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Imam Ali (a.s)

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SERMON 137 (Nahjul Balaghah)

Referring to events in the future

He will direct desires towards (the path of) guidance while people will have turned guidance towards desires, and he will turn their views to the direction of the Qur’án while the people will have turned the Qur’án to their views.

A part of the same sermon

(Before this Enjoiner of Good (1), matters will deteriorate) till war will rage among you with full force, showing forth its teeth, with udders full of sweet milk but with a sour tip. Beware, it will be tomorrow and the morrow will come soon with things which you do not know. The Man in power, not from this crowd, will take to task all those were formerly appointed for their ill deeds and the earth will pour forth its eternal treasures and fling before him easily her keys. He will show you the just way of behaviour and revive the Qur’án and sunnah which have become lifeless (among people).

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As if I see (him), he (the Enjoiner of Evil) (2) is shouting in Syria (ash-Shám) and is extending his banners to the outskirts of Kúfah. He is bent towards it like the biting of the she-camel. He has covered the ground with heads. His mouth is wide open and (the trampling of) his footsteps on the ground have become heavy. His advance is broad and his attacks are severe.

By Alláh, he will disperse you throughout the earth till only a few of you remain, like kohl in the eye. You will continue like this till the Arabs return to their sense. You should therefore stick to established ways, clear signs and the early period which has the lasting virtues of the Prophethood. You should know that Satan makes his ways easy so that you may follow him on his heels.


(1). This prophecy of Amír al-mu’minín is with regard to the appearance of the Twelfth Imám, Abu’l-Qásim Mu<ammad ibn al-\asan al-Mahdí (p.b.u.h.).

(2). This refers to `Abd al-Malik ibn Marwán who came to power in Syria (ash-Shám) after his father Marwán ibn al-\akam and then after the killing of al-Mukhtár ibn Abí `Ubayd ath-Thaqafí in his encounter with Mu#`ab ibn az-Zubayr he proceeded towards Iraq. He clashed with Mu#`ab’s force at Maskin near Dayru’l-játhalíq in the outskirts of Kúfah. After defeating him he made a victorious entry into Kúfah and took allegiance from its inhabitants. Then he sent al-\ajjáj ibn Yúsuf ath-Thaqafí to Mecca to fight with `Abdulláh ibn az-Zubayr. Consequently this man besieged Mecca and stoned it, and shed the blood of thousands of innocent persons like water. He killed Ibn az-Zubayr and hung his body on the gallows. He perpetrated such atrocities on the people that one shudders at the thought of them.

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Does that mean that Imam Ali (a.s) knows the future? Or the Prophet (saaws) told him of some events in the future and then the Imam (a.s) listed them?

Some the events were prophesised by Prophet Mohammed, while some were prophesized by Maula Ali (as) alone !

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Can you give me some references please

Imam Ali [as] foretold a person about the nature of his death

Shaikh ul Hadith Maulana Abdul Mustufa Aazmi quotes the following incident in his book:

“A person came before Ali [ra]. He [ra] told him about his life happenings and told him that he would be hanged to death at such and such tree. Therefore whatever Ali[ra] had foretold about that person proves to be true and his prediction was completed. (Shawahid un Nabuwat, page 162)”.

Karamaat e Sahabah, by Maulana Abdul Mustufa Aazmi, page 89 (Published by Mushtaq Book Corner, Urdu Bazar, Lahore)

Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi has also recorded Maula Ali [as]’s prediction about his own death from different ways in his version of ‘Karamaat e Sahabah’.

Karamaat e sahabah, by Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi, page 42-43

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