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Sunday, 21 December 2014 07:02

Passing Away of the Prophet

In fact, a day of double grief, since today is the doleful 28th of Safar, on which we mourn the end of the mission of Almighty’s Last Messenger to mankind, as well as the martyrdom through poisoning of his elder grandson, exactly on the 39th anniversary of the grandfather’s departure from the mortal world. Following is the feature on the Prophet, whom God has hailed Mercy unto the creation”.

 

 “Allah, there is no god except Him, is the Living One, the All-Sustainer; He has sent down to you the Book with the truth confirming what was [revealed] before it, and He had sent down the Torah and the Evangel before as guidance for mankind, and He has sent down the Criterion – that is the Qur’an. Indeed those who defy the signs of Allah, there is a severe punishment for them; and Allah is All-Mighty, Avenger.”

What you heard were ayahs 2, 3, and 4 of Surah Aal-e Imran of the Holy Qur’an. As we said, we are commemorating one of the greatest days of grief, when the Recipient of the Last and Final Scripture for the guidance of mankind, departed from the world on completion of his 23-year mission. Entrusted by God with the Furqan or the Criterion – that would stay forever after him to sift truth from falsehood – the person, whose universal mission had been prophesied by all prophets of the past, including Moses the Recipient of the Torah and Jesus the Recipient of the Evangel, transformed the world. He cleansed the greater part of Arabia from the filth of idols by uplifting minds and enlightening hearts in order to revive the primordial concept of monotheism. He saved people from fratricide by assembling them under the fraternal banner of Islam. He taught morals, social ethics, healthy way of living, abstention from vices, and the drinking or eating of unclean and harmful food and drinks, so that as Muslims people discover the virtues of humanitarian values.

The Prophet of Islam did not leave people in the dark. He bequeathed to them the most excellent code of conduct that would serve humanity for all time, if its precepts are diligently followed. He made sure that the Qur’an, the final and most comprehensive revelation of God to mankind, will never meet the sorrowful fate of the previous scriptures. He had it memorized, and practically demonstrated that no falsehood can approach the Book of God. In order to ensure the evergreen purity of his message, the Seal of Prophets said without mincing words about his dear cousin, son-in-law and divinely-decreed vicegerent: “Ali is with the Qur’an and the Qur’an is with Ali.” The words of the person, who never spoke by himself, but whatever he spoke was at the commanded by God, are clear. It means the Muslims will never splinter into sects, if they adhered to the path of Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS). As testified by all denominations of Islam, including our Sunni brothers, the Prophet time and again emphasized on the famous Hadith Thaqalayn, by reiterating in crystal clear words:

“I am leaving behind among you the Thaqalayn (or Two Weighty Things); the Book of God (i.e. the Qur’an) and my progeny, the Ahl al-Bayt. Hold fast to them and you will never go astray, since the two will never separate from each other, even when they return to me at the Pool (of Kowthar on Resurrection Day).”

It would be blasphemy to think that Prophet was imposing his offspring on the Muslims, especially when it is God Himself Who has vouchsafed the spotless purity of his Ahl al-Bayt or Blessed Household, in ayah 33 of Surah Ahzaab, which reads:

“Allah desires to keep away uncleanness from you Ahl al-Bayt, and preserve you thoroughly purified.”

The words of the Almighty Creator are self-explanatory. It means that in order to have a proper and correct understanding of the Book of God, the Ummah needs practical guides, who ought to be Divinely-Ordained and to whom the Qur’an has also referred as “Rasekhouna fi Ilm” or Repositories of Knowledge. For this reason, the Prophet did not suffice on merely repeating this Divinely-inspired statement which was recorded by scribes and is found in the texts of all denominations of Islam. He was also not content with the historic proclamation he had made at Ghadeer-Khom on God’s express commandment, on revelation of ayah 67 of Surah Ma’edah, while returning from his farewell Hajj, when he lifted his dear cousin and son-in-law in front of a huge gathering of 120,000, with the words: “For whomsoever I am Master, this Ali is his Master.” Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny) knew that like the Israelites, who had ignored the instructions of Prophet Moses to follow Aaron while he was on Mount Sinai, his own companions would conveniently forget the pledge of allegiance they had made to Imam Ali (PuH) as vicegerent. Wasn’t Judas Iscariot, who tried to betray Jesus to the Romans, a disciple of the Messiah – whose monotheistic message was distorted beyond recognition by another contemporary, Paul, the Hellenized Jew?

In view of these facts, during his last days the Prophet called for ink and paper to write down his will so that Muslims will never splinter into sects after him. Alas, he was prevented from doing so by some of his senior companions, who not just uttered the illogical statement the Book of God is sufficient for us)”, but also committed sacrilege by calling the Prophet “delirious” in violation of God’s words in the Qur’an that the Prophet neither errs nor goes astray and whatever he says is revelation revealed – as is evident by ayahs three to five of Surah Najm. The passing away anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny), makes one recall the discord that took place during his last moments, as well as the scandalous incident on his death at Saqifa Bani Sa’dah, while his family was busy performing his last rites. No one was more grieved on the Prophet’s departure than his only surviving offspring, that is, his Immaculate Daughter Fatema Zahra (peace on her), as well as her husband, Imam Ali (PuH) and his two little grandsons and granddaughters. The Prophet before breathing his last had called his daughter and told her in soft tones that he was about to leave the world, on hearing which she cried. He then said in the same soft tone that she would soon join him in Paradise, on hearing which she became happy. He then called Imam Ali (AS) and embraced him, while passing on to him doors of divine wisdom. He hugged his two grandsons, Imam Hasan and Imam Husain (peace upon them) and informed them of the tragic sacrifices they would offer one day for ensuring the immortality and universality of genuine Islam. As the messenger of peace, he was preaching peace for all humanity through his Ahl al-Bayt in order to save Islam from terrorism which in the future would raise its ugly head in a bid to tarnish the image of Islam.

Alas, no sooner did the Prophet pass away, the Ahl al-Bayt were deprived of their political rights, when a group of Muslims, after indulging in fistfight deviated the caliphate from its course, thus paving the way for the emergence of discord, sedition, corruption, violence and terrorism. Now we understand the Prophet’s emphasis on holding firmly to the letter and spirit of the holy Qur’an by following the path of his Ahl al-Bayt, whom God had chosen for the salvation of mankind. Today, when terrorists masquerading as Muslims are trying to tarnish the image of Islam, at the behest of the archenemies of Islam and Muslims, it is only adherence to the path of the Ahl al-Bayt that will salvage the ummah, as the Prophet had willed. Once again we offer condolences on the passing away anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny), and present to you a poem composed by Iran’s English language poet, Dr. Hassan Najafi.

On the onset of summer lingering blooms vanish

The smiling spring disappears as torrid sunrays brandish  

Grief and calamities overtakes the Blessed Family,

A burning door awaits Fatema, a long isolation for Ali.

Fadak will be hijacked together with the caliphate

Smiles vengeance on the lips of enemies, while weeps fate,

The door of Zahra will bear the brunt

Shortly in flames it will be burnt.

Passing away of the Prophet weighs heavily

On each member of his family,

Hasan and Husain have lost their loving grandfather,

Poison awaits one, while for the second Karbala’s slaughter

In the absence of belief, paganhood is revived,

In the guise of Islam, hypocrisy becomes the Arabs’ pride.

Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,

Where hypocrisy accumulates, beliefs decay,

Here as I take my solitary rounds

The Prophet not yet laid to rest, SAQIFA ruins the grounds.

It is yours to judge how wide the limits stand

No sooner the Prophet departed, turned thorny the land.

Proud swells the tide with loads of inimical lore

And shouting of folly leads them to Zahra’s door.

O Prophet! They desecrated your daughter’s threshold,

To force Ali to acknowledge the caliphate’s illegal fold.

At Ghadeer your companions had pledged allegiance to Ali,

As vicegerent to your mission of years ‘a score-plus-three”,

They now usurped his rights in quest of political power,

Hurt your soul, incurred God’s wrath, oblivious of the Hour,

They thus caused the greatest ever discord,

Unleashing seditious terrorism that today tears the Ummah’s accord

No matter we the faithful, stand firmly beside you,

The Seal of Prophets with Islam’s universal hue,

Awaiting the Mahdi your 12th and Last Heir,

To establish the global government of justice and a world free and fair

AS/ME

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