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In Muslim culture, `Ali is respected for his courage, knowledge, belief, honesty, unbending devotion to Islam, deep loyalty to Muhammad, equal treatment of all Muslims and generosity in forgiving his defeated enemies, and therefore is central to mystical traditions in Islam such as Sufism. Ali retains his stature as an authority on Quranic exegesis, Islamic jurisprudence and religious thought.[18] Ali holds a high position in almost all Sufi orders which trace their lineage through him to Muhammad. Ali's influence has been important throughout Islamic history. ...more
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Ali (`Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib) (607 - 661)
4th Caliph of Rashidun Caliphate
Rashidun Caliph in Kufa

Reign 656–661

King of Kings - by Lewis Lavoie