Why Ali, may Allaah be pleased with him, was called Al-Murtadha
Fatwa No: 150333

  • Fatwa Date:27-2-2011 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 24, 1432
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Question

Could you please clarify to me why honorable Ali ibn Abu Talib (ra) was called by the title "Al Murtaza"?

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.

 

Al-Khaadimi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him clarified in his book Bareeqah Mahmoodiyyah the reason why ‘Ali  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him was called Al-Murtadha. He said, “This is because the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) had chosen him to replace him among his family in Al-Madeenah in the battle of Tabook, and he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) told him: “You are to me like Haaroon (Aaron) to Moosa (Moses) except that there is no Prophet after me.” [Al-Bukhari] Or this is because the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was pleased with his actions, or due to his brotherhood and companionship of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and his virtues  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him.”

Allaah Knows best.

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