Shaqshaqiya Sermon

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The Shaqshaqiya[1] or Shiqshiqiyya[2] sermon (Arabic: الخطبة الشقشقية‎, translit. al-khuṭbat al-shiqshiqiyya‎)[3] is a sermon believed by Shi'a to have been delivered by Ali.


The title refers to an incident in which Ali interrupted his sermon to read a letter that had just arrived.[4] After being asked to resume the sermon, Ali replied: "In no way, in no way. It was like the foam on the camel's mouth (shiqshiqa) as it opens its mouth to bellow and then falls silent."[5][3]


Ali addressed the moral characters and plots of other caliphs and his intent of becoming the Caliph.[6] He also speaks about the people who abused the property of the early Islamic Community.[7][8]

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  1. ^ Francis Joseph Steingass (1992). A Comprehensive Persian-English Dictionary. p. 750. 
  2. ^ David Thomas (2013). Encyclopedia of Islamic Civilization and Religion, "Nahj al-Balagha". Routledge. p. 750. 
  3. ^ a b Lawson, Todd (2014). "Religious Authority & Apocalypse: Tafsīr as Experience in an Early Work of the Bāb". In Mir-Kasimov, Orkhan. Unity in Diversity: Mysticism, Messianism and the Construction of Religious Authority in Islam. Leiden: Brill. p. 60. ISBN 978-90-04-26280-5. 
  4. ^ Jamal J. Elias, 1999 & Islam the University of Virginia, p. 38
  5. ^ Nahj al-Balagha. 1:37.  As translated in al-Mufid's Kitab al-irshad 213.
  6. ^ Ali Muhammad As-Sallabi & Darussalam Publishers
  7. ^ Khomeini & 2013 Islam & Revolution Hb, p. 204
  8. ^ Imam Khomeini: Life, Thought and Legacy 2009, p. 154

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