“Amr bin al-‘Ās narrates that someone asked him:
O ‘Amr! Our elders heard it from the Messenger of Allāh
(صلى-الله-عليه-و-آله-وسلم) about ‘Alī: one who has me as his master has ‘Alī as
his master. Is it correct or not? ‘Amr said: it is correct,
and may I add that no one among the Companions ((رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ))
deserves to be praised more than ‘Alī (AlahisSalam).
Related by Ibn Qutaybah in al-Imāmah was-siyāsah (1:113).
It is narrated by ‘Alī ((AlahisSalam) himself). He said: on the
day of Ghadīr Khum, the Messenger of Allāh (صلى-الله-عليه-و-آله-وسلم) had a
turban tied round my head ( as a symbol of honour) and let
the loose end hang down at the back. Then he said: The
angels whom Allāh had sent to help me at Badr and
Hunayn were wearing turbans of the same kind. He then
added: surely the turban differentiates between belief and
Tayālisī related it in al-Musnad (p.23#154); and Bayhaqī in asSunan-ul-kubrā (10:14).
Hindī says in Kanz-ul-‘ummāl (15:306,482#41141,41909)
that, besides Tayalisī, this tradition has also been narrated by
Bayhaqī, Tabarānī, Ibn Abī Shaybah and Ibn Munī‘. Hindī has
added the following words:
إن العمامة حاجزة بين المسلمين والمشركين.
Surely the turban differentiates between Muslims
‘Abd-ul-A‘lā bin ‘Adī has also narrated that the Prophet ()
called ‘Alī bin Abī Tālib () on the day of Ghadīr Khum, tied a
turban round his head (as a sign of honour) and let the loose end
hang down at the back.
This tradition is recorded in the following books:
i. Ibn Athīr, Asad-ul-ghābah fī ma‘rifat-is-sahābah (3:170)
ii. Muhib Tabarī, ar-Riyād-un-nadrah fī manāqib-il-‘ashrah
iii. Zurqānī, Sharh-ul-mawāhib-il-laduniyyah (6:272)