HADITH OF THE DAY

Umme Salmah, one of the wives of the Prophet, heard that one of her servants hated Ali bin Abi Talib (a.s.) and insulted him. So she sent for him.

When this servant came, Umme Salmah said, “I have heard that you hate Ali (a.s) and you insult him. Is this true?”

He replied, “Yes.”

She got angry and said:

Sit down! May your mother weep on you! Let me tell you a tradition that I heard from the Messenger of Allah(s.a.w.a.), and then decide for yourself:

The Prophet (s.a.w.a.) had nine wives and he would spend a day with each one. So one day when it was my turn, I went to his house and knocked on the door. I asked the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) for permission to enter but he refused. So I was very disappointed and worried. I thought that maybe he was angry with me or maybe he had received something against me from above.

After a while, I came back to the door and asked for permission to enter but he refused again. So I felt even worse than the first time. Then I waited a little
longer and knocked on the door, asking for permission to enter again. This time the Prophet(s.a.w.a.) granted me permission to enter.

When I entered, I saw Ali (a.s) sitting in front of the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and Ali (a.s) was saying – May I sacrifice my father and mother for you, O Messenger of Allah! When that which you told me happens, what do you order me to do?”

The Prophet (s.a.w.a.) replied, “l order you to be patient.” (This refers to Saqifah)

Ali (a.s) asked again, and the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) replied, “Be patient.” (This refers to martyrdom of Fatima Zahra (s.a.) when the Shaikhain threatened to excavate her grave.)
When Ali (a.s) asked for the third time, the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) replied, “O Ali! O my brother! When they do it, uncover your sword and keep it on your shoulder and then proceed with killing them until you meet me while your sword is dripping from their blood.”

Then the Prophet(s.a.w.a.) looked at me and said, “Why do you look so sad?”

I (Umme Salmah) replied, “Because you did not grant me permission to enter.”

The Prophet (s.a.w.a.) said: It was not because there is anything against you. Allah and His Messenger are satisfied with you. But when you knocked, Jibraeel was to my right and Ali was to my left, and Jibraeel was telling me about the events that will ensue after me (my death), and he told me to tell Ali about them.

O Umme Salmah! Listen and be my witness: Testify that Ali b. Abi Talib is my brother in this world and he is my brother in the Hereafter.

O Umme Salmah! Listen and be my witness: Testify that Ali b. Abi Talib is my minister in this world and he is my minister in the Hereafter.

O Umme Salmah ! Listen and be my witness: testify that Ali b. Abi Talib is my flag bearer in this world and he is my flag bearer in the Hereafter.

O Umme Salmah! Listen and be my witness: testify that Ali b. Abi Talib is my successor and my caliph after me, that he fulfills my promises, and that he is the
protector of my Pool.

O Umme Salmah! Listen and be my witness: testify that Ali b. Abi Talib is the master of Muslims, the Imam of the pious, the leader of the believers, and he is
the one to fight the disloyal ones (nakiseen), the unjust (qasiteen), and the apostates (marikeen).

So I (Umme Salmah) asked, “Who are the disloyal ones?”

The Prophet(s.a.w.a.): replied, “Those who pay allegiance to Ali in Medina and deny it in Basra.”

I (Umme Salmah) asked, “Who are the unjust ones?”

The Prophet(s.a.w.a.) replied, “Muawiya and his people from Syria (Shaam).”

I (Umme Salamah) asked, “Who are the apostates?”

The Prophet(s.a.w.a.) replied, “The people of Nahrawan.”

Then Umme Salmah’s servant said, “You saved me. May Allah save you. I will never insult Ali again.”
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