About troubles which would arise and
the Day of Judgement
Allah deputised him (the Prophet) as a caller towards Truth and a witness
over the creatures. The Prophet conveyed the messages of Allah without
being lazy and without any shortcoming, and he fought His enemies in the
cause of Allah without being languid and without pleading excuses.
He is the foremost of all who practise piety and the power of perception
of all those who achieve guidance.
A part of the same sermon, complaining about his men
If you know what I know of the unknown that is kept wrapped up from you
certainly you would have gone out into the open weeping over your deeds
and beating yourselves in grief and you would have abandoned your
properties without any guard for it or any substitute over it. Everyone
would then have cared for his own self without paying attention to anyone
But you have forgotten what was recalled to you and felt safe from what
you had been warned. Consequently, your ideas went astray and your affairs
do long that Allah may cause separation between me and you and give me
those who have a better right to be with me than you. By Allah, they are
people of blissful ideas, enduring wisdom and true speech.
They keep aloof from revolt. They trod forward on the path (of Allah) and
ran on the high road. Consequently, they achieved the everlasting next
life and easeful honours.
Beware! by Allah, a tall lad of swinging gait from Banu Thaqif would be
placed over you. He would eat away your vegetation and melt your fat. So,
O' Aba Wadhahah, is that all?
as-Sayyid ar-Radi says: "al-Wadhahah" means "al-khunfusa' (dung-beetle)."
In this sentence Amir al-mu'minin has referred to al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf
ath-Thaqafi and he had an incident with "al-Khunfusa '", which need not be
(1). The detail of this incident is that one
day al-Hajjaj stood up for saying prayers when al-khunfusa' advanced
towards him. al-Hajjaj held out his hand to stop him but he bit him
whereby his hand got swollen and eventually he died of it. Ibn Abi'l-Hadid
has written that "al-Wadhahah" means the dung that remains sticking to the
tail of an animal, and this surname is intended to disgrace him.