Practice of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny)

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عن أبي سعيد الخدري عن نبي الله ﷺ قال [لما] نزلت هذه الآية وَ أْمُرْ اَهْلَكَ بِالصَّلاةِ قال كان يجي‏ء إلى باب علي تسعة أشهر كل صلاة غداة و يقول الصلاة رحمكم الله اِنَّما يُرِيدُ اللهُ لِيُذْهِبَ عَنْكُمُ الرِّجْسَ اَهْلَ الْبَيْتِ وَ يُطَهِّرَكُمْ تَطْهِيرًا.

Abu Saeed al-Khudri (r.a.) reports, “When the verse ‘…and order your family for prayers’ (Surah Taha (20): Verse 132) was revealed, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) used to come to the door of Ali (peace be upon him) for nine months every morning at the time of prayers and say, ‘Prayers! May Allah have mercy on you’ ‘Allah only intends to keep away all indecencies from you O Ahl al-Bait and keep you purify as is the right of purification’ (Surah Ahzaab (33): Verse 33).”

وَ قَالَ اَبُو جَعْفَرٍؑ اَمَرَهُ اللهُ تَعَالٰى اَنْ يَخُصَّ اَهْلَهُ دُونَ النَّاسِ لِيَعْلَمَ النَّاسُ اَنَّ لِاَهْلِهِ عِنْدَ اللهِ مَنْزِلَةً لَيْسَتْ لِلنَّاسِ فَاَمَرَهُمْ مَعَ النَّاسِ عَامَّةً وَ اَمَرَهُمْ خَاصَّة

Imam Baqer (peace be upon him) says, “Allah – the High – order him (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) that he (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) should specify his family (peace be upon him) other than the ordinary people so that the people should know that his family (peace be upon him) enjoys a special position in front of Allah which is not for the people; hence, He ordered them with the people generally, and ordered them specifically.” (Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 25, p. 212 narrating from Tafseer al-Qummi (r.a.), vol. 2, p. 67)


1)    The author of Shawaahed al-Tanzeel is a renowned Sunni commentator, Abu al-Qasim Ubaidullah Ibn Ahmad, famous as al-Haakem al-Haskaani, a fifth century scholar.  

2)    The Muslims generally respect anything remotely connected to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his holy progeny). But after his martyrdom, the so-called companions came in numbers and burnt down this very door, which was frequented by the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) as a mark of respect to its inhabitants. And who were the inhabitants? Abd al-Kareem Shahrastaani in Al-Melal wa al-Nehal writes, “I swear by Allah! When they burnt the door, there was none in it except Ali, Fatemah, Hasan and Husain (peace be upon him).” The same personalities for whom the second verse in the above tradition was recited by the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his holy progeny).

3)    Worse than the sin is its justification! Some Muslims either deny the incident or justify it as an error in jurisprudence! Take lesson, O people of wisdom! If this is the justification, then every criminal in the world will justify his act as an error in jurisprudence and consequently, all the courts have to be closed down.


1.    Shawaahed al-Tanzeel, vol. 2, p. 47, H. 668

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