Naad-e-Ali – A brief history
Ali ibn Abi Talib is the universal hero of Islam. The first Muslim, the fourth of the Rightly Guided Caliphs, and the spiritual master of all Sufis, the special status of Imam Ali is best represented by the story of Khaybar.
The story begins that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his progeny) laid siege to the fort of Khaybar near Medina but the walls were so well-fortified that the army could not break through. The angel Gabriel came to the Prophet Muhammad and told him to recite the naad-e Ali:
Nade Ali, Nade Ali, Nade Ali
Nade Aliyyan mazhar al-ajaib
Tajidahu awnan lakafin-nawaib
Kullu hammin wa ghammin sayanjAli
Bi wilayatika Ya Ali! Ya Ali! Ya Ali!
Call Ali, call Ali, call Ali,
the manifestation of marvels
He will be your helper in difficulty
Every anxiety and sorrow will end
Through your friendship.
O Ali, O Ali, O Ali
And Hazrat Ali came to the Prophet’s aid, in an act of heroism commemorated in the lines of a Sufi qawwali:
The walls shake; the doors quake. Now all of Khaybar trembles hearing the name of Ali.
کبھی دیوار ہلتی ہے کبھی در کانپ جاتا ہے
علی کا نام سن کر اب بھی خیبر کانپ جاتا ہے
Ali came and tore down the gate of the fort, and the army of the Prophet crossed over and successfully ended the siege.
When victory was achieved, the angel Gabriel appeared to Prophet Muhammad again and said to him:
There is no hero but Ali; there is no sword but Zulfiqar
لَا فَتٰی اِلَّا عَلِی لَا سَیْفَ اِلَّا ذُوالْفِقَار
The above tribute to Ali is universally accepted by Sunni, Shia and Sufi Muslims
1. It is narrated that when many Muslims disobeyed the Prophet (SAWA) in the battle of Uhud and the disbelievers attacked them from the backside of the mountain, and many Muslims ran away from the battlefield, the Prophet (SAWA) was told by Jabrael to call Ali (Nad-e-Ali). This Du’a of Nad-e-Ali was mentioned in Sunni books as well as Shia books.
2. Among Sunni books which mentioned it is Mawsoo’at Atraaf Al-Hadeeth Al-Nabawi Al-Shareef by Muhammad Al-Sa’eed Basyoni , Volume 10, page 3.
And Al -Maibudi who is a Sunni Shafi’ee scholar in his book Sharh Diwan Ameer Al-Mo’mineen, page 434.
3. Among Shia great scholars who mentioned it are:
1. Al-Shahhed Al-Awwal in his own handwriting which was seen by Al-Kaf’ami. 2. Ebraheem Al-Kaf’ami in his book Al-Misbah , page 183.
3. Al-Muhaddith Al-Nouri in Musradrak Al-Wasaa’il, volume 15, page 483.
4. Al-Allama Al-Majlisi, in Biharul Anwar, volume 20,p age 73.
5. Muhammad Taqi Sipehr in Naasikh Al-Tawaareekh, volume 1, page 355.
6. Al-Muhaddithi in his book Waqi’at Al-Ghadeer Al-Ghadeer, page 536.
7. al-Dozdozani Tabreezi in his Estiftaa’aat, page 22.
8. al-Mar’ashi Al-Najafi in Sharh Ehqaq Al-Haq, volume 31, page 219.
and many other scholars.