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Sermon of the gulf by Imam Ali (عليه السلام)

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the title tutunjiyyih itself is a reference to the passage wherein the Imam((عليه السلام)) says: 

"I am the one that standeth upon the two tutunjs [gulfs]." these two gulfs 
represent the gulf of prophethood and the gulf of wilayat. 

sermon of the gulf [khutbah-e-tutunjiyyih] 
 the commander of the faithful((عليه السلام)) delivered it between kufah and medina. 
maula((عليه السلام)) said:

“praise be to God(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) who hath rent asunder the firmaments (al-ajwaa) and 
opened the atmosphere (al-hawa) and suspended the vast expanses of the universe and 
caused the splendour (diyaa) to shine, and quickened the dead and caused the living 
to die. 
 I give him(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) praise such praise as shone and became uplifted, a praise that 
was radiant and effulgently luminous, a praise that ascendeth to heaven in its sending 
there and which goeth to the high sphere (jaww) unto its equinoctial summit 
(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) created the heavens without pillars (bila da'aaim) and set them upright 
without supports. 
(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) then adorned the heavens with light-giving planets and caused to be 
imprisoned in the spheres many a dark cloud. 
(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) created the oceans and the mountains upon the collision of 
concomitant ever-flowing currents: 
(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) opened their gates and their mighty waves were huge! I give praise 
unto him(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and to him(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) all praise is due. 
I testify that there is no God(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) but him(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and I bear witness that 
Muhammad(s.a) is his servant and his messenger and that God(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) chose him from 
the supreme company and sent him unto the Arab peoples and he was appointed - 
he that was truly guided himself - to guide others - he was indeed talismanic and of 
the essence (hulaahilan telasmiyyan). Muhammad(s.a) raised up the evidences and 
sealed the messages and Muslims obtained sight from him. God(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) manifested his 
religion through him(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), may the salutation of God(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) be upon him(s.a) and his 
pure family((عليه السلام))
 people! turn ye repentantly unto my faction (shi'ah) and adhere to a pledge of 
fealty to me. 
 remain steadfast and persevering in the faith with the best certainty. 
 adhere steadfastly to the successor of your Prophet in whom resides your 
salvation and in whose love on the day of resurrection is your safe haven! 
 in me resides the hope and I am the one to be hoped for.

 I am the one that standeth upon the two gulfs! (tutunj) 

 I am the one that looketh unto the twin rising-places [or "orients"] and the 
twin setting places [or "occidents"]. 
I did see with my own eyes [the bounty of] God and the paradise! and this was 
as the seventh heaven was moving in its orbit and there in the great surging seas were 
the stars and their own orbits. 

 I saw also the Earth rolled up as a short garment would be rolled up and it was 
within a shell on the right sided gulf which faces the east and the twin gulfs. further 
out there are the twin bays (khalij) of water as if they are to the left of the twin 

 I saw that the circle that embraces these and the paradise and all that there is 
therein were naught but a ring on the finger of thy lord.

 I saw the sun when it was setting and it was like unto a bird that seeketh its nest. 
and if it were not for the friction of the head of paradise and the mixing up of the 
twin gulfs and the sound of the spheres all that are in heavens and the Earth would 
hear the ebullition of heat caused by the sun's descent into the black water - and that 
is the warm fountain. 

 I know of the wonders of God's(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) work what no one knows but God(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) 

 I know what has been and what will be and what has been in the first sprinkling 
with those who preceded the first adam((عليه السلام)). all was disclosed for me and I knew and 
all was taught me and I have learnt. 
 so hearken and do not raise a clamour. were it not for my fear that you might say 
"'Ali has become possessed or apostatised from his faith" I shall disclose unto you 
what and whereat they are and what you shall encounter on the day of resurrection. 
 all that knowledge was entrusted unto me and thus I knew and the 
knowledge of all this was hidden from all the Prophets((عليه السلام)) except the lord of this 
dispensation (shari'ah) of yours (peace be upon him and his family). 
 he taught me his knowledge and I taught him my knowledge. 
 verily we are the warner’s from immemorial times and we shall be unto 
everlasting warner’s from God. 
 through us will perish he that is going to perish and by us have obtained 
salvation all that have obtained salvation and you shall not encompass that ability that 
is ours. by the righteousness of him whose power causeth the seed to germinate and 
who breatheth the spirit of life into all things, by him who alone hath power and 
 to me have the winds and the air and the birds of air been conquered; the 
world and all that is therein was presented to me but I turned away from it. 

turned upside down the world and it was tilted away from me. how can 
subsequent events overcome me?

I know all that is above the supreme paradise and that which is below the seventh 
ocean, that which is in the highest heavens and that which is between them and that 
which is below them. all this knowledge is derived from an all-embracing knowledge 
and not from chronicled knowledge. 

I swear by the lord of the great throne! if I wished I could inform you of 
your forefathers and all your predecessors as to where they were, and from 
whom they were and where they are now and how they came to be where they 
are! how many of you are eating the property of his brother and is drinking of 
the fountainhead of his father and yet he longeth for him and wishes that they 
were with him! o would that you knew! o would that ye knew! when that which 
is hidden be manifest and that which is in the breasts were attained and 
conscience were to disclose its hidden things, I swear by God you will have 
returned to clay, and you will have had your "returns," and how many signs 
there are between these "returns" how many those that have died or that have 
been slain. (I know those that are in the craw of birds and those that are in the 
belly of beasts and all mankind are between those that have already gone and 
those that are being urged on). and if it were to be revealed to you all that is with 
me from time immemorial unto the end that has no end you shall truly see many 
and wondrous events, many strange handiworks and all that I comprehend. 

 I am the master (sahib) of the first creation before the first noah, and if you 
were to know what was between adam and noah of wondrous events that I wrought and of nations that I caused to perish. and the true word of thy lord 
was fulfilled in them and evil is that which they worked 

 I am the master of the first flood! 

 I am the master of the second flood! 

 I am the master of the deluge of iram! 

 I am the master of the secret mysteries! 

 I am the lord of 'ad and its gardens! 

 I am the lord of thamud and its wondrous signs! 

 I am the one that destroyed it, 

 I am the one that caused the earthquakes! 

 I am the one that caused their return and their perdition! 

 I am the builder of those civilisations and their destroyer!

I cause their expiry and I cause them to be quickened! 

 I am the first and the last! 

 I am the external and manifest and I am the internal and hidden! 

 I am with the cycle (kawr) before the cycle began! 

 I am the companion of the dispensation (dawr) before the dispensation started! 

 I was with the pen before the pen and I am with the tablet prior to the tablet being 

 I am the lord of the first pre-existence! 

 I am the lord of jabulqa and of jabulsa! 

 I am the master of highest stage (rafraf) and of bahram! 

 I am the one who organised existence when there was no heaven as you have 
them now nor Earth as you know it now! “

the son of suwairama said: "are you, are you indeed that one?!" 
 Imam Ali((عليه السلام)) replied: 
“I am, I am that one!”

“ there is no other God(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) but God(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) who is my lord(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and the lord(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) of all 
created things. unto him(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) belongs the creation and the world of revelation (amr). 
he(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) it is who has ordained all matters in his(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) wisdom and heavens and Earth 
are upraised in his(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) power. 
 methinks the weak ones amongst you are saying; "is this not the son of Abu-talib 
whom the forces of Syria had overshadowed yesterday and he would not go out to 
fight them and sent them Muhammad and ibrahim?" but truly and assuredly I shall 
fight Syria many times and I shall slay them many times. I shall fight their armies at 
siffin and I shall bring a new life unto the believer until that thirst for justice in my 
chest be allayed. I shall fight for 'ammar yassir and for uways of qaran many times. 
let none say when? how? and in what manner? and with whose assistance? how 
shall it be when you shall see the master of Syria(l.a) saweth men with saws and 
cutteth them with trowels? but I shall make him(l.a) taste a painful retribution. 

but rejoice now for the cause of all creation reverts unto me on the morrow. let 
not this claim appear extravagant inasmuch as 
 we have been vouchsafed the knowledge of all fates and of all tribulations. and 
the knowledge of interpretation and of the revelation and the decisive discourse 
(faslu'l-khitab) and knowledge of all future calamities and catastrophes. 

 there is nothing whose knowledge escapes us.
 this is truth and I shall see this one [pointing to husayn, peace be upon him] 
when his light shall flow forth of his eyes and I shall be present with him a 
lengthy time that shall witness earthquakes and eclipses. they that are believers 
will revolt in his company from every corner. I swear by God! if I wished I 
would tell you of their names every one of them and their descent from both 
parents, until the day of whose time is promised.”

then Imam Ali((عليه السلام)) said: 
 “ o jabir! you are with the truth now and you shall be with the true one hereafter 
and in that true cause until you shall die. 

 o jabir! when the bell shall cry loud, when the stupor of the nightmare shall 
enshroud men, when the cow shall speak, on that day there shall happen wondrous, 
exceedingly wondrous events, when the fire shall be ignited in my sight, when the 
banner of the house of 'Uthman(l.a) shall appear in the black valley, when basra 
shall be thrown into confusion and they shall seek to conquer each other and each 
party shall seek the other, when the armies of khurasan shall begin to move, and 
when shu'ayb the son of salih of tamim shall be followed in taliqan, and sa'id of 
shusha shall be obeyed in khuzistan, and the banner shall be raised up by the 
amalekites of the kurds, and the arabs shall seek victory over armenia and the 
slavs, and heraclitus shall submit to the patriarchs of sinan in constantinople, 
anticipate ye then the revelation of the speaker of mount sinai. this will appear with 
manifest signs visible unto all, clearly perspicuous to them. 

 o but how many a wondrous sign I seek not to mention and how many indications 
I have left undivulged! for I cannot find one who can bear them. 

 I am the one who ordered satan to bow down to adam! 

 I am the one who raised idris to a high station.
 I am the agent whereby jesus was enabled to speak in his cradle while yet a 

 I am the one who flattens the valleys

I am the one who sets the Earth to order 

 I am the one who has divided it into five parts, namely, land, sea, mountains, 
built, and unbuilt. 

 I am the one who separated the red sea from tarjim, and separated aqim from 
 I separated all from all! 

 I am tirathia, janbutha, barhilion, aliuthoutha. 

 I bring out of the ocean that which is stored in it that it shall be cleared away by the 
horses and men. take from it what you desire and leave what you wish to leave.

he then gave 'ammar-ibn-yassir 12000 men who loved God and his apostle and 
each had 12000 battalions of angels to support them saying: rejoice for you are the 
best of brethren to each other for after this there shall be a star (tarfatan) through 
which ye shall know some of the expounded matter. the mysteries of evidence shall 
become clear to you when bahram and keyvan (stars) shall rise together and become 
conjoined with exactness. when shakings and earthquakes shall succeed each other 
swiftly and banners shall be lifted up from the shores of oxus to the desert of 
babylon know ye then that

I am the one who causeth the winds the blow, 

 I am the one who lifts your oppressions! 

 I am the master of the mount sinai! 

 I am that manifest light! 

 I am that perspicuous and dazzling evidence (that light of which an infinitesimal 
part was disclosed unto moses) and all that was vouchsafed unto me by God the lord 
of glory. 

 I am the master of the gardens of eternal delight! 

 I am the one that causeth the rivers to flow from the water that emanates from the 
divine current, and other rivers which are of milk, and rivers of pure honey, and 
rivers that flow with other, a delight unto those who partake. 

 I am the one that hath overshadowed hell when it was made to blaze and have 
overlooked its several compartments: firstly the hell of sa'ir when it blazeth forth 
then the hell of saqar and its fire and lastly the nethermost hell which has been 
preserved for the transgressor all of these have been preserved in the valley of 
desolation. again I swear by the lord who bringeth dawn, he who is the lord of all creation! within it is kept eternally both jibt and taghut and their servants and 
whomsoever disbelieveth in the lord of this world and the kingdom on high.

I am the maker and sustainer (sani') of all the regions of this world by the 
command of the one who is the all-knowing the all-wise. 

 I am the word through which all things are consummated and through which the 
universes are brought into being. 

 I am the one who has made the regions of the Earth to be four and the islands to be 
seven: the region of the south to be the depository of all bounty, the region of the 
north to be powers and sovereignty, the region of sheba to be the seat of 
earthquakes, and the desert region to be the seat of many a catastrophe. so woe 
unto the cities from those transgressors who will come to destroy and pervert justice. 
woe shall be when calamities come to transpire from that government of eunuchs, 
imbeciles, and effeminate rulers. on that day all regions will bring forth false 
claimants claiming falsehoods. oh! on that day expect eagerly your supreme 
salvation and you shall see men accepting it by troops. on that day God will make of 
the gravel of Najaf treasures of gold and all of that will be sprinkled where the 
believer shall step his foot on it and with that same dust of gold the unbeliever and the 
hypocrite shall be exchanged and bartered. then shall the value of red ruby be as 
nothing and similarly other jewels and pearls. this shall be a most evident sign and 
when it shall transpire the light of God shall shine and his glory shall be effulgent 
and all that you wish for shall be made manifest and all that is your highest desire 
shall become apparent. 

 o you who in your desires resemble cattle and the beasts of the field! how shall it 
be with you when the banners of the sons of kenan shall come upon you and also that 
of 'Uthman(l.a) the son of 'anbatha in the battle fields of Syria? know truly that shall 
never be discerned by one related to umayya(l.a) or to 'ady(l.a).”

then he wept loudly (the salutations of God be upon him!) and later exclaimed;

"o alas for the nations! soon shall some hypocrites say that 
'Ali claimed lordship (rububiyyat) for himself but you 
should bear witness thus: "'Ali truly is a created being, a 
servant, nourished of divine sustenance and he that denies 
this let him be accursed of God(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) .”

Imam `Ali((عليه السلام)) then descended and said; : 

"I take refuge unto him who hath the kingdoms of Earth and heaven! I seek succour 
from him who possesses all power and grandeur, all sovereignty and authority 
from all that I fear and pray to avoid!" o people! none shall utter these words but 
when tribulations and calamities befall him the same will God(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) dissipate through 
this prayer." 

jabir said: "only those words?"

and Imam 'Ali ((عليه السلام)) added thereunto another thirteen words and left. 
(translated by: khazeh fananapazir)


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Isn't there an issue with this sermon? 

It mentions that Imam Ali was the one who ordered the angels to bow down in front of Adam whereas in the Quran clearly it was Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) 

Did Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) use Imam Ali to tell the Angels? 

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