Ali ibn Abi Talib (a.s.),while it is said in aclear hadith that whoever rebels against theImam of his time, he shall beconsidered rebellious andirreligious?! Was not her rebellion against Amiral-Muminin inal-Jamal battle a frank contracdiction to the Quranictexts,especially the well-known verse, "And stay in yourhouses.
"[Holy QuranXXXIII:33]?Didn't the Holy Prophet (s.w.) say, "O Ali! whosoever fights againstyou,he is like that who fights against me; and whosoever makespeace withyou, then he is making peace with me"? Now,according to this holytradition, were not Mu`awiyah, `Ayesha,Talha, and al-Zubayr fightingagainst the Holy Prophet (s.w.) whenthey rebelled against Imam Ali(a.s.)?Can we not discover the source of disputes by reading history andstudyits events? Those disputes which were the main reasons forthe divisionof the Islamic ummah.
6Can anyone who accompanied the Holy Prophet (s.w.) and sawhim beconsidered a just sahaabi?There is no doubt that anyone who acompanied the Holy Prophet(s.w.)is considered a companion.
The companions were veryfortunatebecause they have seen the Holy Prophet (s.w.) andbenefitted from hisholy existence and spirituality.
But, at the sametime, we have to say thatthis accompaniment does not protect thecompanion from falling in thewrong, and it cannot be anyone'sticket to enter paradise.
Rather, truebelief in Allah, good deeds,and adhering to the Islamic shari`ah is thereal security.
This isclear from the holy verses, especially the surah ofal-`Asr.