Sahaba and Nahjul Balagha

Ali ibn Abi Talib [r.a] is reported to have said:

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

This is the Sayyid of ahlelbayt, he himself prefer the Sahaba of the Prophet [s] over those who claimed to be his Shiites. (He actually condemned these so called Shiites on lots of occasions, these Shiites were the source of grief not only to him, but his entire progeny. Click here to read what Ali [r.a] said about these Shiites)

He again condemns these Shiites, and praises the companions of the Prophet [s] and their steadfastness in the following words:

لقد كنّا مع رسول اللّه صلّى اللّه عليه و آله و سلم، نقتل آباءنا و أبناءنا و إخواننا و أعمامنا، ما يزيدنا ذلك إلّا إيمانا و تسليما، و مضيا على اللقم، و صبرا على مضض الألم، و جدّا في جهاد العدوّ. و لقد كان الرجل منّا و الآخر من عدوّنا يتصاولان تصاول الفحلين، يتخالسان أنفسهما أيّهما يسقي صاحبه كأس المنون، فمرّة لنا من عدوّنا و مرّة لعدوّنا منّا. فلمّا رأى اللّه صدقنا، أنزل بعدوّنا الكبت، و أنزل علينا النصر، حتى استقر الإسلام ملقيا جرانه، و متبوئا أوطانه. و لعمري لو كنّا نأتي ما أتيتم، ما قام للدين عمود، و لا اخضرّ للإيمان عود. و ايم اللّه لتحتلبنّها دما، و لتتبعنّها ندما

In the company of the Prophet of Allah (PBUH) we used to fight our parents, sons, brothers and uncles, and this continued us in our faith, in submission, in our following the right path, in endurance over the pangs of pain and in our fight against the enemy. A man from our side and one from the enemy would pounce upon each other like energetic men contesting as to who would kill the other; sometime our man got over his adversary and some-time the enemy’s man got over ours.

When Allah had observed our truth He sent ignominy to our foe and sent His succour to us till Islam got established (like the camel) with neck on the ground and resting in its place. By my life, if we had also behaved like you, no pillar of (our) religion could have been raised, nor the tree of faith could have borne leaves. By Allah, certainly you will now milk our blood (instead of milk) and eventually you will face shame.

Nahjul Balagha, Sermon # 55

Again, Ali [r.a] praises the companions of the Prophet [s] and condemns the Shiites in the following words:

أين القوم الذين دعوا إلى الإسلام فقبلوه، وقرأوا القرآن فأحكموه، وهيجوا إلى القتال فولهوا وله اللقاح إلى أولادها، وسلبوا السيوف أغمادها، وأخذوا بأطراف الأرض زحفاً زحفاً وصفاً صفاً، بعض هلك وبعض نجا، لا يبشرون بالأحياء ولا يعزون عن الموتى، مرة العيون من البكاء، خمص البطون من الصيام، ذبل الشفاه من الدعاء، صفر الألوان من السهر، على وجوههم غبرة الخاشعين، أولئك إخواني الذاهبون، فحق لنا أن نظمأ إليهم ونعض الأيدي على فراقهم

Where are those who were invited to Islam and they accepted it? They read the Qur’an and decided according to it. They were exhorted to fight and they leapt (towards it) as she-camels leap towards their young. They took their swords out of the sheaths and went out into the world in groups and rows. Some of them perished and some survived. The good news of survival does not please them nor do they get condoled about the dead. Their eyes have turned white with weeping. Their bellies are emaciated because of fasting. Their lips are dry because of (constant) praying. Their colour is pale because of wakefulness. Their faces bear the dust of God-fearing. These are my comrades who have departed. We should be justified if we feel eager for them and bite our hands in their separation.

Nahjul Balagha, Sermon # 120

Now compare it with Shia and Nahjul Balagha

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