My surname is Ali and I spell it in two ways: "Ali" and "Alee". But my friend says "Alee" is wrong and I should spell it as "Ali". Why this spelling is wrong? Can anyone help us? I am so curious about this because it is the name of a great personality and I do not want to misspell it.
In this case, there is no "right or wrong". This is only a matter of convention. علي is an Arabic name. Maybe the first person who wrote it in English use "Ali" and other people followed him. That's all. Another example of this is the spelling of the prophet's name. For decades, we've seen people use the spelling "Mohammed" for the prophet's name. But then years ago the more accurate spelling "Mohammad" was more commonly used to spell the prophet's name.