RNA – In a statement on the occasion of Eid al-Ghadir, Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad-Taqi al-Modaressi, a senior Najaf-based Iraqi scholar, said, “The Day of Ghadir is the day of the manifestation of divine guardianship over the people, which is found in the guardianship of the Commander of the Faithful [Imam Ali] after the Holy Prophet [Muhammad] and that is why the day of Ghadir is the ‘Greatest Eid of God.’”
His Eminence stated, “All creatures obey the command of God, and the guardianship of God is a creational presupposition and from the wisdom of affliction, man is given partial freedom, so he doesn’t accept the guardianship of God and rebels and submits to the guardianship of Satan. If the guardianship of God isn’t over man, the guardianship of Satan will be.”
Ayatollah al-Modarresi referring to the manifestation of divine guardianship in the guardianship of the prophets in verse 64 of Surah an-Nisa [Chapter of ‘The Women’], “We did not send any apostle but to be obeyed by God’s leave…” and stated, “Divine guardianship was manifested on the Day of Ghadir.”
He added, “Imam Ali’s guardianship isn’t only in the political dimension and doesn’t end with the usurpation of the caliphate, just as it didn’t end with the martyrdom of the Imam. The guardianship of Imam Ali on the day of Ghadir will be manifested in Imam al-Mahdi one day.”
Ayatollah al-Modarresi pointed out that after the prophets and imams, this divine guardianship was manifested in the scholars, noting, “According to the Messenger of God, the scholars are the heirs of the prophets. Apart from the fact that this guardianship is at a lower level and is subject to the divine guardianship, the scholars are the deputies of that guardianship. As stated in an honourable tawqi’ [signed letter of Imam al-Mahdi], ‘The scholars are my authority over you and I am the authority of God.’”
Eid al-Ghadir is among the important feasts and happy holidays of the Shi’ah Muslims and is held on Dhi al-Hijjah 18; when according to reports, the noble Prophet Muhammad appointed Ali ibn Abi Talib as his caliph and the Imam after himself following an order from God. That event happened in the Prophet’s Hajjat al-Wida’ (the Farewell Hajj), in 10 AH/632 CE in a place called Ghadir Khumm.
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