Imam Ali about the Sahaba

Imam Ali said:

لقد رأيت أصحاب محمد صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم، فما أرى أحداً يشبههم، لقد كانوا يصبحون شعثاً غبراً، وقد باتوا سجداً وقياماً، يراوحون بين جباههم وخدودهم، ويقفون على مثل الجمر من ذكر معادهم، كأن بين أعينهم ركب المعزى من طول سجودهم، إذا ذكر الله هملت أعينهم حتى تبل جيوبهم، ومادوا كما يميد الشجر يوم الريح العاصف خوفاً من العقاب ورجاءً للثواب

I have seen the companions of the Prophet but I do not find anyone resembling them. They began the day with dust on the hair and face (in hardship of life) and passed the night in prostration and standing in prayers. Sometimes they put down their foreheads and sometimes their cheeks. With the recollection of their resurrection it seemed as though they stood on live coal. It seemed that in between their eyes there were signs like knees of goats, resulting from long prostrations. When Allah was mentioned their eyes flowed freely till their shirt collars were drenched. They trembled for fear of punishment and hope of reward as the tree trembles on the day of stormy wind.
Nahjul Balagha, sermon 96

وروى المجلسي عن الطوسي رواية موثوقة عن الإمام علي كرم الله وجهه أنه قال لأصحابه: أوصيكم في أصحاب رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم: لا تسبوهم؛ فإنهم أصحاب نبيكم، وهم أصحابه الذين لم يبتدعوا في الدين شيئاً، ولم يوقروا صاحب بدعة، نعم! أوصاني رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم في هؤلاء

Majlisi has narrated from Tusi who has narrated a Muwathaq tradition,  from Ali  that he said “I order you regarding the companions of the Prophet (s) , don’t criticize them, because they are the companions of your Prophet (s). They are his companions,  they didn’t start any bidah in the religion, nor given honor to any innovator. Yes! The Prophet (s) has ordered me regarding them.
Hayat ul Qulub , Vol. 2, p. 621

عن جعفر بن محمد عن أبيه أن رجلا من قريش جاء إلى أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام فقال: سمعتك تقول في الخطبة آنفا اللهم أصلحنا بما أصلحت به الخلفاء الراشدين فمن هما قال: حبيباي وعماك أبوبكر وعمر إماما الهدى وشيخا الإسلام ورجلا قريش والمقتدي بهما بعد رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله من اقتدى بهما عصم ومن اتبع آثارهما هدي إلى صراط مستقيم

Jafar bin Muhammad narrates from his father that a man from Quraish came to Amirul Momineen, and said “I just heard you say : O Allah, guide us as you guided the Righteous Caliphs, who are those? He said “They were two friends of mine, they are Abu Bakr and Umar. They are the Imams of guidance, Shaykhul Islam, Quraishites, and they are the the ones to be followed after the Prophet (s), whoever followed them, will follow the correct path.
Talkhis Shafi, Vol. 2, p. 428

3 thoughts on “Imam Ali about the Sahaba

  1. Khorasani

    Salam Alaikum,

    Akhi, the first narration is also mentioned in the following shia books (according to the book that I am reading ‘Sahaba according to Quran and Ahlebait – Farsi Version).

    نهج البلاغه، ص 143 و : كافي، ج 2، ص 236 و بحارالانوار، ج 66 ، ص 307


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