The Lion of Allaah, Hamzah ibn ‘Abdul-Muttalib
Fatwa No: 100168

Question

Who is known as the 'Lion of Allah', is it Hamza ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib or Ali ibn Abi Talib? I know that Hamza was known as the Lion of God and the Lion of Heaven for his bravery and that our prophet Muhammad had also bestowed upon him the titles of the ‘Lion of Heaven,’ and the ‘Chief of the Martyrs’. Since I am from India and I have heard many people, especially shias and sufis, saying that Ali ibn Abi Talib is the Lion of Allah (Shere Khuda). Can you please explain the correct view to me? It may be that after the tragic death of Hamza ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib in the battle of Uhud, Ali ibn Abi Talib was later proclaimed the Lion of Allah.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds.  I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

According to the scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them it was Hamzah ibn 'Abdul-Muttalib  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him who was nicknamed ‘the Lion of Allaah’; we already explained this in Fatwa 87558.

When the above name is mentioned, it refers to Hamzah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him. However, there are many ‘lions of Allaah’, who fought for the sake of Allaah The Almighty, and there is no doubt that 'Ali  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him was one of them. He was known for his bravery and strength, but the above expression (i.e. ‘the Lion of Allaah’) does not refer to him but to Hamzah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him as we already mentioned.

For more information on the excellence and virtues of 'Ali  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him please refer to Fatwa 84903.

Finally, it should be noted that such a matter should not be a reason for disputes.

Allaah Knows best.

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