Hazrat Ali - The Imam from the east to the west

Birth of Hazrat Ali

Hazrat Ali R.A was born around 600 A.D, in Makka. He was born under unusual circumstances. On the thirteenth of the holy month of “Rajab”, Fatima Rahmatullahi ‘alayh, his mother , visited the Ka’ba for performing the pilgrimage. During the course of the pilgrimage while circumambulating the Ka’ba, She felt the pangs of childbirth. She retired to a secluded place in the precincts of the Holy Ka’ba, and there Hazrat Ali R.A was born. Hazrat Ali R.A had thus the honor of being born in the House of God. This honor has endowed Ali with a halo of sanctity, which has become the subject of many legends.

Naming
Hazrat Fatima R.A wanted to name the child “Asad” after the name of her father. Hazrat Abu Talib R.A wanted to name him Zaid. When the mother and the child came home, the Noble Prophet (Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam) Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam, and Khadija R.A came to see the newborn child. Since his birth, the child had not opened his eyes, and that worried Hazrat Fatima R.A and Hazrat Abu Talib R.A. As the Noble Prophet (Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam) Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam took the child in his lap he opened his eyes. The first person that Ali alayhis ‘salam saw after his birth was the Noble Prophet (Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam). When the Noble Prophet (Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam) was asked whether he approved of the child being named as Asad or Zaid, he said that as the child was born in the House of God, he should be named Ali, the word Ali being a derivative of name of Allah "Al-Ali" which means the Supreme. Ali R.A had thus the distinction of being named after Allah. The name acquired further sanctity as it was proposed by the Noble Prophet (Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam).