The Sirat is the hair-narrow bridge which every person must pass on the Yawm ad-Din to enter Paradise. It is said that it is as thin as a hair and as sharp as the sharpest knife or sword. Below this path are the fires of Hell, which burn the sinners to make them fall. Those who performed acts of goodness in their lives are transported across the path in speeds according to their deeds leading them to the Pool of Kawthar, the Lake of Abundance. However everyone must have a pass for them to cross. What is that pass?

Abi Saeed Al-Khodri narrates:
I heard RasoolAllah (sawa) say: On the Day of Judgment, Allah will order two angels to sit on the Sirat’ (the bridge) and guard it. No one will be able to cross the bridge without having a pass issued by Ali ibn Abi Talib (as). Allah will order the two angels to stop those who do not have a pass and ask them about it. If they fail to answer, these angels will throw them head first into hell Rasool Allah (saw) then referred to this verse from the Qur’an as proof “And stop them, for verily they must be questioned”(37:24).
Then I asked Rasool Allah (saw) , “O Rasool Allah (saw), may I ransom my father and my mother for you. Please tell me what this pass is?”
RasoolAllah (saw) replied, “This is what is written on the pass:
La Illaha Illallah, Mohammadan Rasool Allah, Ali Ameer Al-Mu’mineen, Wasi Rasool Allah.
“There is no god except Allah, Muhammad (saw) is His Messenger, and Ali (as), the Commander of the Faithful, is the successor of the Messenger of Allah”

محمد بن أحمد بن الحسن بن شاذان، عن محمد بن وهبان، عن أحمد بن إبراهيم الثقفي، عن يحيى بن عبد القدوس، عن علي بن محمد الطيالسي، عن وكيع ابن الجراح، عن فضيل بن مرزوق، عن عطية العوفي، عن أبي سعيد الخدري قال: سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله يقول: إذا كان يوم القيامة أمر الله ملكين يقعدان على الصراط، فلا يجوز أحد إلا ببراءة أمير المؤمنين علي بن أبي طالب عليه السلام وإلا أكبه الله على منخره في النار، ذلك قوله تعالى: ” وقفوهم إنهم مسؤولون ” قلت: فداك أبي وأمي يا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله ما تعني براءة أمير المؤمنين؟ قال: لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله علي أمير المؤمنين وصي رسول الله

Source: Yaqeen fi Imrat Amir Al-Mo’menin, Page57; Tafsir Al-Burhan, Volume 4, Page 17, Hadith 3; Ghayatol Maram, Page 17, Hadith 10; Bihar Al-Anwaar, Volume 39, Page 201, Hadith 22 (See Image)


May we meet these two angels with this pass and have our deeds help us cross this bridge.