Masoodi and Sibt bin Jawzi report from their chains that Ameerul Momineen (a.s.) after praising Allah said – When Allah wished to initiate creation and existence, He shaped the creatures before rolling out the earth and raising the skies. Then light burst forth from His Light of Majesty till it mellowed into an extract from His Brilliance. Then He assembled all the shapes and among them was our Prophet (s.a.w.a.). Then Allah addressed him (s.a.w.a.) – You are the one delegated with the choice, you are the one given the light…for your sake I have initiated reward, punishment, Paradise, Fire and have appointed your Ahle Bait (a.s.) as the signs of guidance and the repositories of My Secrets…
Mashaareqo Anwaar al-Yaqeen p 59 Behaar al-Anwaar v 77 p 299
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) informed – …it was written on the base of Arsh – There is no God but Allah. Muhammad (s.a.w.a.), Ali (a.s.), Fatima (s.a.), Hasan (a.s.) and Husain (a.s.) are the best of creation.
Then Jibrail supplicated – O Lord, I ask you by their right on You that you make me their servant.
Allah replied – I have done so.Excellence of the Ahle Bait (a.s.)
Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s.) informed – One who completes a year of his life and does not go for Ziyarat of Imam Husain (a.s.), then a year from his life decreases. If we say that some of you pass away from this world thirty
years earlier than destined, then certainly we have said the truth. This is because you have abandoned the Ziyarat of Imam Husain (a.s.). Then never leave it, (and) Allah will increase your lifespan and your sustenance. And if you abandon the Ziyarat, Allah will decrease your lifespan and sustenance. Then aspire to perform his Ziyarat and don’t abandon it ever, because Imam Husain (a.s.) is a witness on you from the side of Allah, His Prophet (s.a.w.a.), Ali (a.s.) and Fatima (s.a.).
Al-Tahzeeb al-Ahkaam v 6 p 43
Ibn Abbas narrates from the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) who said: Allah has a pillar made of ruby that is connected to the corner of the Arsh. None except Ali (a.s.) and his Shias will reach it.
Bashaarah al-Mustafa Le Shiah al-Murtaza v 2 p 153 Behaar al-Anwaar v 68 p 135
Umm Salma (r.a.) narrates: The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) was in my house when Fatima (s.a.) entered with Ali bin Abi Talib (a.s.) behind her.
The Prophet informed Ali bin Abi Talib (a.s.) – O Ali! Rejoice because you and your companions will be in Paradise. O Ali! Rejoice because you and your Shias will be in Paradise.
Bashaarah al-Mustafa Le Shiah al-Murtaza v 2 p 153
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) narrated: When I was taken to the heavens….(then) Jibrail said – Go ahead, I went ahead till the magnificence of My Lord manifested itself as He wished.
Then my Lord ordered – Come close, I drew close till the distance between my Lord and me was less than ‘two bow-lengths or even nearer’ (Surah Najm (53): 9).
Allah – O Muhammad who did you appoint as your successor on the earth?
Prophet (s.a.w.a.) – Ali (a.s.)
Allah – Do you wish to see him?
Prophet (s.a.w.a.) – Yes, My Lord.
Allah – O Muhammad look at the veil on your right.
Prophet (s.a.w.a.) – I looked to my right and saw Ali (a.s.) bowing to Allah, the High. I said – O Lord, this is Ali bowing.
Allah – Look at the earth.
Prophet (s.a.w.a.) – Then I looked at the earth and saw Ali (a.s.) standing in worship. I said – O Lord, this is Ali (a.s.) standing in worship.
Allah – Look below the Arsh. Then I looked below the Arsh and saw Ali (a.s.) prostrating. I said – O Lord, this is Ali (a.s.) prostrating.
When I descended on the earth, I informed Ali (a.s.) about what had transpired.
Ali (a.s.) said – O Prophet of Allah, I am but a servant of Allah and under His Control. He transforms my condition as He wishes and desires.
Al-Manaaqib of Alawi – Al-Kitab al-Ateeq p 116-117
Ibn Abbas reports that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) narrated: When I was taken to the heavens and Jibrail and I reached the seventh sky, Jibrail said – O Muhammad this is my limit. Then a shower of light engulfed me. I found myself with an angel from the angels of Allah who resembled Ali (a.s.) and was named Ali. He was prostrating below the Arsh and was reciting – O Allah forgive Ali (a.s.), his progeny, his lovers, his Shias, his followers and curse his haters, his adversaries, the ones envious of him, ‘surely You have power over everything’.
Al-Manaaqib of Alawi – Al-Kitab al-Ateeq p. 116-117 Al-Manaaqeb v 2 p 234 Behaar al-Anwaar v 39 p 98
Mufazzal b. Umar asked the Imam (a.s.) – O Son of Allah’s Prophet! Please inform me about the meaning of the following words of Allah, ‘And he made it a word to continue in his posterity that they may return’ (Surah Zukhruf (43): 28
The Imam (a.s.) informed – This implies that Allah established divine authority (Wilayat) in the progeny of Husain (a.s.) up until the Resurrection Day.
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) informed – Certainly Allah helped me (in battles) through the angels who assumed the image of Ali bin Abi Talib (a.s.) so that they could strike terror in the hearts of the enemies.
Al-Fusool al-Mukhtarah p. 295 Madinah al-Ma'aajiz v 2 p 306 Behaar al-Anwaar v 41 p 100
The Prophet (s.a.w.a.) informed – When I was made to ascend the fourth heaven I saw the figure of Ali bin Abi Talib (a.s.). I told Jibrail – This is my brother Ali (a.s.). It was revealed to me – This is an angel. Allah has created him in the image of Ali bin Abi Talib (a.s.). Seventy thousand angels visit him every day. They glorify and magnify Allah, the reward of which is reserved for the lovers of Ali bin Abi Talib (a.s.).
Bashaarah al-Mustafa Le Shiah al-Murtaza v 2 p 160 Behaar al-Anwaar v 39 p 111
Imam Sadiq (a.s.) while praying for the visitors of Imam Husain (a.s.) – O Allah, surely our enemies denounce the visitors of Imam Husain (a.s.) by mobilizing against them but this does not deter the visitors from travelling to our shrines…
Al-Kaafi v 4 p 582, v 9 p 331 Behaar al-Anwaar v 98 p 52 Kaamil al-Ziyaraat p 117 Wasaail al-Shia v 14 p 412
Imam Sadiq (a.s.) was asked regarding the verse – وَ مَنْ قُتِلَ مَظْلُوماً فَقَدْ جَعَلْنا لِوَلِيِّهِ سُلْطاناً فَلا يُسْرِفْ فِي الْقَتْلِ إِنَّهُ كانَ مَنْصُوراً
‘and whoever is slain unjustly, We have indeed given to his heir authority, so let him not exceed the just limits in slaying; surely he is aided.’ (Surah Bani Israel (17): 33)
Imam Sadiq (a.s.) – It is revealed concerning Imam Husain (a.s.) – if his successor slays the entire population of the earth as vengeance for Imam Husain’s (a.s.) killing, it will not be extravagant and his successor is the Qaim (a.s.).
Al-Burhaan fi Tafseer al-Quran v 3 p 530
Ibn Hajar al-Makki al-Haythami mentions in his al-Sawaaeq that al-Baarezi mentioned from al-Mansoor – I saw a man in Syria whose face had become that of a pig. When he asked him about it, he replied – I used to curse Ali (b. Abi Talib) every day a thousand times and on Friday 4,000 times along with his (a.s.) children. I saw the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) in a dream – and then goes on to narrate a very lengthy dream from which was as follows – Imam Hasan (b. Ali) (a.s.) complained to him (s.a.w.a.) due to which he (s.a.w.a.) cursed that man, then spat on that person’s face due to which it became that of a pig and a sign for the people.
Al-Sawaaeq al-Muhreqah p 117 Tarikh Dimishq v 4 p 117 al-Bedaayah Wa al-Nehaayah v 7 p 355 Silsilah al-Ahaadeeth al-Saheehah v 3 p 288
Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal declares – Virtues have not been recorded for any companion of the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) like they have been recorded for Ali b. Abi Talib (a.s.)
Al-Mustadrak Alaa Al-Sahihain v 3 p 107
Umar bin Khattab narrates that the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) informed him – None has earned virtues like those of Ali. He takes his companions towards guidance and away from destruction.
Riyaaz al-Nazarah v 1 p 277 from Al-Mojam al-Sagheer v 1 p 241