I like to follow the Islamic world from a distance. As a prominent branch of the Abrahamic tree or Earth’s man-made religions, I think the distance I maintain is a healthy one. But still, truth can surely be found there and posts like this one are interesting to me because they seem to help highlight why this branch has grown in the way it has.
Aum Shri Mahaganeshaya Namaha | Aum Shanti
Imam ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (d. 661) was the first cousin of the Prophet Muhammad with whom he shared the same paternal grandfather, the son-in-law of the Prophet as the husband of his only surviving daughter, and the most important personality in early Islam after the Prophet himself. As noted in Sunni Muslim historical chronicles, when Imam ‘Ali was just ten years old, the Prophet Muhammad invited his close family to Islam and asked them:
Which of you, then, will help me in this, and be my brother, mine executor and my successor amongst you?’ All remained silent, except for the youthful ʿAlī who spoke up: ‘O Prophet of God, I will be thy helper in this.’ The Prophet then placed his hand on ʿAlī’s neck and said, ‘This is my brother, mine executor and my successor amongst you. Hearken unto him and obey him.’
(Ibn Ishaq, Sirat…
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