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ALI IBN ABI TALIB

`ALI IBN ABI TALIB (c. 597-66o), the cousin and son-in-law of the prophet Muhammad, the fourth caliph of the Sunni Muslims, and the first imam of all the Shi's. `Ali was ten or eleven years old when he embraced Islam and is considered to be the first Muslim after Khadijah, Muhammad's wife. He grew up in Muhammad's household, and during the night of Muhammad's emigration (the Hijrah) from Mecca to Medina in 622, he occupied the Prophet's bed, facilitating the latter's escape. Following this event ...more

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