Hazrat Ali’s letter – testament of human rights and equality

Ali bin Abi Talib, the fourth Caliph and son-in-law of the Prophet Mohammed, wrote a long letter of guidance after appointing Maalik al-Ashtar to be Governor of Egypt. I had posted excerpts of this letter. The letter was discovery for our leading poet Fahmida Riaz who, in an email wrote as follows:

“…here is this document, written by him,1500 or so years ago. The sheer beauty of his thought, the largesse of his great heart, the incredible refinement of his mind! It takes your breath away and brings tears to your eyes. And then, his understanding of the class structure of society..long before anyone in the world paid attention to the composition of society! All this is so incredible.”

Recently I was introduced to the works of Anita Rai, who in her book, ‘Ghadeer – Government of the people, for the people, by GOD’ writes:

The Christian West met the Islamic world much earlier than the crusadeswhen the breeze carrying the mildest fragrance of Ali gently stirred Europe in its sleep. Long before Europe could even dream up a remote synonym of ‘human rights’, or even had the vaguest idea of it as the most basic of civilised values, did Islam introduce and celebrate it. Even better. It had also preserved the actions and words, of the pioneer of human rights – Ali ibne Abi Talib. There is no chapter in the charter of the U.N., which is not running parallel to the rules laid down by Ali in his letters to his governors, especially the one to Malik al Ashtar – a letter, as you will see in this book, has undoubtedly influenced the United Nations’ charter strongly. The imprints are too striking to be ignored or to go unobserved. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has a formidable precedent in the form of Imam Ali’s letter written almost 1400 years ago. Irrespective of the change in the needs and eras of lifestyles, the jargon of the contemporary philosophies, and the new vicissitudes of techno-crazy world opening up at sci-fi speed, the letter of Ali ibne Abi Talib accommodates today and tomorrow.

Read more on Anita Rai here

Published on May 14, 2007 at 5:17 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. beshak masoom(a.s) ka har kalaam har zamane ke liye rehmat aur hidayat ka behtreen zarya hai!!
    aur meri ye dua hai anita roy ke lye khuda unhe hamesha masoom(a.s) ki mohabbat ke sadqe me kamyaab aur mahfooz rakhe!!!
    “dunya lakh chahe ALI(a) ke fazayal mitana
    khud mit jayegi par mita na sakega ALI(a) ka zikr”!!!!

  2. Huq hay Ali huq muhtaj hay Ali A.s ka Zarqa Ibne Addi ka Mavia kay samnay Jange Siffen kay mutaliq Moula kay Iqrar mein chund mufasil jumlay aaj bhi Umiayads kay wastay challenge hay.Ali (as) kay Muqabil joo bhi aaya jhota sabit hoa hay aur hamesha hoga.
    Islam diloun mein na utar saka kabhi zalimoun kay…
    Mairay moula nay toun dunya ko talaq day di
    Woh bhoukay iqtidar kay jo spain ja pohanchay kabhi
    Mairay moula nay huq ki naveed Iqwam e mutahada mein bhi suna di.

  3. For correction sorry its ZARQA binte Addi.
    S.M.Ahsan

  4. Aik Insaan

    Allah or Muhammad key baad aik insaan ka zikr hai
    Jis ney apney jihade nafs sey aik ajeeb maqam paya

    Nafs ko kaat dur phenka
    Shaitan ko bey bas kar diya

    Jab nafs hi nahin to shaitan kiya karey
    Jab samney Ali ho to kufr kiya karey

    Quran hai in mey koot koot ke bhara hua
    Bandagi hai inki Allah ko pasand

    Allah ka sher hai Muhammad ka wasi hai
    Har manon main ye kul benazir hai

    Ibadat in sey seekho sakhawat in sey seekho
    Islam ka alam uthana in sey seekho

    Yaqeen in ka dehko shujaat in ki dekho
    Aur ho agar jang to zulfiqar in ki dekho

    Aaj 13 Rajab hai aur Kaabe ke aas paas
    Aik bahut nafees khushbu

    Khushbu hai Haider key maulood ki
    Badro Khaibaro Khandaq ke jalwagar ki

    Raaton ko Allah sey ro ro kar baten karne waley ki
    Us badshah ki jis ney zindagi bhar sookhi jau ki roti khai

    Ao main tumhe Najaf ki sair karaoon jahan sota hai aik sher

    Nahin sher nahin babbar sher

    Maula mujh ko Khuda ki qasam yaqin hai
    Allah aur tumhara aik bahut mazboot sang hai

    Yeh tamannah hai meri apney maula ke liye
    Ye dua hai meri apne aqa ke liye

    Allah tumko ajar khaas dey
    Ke arsh pey apni intihai qurbat dey

    Jibraeel tum ko ustaad kehte hain
    Tum ko dekh kar sher apna sar kham kartey hain

    Khizr nay tum ko do duaen batain
    Kumail or Mashlool

    Kumail dua hai
    Tauba rozi sehat or salamti ki

    Mashlool say bekas apahij sehat yaab ho gaya
    Yaqinan is dua main hai Ism Azam

    Wastey in duaon ke pahar hil sakta hai
    Sadqe in duaon ke jarra darwaza khul sakta hai

    Ali tum ho Muhammad aur Kausar ki nishani
    Ali tum ho azmate bandagi ki kahani

    AR

  5. Nice blog..
    Where can i get Anita Rai’s books in Pakistab (Karachi)?


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