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Hazrat Ali

Hazrat Ali



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HAZRAT ALI (alaihis salam)
One day hazrat Ali (a.s.) was working in his treasury when two men came to see him. It was night time and a candlewas lit. Their intention was to gain some kind of important post in his government.They discussed things related to the state. After a while, the topic of discussion changed to something else. HazratAli (a.s.) blew out the candle and lit another one and continued the conversation.The visitors were very surprised and asked, “O Ali, why did you blow out one candle and lit another one?”Imam Ali: The first candle belonged to the state. So long as you discussed things related to the state, I used it for thatpurpose. Then you changed your topic of discussion to something which did not relate to the state but wassomething personal. I therefore lit my personal candle.”These two men having realised the principles of hazrat Ali (a.s.) and his strictness, changed their mind of asking for any post.***************************************************************************************************************************Hazrat Ali (a.s.) had an older brother called Aqeel. He was getting some financial aid from the state because of hispoverty. He thought that he was not getting enough money from the state, so one day he invited his brother hazrat Ali(a.s.) for lunch.After eating, Aqeel explained to his brother and said, “Look my brother, the aid that I am getting from the state is notsufficient. Could you please increase little bit more so that I can live little bit comfortably?”Imam Ali (a.s.): If what you say is true, then how could you afford to invite for lunch today?Aqeel: I saved bit by bit for a few days and then I invited you.Imam: This means that you are still getting that little bit extra from which you could save. So really speaking, thatextras should be cut off and given to someone more needy.Aqeel: Oh no, please don’t do that. I will try to survive on what I get and won’t complain any more.One day hazrat Ali (a.s.) went to say his prayers in the masjid.A man came to hazrat Ali (a.s.) and offered him to look after his camel whilst he went to say his prayers. Hazrat Ali(a.s.) accepted the offer and entrusted his camel to him.After a while, someone came and asked hazrat Ali (a.s.) if the camel wondering outside the masjid was his.Hazrat Ali (a.s.) came out and noted that the camel was his and its rein had gone missing.Imam Ali (a.s.) went to the market to buy another rein. He went to a shop where he found the exact rein that hadgone missing. Hazrat Ali (a.s.) asked the shopkeeper the price of that rein.Shopkeeper: A man had just been to my shop and sold this rein to me for eight dirhams. You can have it for the sameprice.Imam: Showing him the eight dihams that he was holding in his hands and said, “This man did me a favour of lookingafter my camel. I decided to give him eight dirhams in return. He could not wait to get this lawfully. Instead herobbed it and sold it you. He still got the same amount of money and not a penny more!Sometimes people become so greedy that in order to obtain their sustenance, they would do anything. Whatthey fail to understand is that Allah has already destined his rizq. Now whether he earns it lawfully or unlawfully, begs or steals or gambles, he is not going to get anything more.
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The only difference is that if you earn lawfully, you will have to give account to Allah and if you earn itunlawfully, there is a punishment for it.During the time of hazrat Ali (a.s.) a man was convicted of a murder.Hazrat Ali (a.s.): Did you murder your victim and why?Convict: He raped me so I killed him.Imam: Do you have any witnesses to support your claim?Convict: No. There was no one present at the time.Hazrat Ali (a.s.) asked to wait for three days before passing a sentence against the convict.After three days, the grave of the victim was opened and there was no body found in his grave.Imam Ali (a.s.) let the man free.Imam Ali (a.s.) said that the body of a homosexual does not stay in his grave for more than three days. Hisbody is removed from his grave and put together with the Sodomites [people who were destroyed because of this sin during the time of prophet Lut a.s.)]Hatim Tai was a very generous king of his time. He had 40 gates in his palace and anyone begging through all these40 gates was still given something in charity.One day a man came to Imam Ali (a.s.) and praised Hatim Tai saying, “His generosity is very well known. A beggar would go through 40 gates and still get various amount of money!”Hazrat Ali (a.s.): Why could he not give enough on one door that the beggar needed to go to other doors begging?**********************************************************************************************************One day some ladies came to hazrat Ali (a.s.) and asked, “How come men are allowed to marry up to four wives and we are not allowed to marry more than one husband?Hazrat Ali (a.s.): Take this empty bottle each of you and come back tomorrow. Fill these bottles with water from home when you come back.On the next day when these ladies returned with their bottles filled with water, he asked them to empty themin a bowl provided. They did as instructed.When they emptied the bottle, hazrat Ali (a.s.) asked them to take their water back but with the condition that theyshould take their own water and not of anyone else’s.Obviously they were surprised to hear such condition. They said, “But this is not possible at all. All the water is mixed and there is no way to take the water that we brought from our homes.”Hazrat Ali (a.s): Now try to understand what you asked me yesterday. If a woman has more than onehusband, how are you going to identify who is the father of your child? Whereas a man having children withfour wives, the father will be still the same.Once during the rule of the second Khalifa Omar bin al-Khattab, an Arab entered his complaint in the court.The court summoned the plaintiff and the defendant to appear. In this case, the defendant was Amirulmu’mineen, Ali bib Abi Talib (a.s.)
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Omar acted as a judge. As was customary in the Islamic courts, both the parties ought to stationthemselves, sitting or standing, next to each other. Accordingly. Omar called out the plaintiff’s name andbeckoned him to a particular place in the court. Then he turned to Imam Ali a.s. and said:“O Abul Hasan, place yourself next to the plaintiff please.”As Ali rose to comply, there were signs of displeasure evident on his face. Omar observed this and said:“O Ali, you do not like to stand next to your adversary.”Imam Ali a.s. replied: “It is not so. I am not at all displeased at being asked to station myself next to him. Iam displeased because you have, from the very beginning, acted contrary to the norms of justice. You calledhim by his name, and you called me respectfully with my Kuniyyah. You know that when respect is meant,we call a person by his Kuniyyah and not by his name. You said: “O Abul Hasan” and not ‘O Ali’. By sodoing, you have already shown preference for me over the plaintiff.”
“During the reigns of the Umayyad Caliphs his blessed resting—place could not bedisclosed, and so it was also under the Abbasids until the reign of Harun-ar-Rashid. But inthe year 175 A.H. (791 A.D.), Harun happened to go hunting in these parts, and the deer hewas chasing took refuge on a small piece of raised ground. However much he asked hishunting dogs to capture the quarry, they refused to go near this spot. He urged his horse tothis place, and the horse too refused to budge; and on this, awe took possession of theCaliph’s heart, and he immediately started to make inquiries of the people of theneighbourhood, and they acquainted him with the fact that this was the grave of Hazrat AliIbn Abu Talib, the cousin and son-in-law of the Holy Prophet. Harun ordered a tomb to beerected over the grave, and people soon began to settle down in its vicinity.”
The Four Questions Asked Imam Ali (a.s.) By The Jews
THE FOUR QUESTIONSImam Ali (A.S.) was always available when the three khalifa sought his advice on religious matters.His position as the jurist was on the top of the list among the companions of the Holy Prophet (saw).Umar Ibne Khattab the 2nd Caliph had given clear instructions that when Ali was present in themosque of the Prophet no one should take precedence over him in answering questions on religiousmatters. In one such encounter during the time of the 2nd Caliph, a group of Jewish scholarsapproached the caliph and said, "We have a few questions. If we get the answers to these questionscorrectly, we will accept the Islamic faith."Ask whatever you want to ask," said the caliph.They asked the following questions:1. What are the locks and keys of heaven?2. Who was the messenger who was neither of the human nor of the Jinn and who warned his people?3. Which are the 5 beings who were created without ! the aid of ovaries?4. What are one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven and twelve?The caliph thought over these questions for a time, then said, "I do not know the answers to thesequestions. I will take you to a man who is most knowledgeable in the commandments of Allah and theHoly Prophet and the greatest among us.The caliph then brought the Jewish scholars to Ali (a.s.). They asked the same questions to him. Ali(a.s.) answered thus:
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