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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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"Thy lot or portion of life," said the Caliph Ali, "is seeking after thee; therefore be at rest from seeking after it." Our dependence on these foreign goods leads us to our slavish respect for numbers.
Speaking at today's session of the parliament, Saleem said that the Caliph Umar sent a letter to the judge who presided over the case of Caliph Ali's shield and he advised the judge to conduct trial in accordance with the Quran.
Following this example, in a letter to Governor of Egypt, Caliph Ali wrote: 'Infuse your heart with mercy, love and kindness for your subjects and be compassionate to those who commit mistake, intentionally or otherwise'.
IN his Aug 19 speech, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Caliph Ali had been in the dock ...
The fight for power between the Caliph Ali (known as a judge) and the founder of the Umayyad dynasty, Muawiyah, is the direct reason for the emergence of the Shiite sect and the founding of the Sunni sect.
In this original work, an attempt is made to deconstruct a saying attributed to Nu'aym Ibn Hammad who, in turn, reported what the Caliph Ali apparently said, and that is now being used by Al Baghdadi.
The Caliph Ali himself held dialogue with them but they continued with their heterodoxy till the Abbasid period (750-1258).