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(The Lord of The Worshippers) al-Sajjād[1][6] (The One Who Constantly Prostrated Himself in Prayer) Ibn al-Khiyaratayn[9][11] (The Son of The Best Two) Dhū al-Thafanāt[12] (The One With Calluses) Al-Zaki[11] (The Pure One) al-Amīn[11] (The Trusted One) Dördüncü Ali (The Fourth Ali)

Term 680–712 CE

Predecessor Husayn ibn Ali

Successor Muhammad al-Baqir according to the Twelver, and Ismaili Shia, Zayd bin Ali according to the Zaidiyyah Shia.

Spouse(s) Fatimah bint Hasan Jayda al-Sindhi

Children Muhammad al-Baqir Zayd al-Shahid Umar al-Ashraf Hussain al-Asghar Abdullah Albahar Ali Al Asghar and two Daughters Umm Kulthoom and Khadija

Parent(s) Husayn ibn Ali Lady Shāhzanān (aka Shahr Banu)[6][9][13]

Relatives Ali al-Akbar Ali al-Asghar Sakinah (Fatima al-Kubra) bint Husayn Fatima al-Sughra bint al-Husayn Ruqayyah

Ali ibn Husayn (Arabic: علي بن الحسين‎) known as Zayn al-Abidin (the adornment of the worshippers) and Imam al-Sajjad (The Prostrating Imam), was the fourth Shia Imam, after his father Husayn, his uncle Hasan, and his grandfather Ali. Ali ibn Husayn survived the Battle of Karbala and was taken to the caliph in Damascus. Eventually, he was allowed to return to Medina, where he led a secluded life with a few intimate companions. Imam Sajjad's life and statements were entirely devoted to asceticism and religious teachings, mostly in the form of invocations and supplications. His famous supplications are known as Al-Sahifa al-Sajjadiyya.[18]


1 Birth 2 In Karbala 3 The aftermath of Karbala and his Imamah 4 Social status 5 Asceticism 6 Works

6.1 Al-Sahifa al-Sajjadiyya 6.2 The Fifteen Whispered Prayers 6.3 Supplication of Abu Hamza al-Thumali 6.4 Treatise on Rights

7 Death 8 See also 9 Notes 10 References 11 Sources 12 External links

Birth[edit] Ali ibn al-Husayn was born in Medina, modern-day Saudi Arabia, in the year 38/658–9.[a] He may have been too young to have remembered his grandfather Ali; he was raised in the presence of his uncle Hasan and his father Husayn, Prophet Muhammad’s grandchildren. It is said that Ali ibn al-Husayn was related through his mother Shahrbanu, the daughter of Yazdegerd, to the last Sassanian King of Persia.[b] Ali ibn al-Husayn was known as Ibn al-Khiyaratayn, the "son of the best two (the Quraysh among the Arabs and the Persians among the non-Arabs)".[1][19] Ali ibn Abi Talib suggested allowing her to choose a husband from among the Muslims and paying her mahr from the public treasury. Umar agreed; she chose Ali’s son Husayn. She is said to have died shortly after giving birth to her only son Ali.[15][19][20][21] And in other stories this happened during the caliphate of Othman and Ali ibn Abi Taleb.[22] Ali ibn al-Husayn is also related through this Sassanid Persian bloodline to the Byzantine emperors Maurice and Tiberius II through princess Mariam (Historically known as Shirin) the daughter of emperor Maurice. And also to king David through Shushandukht mother of Bahram V.[22] In Karbala[edit] Main article: Battle of Karbala See also: Day of Ashura In 61/680, Muhammad's grandson Husayn ibn Ali and a small group of supporters and relatives were killed at the Battle of Karbala by the large military forces of the Umayyad caliph Yazid, to whom Husayn had refused to give an oath of allegiance. Zayn al-Abidin accompanied his father on a march toward Kufa; he was present at the Battle of Karbala but survived the battle because he was ill. Once the Umayyad troops had killed Husayn and his male followers, they looted the tents and took the skin upon which he was laying. It is said that Shemr was about to kill Zayn al-Abidin but his aunt Zaynab made Umar ibn Sa'ad, the Umayyad commander, spare his life.[19][21] Zain al-Abidin and the enslaved women were taken to the caliph; eventually he was allowed to return to Medina. During the journey, he delivered speeches in Kufa and Damascus, and informed the people of his father's intentions.[17][19][23] Several accounts record Zayn al-Abidin's deep sorrow over the massacre. It is said that for thirty four years, he would weep when food was placed before him. One day a servant said to him, "O son of Allah’s Messenger! Is it not time for your sorrow to come to an end?" He replied, "Woe upon you! Jacob the prophet had twelve sons, and Allah made one of them disappear".[e] The aftermath of Karbala and his Imamah[edit] Kufa's people invited Husayn to go to Kufa and be their Imam, but they did not back him and his family against Kufa's governor, who massacred them in Karbala. Thus they thought themselves responsible for the tragedy of Karbala and tried to compensate for it by throwing themselves into the struggle to obtain vengeance for Husayn's blood. They chose Sulayman b. Surad al Khuza'I as their leader and called themselves Tawwabun (penitents). They were seeking an opportunity for action, until Mukhtar al-Thaqafi came to Kufa and claimed to represent Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiyyah.[25] He soon gained the authority of a leader and took vengeance on those who were involved in Husayn's killing. Umar ibn Sa'ad and Shemr were executed and their heads were sent to Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiyyah.[26] Ubaid Allah was also killed in the battle on the Zab; his head was taken to the place in Kufa where Ubaid Allah had received the head of Husayn. The governor of Medina did not consider that Zayn al-Abedin was responsible for Mukhtar's action, since he had already left Medina for its outskirts to avoid being involved in political movements. Moreover, there is evidence that he was unmolested and excepted from giving allegiance to Yazid, after the Battle of Harra, where Medinans were sacked and looted by Yazid's army.[21][27] Around this time, the question of the right of succession between Ali ibn al-Husayn and Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiyyah gained the most attention. Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiyyah was a pious, brave man whom many considered him as their Imam. Other Shia sects said Zayn al-Abedin had the right to inherit the Imamah, for his father Husayn had designated him the next Imam. Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiyyah said he was more worthy because he was the son of Ali. But Zayn al-Abidin replied to his uncle, Fear God and make no such claim. After the death of Ibn Zubayr, the governor of Medina, Zayn al-Abedin and Muhammad ibn Hanafiyyah agreed to go to Mecca and appeal to the Black Stone of the Kaaba to try to determine which one of them was the true successor. They went to the Kaaba, where the Black Stone was placed. Muhammad prayed for a sign but no answer came. Afterwards, Zayn al-Abedin prayed and the Black Stone became agitated and nearly fell off the wall; thus came the answer that Zayn-al-Abidin was the true Imam after Husayn, an answer to which Muhammad consented.[21][f] After this settlement, Zayn al-Abedin returned to Medina and led a quiet life with a few companions who referred to him for answers to religious questions.[g][21][28] Social status[edit] Ali ibn al-Husayn was respected by his followers, who considered him as the fourth imam, and by the circle of Medinan scholars who considered him as an eminent traditionist. The lawyer Said ibn al-Musayyib and the jurist and traditionist Al-Zuhri—though attached to the court of the Umayyad—were among his admirers. Al-Zuhri gave him the honorific Zayn al-Abedin—the ornament of worshipers—and narrated many Hadiths from him. Evidence for his high position among people comes from an ode told by the well-known Arab poet Farazdaq. This ode mentions an occasion when the Caliph Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik was overshadowed by the respect people showed to the imam. It was the time of Hajj when both of them were trying to reach the Black Stone through the crowd turning around the Kaaba. The people gave way to Zayn al-Abedin while Hisham struggled desperately. This deeply offended the Caliph, who sarcastically asked to whom the people had shown such respect. Farazdaq, who was present there, composed an ode addressing Hisham's question; it is considered a masterpiece of Arabic literature and the most reliable contemporaneous document describing Zayn al-Abidin.[h][19][29][30] Asceticism[edit] It is narrated from the Imam that when he saw a beggar weeping, he said: If the world was in his hands and suddenly it dropped from him, it would not be worth weeping for.[31] The Imam renounced worldly pleasures but did not give way to poverty and feebleness, rather he was "pious with what God prohibited".[32] The Imam was self-denying and turned away from the world,[i] and Sufis consider him as Sufi and wrote biographies about him.[33][34] It is narrated from the Imam that while circumambulating the Kaaba, he heard a man asking God for patience, so he turned to him and said: "You are asking (God) for tribulation. Say: O God, I ask You for well-being and gratitude for it."[35] It is also related when asked about asceticism, Zayn al-Abidin replied, "Asceticism is of ten degrees: The highest degree of asceticism is the lowest degree of piety. The highest degree of piety is the lowest degree of certainty. The highest degree of certainty is the lowest degree of satisfaction. Asceticism is in one verse of Allah’s Book: 'Hence that you may not grieve for what has escaped you, nor be exultant at what He has given you.' "[j] Works[edit] Al-Sahifa al-Sajjadiyya[edit] According to William Chittick, the Al-Sahifa al-Sajjadiyya is the "oldest prayer manual in Islamic sources and one of the most seminal works of Islamic spirituality of the early period".[23] Shia tradition considers this book with great respect, ranking it behind the Quran and Ali’s Nahj al-Balagha. This prayer book deals with Islamic spirituality and provides teachings on levels from the theological to the social. The traditional category of "faith", for example, which forms the basic subject matter of most of Islamic thought as developed in kalaam philosophy and Sufism, has been discussed in this book. Zayn al-Abidin refers frequently to Islamic practices, emphasizing the necessity of following the Quran and the hadith's guidelines, and the necessity of establishing justice in society.[36] The Fifteen Whispered Prayers[edit] The Fifteen Whispered Prayers also known as The Fifteen Munajat, is a collection of fifteen prayers attributed to Zayn al-Abidin, which some researchers regard as a supplementary part of the latter collection.[37] These prayers enable a person to recite the prayer that is most in accordance with his present mood.[38][39] The prayers start with repentance, which is the first step towards a genuine communion with God.[39] Supplication of Abu Hamza al-Thumali[edit] According to Abu Hamza al-Thumali, during the month of Ramadhan, Imam Zayn al-Abidin would spend most of the night in prayer. At the beginning of the fast, he recited a supplication later known as Du'a Abi Hamzah al-Thumali (The supplication of Abi Hamzah al-Thumali). This supplication is recorded in the book Misbah al-Mutahijjid of Shaykh Tusi.[40] Treatise on Rights[edit]

The right of charity (sadaqa) is that you know it is a storing away with your Lord and a deposit for which you will have no need for witnesses. If you deposit it in secret, you will be more confident of it than if you deposit it in public...[k]

Ali ibn Husayn Zayn al-Abidin[41]

Zain al-Abidin’s Treatise on Rights is the only work other than supplications, short sayings and letters, attributed to him. According to Chittick, this treatise is especially important because it deals with many of the same themes as the Sahifa in a different style and language. In this book, Zayn al-Abidin clarifies that a hierarchy of priorities must always be observed: The individual comes before the social, the spiritual before the practical, and knowledge before action. Each human being has a long series of social duties, but these depend upon his more essential duties; faith in Allah, and placing one’s own person into the proper relationship with the Divine Reality.[36] Death[edit]

Imam Zain al-Abidin desecrated grave at Al-Baqi' in Saudi Arabia

Zayn al-Abidin was poisoned by Umayyad ruler Al-Walid through the instigation of the Umayyad caliph Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik in Medina.[6][21] The date of his death is 95/713-14; he was buried next to his uncle, Hasan, in the cemetery of Al-Baqi' cemetery in Medina.[6][42][43] After his death many people discovered their livelihoods had come from him. He would go out with a sack of food on his back, knocking at the doors of more than 100 families, and gave freely to whoever answered while covering his face to avoid being recognized.[19][21] See also[edit]

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^ Other dates mentioned are 33/653–4, 36/656–7, 37/657–8, 50/670[15] ^ Her name has also been given as Shah-Zanan, Sulaafa, Ghazaala, and Shahr-Banuya, among others.[15] ^ Quran, 12:84 ^ From Shaykh as-Sadooq, al-Khisal; quoted in al-Ameen, A’yan, IV, 195. The same is quoted from Bin Shahraashoob’s Manaqib in Bih’ar al-Anwar, XLVI, 108; Cf. similar accounts, Ibid, pp. 108-10 ^ His eyes turned white from constant weeping, his head turned grey out of sorrow, and his back became bent in gloom,[c] though his son was alive in this world. But I watched while my father, my brother, my uncle, and seventeen members of my family were slaughtered all around me. How should my sorrow come to an end?"[d][23][24] ^ Abū Khālid al-Kābuli was among those who confessed the Imamah of Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiyyah, but turned to Zayn al-Abedin afterwards, saying "I served Mohammed b. al-Hanafiya for a time of my life. I had no doubt that he was the Imām till I asked him by the Sacredness of Allah, the Sacredness of the Messenger, and the Sacredness of the Commander of the faithful, so he guided me to you and said: ‘Ali b. al-Husayn is the Imām over me, you, and all the creatures.’"[28] ^ Canon Sell, op. cit., p. II, quoting Sahifat Al-Abidin, p. 184. ^ It goes as follows: "It is someone whose footsteps are known by every place / And it is he who is known to the bayt in Mecca,(i.e. the Kaaba) The most frequented sanctuary; / It is he who is the son of the best of all men of Allah;(i.e. the Prophet Muhammad) / and it is he who is the most pious and devout, the purest and most unstained, the chastest and most righteous, a symbol [for Islam]; / This is Ali [b. al-Husain] whose parent is the Prophet; / This is the son of Fatimah, if you do not know who he is; / Whosoever recognizes his Allah knows also the primacy and superiority of this man; / Because the religion has reached the nations through his House..."[21][29] ^ It is said that al-Zuhri when he was asked about the most ascetic one, he answered: “The most ascetic of all the people is Ali b. al-Husayn. ^ Quran, 57:23 ^ Quoted from the Treatise on Rights, Right of Charitty


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As-Sahifa Al-Sajjadiyya Treatise On Rights (Risalat al-Huquq) Dua'a Abu Hamza Thumali Fifteen Whispered Prayers text in Arabic, English, and Urdu Fifteen Whispered Prayers-English Audios The life of Imam Zayn al-Abidin (as) by Bāqir Sharif al-Qarashi Life of Imam az-Zayn al-Abideen as-Sajjad by Dr. Muhammad bin Yahya al-Ninowy . Ali ibn Husayn by Wilferd Madelung, an article in Encyclopædia Iranica

Ali ibn Husayn Zayn al-Abidin of the Ahl al-Bayt Banu Hashim Clan of the Banu Quraish Born: 5th Sha‘bān 38 AH ≈ 657 CE Died: 25th Muharram 95 AH ≈ 713 CE

Shia Islam titles

Preceded by Husayn ibn Ali 4th Imam of Twelver and 3rd Imam of Ismaili Shia 680 – 713 Succeeded by Muhammad al-Baqir Successor

Succeeded by Zayd ibn Ali Zaidi successor

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Ali Hasan ibn Ali Husayn Ibn Ali Ali ibn Husayn Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad al-Baqir Ja'far al-Sadiq Musa al-Kadhim Ali al-Ridha Muhammad al-Jawad Ali al-Hadi Hasan al-Askari Muhammad al-Mahdi


Ali ("Asās" or "Wāsih" of Nabi Muhammad)

Hasan Husayn al-Sajjad al-Baqir Jafar al-Sādiq Ismā'il Muhammad Abadullāh (Wāfi Ahmad) Ahmad (Tāqi Muhammad) Husayn (Rādhi Abdullāh) Abdullah al-Mahdi Muhammad al-Qā'im Ismāʿīl al-Mansur Ma'ādd al-Mu'izz Nizār al-Aziz Mansur al-Hākim Ali az-Zāhir Ma'ādd al-Mustansir Ahmad al-Mustāʿli Mansur al-Amir Abu'l-Qāsim at-Tāyyib


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Jabir ibn Abdullah Mohammed ibn Muslim Mālik Sa'eed bin Jubair Salamah ibn Dinar

Sa‘id ibn al-Musayyab Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz Yahya ibn Sa‘id Zayd ibn Aslam

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Crucial Sunni books

al-Irshad al-Aqidah al-Tahawiyyah

Buyruks Kitab al Majmu Masnavi Nahj al-Balagha Epistles of Wisdom Risale-i Nur



Ash'ari Maturidi Traditionalism




Abu Muslim Sunpadh Ishaq al-Turk



Babak Mazyar Ismail I / Pir Sultan Abdal – Qizilbash / Safavid conversion of Iran to Shia Islam



Jarudi Batriyya Alid dynasties of northern Iran

Hasan al-Utrush

List of extinct Shia sects

Dukayniyya Khalafiyya Khashabiyya

Imami Isma'ilism


Sevener Qarmatians Hamza / al-Muqtana Baha'uddin / ad-Darazi – Druzes


Hafizi Taiyabi


Assassins Nizaris

Nasir Khusraw – Badakhshan Alevism

Imami Twelver

Theology of Twelvers


Akhbari Shaykhi Usuli


Qutb ad-Dīn Haydar – Qalandariyya Baba Ishak – Babai Revolt Galip Hassan Kuscuoglu – Rifa'i-Galibi Order


al-Khaṣībī / ibn Nusayr – Alawites Fazlallah Astarabadi (Naimi) / Imadaddin Nasimi – Hurufism / Bektashism and folk religion



ibn Ibāḍ Jābir ibn Zayd


Ibn Safwan

Murji'ah Karramiyya Qadariyah

Ma'bad al-Juhani Muʿtazila Bahshamiyya


Azariqa Najdat Sufri

Abu Qurra


Abu Yazid


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