The Brother of the Prophet Muhammad: Imam ‘Ali

The text analyzes in details the political-religious place of Imam Ali in Islam, his spiritual relationship to the Prophet Muhammad and his contribution in establishing the Islamic State and the spread of the Faith of Islam; it discusses him as a Caliph and as a statesman, and also what was said about his policy and statesmanship and the causes which led to the accumulations of the difficulties which prevented him from reaching a peaceful and more lasting rule during the days of his caliphate. Finally the book discusses the caliphate as a religious-political system and the kind of caliphate which is consonant with the nature of the Islamic message.

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  1. Distinguished Benefactors
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About The Author
  4. Introduction
  5. Part 1: The Imam During The Era Of The Prophethood
  6. 1. The House of the Prophet Muhammad
  7. 2. Members of the House of Muhammad
  8. 3. The Indispensable People
  9. 4. The First Muslims
  10. 5. Brother and Minister
  11. 6. The Redeemer
  12. 7. ’Ali's Role in Building the Islamic State
  13. 8. At Badr
  14. 9. At Uhud
  15. 10. The Moat
  16. 11. At Kheibar
  17. 12. Announced Brotherhood
  18. 13.’Ali's Place from the Prophet in the Qur'an
  19. 14. The Mawla of the Muslims
  20. 15. Unfulfilled Will of the Prophet
  21. Part 2: The Imam During The Era Of The Three Caliphs
  22. 16. Abu Bakr Succeeds
  23. 17.’Ali Views the Succession
  24. 18. Abu Bakr Names a Successor
  25. 19. ‘Umar Succeeds
  26. 20. The Electoral Convention
  27. 21. Uthman’s Reign
  28. Part 3: Imam ‘Ali In His Own Era
  29. 22. The Election of the Imam ‘Ali
  30. 23. The Battle of Basra
  31. 24. The Alleged Conspiracy
  32. 25. The Battle of Siffin
  33. 26. Al-Khawarij (The Seceders)
  34. 27. Martyrdom
  35. 28. The Imam's Policy Concerning Public Funds
  36. 29. Was the War of Siffin Inevitable?
  37. 30. Did the Imam Exercise His Rule as a Preacher?
  38. 31. Why did the reign of the Imam not last long?
  39. Part 4: The Caliphate in The Islamic Law
  40. 32. Should the First Caliphate Have Been Established by Inheritance Popular Election or by the Prophet's Selection?
  41. 33. Had What Ought to Be Done Been Done?
  42. 34. The Home Conference
  43. 35. The Hadith of the Analogy "You Are to Me Like Aaron to Moses"
  44. 36. The Hadith of Performance and Delivery
  45. 37. Hadith Al-Thaqalain (The Two Valuables)
  46. 38. The Hadith of the Wilayah
  47. The Conclusion
  48. Glossary
  49. Bibliography