The Praise of Imam ‘Ali al Rida

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The Praise of Imam ‘Ali al Rida

 

The view of Imam ‘Ali al Rida regarding the Sahabah is not any different from that of his forefathers. He says:

 

لما بعث الله عز وجل موسى بن عمران واصطفاه نجياً، وفلق له البحر، ونجَّى بني إسرائيل، وأعطاه التوراة والألواح رأى مكانه من ربه تعالى ، فقال موسى: يا رب، فإن كان آل محمد كذلك، فهل في أصحاب الأنبياء أكرم عندك من صحابتي؟ قال الله تعالى: يا موسى، أما علمت أن فضل صحابة محمد على جميع صحابة المرسلين كفضل آل محمد على جميع آل النبيين، وكفضل محمد على جميع النبيين فقال موسى: يا رب، ليتني كنت أراهم! فأوحى الله إليه: يا موسى، إنك لن تراهم، فليس هذا أوان ظهورهم، ولكن سوف تراهم في الجنات -جنات عدن والفردوس- بحضرة محمد، في نعيمها يتقلبون، وفي خيراتها يتبحبحون.

When Allah appointed Musa ibn ‘Imran as a Prophet, chose him as his confident, split the ocean for him, saved him from Firoun, and gave him the Tawrah and the Tablets, he understood the position he held by Allah.

Therefore he said, “O Allah, if the family of Muhammad, The Rasul of Allah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam holds such a high position in your eyes, then, is there anyone from amongst the Companions of any of the other Ambiya’ who are more honoured in your eyes than my Companions?”

Allah replied, “O Musa, Don’t you know that the virtue of the Companions of Muhammad salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam on the Companions of the rest of the Ambiya’ is like the virtue of the Family of Muhammad salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam on the families of the rest of the Ambiya’, and like the virtue of Muhammad salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam on the rest of the Ambiya’.”

Musa ‘alayh al Salam said, “O My Lord, I desire to see them!”

Allah informed him, “O Musa, you will not be able to see them because this is not their time of coming. Rather you will see them in Jannat in the presence of Muhammad salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. They will be enjoying the comforts of Jannat and benefiting from its pleasures.”[1]

 

The aforementioned quote from this Imam shows us that this virtue was not specific to any of the Companions of the Rasul of Allah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. Rather it included all of the Sahabah radiya Llahu ‘anhum. If this was not the case then the Sahabah would not enjoy any virtue above the Companions of the other Ambiya’ ‘alayh al Salam.

 

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[1] Bihar al Anwar, vol. 13 pg. 340; Ta’wil al Ayat pg. 411

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