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Reading Time: 2 minutes Some Saudi Salafi scholars invited Allamah Amini ((رضي الله عنه).) – the author of the Al-Ghadeer, arguably the most decisive book on the event of Ghadeer – for dinner. However Allamah Amini ((رضي الله عنه).) turned down their invitation. They insisted that Allmah Amini ((رضي الله عنه).) accompany them. On insistence, Allmah Amini ((رضي الله عنه).) acceded to their request. However, he put a condition that there would be no discussion or debate over dinner. They agreed. After dinner, a Salafi scholar in the assembly (there were around 70-80 of them) attempted to initiate a discussion. However, Allamah Amini ((رضي الله عنه).) refused to be drawn into a debate. Some of them suggested that in order to increase divine blessings, every scholar in the gathering should narrate a tradition from the Holy Prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم).a.) so that the gathering is illuminated through it. Those present there were are renowned traditionalists (Haafiz-e-hadees), a title conferred on those who have memorized at least a hundred thousand traditions. They started narrating traditions one by one until it was Allamah Amini’s ((رضي الله عنه).) turn. CLICK HERE FOR MORE STORIES Allamah Amini ((رضي الله عنه).) said – My condition for narrating the tradition is that when I have narrated the same, each one should confirm whether he considers this tradition authentic or not. All those present agreed. Thus Allamah Amini ((رضي الله عنه).) narrated the famous tradition of the Holy Prophet of Islam ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم).a.): قال رسول الله (صلوات الله علیه و آله ) : من مات و لم یعرف امام زمانه مات میته جاهلیه ‘One who dies without recognising the Imam of his time dies the death of ignorance.’ Thereafter he asked each and every person to testify the authenticity of the tradition. Everyone testified that the tradition was indeed authentic. Then Allamah Amini ((رضي الله عنه).) said: Now that you all accept this tradition, I have a question for each one of you: Did Fatima Zahra (s.a.) recognise the Imam of her time or not? And if she did, who was the Imam of Fatima Zahra (s.a.)? All the scholars present fell silent for a long time, with their heads bowed down. And since they didn’t have any reply, they began leaving the assembly one by one. Clearly they were in a fix. If they claim – she didn’t recognize (her Imam), then they are saying Fatima Zahra (s.a.) left the world in a state of disbelief (Allah forbid), and it is impossible that the Chief of all Women of the Worlds dies a disbeliever (Allah forbid)! If they say she did recognize (her Imam), then they have to find another Imam for her in place of Abu Bakr, since Bukhari (the most prominent scholar of Ahle Tasannun) says: ماتت و هي ساخته عليهما Fatima (s.a.) left the world in a state of intense anger at Abu Bakr (and Umar – as the narration says علیهما i.e. both of them) Since the Ahle Tasannun scholars were cornered and had no option but to testify to the legitimacy and leadership Ali b. Abi Talib ((عليه السلام).), they left the assembly with their heads hanging in shame.
Dr. Muhammad Hadi, son of Ayatullah Allama Amini Najafi (author of the acclaimed book Al-Ghadeer), writes that he saw his father in a dream, four years after his expiry. This incident was in the year 1394 A.H. On Thursday, at the time of dawn. His father seemed very happy and joyful. I advanced, saluted my father, and kissed his hand. I asked, ‘Which action have you performed that has gladdened you so much and made you so prosperous.’ He said, ‘What did you say?’ I repeated, ‘Which action have you performed that has gladdened you so much and made you so prosperous. Was it compilation of the book Al-Ghadeer, or some other book, or initiating the library in the name of Amir al Muminin ((عليه السلام).)?’ He replied, ‘I don’t follow what you mean, please explain your query more clearly.’ I replied, ‘Father, you have departed for the everlasting abode. What religious obligation or service has been the source of your salvation?’ Incidents About Allama Amini (رضي الله عنه) My father, after pondering over my question, replied, ‘My son, it is only and only the Ziyarat of Sayyadush Shohada, Imam Husayn ((عليه السلام).).’ I said, ‘Father, you must be aware of the ongoing war between Iran and Iraq, due to which all contacts between the two nations have ceased. Ziyarat of Karbala has now become impossible for us.’ He said, ‘Participate in the gatherings and assemblies of Imam Husayn ((عليه السلام).). You will get the same reward as Ziyarat of Imam Husayn ((عليه السلام).). My son, I have said this to you many times before this, and I am telling you about it even now and my son, never ever abandon the recitation of Ziyarat Ashura. Consider its recitation as your most important duty, and give it the rightful place in your life. The effects of its recitation are the means of salvation in this world and the hereafter. I am hopeful for your duas.’ Allamah Amini’s son writes, ‘My father despite his busy schedule used to recite Ziyarat Ashura, and used to recommend this Ziyarat to others as well. That is why I have been persistently reciting this Ziyarat for the past thirty years.’
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