Friday, August 20, 2010

The Asceticism of Ali (r).

Description of Hazrat Ali (r) that made Hazrath  Muawiyah (r) weep.

After Ali died , Mu`awiyah bin Abi Sufyan said to Dirar bin Damrah

“Describe ‘Ali to me.”

“Will you not excuse me from answering you,” said Dirar.

“No, describe him,” insisted Mu`awiyah.

“Please excuse me from doing so,” said Dirar.

“I will not,” said Mu`awiyah.

” I will do so, then” said Dirar with a sigh.

“By Allah, he was (far-sighted) and very strong. He spoke with a truthful finality, so that, through him , truth became distinguished from falsehood. He ruled justly, and knowledge gushed forth from him, as did wisdom. He felt an aversion to the world and its (pleasure). He was comfortable with the night and its darkness ( meaning he prayed a lot). By Allah he would cry profusely ( from fear of Allah); long durations would he spend in contemplation, during which time he would converse with his soul. He showed a liking to coarse garments and lower-quality food. By Allah, it was as if – in his humbleness- he was one of us: when we asked him a question, he would answer us; when we would go to him, he would initiate (the Salam); and when we would invite him (to our homes), he would come to us . Yet, in spite of his closeness to us, we would not speak (freely) with him, because of the dignity and honor that he exuded if he smiled, he revealed the likes of straight and regular pearls (his teeth). He honored religious people and loved the poor. The strong person could not hope to gain favors from him through falsehood. And the weak person never lost hope of his justness. I swear, by Allah, that on certain occasions, I saw him in his place of prayer when the night was dark and few stars could be seen; he would be holding his beard and crying the way a very sad person cries; and I would hear him saying,

“O world, O world, are you offering yourself to me? Do you desire me? Never! Never! Deceive someone other than me, I have divorced you for the third time, so that you cannot return to me (metaphorically, of course; he is alluding to the fact that, in islam, the third divorce is final) your life is short, the existence you offer is base, and your danger is great. Alas for the scarcity of sustenance (good deeds), the great distance of the journey, and the loneliness of the road!”

Upon hearing this description, Mu`awiyah’s eyes swelled with tears, and not being able to hold them from gushing forth, he was forced to wipe them with his cuffs; and the same can be said for those who were present. Mu`awiyah then said, “May Allah have mercy on the father of Al-Hasan, for he was, by Allah, just as you described him to be. “

He then said, “O Dirar, describe your sadness at having lost him.”

“My sadness” began Dirar “is like the sadness of a woman who cannot control her tears or allay her grief after her child , while in her lap, has just been slaughtered.”

Dirar then stood up and left.

Source: Sifatus-Safwah 1/66

Note: Ali ibn Abi Talib was the Prophet’s cousin, son-in-law and the fourth Caliph after Abu Bakr, Umar and Uthman. He was also amongst the ten companions who were promised Jannah. Muawiyah was also a noble companion of the Prophet (Salalahu Alayhi wa Salam) and was also the fifth Caliph, after Ali.May Allah be pleased with them all! A'meen.

Quote:” A flower nipped in the bud, it was from paradise and it went to paradise.. but has left its fragrance in my mind”. This quote was said by  Ali (r) towards his love,  Fatima Zahra(ra), once she had passed away.


Anonymous said...

SubhanALLAh .........btw wat nasheed is this?

Hamid said...

An Arabic Nasheed about Al Qur'an by Salman almullah.

Love and Sugar said...

mashaAllah was also going to comment on the nasheed! very nice.

MuslimFirst said...

Brother! Ma'sha'allah, I think this was one of my favorite posts of yours and that's saying a lot considering your many lovely posts.

Ameen! Wow, Hadrat Ali (ra) was indeed an amazing person as we here in this description - I would love to read his biography to learn more about his life in detail.

Aww, that quote - what a love! Seems like after the bond of our Prophet (SAW) and Lady Khadijah, this must have been the next great love story of Islam.. I have a dear cousin-sister whose name is Fatima and I was able to help in the process of finding her a husband (you can read about it on my blog here:

I love that story of when the Prophet told Fatima (ra) about how she would be the first to follow him in death after his own and how Hz. Aisha was jealous, as she couldn't hear the conversation and had to ask Fatima afterwards.

What beautiful examples of true love we have in our Prophet, his family/Compansions!

Indeed, May Allah (swt) Give Fatima, Ali, Abu Bakr, Umar and Uthman, May Allah Be Pleased with them, the highest places in Jannah-ul-Firdaus! Ameen!

PS Thanks for the info on the naseed. It would be nice if I could find it on the web somewhere.

Anonymous said...

MashaALLAH,it was so nice to know about one of best persons of islam ..Alhumdullilah ...jazakum ALLAHU khairan bro Hamid.

Hamid said...

@ love n sugar~yes it is thanks fro your comment.As i came to know from your blog that you love deserts,I would like to share with you something i read some where...

"STRESSED" is DESSERTS Spelled Backwards, so one should eat them when

@Muslim first~Glad to know that.I thought of purchasing a book on his biography but i couldn't.I will inshAllah buy it one day.I have a desire to buy books of many magnificent Muslim personalities of the past no matter how much they cost me.

The fragrance of character spreads in all directions irrespective of the direction of the winds

wow nice to hear that from you.Great deed,good job.keep it up akhee.

Aah! Those final moments of the merciful prophet (saw) and his conversation with his precious and beloved daughter brings tears to my eyes n sorrow to my heart. Inexpressible moments of history those were.

Akhee, can you give me your email adress so that i can send the nasheed.

@ anonymous~Shukran.Islam is known by such magnanimous personalities.

Samsad Jahan said...

the fragrance remains always only

Hamid said...

@ samsad ~yes, indeed flowers die but their fragrance remains in our minds.

Anonymous said...

Assalamualaikum bro...

i could not find nasheed in this post :(((...where is it??

Hamid said...

walaikum salam.

New Nasheed is been put on....Might be it didnt open in your browser i guess..refresh the page n chek it.

MuslimFirst said...
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Farzeen said...


BarakAllahu fika for sharing. Beneficial blog you have, masha'Allah.

Hamid said...

walaikum salam@ sis farzeen.

shukran for your sweet words.May Allah bless your life immensely.A'meen


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