24 May 2013
Wiladat-e-Baa Saadat-e-Maula-e-Muttaqqiyaan Ali Ibne Abi Talib [AS]
13th Rajab - Wiladat of Ameer ul Momineen Hazrat Ali ibn Abi Talib (A.S)
13th Rajab is one of the biggest dates on the Islamic calendar as it marks the wiladat of Moula e Kainaat, Hazrat Ali ibn Abi Talib (A.S). The circumstances and the event of the birth of Hazrat Ali bears significance like no other. The distinction awarded to Hazrat Ali is unparalleled in its merit and significance for all of mankind. No one else, from Prophet Adam (A.S) down through all the prophets, possessed such a distinction. Of all human beings, he alone was born in the sacred precinct of the Kaaba. At the time of the birth of the Prophet Jesus (A.S), his illustrious mother was forced to leave the Holy House. A voice said to her: "O Mary! Leave the Baitu'l-Muqaddas, since it is the place of worship and not of childbirth."
But when the time of Ali's birth approached, his mother, Fatima Bint Asad, was asked to enter the Kaaba. She was expressly called to enter the Kaaba, the door of which was locked. The day was Friday in the year 30 Aamulfeel when Hazrat Fatima binte Asad entered the precincts of the Holy Kaaba and prayed to Allah saying: "O protector! Ease my pain". And then all of a sudden, the wall of the Holy Kaaba opened up miraculously and she was able to enter, much to the astonishment of the people around. For three days, Fatima Bint Asad remained inside the Kaaba, apparently without sustenance of any kind. And on the 3rd day, she came out through the door holding her new-born baby in her hands. Muhammad(S.A.W.W) was waiting to receive her and her new-born and the first face that little Ali (A.S.) saw in this world was the smiling face of the Apostle of Allah, Muhammad(S.A.W.W), whom he greeted thus:
"Assalaamo alaika ya Rasoolallah (Peace be upon thee O Prophet of Allah!).
Thus, it is an undisputed fact that Ali(A.S.) was born a Muslim, and his first words testified to the Prophethood of Muhammad. Muhammad(S.A.W.W) lovingly took him into his arms. Ali's first bath after his birth was given by Muhammad(S.A.W.W). The child accepted no food other than the moisture of Muhammad's tongue, which he sucked for several days after his birth. Muhammad(S.A.W.W) fondled him in his lap in his infancy, and chewed his food and fed Ali(A.S.) on it; he often made him sleep by his side, and Ali(A.S.) enjoyed the warmth of Muhammad's(S.A.W.W) body and inhaled the holy fragrance of his breath. Thus, Ali (A.S) entered the house of Muhammad (S.A.W.W) from the very first day of his birth. Ali’s mother Fatima binte Assad also lived there who looked after his own son as well as Muhammad(S.A.W.W) so much so that later the Holy Prophet used to say that she was like his own mother. Ali(A.S.), therefore, came directly under the tutelage of the Apostle of Allah, to share his high ethics and morals. Ali(A.S.) was ever ready to run the risk of his own life for Muhammad(S.A.W.W) at times of danger and he was affectionately attached to him with unswerving faithfulness. The cousins were so fond of each other that they lived together till death parted them.
As Hazrat Ali(A.S.) says: "The Holy Prophet brought me up in his own arms and fed me with his own morsel. I followed him wherever he went, like a baby camel which follows its mother. Each day an aspect of his character would beam out of his noble soul and I would accept it and follow it as a command."
Ten years in the company of Muhammad(S.A.W.W) had kept him so close and inseparable that he was one with him in character, knowledge, self-sacrifice, forbearance, bravery, kindness, generosity, oratory and eloquence. From his very infancy, he prostrated himself before God along with the Holy Prophet, as he himself said, "I was the first to pray to God along with the Holy Prophet."
The cousin of the Prophet (S.A.W.W) grew up to the most important person in the history of Islam after the Prophet (S.A.W.W) himself. The Prophet (PBUH) said, "Whomsoever I have authority over,Ali(A.S.) has also authority over him, O Allah! befriend whoever befriend him and be hostile to whosoever is hostile to him".
We extend our heartfelt greetings and felicitations to Imam-e-Zamana [a.t.f.s], Rahber-e-Moazzam Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, Maraje'en-e-ezam, Ulema -e-Karam and all the lovers of Ahlul bayt [AS] on the blessed occasion of the birth of our first Imam (A.S.).