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The True Followers of Ali ibn Abi Talib

Our entire life, our house, our marketplace, our religious programs, our travels, our entire presence must all take on the aroma of Wilayat of the Ahlul Bayt (peace be upon them).When Imam Ali ibn Musa Ridha (peace be upon him) was requested to make his way to the city of Toos (present-day Mashhad) and was ordered to be the heir-apparent of Mamun ar-Rashid, a group of the Shia came to see him and requested permission to enter into his presence. The Imam asked his servant who the people at the door were, to which the servant replied, “They claim that they are the Shia of Ali.” The Imam did not give them permission to enter into his presence. This event continued on the second day, third day, and so on. For a period of two months, every day they would come, ask for permission to see the Imam, to which he would not give them the permission. On the final day, this group of people told the servant, “Tell the Imam that if we are to return back to our home town after being in the city of Toos for two months, and the people ask us if we had a chance to visit the Imam or not, and we tell them that he did not give us the permission to meet him, then no one shall respect us.” The servant went to the Imam and told him what these people said, and at this point, the Imam permitted them to meet him.

After they entered into the presence of the Imam and wanted to sit, the Imam did not give them the permission to sit down. These people protested and said, “O Son of the Messenger of Allah! What have we done to you that you are acting in this way towards us?” The Imam replied to them, “You claim that you are the Shia of Ali, whereas the true Shia of Ali are people like Imam Hasan, Imam Hussain, Abu Dharr, Salman, Miqdad, and Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr. These people replied, “We ask forgiveness, what else can we say?” The Imam replied to them, “Say that you are the lovers of Ali.” When the people said this, then the Imam ordered his servant to show these people kindness. (Bihar al-Anwar, volume 65, p. 157)

Thus, it is clear that this claim to be a Shia is something very enormous. We see that Imam as-Sadiq (peace be upon him) has stated in relation to the characteristics of the Shia that: “Truly my companions are those people who are the strongest in Wara and who fear the punishment of Allah and who are hopeful of the reward of Allah – these are my companions.”

As we know, Taqwa is a lower level of Wara, since Taqwa means that we keep away from sins, whereas Wara means that we keep away from doubtful things.

We have considered the various issues that come up around us as trivial things such that with the performance of the Tawassul, Ziyarat and Du’a, we consider ourselves as Shia. We do not wish to lower the worth and value of Tawassul and Ziyarat; however, there are many other things which must be performed, and this is what it means to be a Shia.

To be a Shia means to be self-sacrificing, to show altruism, to possess cognizance of Allah, and to be a person of piety. Our entire life, our house, our marketplace, our religious programs, our travels, our entire presence must all take on the aroma of Wilayat of the Ahlul Bayt (peace be upon them).

In these regards, we must first start with ourselves and our families and we must implement the Wilayat which Imam Ridha has stated, and thus, those who make this claim that they are Shia must first ask repentance for lying! We hope that Allah gives us the ability to truly be the lovers of Allah in place of just claiming this station, such that when we claim that we are the Shia of Ali, we are in that form of a Shia that would be pleasing to Imam as-Sadiq and to Imam Ridha.

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  1. Can you please give me more information on the meaning of Wara. This is an interesting concept, unfortunately one that I have not heard of before.

  2. Waraa’ is a sense of apprehension, sense of being replused, feeling uncomfortable, when a person is about to commit sin. It’s that sense of heightened caution, being extremely alert, attentive, and aware that one does not even commit sin out of negligence.

    Such a caution is excercised even in things that “maybe haraam” and there’s some gray area in determining if it’s halal or haram. Generally speaking, the shariah allows one the benefit of the doubt in such situations, a Shia of Ali (as per the hadith) will excercise his Waraa’ and refrain from such an act (even though it may be permitted in Shariah).

    It’s basically having an intense dislike to even the thought of committing sin, and staying away from disobedience as far as possible.

    HTH

  3. Saba Nasir - the making of a Shia soul

    I often say ‘make self worthy of Iman Hussain’s majlis’…this is what I mean…for I see people commintting injustices all the time, and then I see them coming to the majlis and once they leave the same conduct is repeated…

    Indeed to be a Shia is a responsibility one needs to be genuinely and sincerely adhering to, so that one could live and die in conciousness on Imam’e Zamana…

    People might mock at me…but deep in my soul I know my path is right…for if all Shai will adhere to just two basics…offer the timely namaz for 5 times and never speak a lie, believe me…these two can lead everyone out from the slumber of ignorance…and become true believers….

    Imam Ali said ‘ that the morning glow never found him asleep’…How many of us ensure that the morning namaz is offered the way our noble Imam demonstrated and left this world in Sajda…may endless blessings be showered on our Prophet and Ahlulbayt….and Shudhae` Karbala…

    Iman Hussain said, ‘ See O! Muslims I have never spoken a lie’, but how many indiscretly speak lies with the tounges and then beseech the Imams with the same tounges. I often think …’ How painful it might be for the Masoomeen to hear their names being spoken by filthy tounges on which remain rude words, evil words and lies…Please every time you want to speak a lie, say a dirty word, hurt others with your tounge, gossip and slander…THINK..If you claim to be Shia…

    May this message reach far and wide to all Shian’e Ali…if my faith is true this is a ripple I am starting for it to reach as far and wide it can…

    May my merciful creator enable this to reach all struggling on the path of becoming true Shias worthy of assissting Imam’e Zamana…

    Khuda Hafiz Fiaman Allah to all…

    Regards,
    Saba

  4. Saba Nasir - the making of a Shia soul

    I often say ‘make self worthy of Iman Hussain’s majlis’…( may endless blessings be showered on our Prophet and Ahlulbayt…and Shudhae` Karbala …),…this is what I mean…for I see people committing injustices all the time, and then I see them coming to the majlis and once they leave the same conduct is repeated…

    Indeed to be a Shia is a responsibility one needs to be genuinely and sincerely adhering to, so that one could live and die in consciousness on Imam’e Zamana …( may endless blessings be showered on our Prophet and Ahlulbayt…and Shudhae` Karbala ) …
    People might mock at me…but deep in my soul I know my path is right…for if all Shai will adhere to just two basics…offer the timely Namaz for 5 times and never speak a lie, believe me…these two can lead everyone out from the slumber of ignorance…and become true believers…

    Imam Ali …( may endless blessings be showered on our Prophet and Ahlulbayt…and Shudhae` Karbala ), said ‘ that the morning glow never found him asleep’…How many of us ensure that the morning Namaz is offered the way our noble Imam demonstrated and left this world in Sajda…may endless blessings be showered on our Prophet and Ahlulbayt…and Shudhae` Karbala)…

    Iman Hussain …( may endless blessings be showered on our Prophet and Ahlulbayt…and Shudhae` Karbala ),…said, ‘ See O! Muslims I have never spoken a lie’, but how many indiscreetly speak lies with the tongues and then beseech the Imams with the same tongues. I often think …’
    How painful it might be for the Masoomeen to hear their names being spoken by filthy tongues on which remain rude words, evil words and lies…Please every time you want to speak a lie, say a dirty word, hurt others with your tongue, gossip and slander…THINK…If you claim to be Shia…
    May this message reach far and wide to all Shian’e Ali…if my faith is true this is a ripple I am starting for it to reach as far and wide it can…

    May my merciful creator enable this to reach all struggling on the path of becoming true Shias worthy of assisting Imam’e Zamana …( may endless blessings be showered on our Prophet and Ahlulbayt…and Shudhae` Karbala )

    Khuda Hafiz Fiaman Allah to all…

    Regards,

    Saba

  5. sayed Irfan Haider

    salaam
    i want saying of IMAM on only on TOUNGE if possible please sent me on my email
    (sayedirfanhaider@ymail.com)
    thank you
    Khuda Hafiz

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