over it,crossing the ditch and entering the fortress
captured by him, Ali was the one who could be present at several places at one
and the same time and he could by God's given power to him, do and undo things
for which he is even today popularly called both by his friends and focs alike
as the ' Mazharul-Ajaib' and he who, when in power, as the 'Kalif ' in charge of
the Treasury, stood in the treasury room and addressing the heaps of gold and
silver, said ' O' yellow, O' white, go! beguile, and prouden any one else other
than me! Ali has divorced ye two thrice. There can be no return for you unto me!
It is said that once when he was the Kalif, Ali was mend- ing his own shoes
which were totally worn out and Salman the faithful devotee of the 'Ahlul- Bait'
remarked ' O' Ameertul Mominneen! What is left in them that thou mendest them ?
Ali asked Salman ! What thinkest thou that this torn or worn out shoe worths?
Salman replied. ' O' Ameerul Momineen ! Only God and thou knowest it.' Ali smiled
and said ' Salman! know thou that this torn away and worn out shoe is to me of
more worth and value than the Kalifate.' Aspiration for any worldly power on the
part of such a divine is urnmaginable. And if Ali had ever accepted to rule, it
was in the interest of the wel- fare of the people themselves, to give them the
blessings of a godly kingdom on earth. If the world had accepted Ali, at the
very first instance, it would have saved itself of all the chaos and confusion
which ended the life of the Third Kalif. The opinion of a non- muslim writer on
the history of the muslims, Mr. Seddillot, quoted by Mr. Justice Ameer Ali in
his famous work 'the Spirit of Islam' will give out the truth in the above
statement which, a dispassionate and unprejudiced mind of even a non-muslim
THE WORLD AROUND the Holy Prophet witnessed and history has vouched the fact that the gap in the domestic life and the happiness
of the Prophet, created by the demise of Lady Khadija
doubtlessly proved as irreparable for no other woman fittingly filled it up to
give the Apostle of God the happiness at home or the harmony in his domestic
life, and it is only about the good Lady Omme Salema that the Holy Prophet said:
' Ante alal Khair, i.e., Thou arton good- ness, which the good Lady proved true
by not leaving the house of the Holy Prophet even after his departure from this
world, and remaining as attached to his Ahlul Bait as she was during his life-
time. The same was the case with Ali the First Imam, the Vice- gerent of God on
earth, succeeding the Holy Prophet. After the martyrdom of the Holv Lady Fatema,
there was none in the world to take her holy place in the house of Ali and the
good Lady Ommol- Baneen served Ali after Holy Lady Fatema as did Omme Salema to
the Holy Prophet after the demise of Lady Khadija.
THE PROPIIECY FROM the Holy Prophet about the impending
' Zibhe Azeem' or the Great Martyrdom of Husain, had gained so much currency and
had become a matter of such a conviction and concern to the AhluI-Bait that
after the departure of Lady Fatema,Ali called his brother Aqeel who was known
for his knowledge about the tribal geneologies and told him to find out a
respectable lady of a noble family, known for its bravery, for him to wed for he
wanted to have a brave son from her to be his own representative there at
Karbala to serve Husain the son of the Holy Prophet and help him in the
calamitous situation against his enemies and lay his life defending Husain on
his own behalf, for Hasan and Husain were hailed as the sons of the Holy Prophet
and each one was addressed as 'Ibne Rasoolullah' (son of the Holy Prophet).
THE DESIRE OF Ali was readily granted by the Lord. Ali wanted one issue, to serve on his behalf at Karbala, God gave him three
more along with the one desired by him and the Lady
Ommol- Baneen gave four Sons to Ali:-
All his life, right from his infsney, Abbas moved most
closely with Husain, practically as a faithful slave to his loving master, or a
dutiful son to a respectable father, exactly as Ali moved with the Holy Prophet.
THE THIRD KALIFATE ended in chaos, turmoil and the murder of
the kaif Othman. There was unrest among sPa people all over the empire. Ma'aviah
the governor of Syria appointed by Omar 30 A.H., took full advantage of
the patronage of the Omayyids by the third kalif and had astablishad himself
stongly at Damascus and had made the place a stronghold of his own.
to accept the offer,I must say frankly at the outset
PEOPLE AND THE state of affairs Ali had been offered to rule,can not be depicted
in this brief work. Readers interested to know about the details of the historic
chaos, confusion and turmoil and the unrest that prevailed when Ali was forced
People had mostly been naturalised in corruption and
accustomed to bribing bargains. Some of the opportunists were labouring under
some false expectations. The corrupt ones thinking Ali to have been disappointed
all the while until the Third Klif, for not getting the chance to rule, and now
having got it, expected Ali also to canvas support and the unearned and illegal
popularity at a higher scale to maintain his position by the same favouritism
the Holy Prophet. Ma'aviah, had gathered strength sufficient
to establish his independence in Syria. Thus Ali had to meet Ma'aviah in a
battle at Siflin. The treachery and the deceit with which ended this battle, is
there in the history.
ALl's DEPARTURE FROM this world was actually the departure of
the Holy Prophet, tor both of them, were the personification or the
manifestations of one and the same Divine Light.
place. An apostle was sent in the place of the apostle
retiring from this world and each succeeding one, came with a superior message
and with a higher status:-
BEFORE THINKING OF comparing Ali to any one besides the Holy Prophet, one should first get himself informed of the unique position of Ali and the glorious height of his position in divinity identical with the Holy Prophet, as depicted by the Holy Qur'an the
Word of God and as open declaration by the Holy Prophet,
or the betrayal of one's ignorance of the position of
this Holy one in the human race. The same is the position of Lady Fatema in her
personal excellence, and the divinity of her soul, cannot be compared to any
other Lady in the world.
IT IS REPORTED that once, in Kufa, Shimar was convicted and
imprisoned during the rule of Ali. Through the window of the prison, Shimar saw
Husain passing by, and cried aloud:-
WHEN FATEMA HAD left this world suffering the treachery
of the followers of her father, and Ali had shed the blood of his head, in
prayer in the niche of the Mosque in Kufa and had departed from this world,
Hasan and Husain were left alone amidst an atmosphcre totally hostile and
murderous to the Ahlul-Bait.