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Salam@lai.com

Khutba shiqshiqiyya is the third sermon in nahjul balagha as brother Ali has pointed out. It has immense significance due to the fact he explains his position in regard to the Caliphate and how it was usurped. Be prepared to cry, because truly he was oppressed, and may Allah (SWT) curse his oppressors. :cry:

Wassalaam

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SAlam,

Ok i finally read it...yea i mean i knew it would be very impressive...i would expect nothing less from our great Imam(as). But ok you guys got me inticed now so inshallah after the Eid I will start to read it.

p.s. just check up on me from time to time and make sure i'm still reading it...loool....cuz i have a dendency to start books and never finish them these days...:(

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OKKKKK i started reading it...and boy oh boy just as i thought.....very thought provoking..... :unsure:

I really think tho it helps to know some history of Islam and ahulbayt(as) before reading it. Inshallah i'll read it alll the way through even tho i dont understand it all.... :huh:

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Salaam Alykoum!!

I have to agree with this i haven't read a better book than these his sayings are amazing and so true they open our eyes to teh true reality of the world if htere is a book that is worth reading in this world it's Mahj Albalagha

Salaam

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Assalamu Alaykum,

I just recently finished volume 1 of Nahjul Balaga. I was in complete awe and amazement of each word I read! When I tried to a read it a couple of years ago, that need to read and want to understand it wasn't there, but Alhamdillah, now that is what provoked me to go through it seriously.

SubhanAllah, after reading one part I'd have to stop and really let the words sink in. I just love it, as sis Ya Imam Mehdi said, it's thought provoking! I feel it is the greatest book beneath the Quraan al-Kareem. I just love discussing it with other ppl, and especially those who have a thorough understanding of it. For me, I honestly feel as if I'd probably need a few years to completely read and understand the true meaning of Nahjul Balagha and what Imam Ali (as) meant with it...

I really can't wait to start up on part II, Inshallah.

Wa alaykum as salaam

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Salam,

:cry:

Im still trying to read mine....i know exactly what you mean tho when u said this...

When I tried to a read it a couple of years ago, that need to read and want to understand it wasn't there,

I feel a great pull to it now and i have a better understanding and appreciation for it.....but I just cant grasp some of its meanings and i find that it sets me back cuz i get soo frustrated with myself.... :( . But your post has kept me inspired. Inshallah i wont give up but I just need to give it more effort i suppose. Keep my in your duas. Wasalam.

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(bismillah)

Salaamun 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullah,

InshaAllah you are all in the best of health and Imaan.....

I was wondering are there any good commentaries of this book other than that by 'Ansariyan Publications' in English or Arabic? Also, is it available for one to purchase? I live in the United Kingdom.

Jazakumullah Kulu Khair

Your Brother in Islam

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(bismillah)

Salaamun 'Aalaikum.....

Yes, thank you but I already have that book and mashaAllah a very good book indeed.

I mean a text with the commentary alongside it, maybe someone may hav one they purchased from Iran etc, published by a different publisher??

Jazakum Allahu Khairan Kathirah

Fi Aman Allah

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(bismillah)

Salaamun 'Aalaikum.....

Yes, thank you but I already have that book and mashaAllah a very good book indeed.

I mean a text with the commentary alongside it, maybe someone may hav one they purchased from Iran etc, published by a different publisher??

Jazakum Allahu Khairan Kathirah

Fi Aman Allah

(salam)

There is a 2 volume edition of Nahj Al-balgaha...by ansaryian publications...it has commentary with it.

go to :

http://www.al-islam.org/nahj

for the edition

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(bismillah)

Salaamun 'Aalaikum wa Rahamtullah...

Yes 'Akhi', that is the one I possess, jjazakullah anyway. I have it in arabic too, but my Arabic isn't to the standard of Nahjul Balagha (I dont't think many others are too). So if anyone else have any other publishers that do commentary.. even Sunni authors (you'll find alot in Egypt admire this book and have written commentaries) I would appreciate it.

Thank you for your patience..

Mutashakiram

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I agree with everyone ( and why would'nt I).. Truely unbelievable book..The more you read the more amazed you are by its magnificence...The standard of arabic is waaaay too high...I wish I knew more arabic so I could appreciate the actual words!!! But I enjoy my urdu translation much more than the english one online :)

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Salaam Alaikum,

This is such an amazing book, it contains advice for daily living,

philosophy, science ( a description of early earth ), psychology,

and so much.........I have not words enough! :rolleyes: :)

(salam)

:blink: You bet it is

It contains all the letters of Imam Ali.

All the sermons

Really helpful for the history of islam

:donno:

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Here Is Another Sermon Of Mola Ali (as)

SerMon no 88.........

About the attributes of Allah and some guidance

Praise be to Allah who is well-known without being seen, Who creates without pondering over,

Who has ever been existent WHEN

there was no sky with domes,

nor curtains with lofty doors,

nor gloomy night,

nor peaceful ocean,

nor mountains with broad pathways,

nor curved mountain roads,

nor earth of spread floors,

nor self-reliant creatures.

He is the Originator of creation and their Master. He is the God of the creation and its feeder. The sun and the moon are steadily moving in pursuit of His will. They make every fresh thing old and every distant thing near.

He distributed their sustenance and has counted their deeds and acts, the number of their breaths, their concealed looks, and whatever is hidden in their bosoms. He knows their places of stay and places of last resort in the loins and wombs till they reach their end.

His punishment on enemies is harsh despite the extent of His Mercy, and

His compassion on His friends is vast despite His harsh punishment.

He overpowers one who wants to overcome Him, and

He destroys one who clashes with Him.

He disgraces one who opposes Him and

He gains sway over one who bears Him hostility.

He is sufficient for one who relies on Him.

He gives one who asks Him.

He repays one who lends to Him.

He rewards one who thanks Him.

O' creatures of Allah,

weigh yourselves before you are weighed and

assess yourselves before you are assessed.

Breathe before suffocation of the throat.

Be submissive before you are harshly driven.

Know that if one does not help himself in acting as his own adviser and warner then no one else can (effectively) be his adviser or warner.

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Sermon Of Mola Ali as

Book:-Nahjul Balagha

(Peak of Eloquence)

Sermon No.3

The famous sermon of "Shiqshiqayya". A description of the first three Caliphs and Imam Ali's(A.S.) patience over the usurpation of his rights.

Beware! By Allah the son of Abu Qahafa (Abu Bakr) dressed himself with it (the caliphate) and he certainly knew that my position in relation to it was the same as the position of the axis in relation to the hand-mill. The flood water flows down from me and the bird cannot fly upto me. I put a curtain against the caliphate and kept myself detached from it.

Then I began to think whether I should assault or endure calmly the blinding darkness of tribulations wherein the grown up are made feeble and the young grow old and the true believer acts under strain till he meets Allah (on his death).

I found that endurance thereon was wiser. So I adopted patience although there was [Edited Out]ing in the eye and suffocation (of mortification) in the throat. I watched the plundering of my inheritance till the first one went his way but handed over the Caliphate to Ibn al-Khattab after himself.

(Then Hazrat Ali quoted al-A'sha's verse):

My days are now passed on the camel's back (in difficulty) while there were days (of ease) when I enjoyed the company of Jabir's brother Hayyan.

It is strange that during his lifetime he (Abu Bakr) wished to be released from the caliphate but he confirmed it for the other one (Umar) after his death. No doubt these two shared its udders strictly among themselves. This one put the Caliphate in a tough enclosure where the utterance was haughty and the touch was rough. Mistakes were in plenty and so also the excuses therefore. One in contact with it was like the rider of an unruly camel. If he pulled up its rein the very nostril would be slit, but if he let it loose he would be thrown. Consequently, by Allah people got involved in recklessness, wickedness, unsteadiness and deviation.

Nevertheless, I remained patient despite length of period and stiffness of trial, till when he went his way (of death) he put the matter (of Caliphate) in a group and regarded me to be one of them.

But good Heavens! what had I to do with this "consultation"? Where was any doubt about me with regard to the first of them that I was now considered akin to these ones? But I remained low when they were low and flew high when they flew high.

One of them turned against me because of his hatred and the other got inclined the other way due to his in-law relationship and this thing and that thing, till the third man of these people stood up with heaving breasts between his dung and fodder. With him his children of his grand-father, (Umayyah) also stood up swallowing up Allah's wealth like a camel devouring the foliage of spring, till his rope broke down, his actions finished him and his gluttony brought him down prostrate.

At that moment, nothing took me by surprise, but the crowd of people rushing to me. It advanced towards me from every side like the mane of the hyena so much so that Hasan and Husain were getting crushed and both the ends of my shoulder garment were torn. They collected around me like the herd of sheep and goats.

When I took up the reins of government one party broke away and another turned disobedient while the rest began acting wrongfully as if they had not heard the word of Allah saying:

That abode in the hereafter, We assign it for those who intend not toexult themselves in the earth, nor (to make) mischief (therein); and theend is (best) for the pious ones. (Quran, 28:83)

Yes, by Allah, they had heard it and understood it but the world appeared glittering in their eyes and its embellishments seduced them. Behold, by Him who split the grain (to grow) and created living beings,

if people had not come to me,

and supporters had not exhausted the argument,

and if there had been no pledge of Allah with the learned to the effect that they should not acquiesce in the gluttony of the oppressor and the hunger of the oppressed,

I would have cast the rope of Caliphate on its own shoulders, and would have given the last one the same treatment as to the first one.

Then you would have seen that in my view this world of yours is no better than the sneezing of a goat!

(It is said that when Ameerul Momineen reached here in his sermon a man of Iraq stood up and handed him over a writing. Ameerul Momineen began looking at it, when Ibn Abbas said, "O' Ameerul Momineen, I wish you resumed your Sermon from where you broke it." Thereupon Imam Ali (A.S.) replied, "O' Ibn Abbas it was like the foam of a Camel which gushed out but subsided." Ibn Abbas says that he never grieved over any utterance as he did over this one because Ameerul Momineen could not finish it as he wished to.)

wa salam

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Imam Ali (as) First in many Fields

1. He was the only man to be born in the Kabah (The house of God)

2. He was the first to offer homage to the Holy Prophet (pbuh&HF)

3. He was the first to offer prayers after the Holy Prophet (pbuh&HF)

4. He was the first to offer his services for Jihad.

5. He was the first to receive religious instructions from the Holy Prophet (pbuh&HF)

6. He was the first to compile and codify the Quran

7. He was the first to be styled as "brother" by the Prophet (pbuh&HF) and on every occasion

8. He was the first to give burial to the Prophet (pbuh&HF)

9. He was the first to offer to sleep in the Prophet's (pbuh&HF) bed on the night of his emigration to Medina

10. He was the first to be appointed commander in all those battles in which the Holy Prophet (pbuh&HF) didnot participate personally

11. The honor of the propagation of the Quranic Sura, "al Bara'at" fell to Imam Ali's (as) lot

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Imam Ali and the Ancient Prophets

1. God gave Adam the knowledge of His names, while Ali held the entire knowledge of the Book of Allah.

2. Adam was married with Eve in the Garden of Paradise, while God married Imam Ali (as) with Fatima (as) in heaven

3. God styled Noah as a "Grateful Creature" and he was called the Second Adam, while Imam Ali (as) was styled as "Abu'l Ummah"

4. God made Abraham the "Imam" or the "Leaders of men", while Imam Ali (as) was the Imam of all creation, men and Jinnis

5. Moses was brought up in the house of Pharoah, while Imam Ali (as) was brought up in the house of the Prophet (pbuh&HF)

6. Moses threw his rod which became a serpent, whereas Imam Ali (as), while still in the cradle, cleaved the snake into two

7. Moses name has been mentioned 230 times in the Quran, while Imam Ali's (as) has been referred to in 300 places in the Quran

12. He was the only man to be titled as the "Second Aaron" by the Prophet (pbuh&HF)

13. The honor of owning a house which opened into the courtyard of the Prophet's (pbuh&HF) mosque was reserved for Imam Ali (as) alone

14. He was the first to have the honor of being nominated by the Holy Prophet (pbuh&HF) as his succesor, testator and vice regent.

YA ALI

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