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ومن خطبة له (عليه السلام)
His (Imam Ali a.s.) sermon
يومىء فيها إلى ذكر الملاحم
referring to events in the future
يَعْطِفُ الْهَوَى عَلَى الْهُدَى إِذَا عَطَفُوا الْهُدَى عَلَى الْهَوَى،
He will direct desires towards (the path of) guidance while people will have turned guidance towards desires,
وَيَعْطِفُ الرَّأْيَ عَلَى الْقُرْآنِ إِذَا عَطَفُوا الْقُرْآنَ عَلَى الرَّأْيِ
and he will turn their views to the direction of the Qur'an while the people will have turned the Qur'an to their views.
- جزء من الخطبة -
A part of the same sermon
حَتَّى تَقُومَ الْحَرْبُ بِكُمْ عَلَى سَاق،
(Before this Enjoiner of Good, matters will deteriorate) till war will rage among you with full force,
بَادِياً نَوَاجِذُهَا
showing forth its teeth,
ممْلُوءَةً أَخْلاَفُهَا حُلْواً رَضَاعُهَا، عَلْقَماً عَاقِبَتُهَا
with udders full of sweet milk but with a sour tip.
أَلاَ وَفِي غَد ـ
Beware, it will be tomorrow
وَسَيَأْتِي غَدٌ بِمَا لاَ تَعْرِفُونَ
and the morrow will come soon with things which you do not know.
يَأْخُذُ الْوَالِي مِنْ غَيْرِهَا عُمَّالَهَا عَلَى مَسَاوِىءِ أَعْمَالِهَا
The Man in power, not from this crowd, will take to task all those were formerly appointed for their ill deeds
وَتُخْرِجُ لَهُ الاْرْضُ أَفَالِيذَ كَبِدِهَا
and the earth will pour forth its eternal treasures
، وَتُلْقي إِلَيْهِ سِلْماً مَقَالِيدَهَا
and fling before him easily her keys.
، فَيُرِيكُمْ كَيْفَ عَدْلُ السِّيرَة
He will show you the just way of behaviour
و يُحْيِي مَيِّتَ الْكِتابِ و الْسُّنَّةِ
and revive the Qur'an and sunnah which have become lifeless (among people).
- جزء من الخطبة -
A part of the same sermon
كأَنَّي بِهِ قَدْ نَعَقَ بِالشَّامِ
As if I see (him), he (the Enjoiner of Evil),is shouting in Syria (ash-Sham)
وَفَحَصَ بِرَايَاتِهِ فِي ضَوَاحِي كُوفَانَ،
and is extending his banners to the outskirts of Kufah.
فَعَطَفَ عَلَيْهَا عَطْفَ الضَّرُوسِ،
He is bent towards it like the biting of the she-camel.
وَفَرَشَ الاْرْضَ بِالرُّؤُوسِ،
He has covered the ground with heads.
قَدْ فَغَرَتْ فَاغِرَتُهُ،
His mouth is wide open
وَثَقُلَتْ فِي الاْرْضِ وَطْأَتُهُ،
and (the trampling of) his footsteps on the ground have become heavy.
بَعِيدَ الْجَوْلَةِ، عَظِيمَ الصَّوْلَةِ
His advance is broad and his attacks are severe.
وَاللهِ لِيُشَرِّدَنَّكُمْ فِي أَطْرَافِ الاْرْضِ حَتَّى لاَ يَبْقَى مِنْكُمْ إِلاِّ قَلَيلٌ،
By Allah, he will disperse you throughout the earth till only a few of you remain,
كَالْكُحْلِ فِي الْعَيْنِ
like kohl in the eye.
فَلاَ تَزَالُونَ كَذلِكَ، حَتَّى تَؤُوبَ إِلَى الْعَرَبِ عَوَازِبُ أَحْلاَمِهَا!
You will continue like this till the Arabs return to their senses.
فَالْزَمُوا السُّنَنَ الْقَائِمَةَ، وَالاْثَارَ الْبَيِّنَةَ
You should therefore stick to established ways, clear signs
وَالْعَهْدَ الْقَرِيبَ الَّذِي عَلَيْهِ بَاقِي النُّبُوَّةِ
and the early period which has the lasting virtues of the Prophethood.
وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ إِنَّمَا يُسَنِّي لَكُمْ طُرُقَهُ لِتَتَّبِعُوا عَقِبَهُ
You should know that Satan makes his ways easy so that you may follow him on his heels.

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