The Last Will of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (A.S.)

SHAFAQNA-Birth:  13th Rajab 600 AD in the Holy Ka’bah, Mecca
Parents:     Abu Talib (a.s.) & Fatima bint Asad
Titles: Ameer al-Momineen (Chief of Believers), Asadullah (Lion of Allah)
Death:       21st of Holy Ramadhan 40 AH in Kufa, ‘Iraq
Buried:      Najaf al-Ashraf, ‘Iraq

Imam ‘Ali (a.s.)’s last will to his sons Imam al-Hasan (a.s.) & Imam al-Husayn (a.s.) after he was stuck with a poisonous sword of Abdul-Rahman bin Muljim.
o My advice to you is to be conscious of Allah and steadfast in your religion. Do not yearn for the world, and do not be seduced by it. Do not resent anything you have missed in it. Proclaim the truth; work for the next world. Oppose the oppressor and support the oppressed.
o I advice you, and all my children, my relatives, and whosoever receives this message, to be conscious of Allah, to remove your differences, and to strengthen your ties. I heard your grandfather, peace be upon him, say: ‘Reconciliation of your differences is more worthy than all prayers and all fasting’.
o Fear Allah in matters concerning orphans. Attend to their nutrition and do not forget their interests in the middle of yours.
o Fear Allah in your relation with your neighbours. Your Prophet often recommended them to you, so much that we thought he would give them a share in inheritance.
o Remained attached to the Quran. Nobody should surpass you in being intent in it, or more sincere in implementing it.
o Fear Allah in relation to your prayers. It is the pillar of your religion.
o Fear Allah in relation to His house; do not abandon it as long as you live. If you should do that you would abandon your dignity.
o Persist in striving in the cause of Allah, with your money, your souls, and your tongue.
o Maintain communication and exchange of opinion among yourselves. Beware of disunity and enmity. Do not desist from promoting good deeds and cautioning against bad ones. Should you do that, the worst among you would be your leaders, and you will cal upon Allah without response.
o O Children of ‘Abdul-Muttalib! Do not shed the blood of Muslims under the banner: ‘The Imam has been assassinated!’ Only the assassin should be condemned to death.
o If I die of this stab of his (Ibn Muljim), kill him with one similar stroke. Do not mutilate him! I have heard the Prophet, peace be upon him, say: ‘Mutilate not even a rabid dog’.

(Nahjul-Balaghah)

On the occasion of the Martyrdom of Ameer al-Momineen Imam ‘Ali bin Abi Talib (a.s.), we extend our heartfelt condolences to our 12th living Imam, Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi (AJ), and to all the Shia’s of Ahlul-Bayt (as).

Mulla Mujahidali Sheriff

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