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Monday, October 3, 2016

Ghadir Khumm -"Whoever's Mawla I am, then Ali is also his Mawla"-Shaykh Fakhruddin Owaisi al-Madani

ON THE 18TH OF DHIL-HAJJ, as the Prophet (SAW) was returning from his Hajj, he stopped at a place called Ghadir Khumm and ordered all the Sahabah to gather. Thereafter he mounted a pulpit and called Ali (AS) to come stand next to him. Then he stated: " Is not Allah my Mawla and I am the Mawla of all believers? The people answered: Yes indeed! Then he took the hand of Ali, raised it up and said: "Whoever's Mawla I am, then Ali is also his Mawla. O Allah befriend those who befriend him and be the enemy of those who show enmity to him!!!". This Hadith is among the most authentic متواتر narrations in our legacy. It is also among the most controversial statements of the Prophet (SAW). Both Shias and Sunnis have provided multiple interpretations of it. Twelver Shia consider it as a direct appointment of Ali (AS) as the political successor of the Prophet(SAW). Zaydi Shia consider it as an indirect appointment (more of a hint only). Sunnis (in conjunction with the understanding of most Sahabah) do not consider it a political proclamation. The word Mawla مولى was never used for any political position in that time. But what exactly did it signify then? Sufis contend that it signified the Spiritual Mastery of Ali (AS) over all Saints, which runs parallel to the spiritual mastery of Muhammad (SAW) over all Prophets. As Muhammad (SAW) is the essential Nabi; Ali is the essential Wali. The Qur'an confirms that Talut (who was not a Nabi) was appointed King of the Jews in the presence of thier Nabi. Imam Ali may not have been appointed as first political administrator of the Ummah, but Ali was the first Wali in this Ummah. The Door of Wilayah in fact! None can be a Wali unless they love Ali. Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal was asked by his son: Who were the Khulafa? He replied: "Abu-Bakr, Umar and Uthman". He asked: What about Ali? The Imam said: "Ali is from the Household آل بيت no one can be compared to! My son, the Khilafah did not honor Ali, but Ali honored the Khilafah". So, Sunni or Shia, Sayyidna Ali علي remains the Mawla of all believers forever. We confirm our Love and Loyalty to ALI السلام عليك يا مولى المؤمنين علي بن أبي طالب


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