Sayyidinaa Imam ‘Ali Ibn Abu Talib Asadullah ul Ghaalib
Karam Allahu ta ‘ala wajhahu
Tadhkira Mashaikh-e-Qadiriya Ridawiya by Mawlana Abd al-Mujtaba Ridawi
English Translation: Chain of Lights by Aftab Qasim Ridawi (Durban – South Africa)
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Wa Sall Allahu ta ‘ala ‘alaa Sayyidinaa wa Mawlaana Muhammadin wa ‘alaa Aalihi wa Ashaabihi wa Dhurriyaatihi wa walidih Shaykh Sultan Sayyid Abdul Qadir Jilani wa walidi Shaykh Sultan Sayyid Mubarik ‘Ali Shah Jilani Hashimi wa Barik wa sallim
BLESSED NAME: His name is Ali and is known as Abu al-Hassan and Abu Turab and his titles are Murtuda, Asadullah and Haidar-e-Karraar.
HIS FATHER: His father was Abu Taalib and Grandfather were Abdul Mutallib. Abu Taalib is the uncle of the Prophet Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim.
HIS MOTHER: His mother’s name was Faatima bint Asad, bin Haashim, bin Abd Munaaf. Her Janazah was performed by Rasoolullah Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim, and he gave his blessed Qamees (Kurta) to be used as her kaffan (shroud). He prepared her grave and first he himself laid down in her grave, so that it will be comfortable for her in the grave, and so that she may be adorned in the Garb of Jannat. [Noor al-Absaar]
MIRACULOUS EVENTS IN THE WOMB OF HIS MOTHER: When Sayyidina Ali Radhi Allahu ta ‘ala anhu was in the womb of his mother, then she used to see astonishing dreams. She says, “When I was pregnant with Ali Radhi Allahu ta ‘ala anhu, some bright people came to me and gave me glad tidings, and for as long as he was in womb, I felt very different, and whenever I intended to prostrate before the idols, I would have a severe pain in my stomach. In this way, I could not prostrate to any idol.” [Masaalik as-Saalikeen]
HIS BIRTH: Sayyidina Ali Radhi Allahu ta ‘ala anhu was born on a Friday. Some narrations quote the date as the 13th of Muharram and others state the 13th of Rajab. His birth occurred 30 years after the incident of Feel. He was born inside the Holy Kaa’ba, and none has been blessed with this excellence before him. [Noor al-Absaar]
His mother said, “When he was born, he did not drink milk for three days, and this, caused great sadness in my home. This message reached Rasoolullah Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim. The Prophet Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim arrived and took Sayyiduna Ali Radhi Allahu ta ‘ala anhu in his blessed arms and showed great love to him. He then placed his tongue in the mouth of Sayyiduna Ali Radhi Allahu ta ‘ala anhu and Sayyidina Ali suckled on the tongue of the Prophet Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim and thereafter started to drink milk.”
When Sayyidina Ali Radhi Allahu ta ‘ala anhu was five years old, the Prophet Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim kept him at his blessed home and took care of him. He was thus groomed in the home of the Prophet Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim until he was ten years old.