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Shahr Ramadhan 1430 Lecture 3/4 ANSWERS

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Shahr Ramadhan 1430.
Lecture 3/4:  Maxims from the life of Imam Ali (AS)
Mehdi Hassan.   9-10/09/2009

1.After being struck with the sword Imam Ali (AS) uttered the famous words “Fuztu bi rabbil Ka’ba”. What do these words translate as?

D.By the Lord of the Ka’ba I have been successful.

2.What is the translation of the famous Prophetic Hadith: “Ana Madinatul Ilm wa Aliyun Baabuha”?

C. I am the city of Knowledge and Ali (AS) is its gate.

3.According to the Prophet Hadith mentioned in the lecture, how many parts has the wisdom of humanity been divided into? And how many of these have been given to Imam Ali (AS)?

Wisdom was divided into 10 parts of which 9 parts were granted to Imam Ali (AS) whilst the other part was granted to mankind.

4.Rasullulah (SAW) said that “talking about, looking at and loving Imam Ali (AS) are all acts of worship”. This hadith has been mentioned by the sunni scholar Hafidh Jalalludin As Suyuti in which one of his books?

B. Tareekh-ul-Khulafa.

5.What did Rasullulah (SAW) pass on to Imam Ali (AS) a few moments before he passed away as reported by Imam Ali (AS) himself?

He passed on a 1000 chapters of knowledge (each of which split up into a further 1000 chapters).
Bonus mark if they mention what is in brackets or similar.

6.Imam Ali (AS) despite knowing the identity of his killer had one occasion sold his horse to him. What was the reason that Imam (AS) gave to his companions as to why he did this despite his knowledge of what was to come?

B. So that Ibn Muljim would not have even the slightest excuse against the Imam on the day of judgement.

7.Imam Ali (AS) prophesised how one his closest companions would be killed for expressing love for him. Who was this companion, how was he killed and who was responsible for killing him?

The companion was Maitham-e-Thammar who was killed by being hung from a tree and having his tongue cut out. Ubaydallah Ibn Ziyad was responsible for his killing.

8.How did Imam Ali (AS) respond when asked by someone during the battle of Siffin where he should fight?

C. First understand the truth and then you will know its people.

9.What reward did Rasullullah (SAW) ask from us for his mission? For a Bonus please give the reference of the Quranic ayat which mentions this.

B.That we show our Muwaddah (undying love) for his near family.

Verse is: 42:23 (Surah Ash-Shura, verse 23)

10.What are the 4 types of character that people exhibit as described by Ayatullah Muttaheri and which category does Imam Ali (AS) fit into? For a Bonus please summerise in no more than one or two sentences why we should truly Love Imam Ali (AS).

The following or similar answers will be accepted:

4 types of people as described by Ayatullah Muttaheri (Ra).

1.The person who neither attracts anyone nor repels anyone. They have no real following and no enemies. They are like sheep.

2.The person who attracts people but repels no one. This type of person has no enemies and makes everyone happy. These people will generally be two faced and will moderate their character depending on who they are with.

3.The person who repels everyone and attracts no one. This is the worst type of individual.

4.The person who attracts people and yet also repels people. They tread a set path and their stance encourages both agreement and disagreement amongst the people.

Imam Ali (AS) belonged to the 4th Category.

We truly love Imam Ali (AS) because of what he stood for and upheld, namely the true message of Islam and Rasullullah (SAW) and that he was a perfect embodiment of the Siraatal Mustaqeem (Straight path).

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