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The Holy Prophet (S) forbade the cursing ‘Ali (as)

1. The Holy Prophet (S) said,

    «لاتسبّوا علياً؛ فانّه کان ممسوساً في ذات الله عزّ وجلّ.»

“Do not curse ‘Ali, because he is heedless of any dangers in the way of Allah.”65

2. The Holy Prophet (S) also said,

    «من سبّ علياً فقد سبّني، ومن سبّني فقد سبّ الله تعالی.»

“Whoever vilifies ‘Ali has certainly vilified me. And whoever curses me has without doubt cursed Allah.”66

3. He also said,

    «عادی اللهُ من عادی علياً.»

“O Allah! Hate anyone who hates ‘Ali.”67

4. Hakim al-Neyshaburi recounts that Abi ‘Abd Allah said, “One day I went to see Umm Salamah. She asked me, ‘Do you curse the Holy Prophet (S) among yourselves?’ I said, ‘I seek refuge in Allah’ or ‘Glory be to Allah’, or a similar phrase. Umm Salamah then said, ‘On several occasions I heard the Holy Prophet (S) say:

    «من سبّ علياً فقد سبّني.»

‘Whoever curses ‘Ali has certainly cursed me’.”68

Notes:

65. Al-Mu‘jam al-Kabir, vol. 19, p. 148; Hiliyah al-Awliya’, vol. 1, p. 68.

66. Al-Hakim al-Neyshaburi, Al-Mustadrak ‘ala al-Sahihayn, vol. 3, p. 131.

67. Kanz al-‘Ummal, vol. 11, p. 601, hadith 32899.

68. Al-Hakim al-Neyshaburi, Al-Mustadrak ‘ala al-Sahihayn, vol. 3, p. 130, hadith 4615.

Adapted from: "The Uprising of Ashura and Responses to Doubts" by: "‘Ali Asghar Ridwani"