Salutations to Hazrat Ali Alaihis Salaam
- :Yousuf N. Lalljee
Salutations to Hazrat Ali Alaihis Salaam - 1
Before making the visit to the Shrine, according to Imam Jafar-as-Sadiq, the pilgrim should first bathe and put on clean clothing and afterwards anoint himself with perfume. The formal prayer of salutation that is given by al-Kulaini 1, and which is very similar to that given by Ibn Babawaihi 2, begins as follows :
Peace be unto thee, 0 Friend of God; Peace be unto thee, 0 Proof of God;
Peace be unto thee, 0 Caliph of God; Peace be unto thee, 0 Support of Religion;
Peace be unto thee, 0 Heir of the Prophets;
Peace be unto thee, 0 Guardian of the Fire and Paradise;
Peace be unto thee, 0 Master of the Cudgel and the brand-iron;
Peace be unto thee, 0 Prince of the Believers.
I TESTIFY that thou art the Word of Piety, the Door of Guidance, the Firm Root, the Solid Mountain, and the Right Road.
I TESTIFY that thou art the Proof of God to His Creattion. His witness to His Servants, His Trustee for His Knowledge, a Repository of His Secrets, the place of His Wisdom, and a Brother of His Apostle and I TESTIFY that thou wert the First Choice of the Holy Prophet. May the favour of God be upon thee, 0 Prince of Believers, upon thy spirit, and upon thy body.
In his Manual for Pilgrims, Majlisi gives eight long prayers that are appropriate at the time of the pilgrimage to Najaf, 3 and most of these prayers are attributed to different Imams and have been handed down for centuries, and have been used over and over again by hundreds of thousands of trustful pilgrims who go to the Shrine of Ali at Najaf.
Another Salutation to Hazrat Ali Alaihis Salaam is given on the next page in Arabic.
Salutations to Hazrat Ali Alaihis Salaam - 2
As-Salaamo alaika aiyyo-hal wasee-yul barrut taqee.
As-Salaamo alaika aiyyo-han naba-ul-azeem.
As-Salaamo alaika aiyyo-has siddee-kur rasheed.
As-Salaamo alaika aiyyo-hal barrooz-zakee.
As-Salaamo alaika yaa waseeya Rasooley Rabbil Aalemeen.
As-Salaamo alaika yaa khay-a-ratallahey alal khalqey ajma-een.
Ash-hado annaka habeebullahey wa khas-satullahey wa khaley-satuh.
As-Salaarno alaika yaa walee-Allahey wa mauzey-aa seerreyhee wa aibata illmeyhee wa haazeyna wah-eehee bey abce anta wa oommee yaa Amir-al-Tvlomeeneena bey abee anta wa oommee yaa Hujjatallahey alal anaamey bey abee anta wa oommee yaa baabal maqaamey bey abee anta wa oommee.
ash-hado annaka qad ballagta anillahey wa an Rasoolleyhee sallallaaho alaihey wa aaleyhee maa hoommilta wa ra-aita mastohfizta wa hafizta mastoo deyta wa hallaa-lallahey wa harramta haraamallahey wa atmamta ahkamallahey wa lam tata-adda hoodoodallahey abadtallaha mookhleysan hatta atakal yaqeen wa sallallaho alaika wa alal as immatey min baadeyka.
Salutations be unto thee, O Successor of the Prophet, and O One Holy and Selected.
Salutations be unto thee, O Support of Religion.
Salutations be unto thee, O Heir of the Prophets, and the Repository of His Knowledge.
Salutations be unto thee, O Pious and Purified.
Salutations be unto thee, O Successor of the Prophet of Allah-the Creator of all the worlds.
Salutations be unto thee, O Proof of Allah for all His creation.
I bear witness that thou art the Chosen of Allah and one very near to Him.
Salutations be unto thee, O Saint of Allah, and 0 one who understands the Secrets of Allah, the Knower of His Commands, and the Treasurer of His Divine Knowledge.
My parents be sacrificed upon thee, O Commander of the faithful,
My parents be sacrificed upon thee, O Trustee of Allah for His creatures,
My parents be sacrificed upon thee, O Gateway to Paradise,
My parents be sacrificed upon thee, O Light of Allah.
I bear witness that thou didst preach the Code of Allah and His Prophet (the Blessings of Allah be upon him and his progeny), and thou didst shoulder the responsibility to guide the people-to safeguard the Faith and to propagate His Religion, and thou didst summon men to goodness and thou didst forbid what was evil, and thou didst conduct for Allah, the kind of steadfastness that needs to be maintained, and thou didst never transgress the limits of Allah, and thou didst pray to Allah with a firm sincerity and wonderous Faith, and may Allah shower His blessings upon thee and the Imams after thee.
1 Kulaini, Kafi, Vol, II, p. 321
2 Ibn Babawaihi, Man la yanduru hu'i-Fakih p. 226
3 Majlisi, op, cit, p, 58-92
Adapted from: "Ali, the Magnificent" by: "Yousuf N. Lalljee"
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