George Jordac, a Lebanese Christian authored a book in Arabic titled “Sautul Adalatil Insaniyah” translated in English as “The Voice of Human Justice” and was published in 1987 (second edition) by The Islamic Seminary under the patronage of His Eminence Ayatollah al-Uzma As-Sayyid Abul Qasim al-Musavi al-Khu’i.
Excerpts from the last chapter of the book titled “Let them mourn”, is reproduced below:
“A stranger is sitting in a corner of the world. Time did not recognize him. This stranger used to spend everything he possessed on others but did not seek anything from them. He was subjected to great oppressions, but he never thought of revenge. He forgave his enemies after gaining victory over them. He never did any injustice to his enemies and never performed any unlawful act for the sake of his friends. He was the helper of the weak, the brother of the indigent, and the father of the orphans. He was an erudite, and extremely forbearing. However, his heart was full of grief. His majesty and loftiness were resounding in all the mountains and deserts. He cut off the heads of big giants but was himself overcome by love and kindness. During day time, he administered justice and enforced the divine laws and in the darkness of the night, he wept bitterly for the sake of the indigent and helpless. He was stranger whose thundering voice made the oppressors tremble when any oppressed person approached him with a complaint. Whenever a man complained to him his word flashed like lightening and consumed the darkness of the deceitful. He was stranger on the face of the earth whose word was true and correct. He wore coarse dress and walked meekly. He was stranger and a lovely person who suffered all sorts of hardships so that the people might remain happy. He sought the welfare of the people in this world and in hereafter although they always grieved and harmed him. Who was this unique and angelic person whose enemies denied his virtues on account of their envy and avarice and whose friends deserted him on account of fear? He fought alone against corruption and destruction. He was never enamored of victory.
Who could this unique person be except Ali, the vexed and distressed Commander of the Faithful? That night he reviewed his entire life. He remembered that from his boyhood, his sword made the Quraysh tremble and he did his best to spread Islam. He remembered the night of migration when he slept in the bed of the prophet under the shadow of the swords of the Quraysh with the hope that the polytheists would be mistaken and would not harm the prophet. He remembered the time when the prophet came to his house one day while he was asleep. Fatima wanted to awaken him but the prophet aid: “Let him sleep, because after me he will be deprived of sleep for a long time!” He recollected the time when the prophet had said: “O Ali! God had adorned you in the best manner. He has endowed you with the love for the poor and the helpless. They will be happy to make you their Imam and you will be pleased to see them as your followers.” He also recollected the faces of the companions of the prophet who used to say: “During her time of the prophet we could identify the hypocrites because of their enmity with Ali.”
Ali recollected his own friends like Abu Zar Ghifari, the distinguished companion of the prophet who could not tolerate that the human life should be insulted and hence stood up to oppose oppression and injustice. In the time of the third caliph, he opened a campaign against the Bani Umaiiyah. As a consequence, he was exiled to a barren place called Rabazah, where his children died before his own eyes. Abu Zar died of hunger, whereas Bani Umayyah had the entire wealth of the earth at their disposal. Similarly, he remembered his pious and faithful brother Ammar Yasser who was martyred by a rebellious and oppressive group in the Battle of Siffin.
The eagles were sitting in their nests with their heads cast down, because on the following day their feathers were going to fall and they were to go in mourning for the chief of the world.
The Voice of Human Justice by George Jordac