Saturday, 31 December 2016

'Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) on the Principle of the Bay'ah

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

In the 6th Letter of Nahj al-Balaghah, it is recorded that ‘Ali (k.w.) said, “Verily, the people who pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr, ‘Umar and ‘Utsman, have pledged allegiance to me based on the same principles as the allegiance to them.  So, anyone who was present has no right to go against his pledge of allegiance, and anyone who was absent has no right to oppose it.  And verily shura’ is only the right of the Muhajirun and the Answar.  So, if they decide upon a man and declare him their imam, then it is with the Pleasure of Allah.  If anyone goes against this decision, then he must be persuaded to follow the rest of the people.  If he persists, then fight with him for leaving that which has been accepted by the believers.  And Allah shall Let him wander misguided and not guide him.”

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