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What is Haq??

Hareth Al-Hamdani and a group of Shia went to the Commander of the Believers, Ali bin Abi Taleb(as). Hareth could hardly walk with a cane and was ill, but he had a special status in the eyes of Ali bin Abi Taleb(as).


The Commander of the Believers(as) entered (the room) and asked, "How are you Hareth?"

Hareth replied, "Life is treating me poorly, O Commander of the Believers. And the disagreement of the people has increased my pain."

So the Commander of the Believers(as) asked, "What is the disagreement about?"

Hareth replied: It is about your status and the status of the three who preceded you. The people are divided into three groups: the exaggerators, those who are balanced followers and those who are hesitant and doubtful, who do not know whose status supercedes the other.

The Commander of the Believers(as) said, "O my brother from Hamadan! The best of my Shia are the balanced followers. Both the exaggerators and the doubtful ones should follow them (the balanced followers)."

Hareth said, "May I ransom my father and mother for you. Would you clarify this issue for our hearts and give us insight in this matter?"

The Commander of the Believers(as) said: This is a hidden matter. The religion of Allah is not known by men; it is known by HAQQ (truth). If you know HAQQ, you will know its people. O Hareth! HAQQ is the best of subjects. Those who uncover it are warriors. So pay attention to me and I will tell you what HAQQ is. Learn it and teach it only to those of your friends who have wisdom.

I am a slave of Allah, the brother of his Messenger(saww) and I am Allah's greatest SEDDIQ (truthful one). I believed in him while Adam was still between soul and body; I am indeed the first truthful one in the nation of the Prophet. We are the first and we are the last. O Hareth! I am his (the Prophets(saww)) chosen one; I am his equal, his heir, his friend and his confidant.

I was given the understanding, unmistakable judgement and knowledge of the Holy Qur'an. I was entrusted with one thousand keys, each of which opens a thousand doors and each door leads to one million fields of knowledge. I know the actual night of LAYLATUL QADR (night of destiny). This is true of my sons and I, for as long as there is a day and a night, and this will remain true until (the Twelfth Imam) inherits the earth and that which is on it.

Listen, O Hareth! You will know who I am and who my friends and enemies are at the following moments: at the time of death, on the bridge, by the Pool and at the time of dividing.

Hareth asked, "What is the time of dividing my Master?"

Imam Ali(as) replied, "It is the time when I will divide the people who will go to Hell (and Heaven). I will tell it (Hell), This is my friend so leave him, and that is my enemy so take him."

Then the Commander of the Believers took Hareth's hand and said:

O Hareth! I am taking your hand just as the Prophet(saww) took my hand when I complained to him of the envious and hypocritical people of Quraysh. And I will say to you what the Prophet(saww) said to me. He said, "On the Day of Judgement, I will hold the rope of Allah and you (Ali(as)) will hold me. Your sons will hold you and your Shia will hold them (your sons(as))."

So where do you think Allah will lead His Messenger? And where do you think His Messenger will lead his heirs? This is what HAQQ is, O Hareth!

Then the Commander of the Believers(as) said three times, "O Hareth! You will be with those whom you loved and you will reap the fruits of your efforts."

Hareth stood up and (while leaving) said, "I swear to Allah that after hearing this, I am no longer afraid of death. I am not worried about when death will approach me."


Source: Basharat ul Mustafa Le Shiyyat e Murtuza Chapter.1 Hadees.4 / Bihar ul Anwar Vol.27 Pg.159 / Ta’weel Al Ayaat Vol.2 Pg.650 / Amaali of Sheikh Tousi Vol.2 Pg.238