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Subject: 21 Ramzan 1431 A.H. - Shahadat of Imam Ali(a.s.)

As Salam-o-alaikum,

21st of Ramazan 1431 AH - Shahadat of Maula-e-Kainaat, Ameer-ul-
Momineen, Imam-ul-Muttaqeen, Wali-il-amr Imam Ali ibn-e-Abi

On this occassion of mourning and grief in the house of the Prophet
Mohammad(sawaw), I wish to offer condolences to Prophet
Mohammad(sawaw), Imam Zamana(a.s.), the Ahl-e-Bait(a.s.) and all
momineen and mominaat.

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offer nazrana to renew your allegiance to the Prophet Mohammad(sawaw)
and his Ahl-e-Bait(a.s.)

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Lectures of Imam Ali(a.s.) – Nehj-ul-Balagha:

A few words of Masaib
It is the 21st of Ramazan, the day of great difficulty and mourning
for the Ahl-e-Bait(a.s.) and their followers. The day when our beloved
Imam(a.s.) finally succumbed to the fatal injury that he received  on
the 19th Ramazan in Masjid-e-Koofa.

Imam Ali(a.s.) was surrounded by his male family members and his
faithful followers since the 19th. The tabeebs (doctors) announced
that the effect of the poison has reached such a stage that it is not
possible for him to survive now.  Hearing this, Imam Ali(a.s.) who
already knew of this situation, asked his faithful followers to leave
him.  His followers were weeping and were deeply saddened by this
order but then Imam Ali(a.s.) told them that they cannot stay since
his daughters were eager to be with him in these last moments.
Hearing this the faithful followers left with tears in their eyes and
with a heavy heart. Imam(a.s.) asked his sons to make sure that his
followers were so much away from the house that they would not hear
the cries and voices of his daughters.

It was at this time that Imam Ali(a.s.) gave his detailed last will
and instructions to his family.  He pronounced Imam Hasan(a.s.) as his
successor in Imamate and the head of the family.  Then he called all
his children and started giving their hands one by one in the hands of
Imam Hasan(a.s.) saying: "I give you in the protection of my son

When all the children were handed in the protection of Imam
Hasan(a.s.), only Hazrat Abbas(a.s.) was left and he was standing in a
corner. At this stage, his holy mother - Bibi Umm-ul-Bannen(a.s.) -
with permission of Imam Ali(a.s.) asked : "why have you spared my son
Abbas from being given in the protection of Imam Hasan(a.s.)?".  Imam
Ali(a.s.) called Hazrat Abbas(a.s.) and said: "I have saved him for a
very special occassion"  and then he called Imam Hussain(a.s.) and
giving the Imam's hand in the hand of Hazrat Abbas(a.s.), addressed
him saying:  "Abbas, I give Hussain in your protection. Take good care
of him and don't leave him until he wishes so, and remember this is a
great responsiblity which you would realize when you will be in
Karbala and all the companions of Hussain will be martyred and his
little children will be crying and asking for water from a thirst of
three days of intense heat".

He then called Imam Hussain(a.s.) and said: "My son when you will be
left alone in Karbala and the time of your martyrdom will arrive, I
ask you to fulfill one wish of mine - Ask your sister Zainab to raise
her sleeves and then kiss her arms." .  Imam Hussain(a.s.) asked in
astonishment as to why did you wish for this. Imam Ali(a.s.) said :
"My son after you are martyred, the army of Yazid(mal'oon) will enter
the tents and will snatch away the hijabs of my daughters and will
make Zainab(s.a.) and other ladies prisoners and her hands will be
tied with a tight rope."  Hearing this Imam Hussain(a.s.) burst into
tears and that was the time when Imam Ali(a.s.) breathed his last
leaving his family and followers mourning for him.

ala l'anat ullahe ala qaum-za-zalimeen. May allah(swt) curse the cruel
tribe which committed atrocities on the Ahl-e-Bait(a.s.) and their

Inna Lillah-e-wa Inna ilehe Rajeoon - We have come from HIM and we
have to return to HIM.

A Historical note about burial of Imam Ali(a.s.)
Imam Ali(a.s.) instructed his children that when he is martyred, they
should lift his coffin from behind only since the front will be lifted
by his most faithful angels and they will guide you to my burial place
which will be ready when you reach there.  That is exactly what
happened. The funeral was arranged in the night time and was attended
only by the family members and close and trusted companions of Imam
Ali(a.s.). The front of his coffin was lifted by unseen creatures and
they guided his coffin to the place in Najaf-e-Ashraf where a grave
was ready and Imam Ali(s.a) was buried there. Imam Hasan(a.s.) recited
his namaz-e-janaza.

Due to the situation in those days, only the closest and trusted
companions of Imam Ali(a.s.) and his family members knew about the
funeral and the exact burial place. The next day, there were lots of
speculations among the Koofians about the place of burial of Imam
Ali(a.s.) but no one knew the exact place.

After the Ummayad rule came to an end, during the reign of Abul Abbas
al-Saffah, Imam Jafer Sadiq(a.s.) arrived in Najaf and identified the
grave of Imam Ali(a.s.) for the first time to his companions such as
Abu Basser, Abdullah ibn-e-Talha, Mualli ibn-e-Khanis, Yunis ibn-e-
Tibyan and Zarara. Likewise, other Imams(a.s.) during their imamate
identified the same place to their followers and that is how it came
to be know to general masses.  Famous ulema of Ahlul Sunnah such as
ibn-e-Aseer and ibn-e-Abil Hadeed also recognize the same place in
Najaf as the burial place of Imam Ali(a.s.).

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