free me from my heavy fetters (Dua Kumayl)
Imam Ali was born on the 13th of Rajab
Maulana Rumi in the Mathnawi (Nicholson translation, pg. 509) says:
He said, "My cousin Ali is the protector and friend of every one who is under my protection."
Who is the "protector"? He that sets you free and removes the fetters of servitude from your feet
Since prophethood is the guide to freedom, freedom is bestowed on true believers by the prophets.
Rejoice, O community of true believers: show yourselves to be "free" as the cypress and lily.
But, like the garden, at every moment give unspoken thanks to the Water.
The cypresses and green orchard mutely thank the water (that nourishes them) and show (silent) gratitude for the justice of Spring
Click here for Shaheed Allama Mutahhari's discourse on Imam Ali, and spiritual freedom.