Excerpts from Hilyat Al Awliyah Wa Tabaqat Al Asfiya by Shaykh Abu Nuaym Ahmad al-Isfahani (Alayhir Rahmah).
Excellence of Hadrat Sayyiduna Imam Ali al-Murtuda (KaramAllahu Wajhul Kareem)
The fourth sire of the people, is the beloved of Allah Almighty and of His faithful creation, the gate of the city of knowledge, the commanding orator, the master of reason and intellect, the explainer of allegories, the pure blessing, the moral authority, the instinct of certitude, the fathomer of truth, the dean of piety, the beauty of knowledge, the truthful explainer whose heart is full of wisdom, whose tongue is most inquisitive, and whose ears are most conscious; the chieftain of the pious ones, the mirror of sages, the righteous judge, the most forbearing sire and the righteous caliph, ‘Ali bin Abi Talib, Allah bless his countenance.
Sa’ad narrated that Allah’s messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said to ‘Ali, Allah bless his countenance: “You are unto me what Aaron was to Moses.”
Sa’ad also narrated that Allah’s messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم once said to ‘Ali, Allah bless his countenance: “You are from me and I am from you.”
Ibn ‘Abbas narrated that Omar, Allah be pleased with him, used to say: “‘Ali is the most equitable judge among us.
Also on this subject, Ibn Mas’oud said: “The Qur’an was revealed in seven local dialects. Each letter of it has an outer and an inner meaning, and ‘Ali has the knowledge of both.”
Habirah bin Barim narrated that al-Hassan, son of ‘Ali, Allah be pleased with both of them, once gave a sermon after his father’s martyrdom, and during his speech, he said: “The man who has just departed yesterday, no one in the past could have ever rivalled his knowledge, nor will anyone in the future be able to do that.”
Sayings of Hadrat Sayyiduna Imam Ali al-Murtuda (KaramAllahu Wajhul Kareem)
Sa’i’d bin al-Musayyib narrated that ‘Ali, Allah bless his countenance, said: “True blessings are not children or wealth, rather they are knowledge, forbearance and an ever increasing devotion to one’s Lord. When you do good, praise Allah Almighty, and when you fail, then ask for His forgiveness. Surely there are no benefits in this world except for two types of people, 1) Someone who commits a wrongdoing then amends it with repentance; and 2) someone who hastens to do good while he does not neglect to perform his required religious duties, hence, how can his deeds then diminish when goodness is blessed.”
Bakr bin Khalifa narrated that ‘Ali, Allah bless his countenance, once said: “O ye people, I swear by Allah Almighty, and in His Name I swear and I swear, that even if your eyes were to melt down from crying in fear of Him and in yearning for Him and even if you were to live in this world as long as it will last, making constant offerings combined with every type of worship in thankfulness towards His magnificent and countless blessings upon you, it would not be sufficient as a demonstration of gratitude for His guiding you to Islam.
‘Ali, Allah bless his countenance, said: To love a man of knowledge and to learn at his hand is a debt one can never repay.
‘Ali, Allah bless his countenance, said: The earth will never remain devoid of someone who carries the proof of Allah ‘s sovereignty, and the testimony of His messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم, otherwise, Allah’s revelations and clear signs will be abrogated. Such true human beings are the rare few, although they are the most exalted in Allah’s sight. Through them Almighty Allah guards His message, and He will not take them back unto Himself until they have delivered the same to their coequals. These people endeavor to plant such seeds in hearts akin to their own. Hence, knowledge gushes forth from their hearts, and they take from it the terrain the opulent ones judge as rugged and what the ignorant ones deem as reprehensible. In fact, Allah’s people live in this world with bodies who’s souls are captivated by the Upper Observer of all. Such are Allah’s vice-regents on earth, and such are the callers to His religion.
Al-Hussain bin ‘Ali narrated that his father, may Allah be pleased with both of them, said: “The most difficult things for a man to do are three, 1) To pay what he owes willingly, 2) to remember Allah under all circumstances; and 3), to help his brother when he needs money.”
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Hilyat Al Awliyah Wa Tabaqat Al Asfiya by Shaykh Abu Nuaym Ahmad al-Isfahani (Alayhir Rahmah).
Asl E Nasl E Safaa Wajhe Wasle Khuda
Baab E Fasle Wilayat Pe Laakho(n) Salaam
Murtuda Shere Haq Ashja-Ul Ashjae
Saaqi E Sheero Sharbat Pe Laakho(n) Salaam
~ AlaHadrat, Imam Ahmad Rida Khan عليه الرحمة
SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam wa ‘Ala Alihi wa Sahbihi Wa Baraka Wa karam