Sunday, May 30, 2010

Stories from the Life of Amir ul Momineen, Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib al-Murtuza (as)

Stories from the life of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib(as)

Birth (Wiladat) of Imam Ali bin Abi Taleb (as), Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw), Fatima bint Asad
Upbringing of Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as), Amirul Momineen (Commander of the faithful), Religion
Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib's (as) behaviour towards his Enemies, Battle of Camel, Jung e Siffin
Amir al-Muminin, Ameer ul Momineen, Commander of the Faithful, Maula Ali, Qambar, Saeed
Maula-e-Kainat, Commander of the Faithful, Ameer al-Momineen as Stranger, Astrologer
Food of Sher e Khuda, Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as), Dress of Amir al-Muminin, Work and Generosity
Concept of justice in Islam, Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) and Candle, Justice or Generosity
Hadhrat Ali Murtaza (as) as Ever Just and Trustworthy, Aqeel ibn Abi Talib, Justice with the people
Imam Ali (A): A leader whom the World is crying for, Principle of Hazrat Ali Al Murtaza (as)
Imam Ali, Abu Turab (as), Judgement, Noble Qur'an, Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) Sayings
Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb's (as) Mathematical Brilliance, Dividing Inheritance, Five Loaves of Bread
Justice as part of Amirul Mumineen, Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as), Judgement of Ameer ul Momineen
Hadrat Ali Murtada (as) and Sustenance (Rizq), Simplicity of Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)
Imam al-Muttaqeen (Leader of the Pious), Friendship with Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as), Mu'awiyah
Character of Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (as), Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw), Islam, Christian writer
Hazrat Ali (as) and Love for the sake of Allah (SWT), Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) and fear of Allah
Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) and Ibadah (Worship), Namaz/Salat (Prayer), Prophet Muhammad (saw)
Service to Islam by Sayyidina Ali ibn Abi Talib (as) at Dawat al-Asheera, Night of Migration
Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (as) was successful in politics, Prophet Muhammad (saww), United Nations
Second Infallible: Imam Ali bin Abi Taleb (as), al-Murtaza Picture Gallery, Description and Sayings
External Links for Stories from the Life of Amir ul Momineen, Commander of Believers, Imam Ali
Biography of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib, The Voice of Human Justice, The Sufferings of Amirol Mo'minin
Perfect Man by: Ayatullah Morteza Motahhari, Translated by: Aladdin Pazargadi
Shi'ism (Imamate and Wilayat) by: Maulana Sayyed Mohammad Rizvi
Ali The Magnificent, life of Hazrat Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) by Yousuf N. Lalljee
Nahj ul Balagha - Peak of Eloquence - Sermons, Letters, Sayings by Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (as)

A note of importance is the difference in the meanings of Imam and Caliph. The Imams refer exclusively to Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (as) and his sons Imam Hasan and Imam Hussein (as) and the nine sons descended from Imam Hussein (as). They were chosen by Allah (SWT), the Almighty and were not selected by the people. Whereas the Caliphs were elected to their offices in a political role. Unfortunately, Islam does not divide politics from other parts of life including religion and since the elected ones were not always qualified to interpret the religious aspects of their rule, many deviations have occurred and continue to occur in the Muslim community.

At the time of the death of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw), Imam Ali's (as) position became one of controversy and self-imposed isolation. He was selected by Allah (SWT) and nominated by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) at a place called Ghadir Khum to take up the reins of leadership after the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw). More then 100,000 Muslims witnessed this selection and nomination and gave their allegiance to him at that time and place. Still, it was nearly 25 years before he could take his rightful position of Caliphate. He ruled for less than 5 years before he met martyrdom at the hands of a paid assassin. At 63 years of age his earthly light was extinguished and his heavenly light shone once again.

His singular distinction is that he, Ali bin Abi Talib (as) was the Imam and fourth Caliph of the Muslims. His descendants were Imams, guiding the Muslims in religious matters, but none were able to truly take the political position of Caliph during their lifetimes. When it looked as though they might become such by popular choice, they were brutally assassinated except for the last of them, Imam Muhammad Mahdi (as), on whom we await.

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