Majlis Summary

Delivered at Masjid Husayn, MKSI Leicester

Occasion of Eid ul Ghadeer

Valuable hadith from Amirul Muminin a.s. as gifts on Occasion of Eid Ul Ghadeer :

    1. Benefit of reciting tasbihatul arb’a : Tasbih ( Subhanallah) fills half the scale of good deeds, Hamd ( Alhamdulillah) fills the other half scale of good deeds and Wa la ilaha illal llahu wallahu akbar fills what is between the skies and the earth.
    2. When Imam ali a.s. was head of the government with his seat in Kufa, the day of 18th Dhulhijjah coincided with Yawmul jum’a. On that day in a long khutba he explained : Come together that Allah may unite you, Do good to one another that Allah  may increase your mutual love.
    3. Giving one dirham to a brother on this day is equivalent to giving 1000 dirhams on a another day. :-Imam J’afar Sadiq a.s.

Convey the message:

On his return journey to Madina after completing the acts of Haj which became known as Hijjatul Wida ( Farewell Haj) , the caravan passed a dried up pond Ghadeer Khum near Johfa on 18th Dhulhijjah 10 A.H. This point is junction where the caravans to Yemen, Iraq,Jordan,Syria, Egypt,hadhramut, Muscat would disperse. The holy prophet received the following revelation : O Messenger! Deliver what has been revealed to you from your Lord; and if you do it not, then it would be as though you have not delivered His message, and Allah will protect you from the people. (Sura Al Maida 5:67)

On hearing this urgent command the Holy Prophet halted After the performance of dhuhr salat in jamaat, infront of an audience of 90 000-120 000, he delivered a sermon covering the following highlights:

  • I am leaving behind thaqalayn two heavy things : book of Allah and my progeny :the Ahlul Bayt which if you hold steadfast to them you will never go astray and these two will not get separated till they return to me at the fountain of kawthar…
  • Do I not have more authority over your selves than you do over yourself ? The people responded : Yes O messenger of Allah…
  • Then he raised the hand of Imam Ali bin Abi Talib so high that the whiteness of the armpits became visible and announced that :”whosoever whose mawla master I am, then this Ali is his mawla master”
  • Dua : O Allah love one who loves him ( Ali ) , and be enemy of one who does enemity to him, assist one who assists him and disgrace on who disgraces….

Thereafter the following verse 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)      
This sermon delivered on Eid ul Ghadeer the 18th Dhulhijjah 10 A.H. is unanimously agreed to be sahih and mutawatir hadith ( An authentic jointly and severally narrated by hundreds of the narrators of  Hadith.

Friend or Master ? 

As it cannot be falsified, in order to poke holes in it the interpretation of the word mawla is forwarded to mean a friend !

Our response : mawla means master: 

    1.  In the same context as holy prophet inquires of his authority over the people
    2.  The severe tone of the revelation 5:67 would not be just for announcing his friend
    3.  Verse 5:3 proclaiming perfection of our din and completion of favours not done due to friendship announcement
    4.  When was Imam Ali not a friend that the holy prophet has to make such announcement ?  Does holy prophet subject the large group of pilgrims to halt in the middle of desert under the scorching sun heat, just to announce friendship?
    5.  Suratul Ma’arij 70:1 : The news of Ghadeer quickly spread over all urban and rural areas. When Harith ibn Numan al-Fahri came to know of it he rode his she-camel and came to Madina to see the Holy Prophet. When he reached his destination he made the she-camel sit, alighted from it, approached the Holy Prophet and said: "You commanded us to testify that there is no god but Allah and that you are the messenger of Allah. We obeyed you. You ordered us to say prayers five times a day and we obeyed. You directed us to pay zakat and we obeyed. You ordered us to observe fasts during Ramadan and we obeyed. Then you commanded us to perform pilgrimage to kabah and we obeyed. But you are not satisfied with all this and you raised your cousin by the hand and imposed him upon us as our master by saying: 'Ali is the mawla of whom I am mawla' Is this imposition from you or from Allah?"

The Holy Prophet said:

"By Allah who is the only God, this is from Allah, the mighty, the glorious."
On hearing this Harith turned back and proceeded towards his she-camel saying:
"O Allah, if what Muhammad says is true then fling on us a stone from the sky and make us suffer severe pain and torture." He had not yet reached his she-camel when a stone came at him and struck him on his head, penetrated into his body leaving him dead. It was on this occasion that Allah revealed these verses of Suratul Ma-arij.  

Greetings when we meet:

Recommended to congratulate each other in the following words: Alhamdulillahil ladhi ja’alana minal mutamassikina bi wilayati amiril m’uminina wal aimmati ‘alayhimus salaam.

(All praise is due to Allah for having enabled us to be from those who hold to the leadership of amirul muminin and the Imams a.s.)

Heartiest Felicitations on the Happy and Auspicious Occasion of Eid ul Ghadeer
Wa ma tawfiqi illa billah

 

Fazle Abbas Datoo
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Wessex Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat