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Thursday, September 18, 2008

19th Ramzan - Zarbat Imam Ali(a.s.)


19th of Ramzan 1429 A.H. - Shab-e-zarbat of the commander of faithfuls Imam Ali(a.s.) and the first probable night of Qadr (Shab-e-Qadr) . As per Islamic system of calendar the night of 19th Ramzan starts when the fast of 18th Ramzan is completed in the evening.

Shab-e-Zarbat of Imam Ali(a.s.)
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This is the night of great diffiulty for the Ahl-e-Bait(a. s.) and all momineen and mominaat. This evening of 40 Hijrah, as always, Imam Ali(a.s.) only had salt and some water for iftar and from then on he was busy throughout the night in prayers with tears rolling out of his eyes.

He was repeatedly reciting "I have insufficient belongings for the journey and the journey is too long" - referring to the forthcoming journey towards his Lord(swt). The whole night, his children were besides him and were amazed and guessing as to what was so special about this night. They were to know about it only in the next morning when the commander of the faithful and the Wali of Allah(swt) Imam Ali(a.s.) was attacked during the fajr prayers by a munafiq and mal'on ibn-e-Muljim( may Allah curse him) and fatally injured by a sword which was dipped in poison. This was the time when Imam Ali(a.s.) uttered his famous words : "Fuzto warab-il-Kaaba" - "By the Rab of Kaaba, I am successful".

His sons Imam Hasan(a.s.), Imam Hussain(a.s. ) together with close companions of Imam Ali(a.s.) brought him to his house among tears and cries. It was here that Imam Ali(a.s.) asked his friends to leave him and asked his sons to take him inside the house where his daughters, who had received the news of him being injured, were anxiously waiting to see their father. Even during this period of hardship, Imam Ali(a.s.) had so much care for his daughters that no one would hear even their cries. But in Karbala, the daughters of Imam Ali(a.s.) and Imam Hussain(a.s. ) were brutally and savagely maltreated.

(Ala Lanat ullah-e ala qaum iz-zalameen) - May Allah(swt) curse the cruel tribe which committed atrocities on the Ahl-e-Bait(a. s.) of Prophet Mohammad(sawaw) .

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