clear facts, what about the greatest Fact. Faith in Allah increases by proper thinking which leads to comprehending more realities of faith.

Wassalam.

Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 1 month ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. What is being referred to in this hadith is perhaps along these lines: Physical beings are senses with the physical senses and since Allah is not confined to matter and doesn't have a material form He cannot be seen with the physical eyes. But the human is endowed with senses that are capable of comprehending the metaphysical. In order to make use of them a person cannot be in doubt of their existence. The realities of faith are sensed with these senses and this is the field of religious experience. God is seen through the veil of His Perfections deep within the being of a human.

May you always be successful 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 months ago

We must clarify the truth to those who don't know it. Our responsibility is to make the truth clearly known to people.
We must defend the truth in every lawful and possible way.

Wassalam.

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 3 months ago

It is said that Fatima al-Zahra (A) and Imam 'Ali (A) got married in the second year after the migration to Medina, after the Battle of Badr (so approximately 624 AD)

However, biographers do not agree about when Fatima al-Zahra (A) was born. Sunni biographers often say she was born around 605 AD, whereas Shi'i biographers often say she was born around 614-615 AH. There are some other views as well.

So, she would have been around nine or nineteen years old at the time of her marriage.

It seems reasonable that she would have married young since men are eager to seek the daughters of important men for marriage, and it is reported that others had already asked for her hand. But God knows best. 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 3 months ago

Imam Ali (AS) was with Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) in one side, while a group of opponents of Imam Ali (AS) led by Omar ibn Al-Khattab were on opposite side. They knew what the Prophet  wants to write in favor of Ali (AS), that is why the rejected to allow him to write and went to the extreme of accusing the Prophet to speak nonsense يهجر.

They were ready to deny the whole Prophet hood if Imam Ali had written the Prophetic will in his favor.

Imam Ali (AS) same as the Prophet did not want them to openly deny the whole message of the Prophet (SAWA).

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 3 months ago

Yes he and his group and many companions knew that the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) had ordered Imam Ali (AS) not to fight against those who will deviate from his orders and grab his right. That is why Umar and his group did what they did against Ahlul Bayt (AS).

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answer updated 3 months ago

The fact that Amirul Momeneen Ali (A.S.) removed the door of Khaibar with his own hand and used it as a shield then kept it as a bridge for the Muslims to pass through it to the Castle of Khaibar has been narrated in may Sunni books and it has been taken as a fact by majority of Sunni Scholars except few persons who had enemity against Amirul Momeneen Ali (a.s.). This fact has been narrated in authentic Sunni Books like:
    1.    Al Musannaf by Ibn Abi Shayebah. المُصَنَّف لابن أبي شيبة. Ibn Abi Shayebah was one of the teacher’s of Bukhari. He narrated in his book Al Musannaf from Jabir Ibn Abdullah Al-Ansari that Ali ibn Abi Talib (a.s.) removed the door of Khaibar and kept it for the Muslims to pass through it to enter the Castle of Khaibar. He also mentioned that door which was removed by Amirul Momeneen Ali (A.S.) no one could carry it but 40 men. (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shayebah , died in 235 , Volume 6 , Page 374 . Published in Maktabat Al Rushd in Riyadh Saudi Arabia.
    2.    Al Bayhaqi البيهقي narrated in Dalayel Al-Nobowwah دلائل النبوّة from Jabir Ibn Abdullah Al Ansari Same narration (Volume 4 Page 212).
    3.    This narration was also mentioned in the book called Tareekh Baghdad by Al Khateeb Al Baghdadi; Volume 11 , Page 324. 
    4.    It was also narrated by Ibn Asaakir AsShafi’ee in his book Tareekh Dimishq; Volume 42 Page 111. 
5). Ibn Hajar Al Asqalani who is one of the most prominent Sunni Scholars in Hadis has narrated this narration of Ali Ibn Abu Talib (a.s.) removing the door of Khaibar. He mentioned it in his book Lisaan Al Mizan Volume 4 ,Page 196. 
    6.    Jalauddin Assoyooti  also mentioned this narration in his book Tareekh Al Khulafa Volume 1 Page 167. 
    7.    Mulla Ali Al Qari narrated this fact in his book Mirqat Al Mafateeh, Volume 11 Page 245. 
    8.    Al Aasimi Al Makki Al Shafeyi narrated it in Simt Al Nojum Al Awali Fi Anbaa’ Al Awayil Wat Tawali سمط النجوم العوالي في أنباء الأوائل والتوالي Volume 3 Page 66. 
    9.    Also Al Ajluni العجلوني in his book كشف الخفاء Kashf A Khafa Volume 1 Page 438. 
    10.    Ahmad Ibn Hanbal narrated from Abi Raf’e that he went with Ali and Prophet (P.B.U.H and His Holy Progeny) sent Ali Ibn Abu Talib (a.s.) to fight the enemies of Islam in Khaibar. Ali(a.s.) threw away his shield and removed the door of the Castle of Khaibar and used it as a Shield and after that he threw the door. The Muslims used that door as bridge to enter the Castle but no one was able to move it because it was very heavy. (Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, Volume 6 Page 8. 
    11.    Al Bayhaqi narrated this narration in Dalayel Al-Nubowwah, Volume 4 Page 212. 
    12.    This narration from Abi Raf’e was also narrated by Al Waqidi in his book Al Maghazi Volume 2 Page 128. 
    13.    Al Tabari Ibn Jareer narrated it in his book Tareekh Al Tabari Volume 2 Page 137. 
    14.    Al Falawi Nisaboori narrated this narration in his book Al Kashf Wal Bayan Volume 9 Page 51. 
    15.    Ibn Katheer Al Dimishqi narrated this narration in his book Al Sirah An Nabawiyah Volume 3 Page 359. 
    16.    Ibn Katheer narrated this in Al Bidayah Wan Nihaya Volume 4 Page 189. 
    17.    Ibn Asakir Al Dimishqi Al-Shafi’ee narrated this narration in his book Tareekh Dimishq Volume 42 Page 110. 
    18.    Al Nuwayiri in his book Nihayat Al Arab Volume 17 Page 180.
    19.    Al-Dhahabi Shamsuddin narrated this narration in Tareekh Al Islam Volume 2 Page 411. 
    20.    And also in Volume 3 Page 628. 
    21.    Ibn Al-Wardi (Umar Ibn al-Muzaffar ) narrated in his book Tareekh Ibn Al Wardi Voume 1 Page 120. 
    22.    Ibn Rajab Al Hanbali narrated it in his book فتح الباري Fateh Al Baari Fi Sharh Saheeh al-Bukhari.
    23.     Sahih Al Bukhari Volume 7 Page 478. 
    24.    Al-Haythami narrated it in Majma Az Zawayed مجمع الزوائد Volume 6 Page 152. 
    25.    Ibn Hajar Al Ashqalani in فتح الباري Fateh Al Barri Fi Shar Shahi Al Bukhari Volume 7 Page 478. 
    26.    Al-Tha’aalibi الثعالبي mentioned it in his book Al Jawahir Al Hisan الجواهر الحِسان Volume 9 Page 51. 
    27.    As Salehi Al Shaami الصالحي الشامي narrated it in Subul Al Huda Wa Rashad سُبُل الهُدى والرشاد Volume 5 Page 128.
These are just few Sunni References Where this authentic incident was narrated about imam Ali (a.s.) removing the door of Khaibar.
Wasslam.

Wassalan.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 4 months ago

The attackers wanted to start a fight among Muslims, while Imam Ali (AS) was following the orders of the Prophet (SAWA) not to fight because fighting them will lead to civil war among Muslims which will weaken the Muslim society and the religion of Islam which was facing many enemies from non believers and hypocrites. Imam Ali (AS) did not fight against them for very important reason which is obeying the order of the Prophet (SAWA) to avoid civil war.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answer updated 6 months ago

Many authentic Hadeeths stated that every persons will see during his death the Prophet (SAWA) and Ali (AS) and will get the good news of the happiness if he is sincere believer, or will see the bad result of his bad deeds if he was non believer. Al-Shaikh al-Sadouq narrated in his book al-Amaali أمالي الصدوق the statement from Ali: YA HAARA HAMDAN MAN YAMOT YARANI يا حار همدان ٬من يمت يرني O Harith of Hamdan, everyone who dies will see me.

Beside the fact that the sincere believer will see and get good news from Imam Ali (AS) on the moments of death, it is also confirmed that some very sincere and pious believers are been visited by the Infallible Imams in their grave to help them and remove hardships of grave from them. This is mentioned  for pious believers who are :

- Very nice to their parents and relatives.

 - Who recite Ziyarat Ashura every day.

- Who perform Night Prayer .

-Who sacrifice their wealth and comfort in the way if Allah.

- Who sacrifice their life in the love of Allah, the Prophet and Ahlul Bayt (AS).

- Who avoid sinful acts for sake of Allah.

and many other acts of pious and obedience of Allah.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 7 months ago

Some of the martyrs were like that before Karbala like Zuhair ibn al Qayn who was previously a supporter of Othman ibn Affan, but after listening and following Imam Hussain (AS), he believed fully in Ameerul Mo'mineen and Imam Hasan and Imam Husain (AS), that is why he sacrificed his life in the way of Allah under the divine leadership of Imam Husain (AS).

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 8 months ago

It is quoted by Imam Ali (AS) telling human beings to understand themselves and their life including reasons and origin of sickness and its remedies.

'Your sickness is from you: Whatever sickness you suffer from is from your own acts and deeds, so don't blame others but try to rectify yourself first.

'Your remedy is within you but you don't sense it: The remedies of all your sicknesses and sufferings are within you and you can treat them by your will power to sincerely obey Allah (SWT) which is the key to solving all the problems.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 8 months ago

I have not seen any one who claims that Imam Ali's house water is bitter. Nevertheless, even if some claims that, it does not harm the sacred status of the place. The location of the house is near the river of Furat. Sometimes the water level in the river is high and sometimes it is low or even very low. That can be a possible reason of change in the taste of the water. It is worth mentioning that the house was never owned by Imam Ali (AS) but by his nephew (Jo'dah ibn Hubairah جعدة بن هبيرة)and Imam Ali (AS) was just a temporary tenant in that house.

Wassalam.