Sayyidina Ali’s Sermon

February 14, 2009 at 7:47 am 2 comments

At last when Allah will make clear to them the reward for their sins, and take them out from the veils of their neglectfulness they will proceed to what they were running away from, and run away from what they were proceeding to. They will not benefit from the wants they will satisfy or the desires they would fulfil.

I warn you and myself from this position. A man should derive benefit from his own self. Certainly, prudent is he who hears and ponders over it, who sees and observes and who benefits from instructive material and then treads on clear paths wherein he avoids falling into hollows and straying into pitfalls, and does not assist those who misguide him by turning away from truthfulness, changing his words, or fearing truth.

O my listener! Be cured from your intoxication, wake up from your slumber, decrease your hasty activity and ponder over what has come to you through the Holy Prophet SAW, the Ummi’ which is inevitable and inescapable. You should turn away from him who opposes him and leave him and leave whatever he has adopted for himself. Put off your vanity, drop your haughtiness and recall your grave because your way passes over it. You will be dealt with as you deal with others, you will reap what you sow, and what you send today will meet you tomorrow. So provide for your future and send (some good acts) for your day (of reckoning). Fear, fear, O listener! Act, act, O careless! No one will warn you like him who knows.

One of the firm decisions of Allah in the Wise Reminder (Qur’an) upon which He bestows reward or gives punishment, and through which He likes or dislikes is that it will not benefit a man, even though he exerts himself and acts sincerely if he leaves this world to meet Allah with one of these acts without repenting, namely that he believed in a partner with Allah during his obligatory worship, or appeased his own anger by killing an individual, or spoke about acts committed by others, or sought fulfillment of his needs from people by introducing an innovation in his religion, or met people with a double face, or moved among them with a bouble** tongue. Understand this because an illustration is a guide for its like.

Believers are humble, believers are admonishers and believers are afraid of Allah.

Nahjul Balagha by Imam Ali bin Abu Talib

**The book says “bouble” but it could be a typo error. Does anyone know what bouble is? Maybe it was supposed to be ‘double’?


Entry filed under: advice, books, good deed, heedlessness, Sayyidina Ali RA, sins, taqwa, wisdom.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. 5saL  |  February 14, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    woohoo im 1st! yeah i think its double. ;)

  • 2. fakhrunnisa'  |  February 19, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I don’t know why I felt obliged to type this out…

    This is concerning “taking one as partners to Allah in his obligatory worship.”

    It is not quite to inform others, but more to remind myself. If it would be informative to pple who have adopted the wahhabi mentality or those who have opposed of the methods of sufism and claimed it to be as shirk, then alhamdulillah.

    Often, most of ahl tariqah, when they call out to Allah, they do involve the involvement of other creations.
    It is not uncommon that one will hear ” Ya Allah! Ya Rasulullah!” some even go to the third…exlaiming “Ya Allah! Ya rasulullah! Ya Rijalullah!”

    One has to be mindful that while exclaiming such, keep in mind and in heart, that Rasul pbuh and the rijalullah are NOT partners to Allah. Rather we are taking Rasulullah pbuh and Rijalullah to be OUR partners in supplication.
    For our worship is bridled by our egos, shortcomings and lack of knowledge as to who is it that we are worshipping. What do we understand about who Allah is? What do we know about sincerity. We are told to worship Him as though we can see him. But how can we possibly imagine Him if we do not know Him (as rasulullah pbuh knows Him…he pbuh who has seen Allah with the eyes of his head (as put by imam nawawi))?

    Allah loves unity. Hence supplication of a jemaah (a symbol of a united ummah) is afdhal in comparison to a supplication by one individual. And know that no supplication is accepted without the support of Rasulullah pbuh. Hence we must do the selawat. He pbuh is OUR partner is supporting our du’a. Our imam.

    After all, did not Allah say in the Qur’an,
    “wheresoever you are, Allah will bring you together. For Allah has power over all things.”

    In reality when we selawat, the prophet is with us, either in knowledge, in support and sometimes even in ……. (no appropriate/ accurate words can I find..)

    Rather, ‘the partners to Allah in worhsip’ is actually our egos! Our interests in other things when we are doing ibadah. Wordly matters…distractions. Those are the partners we unwittingly make as partners to Allah! Na’uzubillah.

    Au qama Qaal…there is a narration, and the concept of it is as such:

    When a son of Adam comes to prayer. Allah receives him with ‘open arms’ ready to accept and ’embrace’ His servant. To grant him anything he needs of Him.
    But when the mind or heart of this servant gets distracted to something else, Allah asks “O son of Adam, Is is that what you are distracted with more Glorious than I am?

    And the second time, the servant gets distracted again. Allah asks again…”O Son of Adan, Is there anything else more Glorious than I that deservers your attention more than I?”

    At the thid time, the servant gets distracted again, Allah turns away from the servant, disappointed with the servant.

    (For more accurate narration, pls watch the video of Habib Omar at Indonesia at

    May Allah forgive me for any wrong (inaccurate words, bad intentions etc..) of which is from myself.

    May Allah grant us understanding and guidance.
    Al fatihah bi hurmatil habeeb.

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