لَوْ أَحَبَّنِي جَبَلٌ لَتَهَافَتَ۔

Even if a mountain had loved me, it would have crumbled down.



Even if a mountain had loved me, it would have crumbled down.

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Nahj al-Balagha — Peak of Eloquence: Hadith #111)

Personal Reflection

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. Peace and blessings be upon Muhammad, his family, his companions, and the righteous successors.

The Arabic Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) states,

لَوْ أَحَبَّنِي جَبَلٌ لَتَهَافَتَ۔

This powerful statement can be translated into English as,

Even if a mountain had loved me, it would have crumbled down.

To understand the meaning behind this Hadith, let us delve into the key words and their implications. The word (ahabbanee) "أَحَبَّنِي" means "had loved me," indicating a deep and intense affection. The word (jabal) "جَبَلٌ" refers to a mountain, a symbol of strength, stability, and immovability. Lastly, the word (tahafata) "تَهَافَتَ" means "crumbled down," signifying a complete collapse or destruction.

To further comprehend the significance of this Hadith, we can turn to the Quran for guidance. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) states in Surah Al-Hashr (59:21),

لَوْ أَنزَلْنَا هَٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ عَلَىٰ جَبَلٍ لَّرَأَيْتَهُ خَاشِعًا مُّتَصَدِّعًا مِّنْ خَشْيَةِ اللَّهِۚ

This verse conveys that if the Quran were to be revealed upon a mountain, it would humble itself, crumble, and disintegrate out of awe and reverence for Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ).

Drawing a parallel between this Quranic verse and the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ), we can understand that the love and affection of a mountain towards Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) would have been so immense that it would have caused the mountain to crumble. This highlights the unparalleled greatness and magnitude of Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) character and knowledge.

Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) possessed an unparalleled depth of knowledge and wisdom, which was recognized by both Shia and Sunni Muslims. His knowledge encompassed various fields, including jurisprudence, theology, ethics, and spirituality. He was known for his eloquence, intellect, and ability to provide profound insights into complex matters.

The consequence of the mountain's love for Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) leading to its collapse signifies the overwhelming impact of his personality and teachings. Just as the mountain would crumble under the weight of its love for Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ), the hearts and minds of Muslims should be filled with love and admiration for him. This love should be so intense that it transforms their lives, leading them to follow his example and teachings.

Reflecting upon this Hadith, we are reminded of the importance of recognizing and appreciating the immense knowledge and wisdom of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ). It serves as a call for Muslims to seek knowledge and guidance from the teachings of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ), as his words and actions are a source of enlightenment and guidance for all.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) emphasizes the extraordinary love and admiration that should be felt towards him. It highlights the immense impact of his knowledge and teachings, which have the power to transform hearts and minds. Muslims should strive to emulate his character and seek guidance from his profound wisdom. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) grant us the ability to understand and implement the teachings of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) in our lives.

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