Story No. 244 – Quranic Life and knowledge of Imam Ali, Abu Turab (Father of Soil) (as)
“(Remember) the day when We will summon every people with their Imam (guide); then whosoever is given his book in his right hand, then these shall read their book (joyfully) and they shall not be dealt with unjustly”. (17:71)
In explaining the above verse from Noble Qur’an, Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) said, “(On that day) everyone will be summoned with the Imam of their time, Book of their Lord and the Sunnah (tradition) of their Prophet”. (Namoona)
Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) said, “The person who dies and has not known the Imam of his time [Imam Mahdi (as) is the present time Imam] has died the same as one who died during the Age of Ignorance.”
The foremost principle of Imam Ali, Abu Turab (as)’s life was: Having firm belief and faith in Almighty Allah (SWT). Imam Ali, Abu Turab (as) therefore based his entire life upon the teachings and guidance of Noble Qur’an. That’s why Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: “Ali is with Quran and Quran is with Ali”.
Imam Ali, Abu Turab (as) said, “Ask me (anything) about the Book of Allah (Noble Qur’an). By Allah! There is not a single verse which was revealed during night or day, during travel or at home, but Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) read it to me and taught me its meanings…” (Amali of Shaykh al-Toosi)
Imam Ali, Abu Turab (as) was the only one who declared ‘Saluni, Saluni Kabla an Tafkiduni’ – ‘ask me, ask me, before you do not find me amongst you.’
Imam Ali, Abu Turab (as) also said, “If authority is given to me and I have to act as a judge, I will judge the followers of Tawrat from Tawrat, the followers of Injeel from Injeel, the followers of Zaboor from Zaboor and followers of Furqan (Quran) from Furqan. By Allah! There is not a single verse which has been revealed during night or day, in the field or in the mountains but that, I possess its knowledge as to where it was revealed and for whom it was revealed”.