Muhammad Isa Ahmad
Kano zone of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the guardianship of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H) has begun mourning session of martyrdom of Ameerul Mu’uminin Imam Aliy bin Abi Dalib (AS) from the 19th day of Ramadan.
The Imam (AS) was struck with a poisonous sword by Ibn Muljam (the Cursed) on the 19th day of the holy month of Ramadan, which led to his eventual death on the 21st day of the month.
The event which was held at Hussainiyyah, Kano, was conducted by Sheikh Muhammad Mahmud Turi who started with brief biography of Imam Ali (AS) as background information.
He also drew lessons from the life of Ameerul Mu’mineen (AS), which said needed deeper reflection for greater comprehension of the divine status of the Imam. “His names are associated with his high status and virtues”, stressed Sheikh Turi.
While enumerating his distinct names, Sheikh Turi focused on Imam Ali’s bravery and valour that was unprecedented in human history. “Known for his fierce battle performance, even on the battlefield Imam Ali (AS) had exhibited spirituality, selflessness and compassion towards enemies. It was reported that an enemy demanded Imam Ali’s sword and the Imam gave it to him!”, he added.
He further stated that, for his unprecedented bravery at the battle of Badr, that led to victory, that a voice was heard ‘La fatan illa Aliy, wa la saifa illa zulfiqar”.
Commenting on Imam Ali’s (AS) knowledge, Sheikh Turi said had the Muslim Ummah adhered to the Holy Prophet’s saying that, ‘I am the City of Knowledge and Ali is its Gate”, there would not have been different opinion and interpretations on religious issues in the name of Mazhab (schools of thought).
On the Imamate of Ameerul Mu’mineen (AS) he explained that the Holy Prophet (SAWA), when he made the (physical) heavenly journey, was reported to have seen a writing with gold on the door of Heaven, “Laila
ha illah Muhammadul Rasulilah, Aliy waliyullah”. The Holy Prophet was similarly reported to have seen the writing,“Laila ha illah Muhammadul Rasulillah” on one wing of the angel and, “Imam Aliy waliyullah” on the other.
“The Holy Prophet was also reported to have told mother of Imam Ali (AS), Fatiman Bint Asad, while she was in grave to testify to the Imamate of Ali while questioned. You can see that, the Imamate of Ali (AS) is a great issue. Ali is the Successor of the Prophet even before he was publicly declared”, said Sheikh Turi.