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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.
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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
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(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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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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Muslim-Christian polemic during the Crusades; the letter from the people of Cyprus and Ibn Abi Talib al-Dimashqi's response.
After the Prophet Mohammad's death, Muslims split into followers of Caliph Abu Bakr and those who supported Mohammad's closest relative, his son-in-law Ali Ibn Abi Talib. The division was formalised following the deaths in 661 AD of Imam Ali and his son, Imam Hussein 19 years later - both at the hands of Sunnis, in what is still regarded as a treachery by Shiite community.
everyone searches for his view in the Holy Book." During the Battle of Siffin, the opponents of Ali Ibn Abi Talib (May Allah be pleased with him), the Prophet Muhammad's nephew, demanded that the dispute be resolved by resorting to the Qur'an as an arbitrator.
The text he offers as evidence is a speech about the inferiority of women by Caliph Ali Ibn Abi Talib made after he defeated in battle Aisha, one of the Prophet's wives.
The Charter of Malik al-Ashtar is meant by the famous letter of Islamic Caliph Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib to Egypt's Governor at that time, Malik al-Ashtar, concerning principles of good governance.
Then after him come, in this respect, Umar ibn Khattab, Uthman ibn Affan, and Ali ibn Abi Talib. These are the four rightly guided caliphs.
Thousands of Egyptians gathered on Tuesday from Egypt's different governorates at Al-Hussein square in Al-Azhar area to celebrate Mouled (the birth of) Al-Hussein ibn Ali ibn Abi Talib, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson.
The entire community in Madinah, including numerous eminent Companions such as Ali ibn Abi Talib, willingly went along with this plan, and no objections were voiced.
BAHRAIN'S Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Shaikh Humood bin Abdulla Al Khalifa expressed condolences and sympathy to the Saudi leadership, people and the bereaved families of victims of the heinous crime which targeted "Ali Ibn Abi Talib" mosque in Al Kudeeh village in Qatif.
He was in charge of the letters of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), but Ali ibn Abi Talib had the responsibility of treaties and testaments of the Prophet (PBUH)."
TEHRAN (FNA)- Hossein ibn Ali ibn Abi Talib was the son of Ali ibn Abi EiA ualib (the first Shiite Imam) and Fatimah Zahra (daughter of the Islamic prophet Mohammad - Peace Be Upon Them All) and the younger brother of Hassan ibn Ali (the second Shiite Imam).