The Shia turned Imam Ali (may Allah be pleased with
him) down and did not support him in many battles even after they gave him
their pledge and took an oath to obey him. Whenever he asked them for help,
they opposed his commandments till he said to them:
"Now then, surely jihad is one of the doors of Paradise, which
Allah has opened for His chief friends. It is the dress of piety and the protective
armour of Allah and His trustworthy shield. Whoever abandons it Allah covers
him with the dress of disgrace and the clothes of distress. He is kicked with
contempt and scorn, and his heart is veiled with screens (of neglect). Truth
is taken away from him because of missing jihad. He has to suffer ignominy
and justice is denied to him."
"Beware! I called you (insistently) to fight these people night and
day, secretly and openly and exhorted you to attack them before they attacked
you, because by Allah, no people have been attacked in the hearts of their
houses but they suffered disgrace; but you put it off to others and forsook
it till destruction befell you and your cities were occupied."
"How strange! How strange! By Allah my heart sinks to see the unity
of these people on their wrong and your dispersion from your right. Woe and
grief befall you. You have become the target at which arrows are shot. You
are being killed and you do not kill. You are being attacked but you do not
attack. Allah is being disobeyed and you remain agreeable to it. When I ask
you to move against them in summer you say it is hot weather. Spare us till
heat subsides from us. When I order you to march in winter you say it is severely
cold; give us time till cold clears from us. These are just excuses for evading
heat and cold because if you run away from heat and cold, you would be, by
Allah, running away (in a greater degree) from sword (war)."
"O' you semblance of men, not men (!!!), your intelligence is that of
children and your wit is that of the occupants of the curtained canopies (women
kept in seclusion from the outside world). I wish I had not seen you nor known
you. By Allah, this acquaintance has brought about shame and resulted in repentance.
May Allah fight you! You have filled my heart with pus and loaded my bosom
with rage. You made me drink mouthful of grief one after the other. You shattered
my counsel by disobeying and leaving me so much so that Quraysh started saying
that the son of Abi Talib is brave but does not know (tactics of) war. Allah
bless them ! Is any one of them more fierce in war and more older in it than
I am? I rose for it although yet within twenties, and here I am, have crossed
over sixty, but one who is not obeyed can have no opinion."
Then he described their jihad by saying:
"O' people, your bodies are together but your desires are divergent.
Your talk softens the hard stones and your action attracts your enemy towards
you. You claim in your sittings that you would do this and that, but when
fighting approaches, you say (to war), "turn thou away" (i.e. flee
away). If one calls you (for help) the call receives no heed. And he who deals
hardly with you his heart has no solace. The excuses are amiss like that of
a debtor unwilling to pay. The ignoble can not ward off oppression. Right
cannot be achieved without effort. Which is the house besides this one to
protect? And with which leader (Imam) would you go for fighting after me?"
"By Allah! deceived is one whom you have deceived while, by Allah! he
who is successful with you receives only useless arrows. You are like broken
arrows thrown over the enemy. By Allah! I am now in the position that I neither
confirm your views nor hope for your support, nor challenge the enemy through
you. What is the matter with you? What is your ailment? What is your cure?
The other party is also men of your shape (but they are so different in character).
Will there be talk without action, carelessness without piety and greed in
things not right?!"
Then he said to them:
"Woe to you. I am tired of rebuking you. Do you accept this worldly
life in place of the next life? Or disgrace in place of dignity? When I invite
you to fight your enemy your eyes revolve as though you are in the clutches
of death, and in the senselessness of last moments. My pleadings are not understood
by you and you remain stunned. It is as though your hearts are affected with
madness so that you do not understand. You have lost my confidence for good.
Neither are you a support for me to lean upon, nor a means to honour and victory.
Your example is that of the camels whose protector has disappeared, so that
if they are collected from one side they disperse away from the other side."
And after Ali scolds his Shia, he brings up an example
so they use it as a role model. He did not find any examples but those of
the Sahaba (who are apostates in the opinion of Shia)
"I have seen the companions of the Prophet but I do not find anyone
resembling them (!!!). They began the day with dust on the hair and face (in
hardship of life) and passed the night in prostration and standing in prayers.
Sometimes they put down their foreheads and sometimes their cheeks. With the
recollection of their resurrection it seemed as though they stood on live
coal. It seemed that in between their eyes there were signs like knees of
goats, resulting from long prostrations. When Allah was mentioned their eyes
flowed freely till their shirt collars were drenched. They trembled for fear
of punishment and hope of reward as the tree trembles on the day of stormy
wind." (Those are the one's whom Kalini claims are Kuffar in Al-Kafi,
the most authentic Shia books!)
Then he describes his fighting with the Sahaba by
"In the company of the Prophet of Allah (PBUH) we used to fight our
parents, sons, brothers and uncles, and this continued us in our faith, in
submission, in our following the right path, in endurance over the pangs of
pain and in our fight against the enemy. A man from our side and one from
the enemy would pounce upon each other like energetic men contesting as to
who would kill the other; sometime our man got over his adversary and some-time
the enemy's man got over ours."
"When Allah had observed our truth He sent ignominy to our foe and sent
His succour to us till Islam got established (like the camel) with neck on
the ground and resting in its place. By my life, if we had also behaved like
you (he is talking to his Shi'a), no pillar of (our) religion could have been
raised, nor the tree of faith could have borne leaves (!!!!). By Allah, certainly
you will now milk our blood (instead of milk) and eventually you will face
"By Allah, he whom people like you support must suffer disgrace and
he who throws arrows with your support is as if he throws arrows that are
broken both at head and tail. By Allah, within the courtyard you are quite
numerous but under the banner you are only a few... Allah may disgrace your
faces and destroy you. You do not understand the right as you understand
the wrong and do not crush the wrong as you crush the right."
And he said, exposing their hypocrisy:
"By Allah, I did not come to you of my own accord. I came to
you by force of circumstances (!!!). I have come to know that you say `Ali
speaks lie!!! May Allah fight you! Against whom do I speak lie? Whether against
Allah? But I am the first to have believed in him. Whether against His Prophet?
But I am the first who testified to him. Certainly not. By Allah it was a
way of expression which you failed to appreciate, and you were not capable
When people decided to Swear allegiance
at Amir al-mu'minin's hand after the murder of `Uthman, he said:
"Leave me and seek some one else. We are facing a matter which
has (several) faces and colours, which neither hearts can stand nor intelligence
can accept. Clouds are hovering over the sky, and faces are not discernible.
You should know that if I respond to you I would lead you as I know and would
not care about whatever one may say or abuse. If you leave me then I am
the same as you are. It is possible I would listen to and obey whomever
you make in charge of your affairs. I am better for you as a counsellor
than as chief."
Ali (RA) said to the Kharijites:
"With regard to me, two categories of people will be ruined, namely
he who loves me too much and the love takes him away from rightfulness, and
he who hates me too much and the hatred takes him away from rightfulness.
The best man with regard to me is he who is on the middle course. So
be with him and be with the great majority (of Muslims) because Allah's
hand (of protection) is on keeping unity. You should beware of division because
the one isolated from the group is (a prey) to Satan just as the one isolated
from the flock of sheep is (a prey) to the wolf."
And we all know that people at that time were divided
into three groups:
1. Ahlu-Sunnah wal Jama'a (Sunnis): Those were the
majority who loved Imam Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) on the middle
2. The Shia: The ones who loved him too much till
they were deviated from the Straight Path.
3. The Khawarij: Those who hated him till they were
deviated from the Straight Path.
So Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) proved the perishability
of the Shia and Kharijites and called for joining Ahlul-Sunnah. What other
speech will they ever believe???!!!
"I praise Allah for whatever matter He ordained and whatever action
He destines and for my trial with you, O' group of people who do not obey
when I order and do not respond when I call you. If you are at ease you engage
in (conceited) conversation, but if you are faced with battle you show weakness.
If people agree on one Imam you taunt each other. If you are faced with an
arduous matter you turn away from it. May others have no father (woe to your
enemy!) what are you waiting for in the matter of your assistance and for
fighting for your rights? For you there is either death or disgrace. By Allah,
if my day (of death) comes. and it is sure to come, it will cause separation
between me and you although I am sick of your company and feel lonely with
you. May Allah deal with you! Is there no religion which may unite you nor
sense of shamefulness that may sharpen you?"
"By Allah, I had no liking for the caliphate nor any interest in
government, but you yourselves invited me to it and prepared me for it."
"May Allah reward such and such man (*) who straightened
the curve, cured the disease, abandoned mischief and established the sunnah.
He departed (from this world) with untarnished clothes and little shortcomings.
He achieved good (of this world) and remained safe from its evils. He offered
Allah's obedience and feared Him as He deserved. He went away and left the
people in dividing ways wherein the misled cannot obtain guidance and the
guided cannot attain certainty."
(*) Ibn Abi'l-Hadid has written (in Sharh Nahj al-balaghah,
vol. 14, pp. 3-4) that the reference here is to the second Caliph `Umar, and
that these sentences have been uttered in his praise as indicated by the word
'`Umar' written under the word 'such and such' in as-Sayyid ar-Radi's own
hand in the manuscript of Nahj al-balaghah written by him.
"Verily, those who took the oath of allegiance to Abu Bakr, Umar and
Uthman have sworn allegiance to me. Now those who were present at the election
have no right to go back against their oaths of allegiance and those who were
not present on the occasion have no right to oppose me. And so far as Shura
(limited franchise or selection) was concerned it was supposed to be limited
to Muhajirs and Ansars and it was also supposed that whomsoever they selected,
became caliph as per approval and pleasure of Allah. If somebody goes against
such decision, then he should be persuaded to adopt the course followed by
others, and if he refuses to fall in line with others, then war is the only
course left open to be adopted against him and as he has refused to follow
the course followed by the Muslims, Allah will let him wander in the wilderness
of his ignorance and schism."
"The thing began in this way: We and the Syrians were facing each other
while we had common faith in one Allah, in the same Prophet
and on the same principles and canons of religion. So far as faith in Allah
and the Holy Prophet
was concerned we never wanted them (the Syrians) to believe in anything over
and above or other than what they were believing in and they did not want
us to change our faith. Both of us were united on these principles. The point
of contention between us was the question of the murder of Uthman. It had
created the split. They wanted to lay the murder at my door while I am actually
innocent of it."
Those are the Shia of Ali and his children and those
are the companions of the Prophet (PBUH) in the opinion of Ali and from their
most authentic books. But Shia refuse to admit the truth though it's apparent
to all. So I can't describe them with anything other than what Ali (RA) did
when he said: You do not understand the right as you understand
the wrong and do not crush the wrong as you crush the right.