Knowledge gives life to the soul - Imam Ali
Wafat of Masumah-e-Qum (A.S.)
Nov, 13 2018
4 Rabi Al Awwal 1440


الحُجَّةُ


THE ARGUMENT*




الحُجَّةُ / The Argument

1- الإمامُ عليٌّ عليه السلام: قُوّةُ سُلطانِ الحُجّةِ أعظَمُ مِن قُوّةِ سُلطانِ القُدرَةِ.
1. Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘The force of the authority of the argument is greater than the force of the authority of power.’
[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 6781]

2- الإمامُ عليٌّ عليه السلام: مَن صَدَقَتْ لَهجَتُهُ قَوِيَتْ حُجَّتُهُ.
2. Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘He who is true in his speech will be strong in his argument.’
[Ibid. no. 8482]


الحُجَّةُ


THE ARGUMENT*




3- الإمامُ الباقرُ عليه السلام وقد سُئلَ عن حُجّةِ اللّه على العِبادِ: أنْ يَقولوا ما يَعْلَمونَ، ويَقِفوا عِند ما لا يَعْلَمونَ.
3. Imam al-BÁqir (AS), when he was asked about the argument of Allah with people, replied, ‘It is
[for them] to say what they know and to stop at what they do not know.’
[al-TawÎId, p. 459, no. 27]

4- الإمامُ الصّادقُ عليه السلام: إنّ اللّه عزّ وجلّ احْتَجَّ على النّاسِ بما آتاهُم وما عَرّفَهُم.
4. Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, ‘Indeed Allah, Mighty and Exalted, will use as an argument against people all that He has given them and all that He has acquainted them with.’
[Ibid. p. 410, no. 2]

5- الإمامُ الصّادقُ عليه السلام: مَن شَكَّ أو ظَنَّ فأقامَ على أحَدِهِما أحْبَطَ اللّه عَمَلَهُ، إنَّ حُجَّةَ اللّه هِي الحُجَّةُ الواضِحَةُ.
5. Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, ‘He who doubts or suspects, and still acts according to either of them
[i.e. his doubt or suspicion], Allah will nullify his deed. Indeed the argument of Allah is the clear argument.’
[al-KAfI, v. 2, p. 400, no. 8]

للّه الحُجَّةُ البالغةُ / To Allah Belongs the Conclusive Argument

6- الإمامُ الصّادقُ عليه السلام في قولِهِ تعالى: «قُلْ فللّهِ الحُجَّةُ البالِغَةُ»: إنَّ اللّه تعالى يقولُ للعبدِ يَومَ القيامَةِ: عَبدي، أكنتَ عالِما ؟ فإنْ قالَ: نَعَم، قالَ لَهُ :أفلا عَمِلْتَ بما عَلِمْتَ؟! وإنْ قالَ: كُنتُ جاهِلاً، قالَ لَهُ: أفلا تَعلّمْتَ حتّى تَعْمَلَ ؟! فيُخْصَمُ، فتِلكَ الحُجَّةُ البالِغَةُ.
6. Imam al-Sadiq (AS), with regards to Allah’s verse in the Qur’an: “Say, ‘To Allah belongs the conclusive argument”, said, ‘Verily Allah, most High, will ask the servant on the Day of Resurrection, “My servant! Did you know?” If he then answers: “Yes”, Allah will tell him, “Then why did you not act upon what you knew?” But if he says, “I was ignorant”, He will tell him, “Why did not you learn in order that you may act?!” He will then be disarmed – and that is the conclusive argument.’
[BiÎAr al-AnwAr, v. 2, p. 29, no. 10]

7- الإمامُ الصّادقُ عليه السلام: الحُجَّةُ قَبل الخَلقِ، ومَع الخَلقِ، وبَعد الخَلقِ.
7. Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, ‘The argument existed before the creation of people, it exists alongside creation, and will remain after them.’
[al-KAfI, v. 1, p. 177, no. 4]

أوكَدُ الحُججِ وأبلغُها / The Surest and Most Conclusive Argument

8- الإمامُ عليٌّ عليه السلام: يا أيُّها النّاسُ إنَّهُ لَم يَكُنْ للّه سُبحانَهُ حُجّةٌ في أرضهِ أوْكَدُ مِن نَبيِّنا محمّدٍ صلى الله عليه و آله، ولا حِكْمَةٌ أبْلَغُ مِن كِتابِهِ القُرآنِ العَظيم.
8. Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘O people! Allah, glory be to Him, has no surer argument on His earth than our Prophet (SAWA), and there is no wisdom more conclusive than His Book, the Grand Qur’an.’
[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 11004]

9- الإمامُ عليٌّ عليه السلام: إنّه لَم يَكُنْ للّه تباركَ وتعالى في أرْضِهِ حُجَّةٌ ولا حِكْمَةٌ أبْلَغُ مِن كِتابِهِ.
9. Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Allah, Blessed and most High, has no more conclusive an argument or wisdom on His earth than His Book.
[ Nahj al-SaÝAda, v. 1, p. 347]

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* The word Îujja in Arabic literally means: argument, proof, evidence or authority. In the context of these traditions, it refers mainly to the proofs of Allah on this earth in the form of His divine guidance through the prophets, the ImAms, and divine revelation (ed.)

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