True Shia scholars use the day of Ghadir to talk about importance of that day and Ghadir culture. Below is a 3 part video from Grand Scholar Ayatullah Sadiqh Shirazi that he spoke on “Culture of Ghadir”. The video was uploaded in 2009 so the speech may have been form that or previous year. Nevertheless the message of this great scholar has not changed as it been consistent on culture of Ghadir and teachings of Ahlulbayt so we like to share it for your videos to watch. The video is in Farsi with subtitles in English but for your convenience we have also posted the English transcription of the subtitles below:
In the name of Allah, the most Gracious the most Merciful
(Allah) in Holy Quran has said:
And those who dispense their charity with their hearts full of fear, because they will return to their Lord (6) It is these who hasten in every good work. And these how are foremost in them. (61)
Today the world needs the culture of Ghadir more than ever. No matter what we do in this respect it is still too little, It is still not enough to recompense the right of the Commander of the Faithful, ( Imam Ali – a) and it is no adequate to meet the efforts of the evil doers in the world today. In addition it might become instrumental in our regrets on the Day of Judgment that maybe I could have done more, I could have done better.
The believers are those who think in the long term, those who are aware of the next world. They have fear in the pits of their stomachs in that they think what if I haven’t completed my responsibilities, what if I haven’t done enough. (According to Quran they are…) It is these who hasten in every good deed, and these who are foremost in them Therefore these good people, these believers struggle for good deeds to overtake each other in this respect. Meaning that such people dispense so many efforts so as to be more successful to the second and vice verses (in terms of doing good deeds for satisfaction of God).
A man recently came to me who was a pious businessman, and mentioned another business man and started to praise him. Saying that he was a good man and a pious man. ..he went on to say that he had just recently died. The man continued saying; “I had a dream of my friend, I saw that he was very upset, I was expecting to see him happy and joyous, so I called onto him and asked him why are you in this state? “ He replied that when I came here I realized that when I was alive I could have made better use of my opportunities and could have made more sue of them, why didn’t I?!
Just as it is written in the hadith (tradition) that even the believers the good people will feel regret in that why didn’t I do more why didn’t I do better? One of the regrets of all of us is with respect to (not doing enough for) Ghadir, serving the cause of Ghadir, spreading (the message of) Ghadir.
The world should understand what Ghadir means. What was Ghadir and what were the outcomes of Ghadir? These injustices that have occurred and are occurring in the world today, these bases are due to being distant from the culture of Ghadir.
Once I said to some of my friends that my understanding from what I have heard and seen in the traditions and from history…is that if we consider all those who are amongst the lovers of Ahlulbayt (holy progeny of prophet Muhammad-SAWS), not calling them Shia, but those who don’t consider themselves the enemies of Ahlulbayt, and if we consider the tyrants among them, throughout history, whether they are leaders kings or anything else, and if we sup them up all up and sum up all of their injustices it would not equal the injustices committed by one of those who deviated by Ghadir.
Meaning those tyrants who called themselves Shia and didn’t believe in others and they used to commit injustices, if we collect them all together how much injustice did they commit? What kinds of injustices were they, it wouldn’t equal to one Hajjaj…all of these. It wouldn’t equal to one Thahhaak, it wouldn’t equal to one Sadda,, it wouldn’t equal to one Yazid, it wouldn’t equal to one Mu’awia, it wouldn’t equal to one MOtawakil! People who call themselves Shia but in realty they are not the followers of Ahlulbayt and they are tyrants, still their injustices are less compared to others that we have mentioned. The world of today with the readiness that it has with all the possibilities that it has…there were times were it wasn’t possible, it wasn’t possible to say, it wasn’t possible to write, it wasn’t possible to publicize, they would kill a person for (saying) one hadith, they would kill a person because of using the name of (Imam Ali) commander of faithful.
A man came to Hajjaj and said give me a price Hajjaj asked for what reason he replied because in all of my tribe there isn’t a single person with Ali. Hajjaj said this is a great achievement! The man continued to say in all of my tribe there isn’t a single woman with the name Fatima, and then Hajjaj gave him a prize! There was a time where it was like this! It is written that the pillars of Baghdad and other places but more in Baghdad perhaps, they would make these pillars into four walled enclosure and would place a Seyyed or Shia in it and then would pure Sand on him while he was still alive.
There were times in the past wehre one could not say anything! Our Master Sadiq (a), the proof of Allah, the infallible Imam, he was breaking his fast and a person asked him is it Eid today? Imam replied “no” then the man asked “why are you breaking your fast” meaning that because Mansour had claimed that day of Eid, if Imam were to fast on that day they wuld cut his head off. There were times where it was like this! Even a few decades ago. These injustices and nonsense have reduced quite a bit in the world today. Yes in some places these things occur to an extend like Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and other places. God willing these occurrences will also cease and they will!
This world, this 6 billion of population, most of them haven’t heard of Ghdair, they don’t know. Who has to inform them? We have to, and people likes us have to. i.e. the Islam that is in essence Islam and no just by name, the Islam that isn’t just a name, it’s the real Islam. It’s the reality of Quran, it’s the actuality of what Prophet of Allah (SAWS) did in actions, in words and in speech. If this reaches the world many of the people of this world will follow the Ahlulbayt. And when they start to follow the Ahlulbayt, this is a culture, this is a culture of justice, a culture of mercy, a culture of virtue. So whatever we do it is still too little, we must lesson our shortcomings. One must compare himself with those who gave blood in the path of commander of faithful (Imam Ali – a) in the path of this culture, in the path of Ghadir…people like Abuthar and lik him that were killed. Abuthar died of starvation in the path of commander of faithful Imam Ali (a). And the friends of Abuthar a portion of the companions of the Prophet (SAWS), people who for ten years for twenty years prayed with Abuthar behind the Prophet, they would sit and listen to sermons of the Prophet. They lived a life of each and luxury whilst Abuthar was striving for the culture of Ghadir and died of starvation in this course. A person does not die quickly from hunger; it is possible that or she might die in 48 hours from thirst, however one does not die quickly from hunger. He will suffer so much till he dies of hunger.
One must compare himself to people who gave their property and wealth in the way of Ahlulbayt. We must make use of our tongues make use of our pens, encourage others. Ibn Abi Omayath was a millionaire in his own time, it is written that when they arrested him they confiscated 500, 000 either dinar or Dirham from him. If it was Dinar it is equal to half a million sheep, if it was Dirham it would equal to 50,000 sheep. He was a millionaire, they imprisoned him and confiscated all of his wealth. They tortured him and when he came out of prison he said “by Allah I am in need of one dirham”. Ibn Abi Omayath who one part of our religion, our worship, our prayers and fasting, our Hajj and Khums and Zakaat reached us from the Ahlulbayt because of him. Ayashi has written that he (ibn Abi Omayth) inherited 300, 000 gold Dinars from his father, you can calculate it; each 300 Dinar is more than one kilogram in weight, this means more than 1000 kilograms of gold.
Sheikh Tusi has written that his man spent it all in the way of Ahlulbayt. He built a school, tens of Scholars graduated from his school or maybe hundreds. What has reached us from them is a lot, their books and the books of those who graduated afterwards from school of Ayashi, there are hundreds of Hadith books that came from their school. One must compare himself to these people. He can become a bit more successful, his regret can become a bit less. These things are compulsory on us when we have resources to do it. One must do what he can, one must encourage others.
There are millions upon millions of young people in the world who have been separated from the Ahlulbayt. They can be guided, and it is much easier and faster today than it was before. This person who is supposed to be guided, why wait ten or twenty years to guide him, why not now?! While he is young. Why not when he is young so that he can serve more and guide others. Oh Mankind I am the Messenger of Allah Upon You all (Holy Prophet said) He is for all mankind, how much of mankind knows about Ghadir? How much of mankind follows the path of Ghadir? How much of mankind who have fallen short of finding the truth if guided will start to follow the path of Ghadir? How many are they, many, most of mankind.
More than 40 years ago I was visiting the Shrine of Lady Zaynab (sa) and the Lady Roghaye (sa) there was a library there, which was quite unique with respect to its inventory. I had visited it many times before; it was called “Maktabat-al Thahiriye”. At that time the deceases Allameh Amini had come there, the library was close to the Shrine of Lady Roghaye (sa) and Allameh Amini had gotten a room close by and he would visit the library collecting notes and information for his book “al Ghadir”. The librarian who was in charge said that I don’t know when this man, Allameh Amini sleeps or eats, 18 out of 24 hours he would be in the library. 18 hours he was in the library and 6 hours he spent in his room resting and eating. The librarian said that every time I would go to the library I would see Allameh amini either standing looking for a book or writing some things down from a book. From what I heard Allameh Amini was there for 4 month.
One must learn from these things, no matter what we do, still “their hearts are full of fear” lets not the fear be great “because they will return to their Lord”. We will return to our lord and he will account for everything. God is “Latif” meaning “exact” or “precise”. Allah has said in the Holy Quran; So he who has done an atom of good shall see it. And he has done an atom of evil shall see it. Not even an a minute part of it will be wasted. I and ou will be in regret with respect to each other with respect to our friends with respect to our teachers with respect to our students, will be in regret in that he was more successful or he serve more, he went through more trouble, he suffered more and they will reward him more.
A man once came to me, he is of those who strives a great deal in the way of Ghadir in the way of propagation and he way busy serving the cause. He came to me complaining that he had some problems with respect to his work in that some people had done things against him, said things against him and so he was feeling a bit feeble at weak. When he finished I asked him in the path that you have taken, in the path of propagation in the path of striving for Ghadir has anyone ever spit on you? He replied “No!”.
I told him look in Bihar (the hadith book), people used to spit on the Holy face of Prophet of Allah! I said look inside (book of) Bihar, they spat on the face of Imam Sadiq (a). The Prophet of Allah in striving to save mankind from doing injustice and receiving injustice, look at what he went through, what problems he had to endure. It is not like this any more. (at least not as bad) The culture of Ghadir is connected to the conscience of humanity; it has amenity with the conscience of mankind. If this reaches the people it will change them. The culture of Ghadir is the true Islam, the correct Islam, the Islam that Almighty Allah (SWT) has proclaimed.
In (book of) Kafi, it has been narrated from Imam Sadiq (a) that he said when Prophet (SAWS) announced three of the laws of Islam, that we have in our books of Islam law today, most of the Jews became Muslim on that way. They realized that it was a good religion, someone would accept Ghadir for its so und economic laws another for its sound politics and another for its healthy social laws, every point of it, it’s a culture of light! The Ahlulbayt they themselves are light, their words are light, their way is light, their actions are light, their thoughts are light, their path is path of light! The world needs this light more than before and this light can be delivered to the world more than before.
Before it was required that a person sit before 10 or 1000 people to give a talk. A person once told me a preacher from another religion once gave a speech and it was said that a huge number of people heard him live. It was a speech against Islam. The reason that his man gives a speech against Islam is because he doesn’t know about the culture of Ghadir. He does not know, not everyone is an obstinate person; he may be an extremist but only because he does not know. There were so many of these extremist in the history, if one looks in Montahal Ammal which is a summary of the history of the 14 infallibles, there were so many who were bigots. They would come and try and kill the Imam, sear and say profanity at the Imam, they were brainwashed. When it became clear for them they repented and became good people. Guiding people is much easier today and abstaining from it has much worst implications.
In the old days it was like one or two people would not get guided but today abstaining will prevent millions from being guided. People like us must put in some effort, encourage others and endure the problems even at the level of people spitting on us. So if someone spat on my face or your face as we were working in the way of Ahlulbayut, should we stop? She would say it’s enough, we have completed our responsibilities? One of the incorrect understandings that we have is that some say we must propagate Islam with honor and respect (for ourselves). Which Prophet propagated his message while worry about people disrespecting him? There was divine respect and honor however which prophet was given people’s respect? Was that last prophet given respect whilst propagating Islam?
Look in the book Safinatul Bihar, the house of the prophet in Mecca was such that he had a rock in the courtyard of his house…Some would stand behind it every time he would go home to protect himself form the stones that were being thrown at him. Some threw stones while the Prophet was in his house so that they would not be identified and others threw stones at the prophet when he was out of his house. Which Prophet? Which Imam? And afterwards he was in the valley of Abi Taleb like that if those conditions. And then in Madina while he Prophet was the leader and he had money and men, he was constantly engaged in battle that they enemies would create and the problems he had with the hypocrites (and traitors). Even in his own house they would cause trouble for the Prophet.
This is honor; The thing that the people of the world call dishonor is in fact honor.
If this is called dishonor, Imam Hossains’ holy body was placed under boots of Shimr. Is this honor or dishonor? This is honor, so if this is honor and not dishonor then we must bear it, we must endure our friends, our enemies, the problems. We must not waist our time in things that are of no use so that we can fulfill our responsibilities towards this culture and deliver the culture of Ghadir to the world.