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 (ä-lē′) Full name Ali ibn Abi Talib. 600?-661.
Muslim caliph (656-661) whose reign was marked by the division of Islam into Sunni and Shiite sects. This schism intensified after his assassination by members of a third Muslim sect.


1. (Biography) ?600–661 ad, fourth caliph of Islam (656–61 ad), considered the first caliph by the Shiites: cousin and son-in-law of Mohammed
2. (Biography) See Mehemet Ali
3. (Biography) See Muhammad Ali


(ˈɑ li, ɑˈli for 1–4; ɑˈli for 5 )

1. (‘Alī ibn-abu-Talib), a.d. c600-61, fourth caliph of Islam 656-661 (cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad): considered the first caliph by Shi‘ites.
2. Muhammad (Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.), born 1942, U.S. boxer.
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Noun1.Ali - United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship three times (born in 1942)Ali - United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship three times (born in 1942)
2.Ali - the fourth caliph of Islam who is considered to be the first caliph by Shiites; he was a cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad; after his assassination Islam was divided into Shiite and Sunnite sects
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Iraq's Christian Cardinal, Emmanuel III Dally, had visited the holy city of Najaf on Monday, where he met the Shiite Authority, Sayid Ali al-Sistany and visited the Shrine of Imam Ali Bin Abi-Taleb.
Perhaps it is good to recall here the words of the fourth Muslim Caliph (Ali Bin Abi-Taleb): "I wonder how a hungry person does not go and encounter people with his sword drawn out!"
"Iran's Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salihi, has arrived in Najaf City this morning (Thursday), where he paid a visit to Imam Ali Bin Abi-Taleb's aiShrine and then headed to the residence of the Supreme Religious Authority, to meet with Sayid Ali al-Sistani.