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What are the other things to which the Holy Ahlulbayt (as) have been compared?



Besides the Ark of Hazrat Nooh (as), what are the other things to which the Holy Ahlulbayt (as) have been compared?

Walikum Salam 

Thank you for your query.

The Ahlul Bayt are compared to:

  1. The ark of Prophet Nooh (as) as narrated in the hadith of Safinah

In a well-known hadith narrated by both Shi‘a and Sunni Muslims, the Prophet Muhammad (s) has likened his household to the ship, or safinah, of Prophet Noah:

قال رسول الله: مَثَلُ اهل بیتی مَثَل سفینة نوح، من رکبها نجی و من تخلّف عنها غَرِق

Be aware that surely the parable of my household among you is like the ship of Noah. Whoever embarked on the ship of Noah was saved, and however refused so was drowned.

This hadith directly refers to being spiritually guided and saved versus being drowned. According to the Qur’an, people have two lives: one is the physical life which we can examine through medical tests; the other is spiritual life i.e. the life of guidance and faith. The Prophets and their followers, such as the Imams and spiritual scholars, invite people to take care of their second life, not only the first one. The Qur’an says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اسْتَجِيبُوا لِلَّهِ وَلِلرَّسُولِ إِذَا دَعَاكُمْ لِمَا يُحْيِيكُمْ

O you who have faith! Answer God and the Apostle when he summons you to that which will give you life… (8:24)


  1. The stars – as mentioned in sermon 100 of Nahjul Balagha

أَلاَ إِنَّ مَثَلَ آلِ مُحَمَّد (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)، كَمَثَلِ نُجُومِ السَّماَءِ: إِذَا خَوَى نَجْمٌ طَلَعَ نَجْمٌ، فَكَأَنَّكُمْ قَدْ تَكَامَلَتْ مِنَ اللهِ فِيكُمُ الصَّنَائِعُ، وَأَتَاكُم مَا كُنْتُمْ تَأْمُلُونَ

Beware! The example of the descendants (Ali) of Muhammad – peace and blessing of Allah be upon him and his descendants – is like that of stars in the sky. When one star sets another one rises. So you are in a position that Allah’s blessings on you have been perfected and He has shown you what you used to wish for.

We have other Ahadith which compare or show the title of a particular Imam, such as Imam Hussain (as) who is mentioned to be the light of guidance and the ship of salvation by Prophet Muhammad(saww):

إن الحسين مصباح الهدي و سفينة النجاة

Hussain is the light of guidance and the ship of salvation. (Biharul Anwar,vol36,pg205; Safinatul Bihar,vol1,pg257)

و قال الصادق: كلنا سفن النجاة و سفينة الحسين أسرع

Imam Sadiq (as) stated, We are all ships of salvation but Hussains ship is faster.


Syed Haider