Nov 4 2009
This sign, commemorating the ‘martrydom’ of Imam Ali, is both offensive and tasteless, intensified by the date of the tribute, 9/11. I wonder how many people saw the word, ‘martyrdom,’ and thought they were celebrating one of the 9/11 hijackers?
Ali, in full, Ali ibn Abu Talib (c. 600 – 661), the fourth of the caliphs or successors of Muhammad, was born at Mecca about the year A.D. 600. His father, Abu Talib, was an uncle of the Prophet, and Ali himself was adopted by Muhammad and educated under his care.
The question of Ali’s right to succeed to the caliphate is an article of faith which divided the Muslim world into two great sects, the Sunni and the Shia. The Sunnis believe that the prophet chose Abu Bakr to be the first caliph, while the Shia believe that he chose Ali and announced it in public in Ghadir Khom. Whatever the case, Ali did not challenge Abu Bakr or any of the later caliphs, rather he served as an advisor to them.
Ali is greatly respected by all Muslims, both Sunni and Shia. The Shia, venerate him especially as second only to the prophet, call him the “Lion of God” (Sher-i-Khuda), and celebrate the anniversary of his martyrdom.
Ali was the first to offer his services for Jihad. SHIA.ORG
H/T The Mad Jewess
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