Special Characteristics of the Leader of the Faithful – Ali b. Abi Talib


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‘Khasa’is Amiri-l-Muminin Ali b. Abi Talib’ originally complied by Ahmad b. Shu’ayb al-Nasai in 915 CE, has now been translated by Micheal Mumisa, a PhD candidate and scholar at Trinity hall, University of Cambridge. Published by Al-Mahdi Institute, the current translated version named, ‘The Special Characteristics of the Leader of the Faithful – Ali b. Abi Talib’ is about the unique status of Imam Ali (as) as described in Sunni hadith. The present translation is based on a close examination of the original ‘Khasa’is Amir-l-Muminin Ali b. Abi Talib’ and the Maghribi manuscript (no’ 5952) from the Royal Library and archives in Morocco. Almost all of the Hadith can be found in other collections of Hadith in both Sunni and Shi’i traditions. The original copies still exist today in both manuscripts and published form housed in libraries of Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, India and Morocco.

Aḥmad ibn Shu`ayb ibn `Alī ibn Sīnān Abū `Abd ar-Raḥmān al-Nasā’ī (214 – 303 AH/ ca. 829 – 915 AD/CE), was born in the year 214 A.H in the famous city of Nasa, situated in Western Asia known at that time as Khurasan which was a famous centre for Islamic knowledge where many Ulama were situated and studies in hadith and fiqh was at its peak. He primarily attended the gatherings and circles of knowledge in his town where he specialized in his study of hadith. When he was 20 years old, he started traveling and made his first journey to Qutaibah. He covered the Arabian Peninsula seeking knowledge from the Ulama and Muhadditheen of Iraq, Kufa, Hijaz, Syria and Egypt. Finally he decided to settle in Egypt.

He is considered to be one of the greatest scholars of Hadith literature is highly regarded by both Sunnis and Shias with a reputation for developing and applying the most strictest methods of evaluating and authenticating Hadith, thus, his title of one of the ‘Mutashaddidin’ (extremely strict). His extensive knowledge was considered more superior than of his contemporaries such as, Muslim b. Al Hajjaj (compiler of Sahih Muslim) and even competes against Bukhari and Abu Zur’a.


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Al-Mahdi Institute; First edition (28 July 2014)




103 pages





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