Fuzto Ya Rabb il-Ka'bah

Ever wondered why Imam Ali (as) said this statement when he was struck by Ibn e Muljim (la)? Maulana Syed Ali Raza Rizvi explains this one of the beautiful statement of commander of the Faithful.

Bismillah Al-Rahman Al-Rahim. One of the most beautiful statements you will ever come across in the month of Ramadan is the words of the commander of the faithful, the Imam of the East and the West, Ali ibn Abu Talib, alayhi assalam, where he says Fuzto ya Rabbil Ka'bah. Al-Hamdulillah or by the Lord of Kab'ah, I have become successful. Fuzto, I am, I have not become but Fuzto, I am successful. There are two words, Falah and Fauz, both are success, but Falah, basically like a Fallah, a farmer, basically also grows the seeds into crops.

And that is a success by growing things, but Imam Ali, alayhi assalam, does not say that, you know, the word Aflah, qad aflahal muminoon (23:1), the Holy Qur'an says that the Mu'mineen are successful people. So it does not say that I have had the success in the meaning of Falah. But he used the word Fauz. Fauz is a different, it has different connotations, meaning it is more spiritual. Although he may not may have made financial gains in this world. He did not make dunya for himself, meaning he did not make a kingdom, and he did not leave, you know, portfolio in terms of property.

But he says, oh, but I am still successful. And that is spiritual success. And that success is not in terms of worldly terms, but it is godly terms, meaning Allah has given me success. And that success is that he has attained the highest position before Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala and that Allah makes his name live in this world, and he has attained shahadat martyrdom. And he is also successful, meaning that whatever Allah wanted of him to be the best leader because he is not just a servant, he is a he is the greatest Imam, alayhi assalat wa assalam.

So his success is not, there is no comparison between our success and his success. So sometimes our success is materialistic. He had no materialistic ambitions. And on top of everything, his success is as a leader, as an Imam, as a successor to the Holy Prophet, wasiya Al-Mustafa Imam ul-Awaleen wa'l-Akhireen Imam ul-Muttaqeen, and in all of those top statements, he is successful. And Imam Ali., alayhi assalam, says that as the time when he was struck. Why does he say it then? Why does he not he say it before?

There is an Ayah in the Holy Qur'an Minal mu'mineena rijaalun (33:23) in Surah al-Ahzab amongst the believers, there are men who have fulfilled their promises made to Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala. Wa minhum mai yantadhir, and amongst them is one who waits. And the traditions say that the ones who fulfilled their promise to Allah are Hazrat Hamza, salamullahi alayh, and Hazrat Ja'far at-Tayyar, salamullahi alayh. Wa minhum mai yantadhir, and there is one who waits is Ali ibn Abu Talib, alayhi assalam. So he waited, Ahadu, you know, they made a covenant with Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala and they fulfill their promise that they will give their life for Islam.

And amongst them is the one who waits, and that the one who waits is Ali ibn Abu Talib, alayhi assalam. So he waited for his martyrdom and he got what he wanted. Second connotation is that his success is not just in martyrdom, but also, you know, your reality, your Haqiqah, is seen at the time of your death. So when you are dying, you actually say, you actually expose yourself. So many people are saying all sorts of things when they are dying.

But Imam Ali is, alayhi assalam, seen at the time of his death saying what he really is and he says Fuzto ya Rabbil Ka'bah (by the Lord of the Ka'bah). Why does he say By the Lord of Ka'bah? Because he came in Ka'bah when he came to this world. And when he is leaving, he says that I remind you, Fuzto, I am successful by the Lord of Kaaba that I came through Ka'bah, and now I am living this world in the Masjid al-Kufa as soon as he is struck by Abd al-Rahman ibn Muljim, la'natullahi alayh, he, alayhi assalat wa assalam, says that I have been successful.

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