Imam Ali A.S.- Jab tak tumhe kisi kaam ka TAJURBA/EXPERIENCE na ho jaye tab tak kisi bhi tarah ka qadam mat utahao. ||  S.47, A.7: Ay imanwalo agar tum ALLAH(k deen) ki madad karoge to wo tumhari madad karega aur tumhe sabit qadam rakhega. ||  Imam Ali A.S.-Jehalat(ignorance) har buraai ki jad(root) hai, jehalat aakherat ko barbbad kar deti hai. ||  Imam Baqir A.S. Agar koi Momin ke liye dua karta hai to farishte ALLAH se uske liye dua karte hai aur farishton ki dua ALLAH jald qubul karta hai. ||  Hazrat Mohammad Mustafa SAWW- Agar koi chahe ke uski DUA qabool ho to woh HARAM KHANA aur HARAM KAMAI se parhez kare. ||  Nahjul Balagha: Certainly, the Quran is wonderful in its outward form, and its inner meanings are profound. ||  Imam Ali A.S.- Jis Din Insaan koi Gunah na kare, wo din uske liye EID ka din hai. ||  Imam Mohammad Taqi A.S.- Jo meri phuphi(aunty) MASUMA-E-QUM S.A. ki qabr ki ziyarat kare uske liye Jannat hai. ||  Imam Ali a.s ne farmaya: Gunah aik Aisa Marz Hai Jiski Dawa Astaghfar Hai Aur us Gunah ko Na Dohrana uski shifa Hai: Ref: Tajaliat-e-Hikmat Page 205 ||  Hazrat Mohammad SAWW- Sona(Gold) aur Resham meri ummat ki Aurto ke liye Halal hai aur Mardo ke liye Haram hai. ||  Imam Sadiq A.S. Naye Kapde pehante waqt LA ELAAHAA ILLALAH MUHAMMDUR RASULALLAH padho taake tum aafato se najat pao aur khush raho. ||  Imam Jafar Sadiq A.S.- Jo Mohtaj Momin ko Khana khilaye to aisa hai ke usne Hazrat Ismail ki Aulad me se 100 admiyo ko QATL se bachaya. ||  Imam Ali A.S.- Bhook aur Bimari ek jagah jamaa nahi ho sakti. ||  Pani Ki Talab Ho To 1 Kaam Kia Kar Karbala K Naam Pe 1 Jam Piya Kar Ki Mujko Hussain Ibn-E-Ali Ne Yeh Naseehat Zalim Ho Muqabil To Mera Naam Liya Kar ||  Imam Ali A.S.-Haaya(Sharm) bure kaamo se rok deti hai. ||  Imam Ali A.S. Se Poocha gaya ke Sharif kaun hai? AAP ne farmaya 'Jo Kamzor ke saath INSAAF kare'.  ||  Hazrat Mohammad SAWW- Maa-Baap ki nafarmani wo gunah hai ke aadmi ki zindagi hi me ALLAH usko marne se pehle saza deta hai. ||  Imam Ali A.S. Kamzor par zulm karna badtareen zulm hai. ||  Imam Ali A.S.: silence is the best reply to a fool. ||  Zarurat Thi Talwaar Ki Na Aur Kisi Hathiyar Ki Sirf Ek Dua Thi Karbala Main Alamdaar Ki Fakat Mil Jaye Ijazat Aqa Hussain Sai To Yaad Diladunga Jung Haider-E-Karrar Ki || 
History of Imam Ali b. Abi Talib, peace be on him, shrine
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History of Imam Ali b. Abi Talib, peace be on him, shrine

The visit of Prophet Abraham and Isaac and Abraham's prediction and desire to buy the Valley of Peace

Those who have visited Najaf will remember vividly that to the north and east of the town there are acres of graves and myriads of domes of various colours and at various stages of disrepair. Whoever goes to Najaf will follow a road that approaches the town by a winding course through this vast cemetery.

The Prophet Abraham had come to this place along with Isaac; there had been many earthquakes in the vicinity, but while Abraham remained there, there were no tremors. On the night, however, when Abraham and Isaac went to a different village, and sure enough Najaf was visited with another earthquake. When they returned, the people were most eager for them to make Najaf their permanent dwelling-place. Abraham agreed to do so on condition that they would sell him the valley behind the village for cultivation. Isaac protested and said that this land was neither fit for farming nor grazing, but Abraham insisted and assured him that the time would come when there would be a tomb there with a shrine, at which seventy thousand people would gain absolutely undisputed entrance to Paradise, and be able also to intercede for many others.1

The valley that Abraham wanted to buy is called the Valley of Peace (Wadiu's-Salaam), and it is related on the authority of the fourth Imam Ali in Al-Hussein Zayn-ol Abideen (AS), that Ali once said that this ValIey of Peace is part of Heaven and that there is not a single one of the believers in the world, whether he dies in the east or west, but his soul will come to this Paradise to rest.2 "As there is nothing hidden in this world from my eyes," Ali went on to say, "I see all the believers seated - here in groups and talking with one another."

How Najaf was given its name is explained in the tradition. At first there was a mountain there, and when one of the sons of Prophet Noah refused to enter the Ark, he said that he would sit on this mountain until he would see where the water would come. A revelation came therefore to the mountain, "Do you undertake to protect this son of mine from punishment?" And all at once the mountain fell to pieces and the son of Noah was drowned. In place of the mountain a large river appeared, but after a few years the river dried up, and the place was called Nay-Jaff, meaning, "the dried river."3

And so as per the prediction of Abraham, the first infallible successor of Prophet Muhammad (S) Imam Ali (AS) was buried here.

The Mausoleum

"The Mausoleum itself of Imam Ali at Najaf, is breathtaking. There is one large central dome which stands out of a square-shaped ornate structure at the two sides of which are two minarets. The predominant color of' the exterior is gold, bright shining gold and the entire exterior of the mausoleum is inlaid with a mosaic pattern of light powder blue, white marble, gold again with an occasional splash of Middle East rust." So says D. F. Karaka after his visit to Najaf, and further adds, "I have sat and wondered at the marbled splendour of our Taj Mahal, the tomb which Shah Jahan built for his Empress Mumtaz Mahal, but despite its beauty, the Taj appears insipid in comparison with this splash of colour at Najaf. The tomb surpassed anything I have seen in gorgeous splendour. All the great kings of the world put together could not have a tomb as magnificent as this, for this is the tribute which kings and peasants have built together to enshrine the mortal remains of the great Ali."

Countless number of people from all over the world flock to his tomb day after day to pay their respects and to offer salutations and to pray to Allah seeking his intercession. And those who cannot afford to go there personally, are constantly praying to Allah to help them to visit the shrine of their Maula Ali, and when somebody goes on a pilgrimage to Najaf, they request him to offer salutations on their behalf, and to pray to God - for some particular favour - and to seek Imam Ali's intercession.

The deer hunting incident of Harun ur-Rashid

"During the reigns of the Umayyad Caliphs, his blessed resting-place could not be disclosed, and so it was also under the Abbasids until the reign of Harun ur-Rashid. But in the year 175 A.H. (791 A.D.), Harun happened to go hunting in these parts, and the deer he was chasing took refuge on a small piece of raised ground. However much he asked his hunting dogs to capture the quarry, they refused to go near this spot. He urged his horse to this place, and the horse too refused to budge; and on this, awe took possession of the Caliph's heart, and he immediately started to make inquiries of the people of the neighborhood, and they acquainted him with the fact that this was the grave of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (AS), the cousin and son-in-law of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S). Harun ordered a tomb to be erected over the grave, and people soon began to settle down in its vicinity."4

Footnotes:
1. Majlisi op. cit. page 108.
2. Mailisi op. cit. Page 111.
3. Majlisi op. cit. page 111.
4. The Shrine of Ali at Najaf from "The shi'ite Religion" by Dwight M. Donaldson.

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