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Disparagement of our Liege-Lord `Ali (RA) from the Minbar

NNM wrote in a message:

Is it TRUE that Sayyidina Muawaiyah Instituted the Cursing of Imam Ali in the friday khutbahs?
I know that in Umayyad times, this was done openly, until
Sayyidna Umar bin Abd-al-Aziz stopped it Jazahullah Khayr
To get him cursed on the mimbars is an open sign of Nifaq and Kufr, as even the Hadith testify to.

The question is not about one of the magnificent Companions of our Holy Prophet, upon him and them blessings and peace, but more about us here and now and our fast coming judgment, so we should start by saying:

A`udhu billah min al-shaytan al-rajim wa-min zallat al-lisani wal-qalam! A`udhu billah min al-mubiqat wa-min mujibat al-nadamati yawma al-qiyama! A`udhu billah min `ilmin la yanfa` wa-min qalbin la yakhsha` wa-`aynin la tadma`!

Allah have mercy on Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, he abhorred speaking ill even of Yazid ibn Mu`awiya because the latter lived in one of the centuries praised by our Holy Prophet, upon him blessings and peace. How do you think Imam Ahmad acted when it came to the Sahaba al-Kiram? Where do you suppose he stood from the magnificent hadith: "When my Companions are mentioned, hold back [from ill speech]"? [Hasan per al-`Iraqi and al-Suyuti.] Do you suppose Rasulullah meant only the Companions we pick and choose? Or rather ALL the Companions Allah Subhan wa-Ta`ala picked and chose for him without exception?

We shall be judged for this. It is not in our hand to love this Companion more than that Companion. However, it is in our hand to hold back from ill speech toward any of the Companions and you and I shall be judged over the latter obligation. Hence Imam Abu Hanifa made it part of the obligatory Muslim Creed in al-Fiqh al-Akbar: "We [Muslims] do not mention any of his Companions except with goodness!" Do you suppose he meant "whenever it suits us or is easy to do"?

Qadi `Iyad said in al-Shifa: "Part of respecting and obeying the Prophet, upon him blessings and peace, consists in respecting his Companions, obeying them, recognizing what is due to them, following them, praising them, asking forgiveness for them, refraining from discussing their differences, showing enmity to those who are hostile towards them and shunning the misguidance of the Shi`a and the innovators, and the reports of any historians or ignorant transmitters who detract from any of them.

If there is something equivocal which is reported about them regarding the trials that took place between them, then adopt the best interpretation and look for the most correct way out of it since that is what they deserve. None of them should be mentioned in a bad manner nor are they to be blamed for anything. Rather, we mention their good deeds, their virtues and their praiseworthy lives, and are silent about anything else. The Prophet said MHMD upon him blessings and peace: 'IDHA DHUKIRA AS-HABI FA-AMSIKU!'"

Allah have mercy on our Imams who showed us adab that shines brighter than the sun and warned us against innovations of misguidance.

May Allah be well-pleased with all the Prophetic Companions without exception, they fought the good fight for the benefit of humanity in support of the Last Prophet, upon him and them blessings and peace. All of us put together until Qiyama may not remotely approach the reward of a single one of them - so who can open his mouth? Even their mistakes are better than our best deeds. I heard that my Shaykh said: When lions fight, dogs keep mute.

None of the above is new. However, if the adab of Ahl al-Haqq is no longer vivid before our eyes then we should definitely abstain from debate with Ahl al-Batil and each work on his priority: his own soul! May Allah make you and me firm on the path of Ahl al-Sunna wal-Jama`a which is rarer and more precious in Islam than Islam is rare and precious among the religions.




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