Imam Ali (A.S.) Birth Anniversary
Sunday , 03/08/2020 - 08:00
ولات امام علی
Fatemah bint Asad (S.A.) was born into a household that was the center of spirituality. Her grandfather Hadhrat Hashem ibn ‘Abd-Manaf was the leader of Quraysh and keeper of Ka’bah. He was a capable and generous man. He married a girl from his own family who gave birth to his son, Asad, who was father of Fatemah bint Asad (S.A.). The Hashemi family in the tribe of Quraysh is well-known (famous) for its moral virtues and high (supreme) humanistic characteristics among the Arab tribes.
Magnanimity, generosity, courage and so many other virtues are characteristics of Bani-Hashem. ‘Abdul-Muttaleb , who was a very discriminating man had assessed her nature, her intelligence and her capabilities from the very beginning and proposed her for his son, Abu Taleb (AS).
On Friday, the 13th of the blessed month of Rajab, twelve years before the ordainment of Muhammad (S.A.W.) as God’s Messenger, Fatemah bint Asad (S.A.) felt that she was about to give birth to her child.
She came to the Sacred Ka’bah and began to circumambulate praying as she walked, “Oh God! I believe in you and in the messengers and the scriptures You have sent. I believe in what has been said by my grandfather, Abraham (A.S.) who built the Ancient House (the Ka’bah). So, for the sake of the builder of this House, and for the sake of the child in my womb, who talks to me and who is my helper and friend, I implore you to make my labour easy. The child I am carrying is a sign of your greatness and power (jalal).”
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: “Oh Mary! Leave the Bayt al-Muqaddas, since it is the place of worship and not of childbirth.”
But when the time of Imam ‘Ali’s (A.S.) birth approached, a voice was heard saying: “Oh Fatemah bint Asad! Enter the house (Ka’bah).”
Fatemah bint Asad leaned against the wall of the Ka’bah to rest. Miraculously, the wall opened.
Fatemah bint Asad entered and the wall closed behind her. ‘Abbas ibn ‘Abdul-Muttaleb, the Prophet’s (S.A.W.) uncle witnessed this miracle. He and his companions rushed to the gate of the Sacred House, which was locked, and tried in vain to open it. Understanding that the Divine was at work there, he and his companions ceased to interfere. The news of this incident soon spread throughout Makkah.
Imam ‘Ali (A.S.) was born within the Ka’bah with his eyes closed and his body in humble prostration before the Almighty God. Fatemah (A.S.) stayed in the Ka’bah for three days and as the fourth day approached, she stepped out, carrying her baby in her arms. She found the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) waiting to receive the newly-born child in his anxious arms. So the first face that little ‘Ali (A.S.) S in this world was the smiling face of the Apostle of God, Muhammad (S.A.W.). Imam ‘Ali’s (A.S.) birth inside the honored Ka’bah is unique in the history of the world.
Neither a prophet nor a saint was ever blessed with such an honour.
It is an undisputed historical fact recognized by all historians that the Holy Ka’bah is the birthplace of ‘Ali ibn Abi Taleb (A.S.). Glad tidings were brought to Abu Taleb and his household. Upon their arrival at the Sacred House they saw Muhammad al-Mustafa (S.A.W.) there with the child in his arms.
Fatemah bint Asad told that while she was inside the Ka’bah, she kept hearing a voice say, “name this child ‘Ali.” The name ‘Ali is an optimistic and cheerful name. It signifies nobility, eminence, and elevation. No one before ‘Ali (A.S.) had ever had that name, and no one before him or after him ever had the honour of being born inside the sacred walls of the Holy Ka’bah.
Heartiest congratulations to all believers on this delightful and blessed occasion – birth anniversary of Imam ‘Ali (A.S.).
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