Inspiring and Educational Readings for Yaum e-Ali, the Birth Anniversary of Hazrat Ali (a.s.)

Introduction: The birthday anniversary of Hazrat Imam Ali (a.s.) is commemorated on the 13th Rajab. This festival is celebrated by the Shi’te communities and is observed as an occasion to reflect upon the life and teachings of their first Imam. According to the Shi’a doctrine and tradition, Hazrat Ali  was the foundation (asas) of the institution of Imamah. His designation (nass) by the Prophet upon the Command of Allah (al-amr), to guide the believers after the termination of the institution of Nabuwah is central to the Shi’a theology. The Imam’s function is to continue the teaching (ta’lim) and interpretation (ta’wil) of Allah’s Final Message after the demise of the Prophet.

Today, the Shi’a Ismaili Muslims, in addition to the celebration of Yaum e-Ali, commemorate the birthday anniversary (Salgirah) of their present living Imam (Mawlana Hazar Imam), His Highness the Aga Khan, who is the direct lineal descendent of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) through Hazrat Ali (a.s.) and Bibi Fatima (a.s.).

His Highness the Aga Khan seen giving his commencement lecture at the American University in Cairo on June 15, 2006. The excerpt on Hazrat Ali, from whom the 49th Ismaili Imam is directly descended, is from the address. Photo Credit: American University in Cairo.

His Highness the Aga Khan seen giving his commencement lecture at the American University in Cairo on June 15, 2006. The excerpts on Hazrat Ali are from the lecture. Photo Credit: American University in Cairo.

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NADE ALI IN OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHY

Transliteration

Nade Ali, Nade Ali, Nade Ali
 Nade Aliyyan mazhar al-ajaib
 Tajidahu awnan lakafin-nawaib
 Kullu hammin wa ghammin
 sayanj-i Ali Bi wilayatika,
Ya Ali! Ya Ali! Ya Ali!

Naad-e-Ali in Ottoman calligraphy. Photo Credit: The Trustees of the British Museum. Copyright.

Naad-e-Ali in Ottoman calligraphy. Photo Credit: The Trustees of the British Museum. Copyright.

Translation

Call Ali call Ali call Ali,
the manifestation of marvels
He will be your helper in difficulty
Every anxiety and sorrow will end
Through your friendship.
O Ali, O Ali, O Ali

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LINKS TO TWELVE READINGS

The Love for Ali by Altaf Hajiyani

Hazrat Ali’s Example: What We Can Do Today by Pervis Rawji

The Naad-e-Ali, “Call Upon Ali….oh Ali, oh Ali, oh Ali” by Hussein Rashid

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Blessed is one
who is humble regarding himself,
whose livelihood is good,
whose inner thoughts are virtuous,
whose character is good,
who spends the surplus from his wealth
and removes superfluity from his speech,
who keeps his evil away from people — Hazrat Ali

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The Wisdom of Hazrat Ali: Selections from Nahj al-Balaghah for Young People (II) - Hazrat Ali

An Englishman Reflects on the Nature of Imam Ali by Barnaby Rogerson

Islam’s Great Striver: Hazrat Ali by Lt. Col ‘Abdullah Baines-Hewitt

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One who perseveres patiently
will not be without success,
even if it takes a long time – Hazrat Ali

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Surrender and Realisation: Imam Ali on the Conditions for True Religious Understanding by James W. Morris

Hazrat Ali’s Principles of Good Governance – Early Muslim Style

The Wisdom of Hazrat Ali: Selections from Nahj al-Balaghah for Young People (I) - Hazrat Ali

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One who is headstrong and opinionated perishes,
while one who seeks the advice of others
becomes a partner in their understanding — Hazrat Ali

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Ethics in the Kalam-i Mawla of Hazrat Ali by Farouk M. Topan

Nasir-i-Khusraw on The Excellence of ‘Ali by Nasir Khusraw

Discourses of Hazrat Ali by Tajdin Dhala

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A MESSAGE BY HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN
ON THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AGA KHAN FOUNDATION

"The closer you come..." by Akber Kanji, Toronto, Canada

“The closer you come, the more you will know him” by Akber Kanji, Toronto, Canada

“This is a time of new freedoms, but it is also one in which new choices must be made wisely. In exercising freedom and making choices, our institutions must be guided, as they have been in the past, by the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace of Allah be upon him), and the tradition of our tariqah, which is the tradition of Hazrat Ali: A thinking Islam and a spiritual Islam – an Islam that teaches compassion, tolerance and the dignity of man – Allah’s noblest creation.” — His Highness the Aga Khan, May 14, 1992.

Date Posted: May 22, 2013.

Readings for the Birth Anniversary of Hazrat Ali (a.s.): Kalam-i Mawla, Nahj al-Balaghah for Young People, and more @Simerg

Yaum e-Ali – The Birth Anniversary of Imam Ali (a.s.)

This panel praises Hazrat Ali and his famous double-edged sword with the topmost statement executed in black ink: “There is no victory except ‘Ali and there is no sword except Dhu al-Fiqar (la fath ila ‘Ali, la sayf ila Dhu al-Fiqar). Image: Wikipedia Commons

The birthday anniversary of Hazrat Imam Ali (a.s) is commemorated on the 13th Rajab (falling on June 2/3  in 2012). This festival is celebrated by the Shi’te communities and is observed as an occasion to reflect upon the life and teachings of their first Imam. According to the Shi’a doctrine and tradition, Hazrat Ali was the foundation (asas) of the institution of Imamah. His designation (nass) by the Prophet upon the Command of Allah (al-amr), to guide the believers after the termination of the institution of Nabuwah is central to the Shi’a theology. The Imam’s function is to continue the teaching (ta’lim) and interpretation (ta’wil) of Allah’s Final Message after the demise of the Prophet.

Today, the Shi’a Ismaili Muslims, in addition to the celebration of Yaum e-Ali, commemorate the birthday anniversary (Salgirah) of their present living Imam (Mawlana Hazar Imam) who is the direct lineal descendent of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) through Hazrat Ali (a.s.) and Bibi Fatima (a.s.).

The Principle of the Unity of Imamat

….Each Imam presents to the world of his time that facet of the multi-faceted splendour the Ismailis call Imamat. All Ismaili philosophers have emphasized the principle of the Unity of Imamat under the superficial diversity exhibited by each Imam of the Time. It is in this sense that the Ismailis believe that Imam is the same irrespective of his own age or the time he lives in…..The proverbial valour and exemplary statesmanship of Imam Mawla Murtaza Ali, the encyclopaedic erudition of Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq, the extraordinary intellectual brilliance of Imam al-Hakim bi Amrillah, the administrative ability of Imam Mustansir Billah (during the first half of his Khilafat), the political acumen of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah (he defied geography and created history), the organizing genius of the present Imam, Shah Karim al-Husayni, are only some of the more spectacular characteristics exhibited by the Imam of the Time in accordance with the exigencies of the situations facing him…..

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 Simerg’s Great Readings on Hazrat Ali (a.s.)

The Wisdom of Hazrat Ali: Selections from Nahj al-Balaghah for Young People (II) (NEW READING)

Kalam-i Mawla of Hazrat Ali

Hazrat Ali’s Example: What We Can Do Today

Remembering the Heroism and Ethic of Hazrat Ali (a.s.) in the Persian New Year

Islam’s Great Striver: Hazrat Ali

The Wisdom of Hazrat Ali: Selections from Nahj al-Balaghah for Young People (I)

The Tradition of Hazrat Ali: A Thinking Islam and a Spiritual Islam

Surrender and Realisation: Imam Ali on the Conditions for True Religious Understanding

The Love for Ali

Discourses of Hazrat Ali

Hazrat Ali’s Principles of Good Governance – Early Muslim Style

Nasir-i-Khushraw on The Excellence of ‘Ali

Enduring Teachings of Hazrat Ali

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