The commander of faithful, the father of eloquence, the caretaker of the orphans, the shelter of the needy and the perfect of all humans after Prophet Muhammadﷺ. Born in the House of Allah, Holy Ka’bah, and martyred in the House of Allah, Masjid-e-Kufa. He died on the 21st day of Ramadan 40 A.H.
Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (May Allah be pleased with him) had prophesied his departure from this world several days before hand, and on the day of his martyrdom he mysteriously desired his sons Imam Hasan and Imam Hussain (May Allah be pleased with them) to offer their morning prayers in the house and not to accompany him as they usually did to the mosque of Kufa. When Imam Ali was leaving his abode, the household birds began making a great noise and when one of Imam Ali’s servants attempted to quieted them, Imam Ali said, “Leave them alone, for their cries are only lamentations foreboding my death.”
On the 19th of the month of Holy Ramadan of the year 40 A.H, Imam Ali came to the mosque in Kufa for his morning prayers. Himself gave the call for prayer (Azaan) and became engaged in leading the congregation and was offering Nafilah prayer, during the second prostration. Abd-al-Rahman ibn Muljam pretending to pray, stood just behind Imam Ali, and when he was in a state of prostration, Abd-al-Rahman ibn Muljam dealt a heavy stroke with his three days poisoned sword, inflicting a deep wound on Imam Ali’s head.
This was the time when Imam Ali (May Allah honor his face) uttered his famous words : “Fuzto bi-Rab-il-Ka’bah” – “By the Lord of Ka’bah, I am successful”.
Our Beloved Prophetﷺ had prophesied the assassination of Imam Ali and his issues. Regarding his martyrdom, Messenger of Allahﷺ had said, “O Ali! I see before my eyes thy beard dyed with the blood of thy forehead.”
They assassinated Imam Ali at his finest time – the hour of standing before Allahﷻ, the Exalted, during a prayer of submission, in the best of days, while fasting during the month of Ramadan; during the most glorious Islamic duties, while preparing to wage a holy war, and in the highest and most pure divine places, the Mosque of Kufa.
May joy be to Amir al-Muminin Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (May Allah exalt his face) and a blessed afterlife!
The crime of assassinating Imam Ali remains one of the most cruel, brutal and hideous, because it was not committed against one man, but against the whole rational Islamic leadership. By assassinating Imam Ali, they actually aimed at assassinating the message, the history, the culture and the nation of Muslims embodied in the personality of him. In doing so, the Islamic nation lost its guide of progress, and at the most wondrous opportunity in its life after the Holy Prophetﷺ.
Imam Ali suffered from his wound for three days, and He passed away on 21st of the month of Ramadan at an age of 63 years.
To him we belong and to him shall we return.
May Allah bless us from the knowledge, wisdom, secrets, aid and understanding of Imam Ali(May Allah be pleased with him and us).. Aameen!
| Habeeb Sohail Al-Aidroos |