Ghadeer 2009 by DEA prideMajlis Summary

Heartiest Felicitations on the Blessed and Auspicious Occasion of Eid ul Ghadeer.

In life there are some moments when one is happy, rejoices and celebrates. Some of these occasions include birth of child, graduation, acceptance of proposal to a lady, confirmation of employment and other events.
Shaytan too has moments of celebration. What would these moments be?

On the other hand there are occasions when Shaytan Ar Rajim is saddened and mourns. What would these moments be?

Four landmark occasions:

"Iblis, the enemy of Allah cried out in hopelessness four times: the day when he was cursed/removed from all mercy, the day when he was sent to earth, the day when the prophet was commissioned (B'ithat), and the day of Ghadeer." 6th Imam J'afar As Sadiq a.s.

One can understand the great disappointment of Shaytan in the first three occasions stated in the hadith. However what is it in the 4th instant to make Shaytan react as such?
To respond to this question one needs to recall the event of Ghadeer and reflect upon it especially the statements of the Noble Prophet:

  • Do I not have more authority over your selves than you do over yourself? ...(Alastu awla bikum....)
  • Whosoever whose mawla master I am, then this Ali is his mawla master... (man kuntu mawlahu fahadha Aliyyun mawlahu...)
  • Dua: O Allah love one –waali- who loves Ali, and be enemy of one who does enemity to him, assist one who assists him and disgrace on who disgraces him....

Wilaya /Divine Guardianship:

Note that wilaya is the critical base of these statements to which the people were /are called to adhere.
"Islam is built on five foundations: Salat, Zakat, Sawm, Haj and Wilayah. There was no call to any of these (4 devotions) resembling that which the people were called towards (in order to accept) the wilayah on the day of Ghadeer." Imam Muhammad Al Baqir a.s.
It is an essential axis of religion such that its absence affects faith.

"The fundamental pillars of Islam are three: Salat, Zakat and Wilayah. Not one of these will be valid unless accompanied by the other two." Imam J'afar As Sadiq a.s.

Every single deed that one performs needs to take place under the shadow of wilayah or based on the foundation of wilayah.
Essentially this implies that one needs to be in total submission to Divine authority of Allah, Prophet, Amiral muminin and the Imams following him.
By adhering to wilayah, the obedience to shaytan is rejected and this is indeed a great loss or defeat to shaytan. Therefore shouldn't this be a cause of such disappointment to shaytan that he cries out in hopelessness?

"Iblis, the enemy of Allah cried out in hopelessness four times: the day when he was cursed/removed from all mercy, the day when he was sent to earth, the day when the prophet was commissioned (B'ithat),the day of Ghadeer." 6th Imam J'afar As Sadiq a.s.

For it is with the announcement of wilayah that the verse announcing the completion of religion, the perfection of bounties and the Divine pleasure with Islam as religion was revealed. "On this day I have completed your religion for you and perfected my bounties upon you and am pleased with Islam as your religion" (Sura Al Maida 5:3).

Wa ma tawfiqi illa billah

With salaams and duas

Fazle Abbas Datoo
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