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Eid al-Ghadeer: the Culmination of Islam

Appointment of Imam Ali [as]As a revert to Islam, Eid al-Ghadeer is the one Eid that always has made the most sense to me and has been the most significant in my worldview. Part of me has found Eid al-Fitr tempered by the loss of the holy days of the month of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha significant if you or a loved one is performing the Hajj, but otherwise less so.Appointment of Imam Ali [as]As a revert to Islam, Eid al-Ghadeer is the one Eid that always has made the most sense to me and has been the most significant in my worldview. Part of me has found Eid al-Fitr tempered by the loss of the holy days of the month of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha significant if you or a loved one is performing the Hajj, but otherwise less so. But Eid al-Ghadeer has always been special to me, because it is a celebration of the culmination of Islam – a celebration of the very events that first enabled me to know the status of Imam Ali (peace be upon him) and the crucial role of the Ahlul Bayt (peace be upon them) in the preservation of the True Religion so that I, in 1994, had the blessed chance to discover true Islam for myself. It is only because of  the Ahlul Bayt that I had that chance – without them, the True Religion would have long ago been lost in corruption and time. 

I remember feeling exhausted after becoming Muslim. I had spent a year in intensive research, questioning the entire framework of my existence and engaging in deep self-evaluation so that in the end, I had turned my life upside down and accepted all the conflict and challenges that would bring my way. But I had yet to scratch the surface of Islamic knowledge and had so far yet to go. I had become aware of the sects and divisions between Muslims, much to my sadness. As a Christian, I had been dismayed by all the man-made churches, none of them holding God’s Truth more than any other. I regretted that I might again find nothing in Islam that provided complete access to Reality. 

But then, I read about Ghadeer Khum. The more I read, the lighter my burden became. Here was what I had known must exist – the evidence that God had protected His message from corruption. Every time a revelation from God has come down, man has corrupted it. But the Qur’an has survived because God has protected it, and in Ghadeer Khum, I found the means. I felt tears of deep joy and gratitude to find the protectors of the Qur’an, the ones who have lived the real Islam; for without them, I would have no chance of ever finding the truth. I would have remained a deprived wayfarer, unsatisfied with the religions of man’s making. 

If I had not been blessed to know about Ghadeer and appreciate the status and role of  the Ahlul Bayt, I would have been left very disappointed after my struggle to find the Truth. While I would have gained the clarity of Tawhid (monotheism) that is in Islam, I would yet know I was stuck in a quagmire of man-made distortions that rip apart the Truth and replace it with ignorance and oppression. 

In the Qur’an, Allah says, “And hold fast, all together, by the Rope which God (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude God’s favor on you; for you were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, you became brethren; and you were on the brink of the Pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does God make His Signs clear to you, that you may be guided.” (3:103) 

Numerous narrations inform us that the Rope is none other than the blessed Ahlul Bayt.

I feel this verse resonating deep in the very fiber of my existence. Without the Rope, I would have nothing to hold to, no hope for access to God’s Truth. It is a great favor from God for which I owe immeasurable gratitude that I was able to find this Rope and try with my best effort to cling to it. I cling to this Rope with the love of the Ahlul Bayt, who made my journey to Islam possible,and who have provided me the means to hope for progress on the journey of Truth and salvation from the fire of hell.  

The Ahlul Bayt have given me, and have given all of us, the chance to realize our potentials, the ability to hope, and the opportunity for the complete peace that can only be found in one who has glimpsed the Truth. Therefore, the Eid of Ghadeer is the most joyous and meaningful Eid to me. It is the Eid of hope and opportunity for all of us. May Allah bless Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad with His greatest blessings and grant them the most fulfilling peace, and may more and more of humanity come to realize the great gift given to all of us when Allah perfected religion by securing the role of the Ahlul Bayt at Ghadeer Khum.

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  • HiddenSoldier


    This article is truly amazing. Thank you soooo much for sharing. I’m glad that you were guided to the teachings of the Prophet and his Holy family (peace be upon them all).

  • masooma

    wa alaaykum salaam, I am very glad, too – thanks be to God!

  • Brother

    Salaam alaikum sister, thank you for the beautiful article. A quick question, which is not entirely on point: what is the different between a convert and a revert to Islam? Thank you.

  • masooma

    wa alaaykum salaam

    There really is no difference between a convert and a revert – both terms refer to someone who was not raised in Islam but some other religion or no religion and ended up choosing Islam for him/herself.

    The term convert is more specifically used in the sense of someone changing their religion, while the term revert invokes the idea of turning back or reverting back to the religion of our fitra, the religion we all have before we are born and before our parents teach us religion.

    Some people prefer one term or the other – generally if someone has a preference they tend to prefer revert, but I still think convert is the more popular usage overall. Personally, I don’t think it matters which term is used – they mean essentially the same thing but the term revert points out that all people are technically created as Muslims while the term convert does not specifically point that out.

    I hope that helps!

  • SMH

    the ability to hope and the opportunity of complete peace…. beautiful.

  • Alii


  • Sabin

    A friend of mine had set her status celebrating eid al ghadeer… I wondered wht it meant… Today I thought I shld do some reading on it…. I came across this small write-up…. For those who already knw wht it means… Perhaps for them it is clear but otherwise, the reader is rendered clueless. Wht is eid al ghadeer… U quoted a verse from the holy Koran but no where u have quoted from
    The Book that ahlul bayt is in fact the rope … U urself gave a translation … Pls mention the verse and from where exactly it is located tht says tht ahlul bayt is in fact the rope… If u r a revert pls convince with solid proof

    • otowi

      Please do a simple Google search and you will find numerous references such as this: The Rope of Allah which we should not separate from, are the Ahlul-Bayt. In fact, some Sunni scholars narrated from Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq (AS) saying:

      “We are the Rope of Allah about whom Allah has said: ‘Hold fast to the Rope of Allah, all of you together and do not diverge (3:103)'”
      Sunni references:

      al-Sawa’iq al-Muhriqah, by Ibn Hajar Haythami , Ch. 11, section 1, p233
      Tafsir al-Kabir, by al-Tha’labi, under commentary of verse 3:103

      This was clearly beyond the scope of the article; people who want to learn are expected to read more than one article, but it is better you asked than nothing.