Ali is the Zikr (remembrance) of Qur'an
Maulaana Ali (as) describes the Fazeelat (significance) of Qur’an in his own words that, ‘Where are you going and in which direction are you wandering? Don’t you see that the flags of Haqq (truth) are raised and the signs of Haqq are evident, and the Minaarah (minaret) of the Hidaayat (guidance) are elevated!!! Why are you disturbed and worried? Aal-e-Mohammad (saws) (progeny or the sons of Rasoolullaah (saws)) is present among you. They are the leaders of the Haqq (truth), flags of the Deen (religion) and the tongue of the Truth. They have supreme position and Fazeelat along with the Qur’an. Respect and value them in the way you honour the Qur’an. Keep them in your hearts just like you keep the teachings of the Qur’an in your heart. Just like a thirsty camel comes near a cool spring of water  to  quench  its thirst,  you  must  come  near  Aal-e-Mohammad  (saws)  to

quench the thirst of your Knowledge. Aal-e-Mohammad (saws) for us is Ambiyaa (as) (pl. of Nabi), Awsiyaa (as) (pl. of Wasi), A’immat (as) (pl. of Imaam) and Du’aat (aq) (pl. of Da’i) who are ascended to their respective status with the divine appointment of Allaah, which we call as “Nass”. Obey what Qur’an says as it is the Word of Allaah, revealed on Rasoolullaah (saws) through Jibra’eel (as) in the span of 23 years. We should remove the darkness of ignorance with the light of the Qur’an.

Allaah Ta’aala says in the Qur’an,

“Walaa ratbin walaa yaabesin illa fee ketaabim mubeen”
which means, ‘There is no dry or wet thing which is not present in the Kitaab-e-Mubeen (Qur’an).’

 If you find anything which has no roots or proof in the Qur’an, in the Hadees (sayings) of Rasoolullaah (saws) and in the Riwaayaat (accounts) of A’immat-e-Taahereen (as) then leave it on Allaah. He will guide you to the Path of Haqq.

The words of Rasoolullaah (saws) are the explanations for us and his silence serves as words for us. Indeed, his progeny (sons) – Aal-e-Mohammad (saws) are the elucidators and lecturers (mufassereen and naatiqeen) of the Qur’an. They are like the stars in the sky which comes in succession or chain. One star never dies but the other takes its place. In this way the Ne’mat (favour) of Allaah has been completed on us and our wishes are answered. Aal-e-Mohammad (saws) is the branches of the tree of the Nubuwwat of Rasoolullaah (saws) and belongs to that family where the Angels of Allaah used to descend. They are the mines (ma’aadin) of Knowledge and the fountainhead of the springs (manaabee’) of Hikmat (Wisdom).

Maulaana Ali (as) says that, ‘This Qur’an is confined in the pages in the form of text and it can’t speak of its own.’ There must be a teacher to explain the text of the Qur’an to the people. Rasoolullaah (saws) was the only teacher of the Qur’an in his lifetime. This teaching must continue after him and it should be taught only by a single authorized teacher. Rasoolullaah (saws) in his lifetime scrutinized and carefully saw who can be a good teacher of Qur’an after him. He was aware that Maulaana Ali (as) was present with him all the time and he knew all the Aayaat (verses, pl. of aayat) of the Qur’an. He also knew when was a particular Aayat revealed, in which situation, at what place and for whom was it revealed. Maulaana Ali (as) was complete and perfect with greatest minuteness in the knowledge of the Qur’an. Rasoolullaah (saws) told all his Ashaab (companions) about the supreme knowledge of Maulaana Ali (as) and instructed them to follow his teachings after his (Rasoolullaah (saws)’s) death. Maulaana Ali (as) was an ‘eye- witness’ to each and every moment of the life of Rasoolullaah (saws).

Maulaana Ali (as) has said that, ‘We are not among them who would turn their faces away from the teachings of the Qur’an.’ Rasoolullaah (saws) has glorified us with his knowledge which will be carried over from father to son in the same form till the Day of Qayaamat. We are the ‘Itrat of Rasoolullaah (saws). One who will grasp the Qur’an and us will indeed be victorious after his death and indeed, Allaah will give him Jannat. Our love is the ‘best’ deed of this World (surety of Jannat) and our ‘enmity’ is the worst deed of this World (surety of Jahannam).

Allaah Ta’aala says in the Qur’an, 

“Fa’in tanaaza’tum fee sahy’in faruddooho elallaahe war-rasoole in kuntum too’menoona billaahe wal yaumil aakhere zaaleka khayrun wa ahsano ta’weela”
‘And if you differ (have difference of opinion) in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allaah and Rasoolullaah (saws), if you believe in Allaah and the Day of Qayaamat, this is better and more suitable for the final determination’ (59/4)

Refer it to Allaah means, judge the difference based on the Qur’an and referring it to Rasoolullaah (saws) means to give decision according the Sunnat of Rasoolullaah (saws). If the decision is based on the Qur’an then we (Aal-e-Mohammad (saws)) deserve it the most because we are the real teachers of the Qur’an. And if the decision is based on the Sunnat of Rasoolullaah (saws) then no one is knowledgeable than us because we know the life of Rasoolullaah (saws) far better than what others do. We are able to speak, listen and see because of the Qur’an. There is no difference in the Deen of Allaah in the Qur’an. Qur’an never separates the Mumin from Allaah.

Imaam-e-Haqq (as) (Baatini Qur’an or the hidden one who gives the real teachings of the Qur’an) will turn the Hawaa (ignorance, having wrong self beliefs in the Deen of Allaah) towards the Hodaa (guidance) when the people turns Hodaa to the Hawaa i.e. the people overlook the right teachings and commits wrong deeds according to their self beliefs. Imaam-e-Haqq will turn their Beliefs or Principles on the Qur’an when the people will turn the Qur’an according to their own wrong beliefs. Imaam-e-Haqq will ascend the Hodaa and the Qur’an above the Hawaa and ignorance.

Allaah Ta’aala has revealed many verses in the Fazeelat of Ahl ul-Bayt (as) – Aal-e-Mohammad (saws). They are treasures of the Mercy of Allaah. Their words are truth and their silence is such that no one can go beyond it. “Kalaamohu bayaanun wa samtohu lesaanun” their words are explanations and their silence is indeed words. Allaah Ta’aala has sent Rasoolullaah (saws) in this World with Haqq (truth) with the help of which he guides the people towards Allaah and restricts them from the worship of Idols. It is the Haqq which takes us to the obedience of Allaah and away from the evil of the Shaitaan.

Rasoolullaah (saws) explained the Qur’an to create awareness of the existence of Allaah and his Deen among the people who had become ignorant in the religious matters. Allaah Ta’aala gave a supreme miracle of Qur’an to Rasoolullaah (saws) so that the Deen of Allaah becomes obvious in the people. It was the words of the Qur’an and Rasoolullaah (saws) who pulled the people towards the path of guidance. Allaah Ta’aala warned the people of their deeds by revealing the verses which carried the description of the fate of the previous Ummah (communities) who disobeyed the Prophets of Allaah.

Rasoolullaah (saws) has said that, After me, a time will come when the people will overlook the teachings of the Qur’an, they will disobey my Sunnat and teachings, and they will forget the Fazeelat of Aal-e-Mohammad (saws). The World will witness the time when people will leave the right path of guidance of Allaah. They will deviate from the Qur’an such that it will just remain as a book among them. They will misinterpret the Qur’an according to their convenience. Evil deeds will take over the good ones. They will commit a serious mistake of making changes in the Qur’an. Community will be divided into various groups and each one will claim its supremacy on the basis of their false and manipulated knowledge.

This will be the time when very few people will remain on the Path of Allaah and Aal-e-Mohammad (saws). They will never deviate from the Truth and the belief of Imaam uz-Zamaan (as). They will be tortured and harassed by the deviated ones to the extent that they will wander from one place to the other in search of peace and harmony. In the time of their hardships, none but Allaah and the Qur’an will protect them in every way. These are the people to whom Allaah has promised the Ne’mat and reward of Jannat.

Maulaana Ali (as) has said that, Qur’an is an ‘order and command’, it keeps mumin away from the ‘evil’, it remains ‘silent’, it ‘speaks’, it is the ‘Hujjat’ (argument) of Allaah on His Creations. Allaah has taken Misaaq (promise, covenant) of Qur’an from His Creations. He has made their hearts obedient of it. He has completed His Noor (glory) on them with the Qur’an. He has accomplished His Deen on them with the Qur’an. Allaah Ta’aala descended the death for Rasoolullaah (saws) only when he completed his task of conveying the Deen of Allaah to the people in every way, and when they understood it fully in the way Allaah had revealed unto them. Ta’zeem (honour) of the Qur’an is the Ta’zeem of Allaah. Nothing of the Deen of Allaah has been kept secret from you. Everything has been explained. The things which have been made forbidden and lawful for us are clearly stated in the Qur’an. It contains all particular verses for that.

Maulaana Ali (as) has said that, Allaah Ta’aala has revealed such a Book on Rasoolullaah (saws),

The Glory and Brilliance of which would never get dimmed.
It is the Qur’an which is a bottomless sea and a clear path.
Its rays never get blurred.
Qur’an is a Furqaan (the one which differentiates) who’s Burhaan (argument, contention) never gets loose.
It is a firm foundation which never collapses.
It is an ‘Elixir’ and a ‘Divine Cure’ after which there is no danger of any disease. Mumin will never get defeated because of its Pride.
It is the Haqq (truth) whose followers will never be left unfulfilled.
It is the mine of ‘Imaan’.
It is an endless vast ground of Wisdom.
It is the springs of Knowledge.
It is the ponds of ‘Adl (justice).
It is a sea which can never be dried.
It is a destiny from where no one gets deviated.
It is a milestone which no traveller can ignore.
Allaah Ta’aala has made the Qur’an, water for the thirst of the learned, spring for the heart of a Faqeeh (judge) and an open sign for the path of the mumineen.
It is a Noor after which there is no darkness.
There is peace and harmony for the one who enter in its obedience.
It is guidance for its followers.

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