'O God, carry us in the ships of Thy deliverance, give us to enjoy the pleasure of whispered prayer to Thee, make us drink at the pools of Thy love, let us taste the sweetness of Thy affection and nearness, allow us to struggle in Thee, preoccupy us with obeying Thee, and purify our intentions in devoting works to Thee, for we exist through Thee and belong to Thee, and we have no one to mediate with Thee but Thee!' Imam Sajjad ('A); Sahifa al-Sajjadiyya

Monday, 26 October 2009

A stranger's Praise

[Bihar Al-Anwar 37:296; Amaali of Sh. Tousi 1:21]

The guardian scholar Abi Abdillah Mohamed bin Ahmad bin Shahryar Al-Khazen narrated from the scholar Abu Mansour Mohamed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Akbari, from Abul Hasan Mohamed bin Ahmad bin Mohamed bin Zarquweyh, from Abu Omar Othman bin Ahmad Al-Sammak Al-Daqqaq, frm Shareek, from Mansour, from Ibrahim, from Alqama, from Abdullah, who said:

'When Rasulallah (saw) became ill with his illness (before his death), Ali bin Abi Talib (as) went to him. He did not like anyone to go to the Prophet (saw) before him.

When Ali (as) entered the house, he found Dehya Al-Kalbi in the house. Rasulallah (saw) was asleep, with his head on Dehya's lap.

Ali (as) said, 'Assalamo Alayk'
Dehya replied, 'Wa Alaykum Assalam Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuh. I love you and I want to praise you.'
Ali (as) replied, 'Speak'

Dehya said:
'You are the Commander of the Believers and you are the leader of the companions of Paradise. You are the master of mankind, (beginning) from Adam until the day of Judgement,with the only exception being Rasulallah (saw).
You and your Shia will be escorted to Paradise while you will be carrying the flag of Praise. Those who follow you will be saved, and those who do not follow you will be the losers and will be dissapointed. Those who love you, love you for the love of Muhammad, and those who hate you, hate you because of the hate of Muhammad, and they will not receive his intercession.
Come and hold the chosen creation of Allah, your brother, and your cousin because you are the closest to him.'
So Ali Bin Abi Talib (as) came close to the Prophet (saw). and took the head of the Prophet (saw) gently and placed it on his lap.
However, Rasulallah (saw) woke up and asked, 'What is this noise about?'

So Ali told him about his conversation with Dehya.

The Messenger of Allah said, 'He was not Dehya. He was Jibraeel. 
He called you by the names that Allah has given you. 
He (Jibraeel) is the one who places the love in the hearts of believers and your awe and fear in the hearts of disbelievers, and your status in Allah's eyes is much greater than this.'

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