Ali bin Abi Talib, the son of the Prophet's {Peace Be Upon Him} uncle, was the first Imam for the Shi'a, and the fourth of the Rightly Guided Khulafa' for the Sunni.

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Source of hadith about concentration during prayer

Does anyone know the source of this or similar hadith and the level of authenticity? The hadith is about Ali (RA) praying Salat to show his concentration level when Prophet Muhammad (SAW) offered a ...
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Why does shia say اشهد ان علیا ولی الله in Adhan (call to prayer)?

Did this practice exist during Prophet's time? Or does this count as an example of unlawful innovation in Islam?
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What is the exact meaning of Karrar? (As a Laqab (title) of Imam Ali a.s.)

I have heard that Karrar is one of Imam Ali's names. Actually Imam Ali (a.s.) has many titles, so Karrar is one of them. Well, what is the exact meaning of it?
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Is pledge of Allegiance to a caliph\Imam mandatory?

Assuming a caliph has been appointed for Muslims (like this one), is it obligatory for a Muslim to pledge allegiance to a caliph if he is uncertain? from what I read in hadiths: Ali did not pledge ...
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Does the saying “If you cannot prevent an oppression, at least announce it to everyone?” belong to Hazrat Ali (R.A)?

I am seeing this saying quoted quite often nowadays, that is attributed to Hazrat Ali (R.A) If you cannot prevent an oppression, at least announce it to everyone? Does this saying really belong ...
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Why did Ali (a.s) order to be buried in secret?

It is said that Ali (a.s) asked his friends and family to bury him secretly. His burial was revealed only later during the Abbasid caliphate by Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (a.s), his descendant and the ...
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What was the reason given by Ali RA to make truce with Muawiya? [closed]

This book by Ibadi Muslims who are the modern descendants of the Naharwanis(also called as Khawarijites by their opponents) assert that Ali RA was mistaken in requiring to do truce with Muawiya when ...
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What is the undotted sermon of Imam Ali (a.s.)?

There is an undotted sermon which is attributed to Imam Ali (a.s.). It is said that this is without any dot. Is it right? If so, can you present its text?
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What did the prophet said about whom the first caliph should be?

As I know, there is an ongoing discussion on who the first caliph should be, but what did the holy prophet Muhammed s.a.s. said about this matter? What was his commandment? Is there a safe source for ...
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Why are the Panjatan-e-Pak distinctly spoken of?

The Panjatan-e-Pak, from an Islamic perspective, are highly revered by majority of the Islamic Schools and are spoken of quite distinctly (based on observation and various other sources). What is the ...
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Why Sunnies put “Karram Allahu Wajhah” after name of Ali ibn Abi Talib?

Sunni brothers normally use "Rathi Allahu Anh" after the name of Sahaba of prophet Muhammad (PBUH). But in many cases use "Karram Allahu Wajhah" for Ali ibn Abi Talib. For instance on some tiles of ...
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Who asked whom when the Prophet's daughter married Imam Ali a.s.?

Is there any hadith to show which side first asked for marriage in the marriage of the daughter of the Prophet (SAWW) to Imam Ali a.s.?
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Is it accepted by sunni scholars Imam Ali a.s had Keramat?

The story of death of Salman Al-Farsi r.a. the Persian Sahabi of prophet is mentioned in different Shia books like this reference. It includes that Imam Ali passed a long distance in very short period ...
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Abu-Bakrs, Omars, and 'Aishas in the offspring of Imam Ali

I heard that in the offspring of Imam Ali bin Abu-Talib (may Allah be pleased with him and honor his face), there were ones who were called: Abu-Bakr Omar 'Aisha Is this true? could you mention ...
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Did Imam Ali (RA) reach the skies before the Prophet did, according to the Shi'a?

I have heard from a Shi'a friend that when the Prophet ascended to the skies to meet Allah at the night of Esraa and Miraj, Imam Ali (RA) was already there and was presented to the Prophet by God. Is ...
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Why did Ayesha battle with Ali (a.s) in the Battle of the Camel (Jamal)

Many Sunni references point to the fact that Ayesha, along with some of the companions of the Prophet (saws) such as Talha and Zubair entered into a battle with Ali (a.s). References : History ...
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Was Hazrat Ali (RA) born inside the kabba with the walls cracked?

I heard that Imam Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) was born inside the Ka'bah, that is the walls cracked and he was delivered inside the kaabah. My question is what is the validity of this story ...