Hazrat Ali b, the first Imam of the Shia through whom the progeny of Imamat is traced, was born in Mecca around 599 CE. It is said that he was born in the Ka’ba, a sign of distinction, according to some sources. As the cousin, son-in-law, and foremost Companion of the Prophet, he is revered by most Muslims. In the Sunni interpretation of Islam, Hazrat Ali is regarded as one of the four righteous caliphs, reigning from 656 to 661.
Nahj al-Balagha. Image: The Institute of Ismaili Studies
Throughout the Prophet’s life, Hazrat Ali proved his unwavering loyalty to him and the cause of Islam. He was a distinguished scribe of the continuous revelations from God. Hazrat Ali’s standing in Muslim tradition is evidenced by the numerous narratives that relate to the period of his Caliphate and earlier, and also by a monumental compilation of his discourses, sermons and epistles titled Nahj al-balagha (The Way…
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