Message on the Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Imam Ali (AS) (1431/2010)
Ayatullah Al-Uzma Al-Sheikh Basheer Husain Al-Najafi
(may Allah prolong his life)
For the Momineen, on the Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Ameer-ul-Momineen Ali ibn Abi Talib (a.s.)
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف البرية أبي القاسم محمد وعلى آله سادة الميامين
واللعنة على أعدائهم أجمعين الى يوم الدين
قال الله سبحانه: من المؤمنين رجال صدقوا ما عهدوا الله عليه فمنهم من قضى نحبه ومنهم من ينتظر وما بدلوا تبديلا (صدق الله العلي العظيم)
Among the believers are men who are true to the covenant which they made with Allah; so from them is he who has accomplished his vow, and from them is he who is still waiting and has not changed in the least. (Quran 33:23)
Although it is clear from the ‘Shaan-e-Nuzool’ of the aforementioned verse that it was revealed in commendation and admonishment of certain persons’ actions, and the most superior of these persons who is commended is Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (a.s.). However, according to the general application of this verse as per the teachings of the Ahlul-Bayt (a.s.), whoever makes a covenant with God, and he holds true to his vow by his actions and conduct, he will come under the commendation and praise of this verse. From this we can realise that the virtue of a believer and the excellence of his belief is true only when he confirms his beliefs, his words and his promises with his actions. Thus, the importance of action is clear.
And it is clear that if action is not given due importance, and if mere words are considered sufficient, then all those people who have sacrificed their lives, their wealth, their children, their temporal status, for the obedience of Almighty God, and those people who have not given any type of sacrifice, but make their claim to follow and obey and believe in the Holy Prophet of Islam (s.a.w.), but haven’t transformed these claims into action, both parties will be successful and triumphant, and there will be no difference between the true believers and the hypocrites, and all will occupy the same status.
Because we can step on the path of Taqwa by attaining success in our actions, and from this the importance of actions become apparent, God has subjected the acceptance of all actions with the condition of Taqwa. He has said in the Holy Quran, “Allah only accepts the actions of those with Taqwa” (Surah Al-Maidah, verse 27). Actions are of two types: firstly, that which a person performs with his physical body, and secondly, which is actioned directly from his faith and belief. This verse subjects acceptance of both of these types of actions with the condition of Taqwa. Therefore, the significance of action is not just in respect of Taqwa, but also in its acceptance and to learn a useful lesson from it.
Maybe these are the objectives which the narrations of the Ahlul-Bayt (a.s.) point to when they describe the virtues of their Shia, and it becomes very clear that a true Shia is the person with Taqwa; Ameer-ul-Momineen (a.s.) and the rest of the Imams (a.s.) have said that they are the Imams of those with Taqwa.
Sometimes, with the whispering of the inner devil (Nafs-e-Ammarah) and the apparent devil (Iblees), people have taken the belief that some Mustahabb acts like Azadari (remembrance of the tragedy of Karbala) and the claim to love the Ahlul-Bayt (a.s.), is enough to call oneself a Shia. As such, many people remain in this trap, and despite the many warnings of Almighty God, they realise the truth only as their soul is leaving their body and the doors of forgiveness are closed.
He then regrets when regret is longer of any practical use. The prayers which God and the Ahlul-Bayt (a.s.) had made the pillar of religion, the fasts which are the means to save oneself from the fires of hell, the pilgrimage which is the bearer of the Islamic truth, and which if left unperformed despite means of performing it, he dies the death of an infidel, the zakat and khums, which if withheld is tantamount to usurping from Allah, the Prophet (s.a.w.), the Ahlul-Bayt (a.s.), the Imam of the Age (a.j.), the orphans and widows, and there is a further tradition that whosoever withholds the Khums, the curse of the Imam of the time is upon him – he is only finally attentive to all these things at his death, and attentiveness, regret, sorrow, and crying will not help him then.
Therefore, we are obliged to increase our Taqwa so much so that the Imams (a.s.) accept us as their Shias, and we attain the bounty of their intercession.
My brothers, the month of Ramadhan is that bounty and blessing which only comes once a year. These fasts are what will help you attain safety from the fire of hell. The true faster is he whose every part is with him in his fast. Almighty God has given us a supreme night such as the Night of Qadr in this month, in which one act of worship is equal to a thousand months of worship. To obtain the blessings and favours of this month is the religious, logical and ethical obligation of all of us – who knows who will receive this opportunity again?
The Imam of the Muttaqeen (a.s.) was martyred in this month, and the duty to keep his remembrance alive is on all of us. And this can only be done in its true way if we keep this tragedy alive in our hearts while binding ourselves to fasting and all other obligatory acts, and by giving condolences to our Imam of our time (a.s.)
We pray to the Almighty God that he prolong our lives so that we can witness and receive the benefit of this holy month many more times.
Basheer Hussain Najafi
Najaf Ashraf, Iraq