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Wikipedia Summary for Imam Ali

ʿAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib (Arabic: علي بن أبي طالب‎; c. 600 – c. 28 January 661) was a cousin, son-in-law and companion of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. He ruled as the fourth rightly guided caliph from 656 until his assassination in 661. He is also one of the central figures in Shia Islam, being regarded as the rightful immediate successor to Muhammad and the first Imam by all branches of Shia Muslims. He is the son of Abu Talib and Fatimah bint Asad, the husband of Fatima, and the father of Hasan, Husayn and Zaynab.

As a child, Muhammad took care of him. After Muhammad's invitation of his close relatives, Ali became one of the first believers in Islam at the age of about 9 to 11. He then publicly accepted his invitation on Yawm al-Inzar and Muhammad called him his brother, guardian and successor. He helped Muhammad emigrate on the night of Laylat al-Mabit, by sleeping in his place. After migrating to Medina and establishing a brotherhood pact between the Muslims, Muhammad chose him as his brother. In Medina, he was the flag bearer in most of the wars and became famous for his bravery.

The issue of his right in the post-Muhammad caliphate caused a major rift between Muslims and divided them into Shia and Sunni groups.

On his return from the Farewell Pilgrimage, at Ghadir Khumm, Muhammad uttered the phrase, "Whoever I am his Mawla, this Ali is his Mawla." But the meaning of Mawla was disputed by Shias and Sunnis. On this basis, the Shias believe in the establishment of the Imamate and caliphate regarding Ali, and the Sunnis interpret the word as friendship and love.

While Ali was preparing Muhammad's body for burial, a group of Muslims met at Saqifah and pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr.

Ali pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr, after six months, but did not take part in the wars and political activity, except for the election of the third caliph. However, he advised the three caliphs whenever they wanted, in religious, judicial, and political matters.

After Uthman was killed, he was elected as the next Caliph, which was coincided with the first civil wars between Muslims. Ali faced two separate opposition forces: a group led by Aisha, Talha, and Zubayr in Mecca, who wanted to convene a council to determine the caliphate; and another group led by Mu'awiya in the Levant, who demanded revenge for Uthman's blood. He defeated the first group in the Battle of the Camel; but in the end, Battle of Siffin with Mu'awiya was militarily ineffective, and led to an arbitration which ended politically against him. Then, in the year 38 AH, he fought with the Kharijites - who considered Ali's acceptance of arbitration as heresy, and revolted against him - in Nahrawan and defeated them. Ali was eventually killed in the mosque of Kufa by the sword of one of the Kharijites, Ibn Muljam Moradi, and was buried outside the city of Kufa. Later his shrine and the city of Najaf were built around his tomb.

Despite the impact of religious differences on Muslim historiography, sources agree that Ali strictly observed religious duties and avoided worldly possessions. Some writers accused him of lack of political skill and flexibility. According to Wilferd Madelung, Ali did not want to involve himself in the game of political deception which although deprived him of success in life, but, in the eyes of his admirers, he became an example of the piety of the primary un-corrupted Islam, as well as the chivalry of pre-Islamic Arabia. Several books are dedicated to the hadiths, sermons, and prayers narrated by him, the most famous of which is Nahj al-Balagha.

quote by Imam Ali: Whoever prolongs his desire ruins his actions. with background image: rainbow
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Whoever prolongs his desire ruins his actions.

--Imam Ali
quote by Imam Ali: I will be patient, until even patience tires of my patience. with background image: man and woman hugging each other
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I will be patient, until even patience tires of my patience.

--Imam Ali
quote by Imam Ali: Work for a Better Life as if you live forever, And work for Better End as if you die tomorrow. with background image: shallow focus photo of white rose
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Work for a Better Life as if you live forever, And work for Better End as if you die tomorrow.

--Imam Ali
quote by Imam Ali: Justice is better than courage as if everyone is fair to others, then there will be no need for courage. with background image: leafless tree
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Justice is better than courage as if everyone is fair to others, then there will be no need for courage.

--Imam Ali
quote by Imam Ali: Beautiful people are not always good but good people are always beautiful. with background image: orange cat stretching on white surface
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Beautiful people are not always good but good people are always beautiful.

--Imam Ali
quote by Imam Ali: Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything. with background image: man in black jacket and blue denim jeans running on road during daytime
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Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.

--Imam Ali

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