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What is the meaning of “حبل الله” in the verse ﴿وَاعْتَصِمُواْ بِحَبْلِ اللهِ جَمِيعًا وَلاَ تَفَرَّقُواْ﴾ “And hold fast by the covenant of Allah [Quran and any kind of vehicle for Divine Unity] all together and be not disunited” according to Sunni narrations?

Visits 559 categorization: Interpreting Qur’anic Verses

By referring to Sunni sources we can realize that infallible and purified Prophet’s household (a.s.) are meant by “حبل الله” in the holy verse:
1- ibn Hajar has quoted from Tha’labi from Imam Sadiq (a.s.) in his Tafsir that he said: “we are the covenant of Allah” as He stated: ﴿وَاعْتَصِمُواْ بِحَبْلِ اللهِ جَمِيعًا وَلاَ تَفَرَّقُواْ﴾
[1]"We are the children of the Imams of guidance and lights in the darkness, those by whom Allah has brought proofs for His slaves and has not left people without proof,we are the branches of the holy tree and the remains of the chosen ones who have been kept away from impurity and have been purified by Allah. Those who have been kept away from mischief and have been obligated to be loved by Allah in the Holy Quran”. [2]
2- Hakim Haskani has quoted from Husayn Khalid from Ali ibn Musa al- Riza (a.s.) from his fathers from Ali (a.s.) with his own document that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said:
من احب ان يرکب سفينة النجاة و يستمسک بالعروة الوثقي و يعتصم بحبل الله المتين، فليوال عليا و لياتم بالهدي من ولده 3
“whoever wants to get on the rescue ship and to cling to the firmest handle and to hold fast the unshakable covenant of Allah, he should accept Ali’s guardianship and follow the guided ones from his children”.
3- Qunduzi has quoted from ibn Abbas with his own document that he said: “we were with the Prophet (s.a.w.) that an Arab came and said: “O Messenger of Allah! I heard from you that said: “وَاعْتَصِمُواْ بِحَبْلِ اللهِ”, what is the covenant of Allah that we should hold it fast?” At this time the Prophet (s.a.w.) touched Ali’s hand and said: “follow this man carefully who is the unbreakable covenant of Allah”. [4] [5]

resources and references

[1] Quran, Ale `Imran, verse, 103
[2] Sawa’iq al- Muharaqah, p. 90.
[3] Shawahid al- Tanzil, vol. 1, p. 130.
[4] Yanabi’ al- Mawadah, p. 119, chapter. 39.
[5] Ali Asghar Rizwani, Imamology and answering to the doubts, vol. 1, p. 422.
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