Imam Ali (A.S), in person, reminded others who witnessed the event of Ghadeer and the tradition of the Messenger of Allah; these are some of the events:
– On the day of Shura (Election Day for Uthman)
– During the days of Uthman’s rule
– The Day of Rahbah (year 35) where 24 companions stood up and swore that they attended and heard the tradition of the Prophet (P.B.U.H&H.P) first hand, twelve of whom were the warriors of Badr.
– The Day of Jamal (the War of Camel, year 36) where he reminded Talha.
– The Day of the Riders where 9 witnesses testified.
About the Battle of Camel, al-Hakim and Ahmad Ibn Hanbal and others recorded that:
We were in the camp of Ali on the day of Battle of Camel, where Ali sent for Talha to talk to him (before the beginning of war). Talha came forward, and Ali told him: I adjure you by Allah! Didn’t you hear the Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H&H.P) when he said: `Whoever I am his MAWLA, this Ali is his MAWLA. O God, love whoever loves him, and be hostile to whoever is hostile to him’?” Talha replied: “Yes.” Ali said: “Then why do you want to fight me?”
– Al-Mustadrak, by al-Hakim, v3, pp 169,371
– Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, on the authority of Ilyas al-Dhabbi
– Muruj al-Dhahab, by al-Mas’udi, v4, p321
– Majma’ al-Zawa’id, by al-Haythami, v9, p107
Ahmad Ibn Hanbal recorded in his Musnad that:
Abu Tufayl narrated that He (Ali) gathered the people in the plain of Rahbah (on year 35 AH) and adjured in the name of Allah every Muslim male present there who had heard the proclamation of al-Ghadeer from the Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H&H.P) to stand up and testify what they had heard from the Messenger on the Day of Ghadeer. Thereupon thirty (30) men stood up and gave evidence that the Prophet grasped Ali’s hand and said to the audience: “He (Ali) has superior authority over those who believe me to have superiority over their lives. O Allah! Love him who loves him and hate him who hates him.” Abu Tufayl says that it was in a state of great mental agitation that he left the plain of Rahbah, for the Muslim masses had not complied with the tradition. He therefore called on Zaid Ibn Arqam and told him what he heard from Ali. Zaid told him not to entertain any doubt about it for he himself had heard the Messenger of Allah uttering those words.
Sunni reference: Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, v4, p370
Abd al-Rahman Ibn Abu Laylah said: I witnessed Ali administering an oath to the people in the plain of Rahbah. Ali said: “I adjure those of you in the name of Allah who heard the Messenger of Allah on the day of Ghadeer saying `Ali is the Mawla of whom I am Mawla’ to stand up and to testify. He who was not an eyewitness doesn’t need to stand up.” Thereupon twelve (12) such companions who had participated in the Battle of Badr stood up. The occasion is still fresh in my memory.
– Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, v1, p119, see also v5, p366
– Khasa’is, by al-Nisa’i, pp 21,103, narrated similar to above on the authority of three others: Umayah Ibn Sa’d, Zaid Ibn yathigh, and
Sa’id Ibn Wahab.
It is also recorded that:
When Ali said to Anas: “Why don’t you stand up and testify what you heard from the Messenger of Allah on the day of Ghadeer?” He answered, “O Amir al-Mumineen! I have grown old and do not remember.” Thereupon Ali said: “May Allah mark you with a white spot (of leprosy; Alphosis) unconcealable with your turban, if you are intentionally withholding the truth.” And before Anas got up from his place he bore a large white spot on his face, Thereafter Anas used to say, “I am under the curse of the righteous servant of Allah.”
Al-Ma’arif, by Ibn Qutaybah, p14, in the account of Anas among disabled persons.
Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, v1, p199, where he testifies to the above anecdote, as he says: “All stood up except three persons who came under the curse of Ali.”
Hilyatul Awliya’, by Abu Nu’aym, v5, p27