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Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS), the Gateway of the City of Knowledge

Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz
With the martyrdom of Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS), the Commander of True Believers, the Leader of the Pious, the Symbol of Justice, the Epitome of Valour, and the Gateway of the City of Knowledge the only instance in history of the government of social justice ended.
As the cousin, son-in-law, and divinely-decreed vicegerent of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA), Imam Ali (AS) needs no introduction. The only person ever to be born in the holy Ka'ba, he grew up under the personal care of the future Prophet, and was always at his side, years before the dawn of the first revelation at Cave Hera, till the soul of the Seal of Prophet flew to the ethereal heavens.
The entire 63-year lifespan of the Imam was spent in the service of God, whether in the niche of prayer, whether fast asleep on the Prophet's bed on the Night of Hijra, whether in the battlefield with his flashing blade Zulfiqar to defend Islam from the attacks of the pagan Arabs, whether during the Mubahela with the Christians of Najran, whether on the seat of judgement during his model administration of justice, and whether on the pulpit to deliver eloquent sermons that are regarded till this day as bezels of timeless wisdom.
His unsurpassed merits have been praised by God Almighty in many an ayah of the holy Qur'an, culminating in his appointment as the Prophet's vicegerent at Ghadeer-Khom on 18th Zilhijja, 10 AH. After the passing away of the Prophet, he patiently endured the usurpation of his right of political leadership.
Some 25 years later when the caliphate came begging at his door, he reluctantly took up the reins of government and exposed the rebellious hypocrites in their true colours, before attaining martyrdom on 21st of Ramadhan, 40 AH, two days after being struck with a poisoned sword on his head by the renegade Abdur-Rahman ibn Muljam, while in the state of the ritual morning prayer in the Grand Mosque of Kufa.
All Sufi orders trace their origin to his ascetic way of life, while Sunni Muslims, despite regarding him as the 4th caliph, as per the order of political succession, consider him to be superior to all and everybody else, after Prophet Mohammad (SAWA). Today his golden-domed shrine in Najaf, Iraq, is the centre of pilgrimage for people from all over the world.
Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz

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