Imam Ali (RA) the Lion of Allah- Birth Anniversary in the Month of Rajab
Hazrat Ali (RA) belonged to the tribe Quraish and the family of Bani Hashim in Makah. He (RA) was born In the Holy Kabah in Mecca on Friday, 13th Rajab 23 BH. He (RA) was the son of Hazrat Abu Talib (RA) the uncle of Holy Prophet (SAW), who had nourished and brought up Hazrat Muhammad (SAW). His mother Fatima bint-e Asad was also a noble lady belonging to the tribe of Bani Hashim whom the Prophet (SAW) respected as his own mother. When Imam Ali (RA) was born his name was suggested by Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) that’s why his name became more significant. Hazrat Ali (RA) had a great honor of being the first cousin of Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) and was also brought up under His kind and inspiring supervision for most of the time of his life.
Imam Ali (RA) was married to Hazrat Fatimah RA, daughter of Prophet Muhammad SAW. He (RA) started serving Islam in 656. He (RA) was assassinated by a Kharijite at the times when he was in the great mosque of Kufa. Imam Ali RA was a pious Muslim, devoted to the cause of Islam and a just ruler, truly following Quran and Sunnat e Nabwi SAW till the last day of his prestigious life. Our other post on the Biography of Hazrat e Ali RA may help further explore this important topic of Islamic history.
Hazrat Ali (RA) was the first among youth who accepted Islam just at the age of 10. Hazrat Ali (R.A) was only 10 years old when the Messenger of Almighty Allah received the very first Revelation from the Almighty Lord. He (SAW) was directed to start preaching of Islam from His own family. That’s why He (SAW) started preaching of Islam from His family and closest relatives. For this purpose, He (SAW) invited all to the meal and asked from all of them that “Who will join me in the cause of Almighty Allah?” The entire gathering remained silent, but the little Ali (R.A) stood up with great courage and made his firm belief in the Word of Righteousness known in front of all. He (RA) said, “Though my eyes are sore, my legs are thin and I am the youngest of all those present here yet I will stand by you, O Messenger of Allah.” Thus, he became the first youth to enter the loop of Islam.
Hazrat Ali (RA) was the brave man due to his bravery he was popularly known as “Asadullah” (The Lion of Allah). During the war of Khaibar against Jews Muslims tried to capture the strong Jewish Fort at Khaibar. The Messenger (SAW) announced that He would give the charge to that person who loves Allah and His Prophet (SAW) and they also love him. The next day, the authority was awarded to Hazrat Ali (RA) upon which everybody was amazed as he looked pale and sick. But Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) believed in his unmatched combating ability and gave him the Muslim command. Jews not only rejected his invitation to Islam but also sent their well-known and bravest combatant, Mahrab in front, who challenged Hazrat Ali (RA) to fight him. The Arabs witnessed the unbelievable force and power of Hazrat Ali (RA), who killed Mahrab through the vigorous blow of his sword. Then, the Holy Prophet (SAW) gave him the title of “Asadullah”, which means “Lion of Allah”.
One of the rebels, known as Ibn-e-Muljim, martyr Hazrat Ali (R.A) using a poisoned sword while He (RA) was performing Salah in the mosque on 19th of Ramadan, in 40 A.H. Hazrat Ali (RA)spent two restless days on his sick bed in extreme pain and distress. Eventually, the poison spread all over the body and he died on 21st of Ramadan at the time of Morning Prayer. Hazrat Ali was buried at Najaf. Hazrat Ali (RA) was well known for his bravery during battles against the non-believers. He also possessed the necessary personality traits of the firm belief in Allah and His Messenger (SAW), humbleness, gratefulness, and true insight of the Quranic Instructions. He (RA) spent his entire life in the services of Islam