A stone with the painting of Ali written in Arabic
In honor of Imam Ali (as) death anniversary, I wanted to post this photo that I took in Hyderabad, India a year ago. Every year we commemorate the death of this amazing personality for three days in Ramadan. And from these three days we should try to learn as much as we can about Ali ibne Abi Talib and the importance of him as a leader and individual in the religion of Islam.
For those who do not know, Ali ibne Abi Talib, was the cousin of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (pbuh). He was his greatest follower, and in the Shiite school of thought, Ali ibne Abi Talib was the rightfully chosen successor after the death of the Prophet Mohammed. Not only is his personality one that all Muslims should learn about, but one that all humanity should really know about. No words can describe him enough.
But just a small glimpse of him is that he was so humble of a man that even being the leader of such a large Muslim state for 4 years, he ate hard bread everyday. He ate bread that you had to break with your knee or by dipping it into water. He wanted to be sure that he didn’t have better food than the poorest people in his region. He would make sure that he would never take the rights of the people even when he ruled. So much so that when someone came to him to discuss a personal matter in the night he blew out the candle he was using and bought a new one so that he could talk to this man. When the man asked why he bought a new candle he replied that the one he blew out was bought by the money of the people, but since the man came to Ali ibne Abi Talib with a personal matter, he went and bought a candle with his own money.
This in short, and not even one bit complete, just shows a glimpse of the simplicity of such a great personality. He provides lessons for us everyday, but it is us who do not take advantage of what he has left us with.
A very good lecture series is being done right now by Dr. Sayed Ammar Nakshwani about Ali ibne Abi Talib. You can watch them on youtube following this link.