Imam Ali ibn Abi-Talib (as), Compiled by Allama Sayyid Sharif Radi. Nahjul Balagha (Peak of Eloquence). Ansaryian Publications, Qum, Islamic Republic of Iran. (1375A.H./1956A.D.) 712pp hardcover, $US24.50.
In the year 359A.H (970A.D) a descendant of the prophet of Islam was born who later compiled the single most important and eloquent book to today’s Shia-Muslims next to the Holy Quran, entitled Nahjul Balagha (Peak of Eloquence). Allama Sayyid Sharif Radi (970-1015) who at his time outshone all the other scholars due to his extraordinary brilliance had successfully compiled 241 sermons, 79 letters, and 489 sayings of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (656-661) the first successor of Muhammed (pbuh) the prophet of Islam.
To even attempt to describe the greatness of Imam Ali (as) is an enigma in itself and would require not days and pages, but volumes and decades of writing. Who was Ali (as) to have uttered such beautifully eloquent words that have to this day baffled, bewildered and mystified scholars and intellects alike? This collection is the living proof that would testify till eternity the position of Ali (as) as a normal human being and as a divinely chosen Imam.
A look at the subjects discussed in Nahjul Balagha will be helpful in ascertaining the wide scope of this invaluable treasure of wisdom. Ali (as) through Nahjul Balagha has touched many aspects of the Islamic doctrine and comprised many broad issues such as philosophy, theology, politics, science, morals and ethics down to more specific issues such as jurisprudence and still remains to be the most eloquent book within the Shia school of thought literature.
By blood, Ali (as) was the cousin of the prophet and his son in law. By faith, he was the first man to accept the religion of Islam and the last to have been with the prophet of Islam. There are many traditions and saying of the prophet (pbuh) that describe Ali’s...