Ali Ibn Muhammed Al-Hadi (AS)
Mulla Mujaheedali Sheriff
Saturday 07 February 2004
The Imams from the progeny of the Holy
Prophet (saww) have divinely inspired erudition and as such they face no
difficulty in intellectual discussions and when subjects are rapidly
changed in questions. The rulers of their time were always envious of
their merits in the field of knowledge and tried unsuccessfully to
It is related that once Mutawakkil, the Abbaside caliph called Ibn
Sikkit, who was known as a great scholar during those days and said, “I
wish to see Ali ibn Muhammad (a.s) humiliated in the court. Ask him
tough questions which he can not answer and I will reward you with
thousands of gold coins”.
A meeting was arranged at the order of Mutawakkil and the gathering was
attended by a large number of people. Thereafter, the following
Ibn Sikkit: “Prophet Musa (as) was
given the miracle of illuminating hand; Prophet ‘Issa (as) was given the
power to raise the dead to life and the Holy Prophet (saww) was given a
miracle in the form of Quran. Why did God give different types of
miracles to different prophets?
Imam (as): “The miracles given to the
prophets were according to the necessity of their time. During the time
of Prophet Musa (as) magic was considered an art of the masters and
magicians were a powerful group; hence Musa (as) was given the miracle
of staff and illuminating hand that no master magician could overcome.
In the time of Prophet ‘Issa (as) the science of medicine was advanced
and therefore ‘Issa (as) was given the power to heal incurable patients
and also infuse life into the dead bodies. During the time of Prophet
Muhammad (saww), the art of rhetorics was considered supreme, hence he (saww)
was given an everlasting miracle of language in the form of Holy Quran”.
Ibn Sikkit: “What is the proof of
Truth when there is none to manifest any miracle?”
Imam (as): “People can differentiate
between Truth and Untruth by their intellect and knowledge gained
Ibn Sikkit: “Intellect existed before
so what need was there for the miracles?”
Imam (as): “Though intellect was given
to mankind the faculty remained unused. Their actions were motivated by
the blind belief that what their forefathers did was good and they made
the deeds of their ancestors as their ideal. The prophets taught the
mankind to use the faculties that were lying idle”.
Ibn Sikkit: “Prophet Sulaiman (as)
knew that his executor Asif ibn Barkhiya had power to bring the throne
of Queen Bilqees and even all the persons present in the court knew that
who would bring him the throne. Yet why did he ask?”
Imam (as): “This desire was motivated
by desire to manifest the superiority of Asif ibn Barkhiya over all the
others from Jinn and Men”.
Ibn Sikkit: “Adam was forbidden to go
near a tree. What was that tree?”
Imam (as): “It was the tree of envy and
Ibn Sikkit discerned that he was unable to defeat the divine leader by
his questions and there was no possibility to acquire the promised gold
coins. He therefore apologised to the Imam (as) and the Imam (as) at
once forgave him with kindness.
SAYING OF IMAM AL-HADI (A.S):
“Indeed Allah has made the world as the house of tribulation and the
hereafter as the house of final result. Besides, He has made the
tribulation of the world as a cause for the reward of the hereafter, and
the reward of the hereafter as a recompense for the tribulation of the
We extend our greetings and felicitation to our 12th Imam, Imam Muhammad
al-Mahdi (A.J) on the auspicious occasion of the birth of his beloved
grandfather and the 10th Successor of the Holy Prophet (saww), Imam Ali
ibn Muhammad al-Hadi (as).
To all our esteemed readers, we offer our sincere MUBARAKI.