The Most Wretched of Men

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

It is recorded in Musnad ibn Hanbal, al-Mustadrak asw-Swahihayn, as-Sirah an-Nabawiyyah and al-Bidayah wa an-Nihayah, that the Prophet (s.a.w.) saw ‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) and ‘Ammar ibn Yasir (r.a.) stretched out and asleep on the soft ground and woke them up.

He then touched ‘Ali (k.w.) with his blessed hands and said, “Awaken, O Abu Turab!”  “Abu Turab” was the kunya of ‘Ali (k.w.).  The Prophet (s.a.w.) asked, “Would you like me to tell you of the most wretched of men?”  He then said, “There are two of them. One is Uhmir ats-Tsamud, who slew the camel,” referring to the miraculous camel of Swalih (a.s.) Mentioned in the Qur’an.  He continued, “The other is,” pointing to 'Ali’s (k.w.) head, “the person who strikes here with his sword, smearing your beard with blood.”


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