The Aftermath Of Ghadir - The Event Of Ghadir 8/8

'Eid al-Ghadeer is an event that all Muslims should be celebrating. If, truly, the Prophet appointed Imam Ali, alayhi assalam, as a successor, then why did the people not follow him? There has never been a case where either a prophet or a successor of a prophet has ever been chosen by people.

Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim, wal-Hamdulillah Rabbil-'Alameen wa assalatu wa assalamu 'ala Muhammadin wa alihi at-tayyabeen at-tahareen. Dear brothers and sisters, assalamu 'alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakatu.

Welcome to this eighth and last episode of these special series about 'Eid al-Ghadeer. Over the past few episodes, we've discussed several topics ranging from the concept of shura, council, where we showed that there is no shura, no council, when it comes to appointing a divine leader, an imam who will lead the Muslims or even to lead the Muslims during battles. We've never seen an example where the Prophet, sallallahu 'alayhi wa aali, would appoint or would allow the Muslims to choose, he always appointed someone. And after his death, he also appointed Amir al-Mu'minin, salamullahi 'alayh, 'Ali ibn Abi Talib as his khaleefah, as his successor, Muslims paid their allegiance to Imam Ali.

This happened on the 18th day of Dhul Hujjah, which is the day of 'Eid al-Ghadeer, and that day was the final year of the life of Rasul Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wa aali. Just after his final pilgrimage of his farewell pilgrimage and Muslims paid their allegiance, but what happened? There was a setback where the majority of the Muslims disobeyed the command of Rasul Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wa aali, betrayed the command and the allegiance that they pledged to Amir al-Mu'minin, salamullahi 'alayh, and they went and chose the first khaleefah as a khaleefah.

Now, we addressed in the last episode as to how could the majority of the Muslims disobey? We said there is precedence more than once in the Qur'an. In the battle of Uhud, Muslims disobeyed the command of Rasul Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wa aali, us and only a handful of them remained loyal with Rasul Allah, defending him. And the battle of a Hunain there was a second precedence. In fact, the battle of Hunain was just after the conquest of Mecca in the year nine after hijrah.

So we were talking about almost in the final few years of the Prophet's life, and you still have people who betrayed Rasul Allah, who disobeyed Rasul Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wa aali, and the majority of Muslims running away and leaving the Prophet behind. You had the time of Tabuk, where there were some hypocrites, you had some even companions was iman was weak and hence they did not follow Rasul Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wa aali. So that is the case.

And after the Prophet's death, then you had the some Muslims, some Muslims, in fact, a few handful, literally handful. That first khaleefah, this is the man who became the first, the second khaaleefah, a few other individuals, Sa'ad ibn 'Ubada, they all came and they chose the first khaleefah as a khaleefah. And in fact, if you look at how it was done, the second khaleefah himself, in al-Bukhari, at the section of Bab Rajm ul-Hubla, stoning of the pregnant woman. If you refer to that section, I refer to this hadith few episodes ago, but here's the continuation of it.

In this hadith, the second khaleefah says in al-Bukhari, in Sahih al-Bukhari, he says that we went to Saqeefat Banee Sa'idaa, to Saqeefah, to choose the first khaleefah, and he says that choosing the first khaleefah was a mistake, an error, something unexpected and rushed. He uses, thalta, wa Allahu mulimeena sharraha, Allah says save the Muslims from its consequences. So he is saying this. And how was this process was really peaceful? No. He says, we started arguing, we started fighting, we jumped on Sa'ad ibn 'Ubadah and we wanted to kill him. We wanted to kill him, until a man said, careful, you're about to kill Sa'ad ibn 'Ubadah. I said, the second khaleefah is narrating, so he's saying. He says, I say, may Allah kill Sa'da ibn 'Ubadah. Then that's a vote? That's a council? Is this what happened? The Prophet is not been buried yet. And here are the Muslims fighting. This is in Sahih Bukhari narrated by the second khaleefah.

Muslims, when will we wake up? What more evidence do you want for the truth? These are all evidences that 'Ali ibn Abi Talib should have become the khaleefah, but they chose not to. Muslims betrayed the Prophet, sallallahu 'alayhi wa aali, betrayed Amir al-Mu'minin, salamullahi 'alayh, and by force, they chose the first khaeefah, Abu Bakr as the kihaleefah of the Muslims.

Now, some say, OK, if that is the case, then, why didn't Imam Ali, 'alayhi assalam, come and ask for his right? Imam Ali more than once, alayhi assalam, asked for his rights, but he had no supporters. He had no helpers. Haroon, alayhi assalam, the brother of Musa, alayhi assalam, told his brother, brother, the people turned against me. When you left me and you went to the get the Taurat, they turned against me. They were about to kill me.

The Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu 'alayhi wa aali, tells Imam Ali, you are to me like Haroon was to Musa. In other words, they also turned against Imam Ali, they were about to kill Imam Ali because he had no supporters, no helpers. And he himself says so Najh al-Balaghah and the third sermon of Nahj al-Balaghah. I had two options, either stand up and fight alone or be patient. So I saw that being patient is better,is more ...Wiser.

However, I was patient, but what kind of a patience? A painful patience, as if someone has something in his eyes irritating him or a bone stuck in his throat. That was the case. And this khutba is authenticated ibn al-Hadeed al-Mu'tazali, who is not a Shi'a and his sharh, in his interpretation of Nahj al-Balaghah as well as Sheikh Muhammad 'Abdu in his interpretation of Nahj al-Balaghah. So it's proven, Imam Ali came, he said, on what basis did you appoint the first khaleefah as a khaleefah?

They said, because he is from Quraysh. Then, if that is the argument then I come from many Bani Hashim, not only on my Quraysh, I'm from Bani Hashim. He says what kind of an argument? They said, well they voted for him. He said, what kind of a vote system is this? When Bani Hashim were away, when 'Ammar and Miqdad and Salman, and so many other companions were not there, how could you call it a vote? Four people, five people shaking the hand and saying khalas, he's the khaleefah? Is this a system? So he fought against it, but no one listened to him and they threatened to kill him. In fact, ibn Kutayba, in his book, al-Imamah wa al-Siyasah, says that a delegation was sent from the first khaleefah to attack the House of Fatimah, salamullahi 'alayha, and Imam Ali and threatened to burn it down, if they don't come and pledged their allegiance, threatened to burn it down. In this delegation was the second khaleefah.

The second Khaleefa came with a group of men and they told Imam Ali, you either come and pledge your allegiance to the first khaleefaa or will burn your house, we'll burn it. There is no question about that, read the history. How do you feel when Rasul Allah, the man who saved this nation and brought dignity and respect to it. You go to his house, just a few days after his death and you threaten his family, we will burn your house. Is that any respect? Is that ethics? Now, some people will say, well, he was worried about Islam.

Is he more worried about Islam than 'Ali ibn Abi Talib, salamullahi 'alayh? Is he more worried about Islam than Rasul Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wa aali? If the Prophet appointed Imam Ali and they disobeyed him and now they're coming to attack his house? And even let's leave that Islam apart, aside a little bit. Ethical, ethically speaking, is it ethical to go and attack the house of anybody and threaten to burn it down?

So here we have all of these issues that have come up and follow and Fatimah az-Zahra' 'alayha assalam, spoke against the kheelafah of the first khaleefah. Al-Imam al-Hassan, who was a little boy at the time. One day he saw the first khaleefah and he told him, get off the pulpit of my grandfather. This is the place of my father, Ali ibn Abi Talib, so he spoke against it. So there was all these evidences and all of these arguments against the first khaleefah, for seizing this, Imam Ali spoke against it, he never kept quiet about it. But there was this deliberate plan to shove Ahlul Bayt, 'alayhum salam aside and to take the reins of the kheelafah from them.

Now, a person might ask, say, OK, so you're saying all this. Now, we agree that the Prophet did appoint Imam Ali, 'alayhi assalam, as the khaleefah, but the Muslims chose otherwise. OK, maybe they were wrong in their decision, but then it just happened, let's just agree. So what? OK, now they they they ruled the governed and now we have a system set in place. So why not just accept it and follow it?

And the answer is the Prophet says that after me there will be 73 divisions in my nation, 72 of them will be in the hellfire and one will be saved. We have to know which one is going to be saved. Allah says in the Qur'an, as we read in Surat al-Hamd, guide us to the seeratah al-mustaqeem, ihdeena seeratah al-mustaqeem (1:6), the straight path. The straight path! You either follow the path of Ahlul Bayt or other paths, there's only one straight path, there are not many paths. We want to know, who is this on this right path?

The hadith of the Prophet, sallallahu 'alayhi wa aali, which is narrated in Bukhari. The khulafa', the successors after me are 12 and they are all from Quraysh. Sahih al-Bukhari. My question to every human being who has fairness, to every Muslim, who are these 12? You go and ask any Shi'a, any follower of Ahlul Bayt, alayhum assalam, they will tell you these 12 are the imams after Rasul Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wa aali, starting with Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib, 'alayhi assalam followed by his son Imam al-Hasan, then Imam al-Husayn, 'alayhi assalam. Then the nine progeny of Imam al-Husayn: Imam Ali ibn al-Husayn, Zain al-'Abideen, Muhammad al-Baqir, Ja'far as-Sadiq, Musa al-Kadhim, Ali ar-Ridha', Muhammad al-Jawad, Ali al-Hadi, al-Hasan al-'Askari and the 12th Imam, al-Mahdi al-Muntadar, 'ajal Allahu ta'ala faraja wa shareef. These are the 12 imams!

You ask any man from the other school of thought, who are 12? And try to find an answer. They'll tell you the first four, the first four khulafah of all. Say, OK. Then who? Then they skip all of a sudden to, for example, 'Umar ibn Abdel-Aziz. Well, hold on a second. Why did you skip all those in the middle? They say, well, the hadith never says that they should be consecutive, but that is contradictory to the word of the hadith that's playing with the words. He says, khulafah, after al-khulafah umme ba'adee ithnan-asharah, khulafah after me, al-khulafah, the caliphs after me, he specifies are 12. He never, if he did not mean consecutive, he would have said so. There should be 12 leaders. Bani Umayyah were more than 12. Bani al-Abbas for more than 12. The Ottoman Empire until today. So is the khaleefah today? We have to know all this.

In fact, Sulaiman al-Hanafi al-Qunduzi, in his book Yanabi al-Muwadda, narrates, he's a Hanafi, narrates from Jabir ibn Abdillah al-Ansari radhwan Allah Ta'ala 'alayh, asking the Prophet, ya Rasul Allah, who are the world after you? And the Prophet, sallallahu 'alayhi wa aali, names the, starting with Imam Ali and finishing with the last Imam al-Mahdi al-Muntadar, 'ajal Allahu ta'ala faraja wa shareef, whom we believe, all Muslims believe he will come back at the end of time to fill this Earth with justice, the way it is being filled with tyranny, oppression and corruption.

Second, the first khaleefah reads Seerat ibn Husham. When he became khaleefah the first sermon he gave, what did he say? Qala inna lee on shaitanee y'atareenee, I have a devil that sometimes comes and overtakes me. So if you see me deviating from the truth, then straighten me, even using the sword. He is saying I deviate sometimes. Can I follow a man who he himself, confesses that he deviates, sometimes, as a khaleefah? The second khaleefah, so many times he was found to make a mistake in his judgements. One time he said, no woman will be allowed to keep any more than anything more than 500 dirhams in her dowry, nothing else. A woman got up to him and she said, this is contradictory to the Book of Allah Subhana wa Ta'la, quoting the verse from Surat al-Nisa'. He said, you know what, all people are more knowledgeable than me, even these women, when it comes to fiqh, the laws of jurisprudence.

So how can I take that sunnah? How can I take this individual? Whereas Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib ruled people with justice, with fairness. We have to know who's right and who's wrong. On, when Imam Ali 'alayhi assalam became the khaleefah, a battle was waged against him by some of the companions, az-Zubair ibn 'Awam, Talha, Umm al-Mu'minin. One of them, Umm al'Mu'minin, she came and she fought against Imam Ali and 20,000 Muslims got killed in this battle. They, those people raised their arms against Imam Ali, sahaba fighting sahaba. Who's right and who's wrong? We can say they are all right. Now, the argument that's made is that those people, they were wrong in fighting Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib, but they did tawbah, repentance.

And I say, show me the evidence. When did Talha do tawbah? He was killed in the battle, when did he have time to do tawbah? Zubair, he withdrew from the battle, withdrew, withdrawal from the battle is not enough to do tawbah. He should have stood up and said, you know what, guys, we're wrong, we should not fight against Ali ibn Abi Talib and should have fought next to Ali ibn Abi Talib because he's a khaleefah of his time. He should obey him, but he didn't.

And the other lady or there is some more conversation about that, which is not the time here to discuss it. So we have to know who is on right, who's on haqq and who's on batil and who's not. Why does Allah speak to us about Fir'awn and Musa? Why does Allah speak to us about Ibrahim and that tyrant leader of his time whose name is not mentioned in the Qur'an, but ahadith says Namrood. Why do all these stories come in the Qur'an on to tell us there is only one path to haqq and one path to batil and there are many paths to batil? You have to know which is the truth so that you hang on to the truth.

We read Bismillah, al-Rahim al-Rahim ihdina seerata al-mustaqeem (1:6), guide us to the straight path in Surah al-Hamd. Al-Hakin al-Hanafi al-Hasakani in his book, Shawahid al-Tanzeel, this man is Hanafi. He says, Serratu Muhammadin wa aali Muhammad is the Seerat al-Mustaqeem, narrating ahadith from ibn Abbas. Ibn Abbas says, as-seerat, the straight path, is the path of Muhammad wa aali Muhammad, sallallahu alayhim ajma'een.

So brothers and sisters, a wealth of books have been written by so many scholars that indicate indeed, following Ali ibn Abi Talib, is that truth, is the haqq.

Al-Haqim al-Nisaburi in his Mustadhrak, he narrates a hadith, Aliyun ma'a al-Qur'an wa al-Qur'anu ma'a Ali. Ali is with the Qur'an and the Qur'an is with Ali. Qur'an is infallible, Qur'an has no batil, nothing is wrong in the Qur'an the word of Allah, which means Imam Ali also has no vanity, no batil. Another hadith that says Aliun ma'a al-haqq wa al-haqq ma'a Ali, Ali is with the truth and the truth is with Ali, which means we should support Ali ibn Abi Talib, join the forces of the Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib, alayhi assalam.

And what happens when we don't? Well, let's take a look at the state of the Muslims today, the state of the Muslims today. What is happening here? How some people are claiming that they are following the tradition of Rasul Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wa aali. But they're killing in the name of Islam, other Muslims, they going to the masajid and killing people in the masijid, when in fact it's contradictory to the laws of Allah and the Qur'an and the Prophet, sallallahu 'alayhi wa aali. And the Prophet reads in Surat al-Furqan, wa qala Rasool, and the Messenger said, ya Rabb, oh my Lord, my people have neglected the laws of this Qur'an. "Ya Rabb inna qawmee takhadhu hadha Qur'an ya namhjura" (25:30), verse number 30 of Surat al-Furqan. My Lord, people have, my people have ignored the Qur'an, the laws of the Qur'an. We don't want to be amongst such people, wa 'iyadhu biLlah. We want to be those who hold onto the Qur'an, hold onto the sunnah of Rasul Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wa aali.

So my word, my dear viewers, my message to all Muslims, let us unite together, find out the truth and let us follow the truth. Let us learn today a simple thing. How do you pray? How did the Prophet pray? Did he pray with his hands crossed or with his hands down? Muslims some of them say like this, some say like that. Imam Malik says the Prophet crossing the arms is not the sunnah, is not sunnah. And therefore the followers of Imam Malik, they pray with their hands down. But the other three imams, Abu Hanifah, Imam Ahmad and Imam Shaf'ee, they cross their arms.

So who's right? Who's wrong? Down or this way. The followers Ahl al-Bayt say no, you have to pray with your hands down because it is not the sunnah, as Imam Malik himself says and confesses. What does it mean it is not sunnah? It means the Prophet never did it. So why do you do it? We have to follow how the Prophet prayed.

Wudhu, do you wash your feet or do you wipe your feet? The Prophet wiped his foot. That's why as-Sha'bee says wiping the foot is permissible. And so many other scholars say it is permissible to wipe the feet and the salah. In fact, that's what the Qur'an says. So if you wash your feet, you're going against the sunnah of Rasul Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wa aali. And there are so many examples. Imagine if the wudhu and the salat is like this. What about the rest of our actions and ahkam and 'amal? Sometimes brothers and sisters, the truth is so clear, the evidence is so clear.

But as the Qur'an says in Surat al-Naml, "Wa jahadoo bihaa wastaiqanat haaa anfusuhum dhulman wa 'uluwwaa" (27:14), their hearts, their selves, accept the truth because you can deny it, it's so clean, like the rising sun. But they rejected out of their arrogance, out of their hatred, out of their oppression. Let us not be such individuals.

I call you all to read, explore, find who are the Shi'a? Read a book called al-Muraja'at, which is a beautiful academic discourse between one of the Shi'a sheikhs or sayyids or leader scholars and a Sunni scholar by the name of Sheikh al-Bishri from al Azhar, who, after a series of discussions, becomes a Shi'a, becomes a follower, realizes the haqq and the truth that follows it. Kitab al-Muraja'at by Sayyid Sharaf ad-Deen al-Musawee, available in English, available online.

Another book by the same author Sharaf ad-Deen, an-Nass wal Ijtihad. Read it and look at the references. Look at Kitab ul-Ghadeer by Allama Ameeni, and look at the references of non-Shi'as sources about the importance of Ahlul Bayt, alayhum salam. Look at the book called Then I Was Guided and To be Among the Truthful and the Shia are the True Followers of as-Sunnah. All three of them by Dr. Tijani Samawee available online, again. You have so many books, so many evidences.

Read about the Shi'a, explore about them, learn about them, as we are all Muslims believing in the message of la ilaha illa Allah, Muhammad ar-Rasul Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wa aali. And we all believe Ali ibn Abi Talib, Amir al-Mu'minin, salamullahi 'alayh, is one of the best, in fact, the best of the companions Rasul Allah, sallahllahu 'alayhi wa aali wa sallam. He is the khaleefah of Rasul Allah, sallahllahu 'alayhi wa aali wa sallam.

So let us come to an agreement. Let us learn, respect one another, learn about one another, so that Insh'Allah, may Allah bless us in dunya and in the akheera to be about the sincere followers of Ahlul Bayt. We pray to Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala, to make us among the sincere followers of an Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib alayhi assalam, and of Muhammad wa aali Muhammad, salatullahi wa assalam alayhum ajmu'een.

A very recommended act on the day of Ghadeer, between the mu'minin and among the believers is to shake each other's hands and to say al-Hamdulillah al-ladhee ja'alana min al-mutamassikina bi wilayati Amir al-Mu'minin Ali ibn Abi Talib, salawatullahi wa assalmu 'alayh, praise be to Allah who made us among those who hold on to the wilaya, the masterhood of Amir al-Mu'minin Ali ibn Abi Talib 'alayhi assalam.

May Allah bless us all, grant us their shafa'a, the Ahlul Bayt shafa'a in this world, in the qabr, and in the hereafter. Please read, review. May Allah shower you with His blessings and guide our hearts and may Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala illuminate our path with guidance and with His Noor and His light. May Allah shower you with his blessings. Wa assalamu alaykum, wa Rahmatullahi, wa barakatu.