Whether You Like It Or Not

May 31, 2015 No Comments »

It is very significant that ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib {Allah be well pleased with him} tells us,

“The Messenger of Allah {ﷺ} called me and told me:

“You are like Jesus, the Jews hated him, to the point that they slandered his mother, and the Christians loved him to the point that they put him in the position that was not meant for him.” [1]

Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal related that ‘Ali {Allah is well pleased with him} said,

“Two types of groups are doomed concerning me; the extremist who is devoted in his love of me and it makes him say things concerning me, which I am not, and then there is the spiteful hater bearing ill will towards me and slandering me.”

‘Ali ibn Abi Talib also said,

“In regard to me, two types of groups will allow themselves to be ruined, they are, those who love me too much and thus, that love takes him away from being just, and then there is the one who hates me with a passion and that hatred takes him away from being just.

Truly, I understand that I am not a Prophet, and Allah has not revealed revelation to me; however I work with what I have from the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of his Prophet as much as I can. Therefore, whatever I have have asked you to do in regard of obeying Allah, it is your duty to obey me whether you like it or not.” [2]


[1] The Musnad of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal
[2] The Loud Lightning/As-Sawa’iq al-Muhriqah by Shaykh Ahmad ibn Hajar al-Haytami


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