570 - 661

Ali ibn Abi Talib ibn Abd Manaf ibn Abd al-Muttalib ibn Hashim ibn Abd Manaf Abu al-Hasan al-Qurashi al-Hashimi.

ibn/bin = son of.

His mother was Fatima bint Asad, He is one of the first young Muslim to embrace Islam after Khadijah, The Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) wife. He became a martyr at age 58.

Ali was the cousin of the Prophet. Ali was born some thirty years after the birth of the Prophet. His father, Abu Talib, was the Prophet's real uncle. Fatima was the name of Ali's mother.

The prophet lost his father Abdul-Allah Ibn Abdul Al-Mutalib before he was born, He never saw him, He also lost his mother Amina at an early age and later his grandfather that took care of him for a brief period of time, Abdul-Muttalib Ibn Hashim. The only one that took care of Mohammed as a child and brought him up was his uncle, Abu-Talib, Ali's father.

Ali's love for the Prophet was unbounded. The night on which the Prophet left for Medina in the imigration, the prophet's house was surrounded by Quraishies. Drawn swords flashed all around. They were ready to cut to pieces the man who came out of the house. The Prophet asked Ali to lie in his bed while he himself left un-noticed. Ali gladly jumped in the bed and slept calmly the whole night. Death hovered around the house but Ali did not care for it. He was happy that he had helped save the Prophet's life.

The blood tie between Mohammed and Ali were strong and the prophet made it stronger when he gave his daughter Fatima to Ali for a wife. Ali was one of the ten men who got from the Prophet the good news of Paradise. That is, People who are promised by Allah to enter heaven.