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Title – The Message   Preface   Arabian Peninsula the Cradle of Islamic Culture   Arabia before Islam   Conditions of Roman and Iranian Empires   Ancestors of the Prophet   Birth of the Prophet   Childhood of the Prophet   Rejoining the Family   Period of Youth   From Shepherd to Merchant   From Marriage up to Prophethood   The First Manifestation of Reality   The First Revelation   Who were the First Persons to Embrace Islam?   Cessation of revelation   General Invitation   Judgement of Quraysh about the Holy Qur’an   The First Migration   Rusty Weapons   The Fiction of Gharaniq   Economic Blockade   Death of Abu Talib   Me’raj – The Heavenly Ascension   Journey to Ta’if   The Agreement of Aqabah   The Event of Migration   The Events of the First Year of Migration   Some Events of the First and Second years of Migration   The Events of the Second Year of Migration   Change of Qiblah   The Battle of Badr   Dangerous Designs of the Jews   The Events of the Third Year of Migration   The Events of the Third and Fourth years of Migration   The Jews Quit the Zone of Islam   The Events of the Fourth Year of Migration   The Events of the Fifth Year Of Migration   The Battle of Ahzab   The Last Stage of Mischief   The Events of the Fifth and Sixth years of Migration   The events of the Sixth Year of Migration   A Religious and Political Journey   The Events of the Seventh Year of Migration   Fort of Khayber the Centre of Danger   The Story of Fadak   The Lapsed ‘Umrah   The Events of the Eighth Year of Migration   The Battle of Zatus Salasil   The Conquest of Makkah   The Battle of Hunayn   The Battle of Ta’if   The Famous Panegyric of Ka’b Bin Zuhayr   The Events of the Ninth Year of Migration   The Battle of Tabuk   The Deputation of Thaqif goes to Madina   The Prophet Mourning for his Son   Eradication of Idol-Worship in Arabia   Representatives of Najran in Madina   The Events of the Tenth Year of Migration   The Farewell Hajj   Islam is completed by the Appointment of Successor   The Events of the Eleventh Year of Migration   A Will which was not written   The Last Hours of the Prophet  

 

Chapter 11: ‘Ali, the True Imam and Leader

 

In all aspects of ‘Ali’s existence, of his history and biography, of his dispositions `and habits, of his character and behavior, of his words and speech, there is instruction, examples to follow, teaching and leadership.

Just as ‘Ali’s “power of attraction” taught us and instructed us, so also does his “power of repelling”. Usually in ziyarat24 to ‘Ali and the other Pure Ones we claim we are “the friend of your friend and the enemy of your enemy”. Another way of putting this would be to say:

“We will go towards that point which is in the lines of force of attraction to you and which you attract, and we will choose to be far from that point which you repulse.”

What we have said in this book is an intimation of ‘Ali’s powers of “attraction and repulsion” and our brevity is particularly apparent in the case of his “repulsion”. How-ever, it is clear from what we said that ‘Ali strongly repelled two groups – artful hypocrites, and stupid ascetics.

These two lessons are sufficient for those who claim to be his “party” – the Shi`ahs – to open their eyes and not be duped by hypocrites, to keep their vision acute and dismiss the outward aspect of things, two things with which the Shi`ah community is now sorely afflicted.

Notes:

24. A kind of supplication addressed to one or all of the fourteen ma’sum (immaculates) – the Prophet, his daughter Fatimah, and the twelve Imams. (tr.)

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