Ali[lower-alpha 1] (Arabic: عَلِي, translit. ʿAlī, pronounced [ʕaliː]; 601 – 29 Januar 661) wis the cuisin an son-in-law o the Islamic prophet Muhammad, an ruled ower the Rashidun Caliphate frae 656 tae 661, an wis the first male convert tae Islam. Sunni Muslims consider Ali the fowert an feenal o the Rashidun (richtly guidit Caliphs), while Shi'a Muslims regaird Ali as the first Imam an consider him an his descendants the richtful successors tae Muhammad, aw o which are members o the Ahl al-Bayt, the hoosehauld o Muhammad. This disagreement split the Ummah (Muslim community) intae the Sunni an Shi'a branches.
|Ali ibn Abi Talib|
Arabic calligrafie o the name o Ali
|4t Caliph o the Rashidun Caliphate |
|Predecessor||Uthman ibn Affan|
|Successor||Hasan ibn Ali|
|1st Imam o Shia Islam|
(Twelver, Zaydi, an Nizari Ismaili view)
|Successor||Hasan ibn Ali (2nt Imam)|
|Asās/Wāsih o Shia Islam |
(Musta'li Ismaili view)
|Successor||Hasan ibn Ali (1st Imam)|
15 September 601 (13 Rajab 21 BH in the auncient Arabic calendar)|
Ka'bah, Mecca, Hijaz, Arabian Peninsula
|Dee'd||killer Abdur Rahman ibne Muljim|
|Buirial||Imam Ali Mosque, Najaf, Iraq|
|Tribe||Quraysh (Banu Hashim)|
|Faither||Abu Talib ibn 'Abd al-Muttalib|
|Mither||Fatimah bint Asad|
|Releegion||Hanif (as o 610)/Islam|
Muslim soorces, especially Shi'a anes, state that durin Muhammad's time, Ali wis the anerlie body born in the Kaaba sanctuary in Mecca, the holiest place in Islam. His faither wis Abu Talib ibn Abd al-Muttalib an his mither wis Fatima bint Asad, but he wis raised in the hoosehauld o Muhammad, who hissel wis raised bi Abu Talib, Muhammad's uncle. When Muhammad reportit receivin a divine revelation, Ali wis the first male tae accept his message, dedicatin his life tae the cause o Islam.
Ali migratit tae Medina shortly efter Muhammad did. Ance thare Muhammad tauld Ali that God haed ordered Muhammad tae gie his dochter, Fatimah, tae Ali in marriage. For the ten years that Muhammad led the community in Medina, Ali wis extremely active in his service, leadin pairties o warriors on battles, an carryin messages an orders. Ali teuk pairt in the early caravan raids frae Mecca an later in amaist aw the battles focht bi the nascent Muslim community.
Ali wis appointit Caliph bi the Companions o Muhammad (the Sahaba) in Medina efter the assassination o the third caliph, Uthman ibn Affan. He encoontered defiance an ceevil war durin his reign. In 661, Ali wis attacked ane fore-nuin while worshippin in the mosque o Kufa, an dee'd a few days later.
In Muslim cultur, Ali is respectit for his courage, knowledge, belief, honesty, unbendin devotion tae Islam, deep lealtie tae Muhammad, equal treatment o aw Muslims an generosity in forgivin his defeatit enemies, an therefore is central tae meestical tradeetions in Islam sic as Sufism. Ali retains his stature as an authority on Qur'anic exegesis, Islamic jurisprudence an releegious thocht. Ali haulds a heich poseetion in amaist aw Sufi orders which trace thair lineage throu him tae Muhammad. Ali's influence haes been important throughout Islamic history.
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