“Say (O Muhammad)” I do not ask you any reward for this except (to show) affection for (my) near ones”. (42:23)
Qurtubi in his Tafseer has narrates that: [When this verse was revealed, people asked: “O Prophet of Allah! Who are your near ones? Who are they whose love has been made compulsory upon us?” He (saww) said: “They are ‘Ali, Fatimah and their two sons”. And he (saww) repeated this thrice]
The Holy Prophet (saww) has said:
“Verily Allah (SWT) created all the prophets from different trees BUT He (SWT) created me and ‘Ali from the same tree. Thus: I am the root of that tree; ‘Ali is its branch; Fatima is its pollination; Hasan and Husayn are its fruits; and our Shia’hs are its leaves. If one worships Allah (SWT) between Safa and Marwa for 1000 years, then 1000 years, and then 1000 years till he becomes as dry as a water skin BUT DOES NOT HAVE OUR LOVE in his heart, Allah (SWT) will throw him into the Hellfire…”
Then the Holy Prophet (saww) recited the following verse:
“Say (O Muhammad), I do not ask any reward for this except (to show) affection towards (my) near ones”.} (Tafseer-e-Namoona)
REQUIREMENTS FOR LOVE:
The love and affection towards Ahlul-Bayt (as) are NOT established through mere claim. There are certain requirements that have to be fulfilled.
Firstly, our hearts must be clean and pure to allow the love of Ahlul-Bayt (as) to settle in them.
We must understand that the Ahlul-Bayt (as) have been kept clean and pure from all Najasaat (impurities) by Allah (SWT).
“Indeed Allah desires to repel all impurity from you, O the Ahlul-Bayt, and purify you with a thorough purification”. (33:33)
This means that their love and teachings too, can certainly not settle in the hearts that are impure. And one of the ways of keeping the hearts pure is: To avoid consuming whatever are HARAAM (forbidden); and even the doubtful things.
Whenever a person eats anything that is HARAAM or MASHKOOK, it forms into blood, which flows into the heart thereby rendering it impure. The love and teachings of Ahlul-Bayt (as) cannot settle in such a heart! It is for this reason that the true Shia’hs are extremely careful of even what they eat.
[Abul-Aswad Du’ali was an Arab and a very close follower of Imam Ali (as).
It is narrated about him that once he was out of his home when Mu’awiya sent a sweet dish to his family in an attempt to befriend them. When Abul-Aswad came home and saw his 5-year-old daughter was eating the sweet dish, he asked where it had come from? When told that Mu’awiya had sent it, he immediately called his daughter and asked her if she knew why Mu’awiya had sent the dish? She replied, ‘As a gift’. The father said, ‘No my daughter! This sweet dish has been sent so that we may slowly and gradually turn enemies to Ali’.
When the daughter heard this, she immediately ran and took some medicine to force vomiting so as to get rid of the DOUBTFUL DISH that had entered into her stomach.]
The lesson to learn from this incident is that: If we want to truly love the Ahlul-Bayt (as) and benefit from heir teachings then we must refrain from eating HARAAM or even MASHKOOK things.
Secondly, we must accept and follow the teachings of Ahlul-Bayt (as).
Imam ‘Ali bin Abi Talib (as) has said,
“I shall be with the Holy Prophet (saww) by the fountain of Kawthar and my progeny will be by my side. Therefore, he who loves us (and wishes to be with us): He must accept what we say and emulate us in our actions”. (Tafseer Noor al-Thaqalayn)
Jabir bin ‘Abdullah al-Ansari (ra) had become old and blind when he met Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (as). During the meeting, our Imam (as) told him: “O Jabir! Whoever obeys the commands of Allah and loves us, then to us he is a friend. And whoever disobeys Allah, our love will not benefit him”. (Bihar al-Anwaar)
IMPORTANCE OF EID-E-ZAHRA (AS)
9th of Rabi’ al-Awwal is the day of great EID for the Ahlul-Bayt (as) and their Shia’hs. It is the day, which is also known as EID AL-ZAHRA (AS) meaning ‘the festival of Zahra (as)’. Ahmad ibn Is-haq Qummi has narrated that:
[I visited Imam Hasan al-‘Askary (as) on this day and noticed that: His ring was shinning, the people of his house wore new clothes and they had applied perfume. When I asked for the reason, Imam (as) said, “Today is 9th of Rabi’ al-Awwal. It is the day of EID for us and for our followers”.] (Chauda Sitaare)
Firstly, according to some historians, the Holy Prophet (saww) was born on this day.
Concerning his birth, there are three Riwayaat: One states: 9th Rabi’ al-Awwal; the other states: 12th Rabi’ al-Awwal; and the third says: 17th Rabi’ al-Awwal. We, as followers of Ahlul-Bayt (as) believe that the Holy Prophet (saww) was born on
the 17th of this month. Whatever the case, there is no big difference between all these dates and thus we see that Ayatullah Khomeini (ra) declared the week between 9th and 17th of Rabi’ al-Awwal as USBOO’ AL-WAHDAH meaning ‘the Unity Week’ and Muslims all over the world have been urged to unite and celebrate EID AL-MEELAD together.
Secondly, 9th of Rabi’ al-Awwal is the day, when joy and happiness was restored in the house of Ahlul-Bayt (as).
After the tragedy of Karbala, the Ahlul-Bayt (as) were in constant grief. And because of the grief, they gave up the normal routine of day-to-day life such as:
Combing of hair, wearing of new clothes and applying perfume. Even food was NOT prepared at home. It came from the Bazaar and once all of them had eaten, they would continue to mourn Imam Husayn (as). It is also written that Imam Zaynul-’Aabideen (as) had quit eating any meals of meat. Whenever he (as) passed by the butcher’s shops, the butchers used to cover the meat with a cloth because the Imam used to cry so much.
3to 4 years after the tragedy of Karbala, Mukhtar bin ‘Ubaydullah al-Thaqafi together with others, rose to avenge the blood of Imam Husayn (as). They arrested killers of Karbala and executed them. Finally, Mukhtar also managed to arrest ‘Umar ibn Sa’d (the commander-in-chief of Yazeed’s army) and ‘Ubaydullah ibn Ziyad (the governor of Yazeed in Kufa). He beheaded them and sent their heads to our 4th Imam Zaynul-’Aabideen (as).
According to Nasikh al-Tawareekh, these heads reached our Imam (as) on the 9th of Rabi’ al-Awwal. On seeing them, Imam (as) prostrated and said, “I thank Allah who kept me alive till this day so that I can see the heads of the tyrants who killed my father”. Thereafter, the Imam (as) rose and instructed the members of his family: To remove the clothes of mourning, To adorn themselves, And celebrate the day with joy and happiness.
9th of Rabi’ al-Awwal is the day of great EID for the Ahlul-Bayt (as) and their followers. It is highly recommended to perform Ghusl, put on new clothes, wear perfume and hold gatherings to praise Allah (SWT), the Holy Prophet (saww) and his Ahlul-Bayt (as).
On the Occasion of Eid al-Zahra (as), we extend our heartiest greetings and felicitations to Imam al-Hujjah (AJ) and to all the followers of Ahlul-Bayt (as).
Mulla Mujahidali Sheriff