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History of Islam 4: Ali ibn Abi Taalib (R)


Brief Synopsis:

This book is the fourth book in a series of four books about the lives of the first four rightly guided Caliphs of Islam. This book reveals the details of the life of the fourth Caliph of Islam: Ali ibn Abi Talib.  It provides a glimpse into the life of the fourth Caliph who was a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), and conditions of Islamic society during his times. Some salient features of this book include:

  • Factual details of the life of the fourth Caliph of Islam, his birth, pedigree, family, childhood, life before and after embracing Islam, marriage, children and friends.
  • Facts about his Caliphate, services to Islam, and reforms of the Islamic society, conquests and battles fought for the solidarity of Islam.
  • Chapters covering his physical description, character and personality.
  • Colorful illustrations.
  • References to the Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW) wherever needed.
  • Activities at the end of each chapter to test the knowledge gained by the readers.

This book can be used to educate students of grade 6 about the history of Islam as a part of an Islamic education curriculum.


This is the fourth volume from this series, which deals with the life of the last of the Four Rightly-Guided Caliphs, Al ibn Ab lib ( ). He was the first male to accept Islam at the young age of approximately nine years. He was the Prophet's cousin, the son of Abu Talib, the Prophet's supportive and loving uncle who protected him during the worst trials of his early Prophethood.

Ali's devotion to the Prophet is best evidenced during the Hijrah (migration) when he acted as the Prophet's decoy in Makkah while the Prophet left under the cover of night and migrated to Madinah, accompanied by Abu Bakr.

Darussalam presents the entire History of Islam to our youth in language that appeals to them, in a simple yet lucid manner. The first four volumes in this series explore Islamic history during the period of the first Four Rightly-Guided Caliphs. Later volumes would be devoted to the History of Islam, down through the ages to modern times, insha'Allah.

History of Islam - A Reader Series - Suitable for Grade Six (Age group 10+)
The Age of the Rightly Guided Caliphs - Al-Khulafa ar-Rashidun
Ali ibn Abi Taalib (R): The Last of the Four Rightly Guided Caliphs

Table of Contents:

Chapter : 1

  • Ali ibn Abi Talib
  • The Last of the Four Rightly-Guided Caliphs
  • The Oath of Allegiance to Ali
  • Ali ibn Abi Talib in Makkah:
  • His Names, Titles, Kunyah, and Lineage
  • Kunyah
  • Abu Turab: Father of Dust
  • Siblings
  • Physical Features
  • The Prophet’s Household
  • Acceptance of ISlam
  • Sacrifice
  • The Qurayshi Conspiracy
  • Emigration
  • Ali’s Close Relationship with the prophet
  • Important Achievements In Makkah
  • Participation in the Battle of Badr
  • Marriage to Fatima
  • Lifestyle
  • Al-Hasan and Al-Husayn
  • Al-Husayn ibn Ali
  • The Battle of Uhud
  • The Battle of Trench
  • The Battle of Bani Qurayzhah
  • The Treaty of Hudaybiyah and the Pledge of Ridhwan
  • The Campaign of Khaybar
  • The Conquest of Makkah
  • Spies
  • Destruction of the Idol Al-Fuls
  • Ali, Governor of Madinah
  • The Honour of Washing the Prophet’s body and Burying Him
  • The Era of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs
  • The era of Abu Bakr As-saddiq:
  • The Caliphate of Umar ibn Al-Khattab:
  • Uthman’s Reign:
  • Ali ibn Abi Talib The Fourth Rightly Guided Caliph
  • The Oath of Allegiance to Ali
  • Qualities, Characteristics and Virtues
  • The Caliphate of Ali ibn Abi Talib
  • Consultation with the Companions
  • Justice and Equality
  • Freedom: A fundamental Principle of Government
  • Marketplace Regulations
  • Monitoring Government Officials
  • The Battle of the Camel
  • Ali Advances on Basra
  • Peaceful Negotiation
  • Violence Breaks Out
  • Loss of Life
  • Aftermath of the Battle
  • A’ishah’s Return to Madinah
  • The Correct Approach Regarding
  • Differences Amongst the Prophet’s Companions
  • A’ishah’s, the Mother of the Believers
  • Az-Zubayr bin Al-Awwam
  • The First to Draw His Sword for Allah’s Sake
  • The Battle of Badr
  • The Battle of Trench
  • Talhah ibn Ubaydullah
  • Martyrdom
  • Preservation of His Body
  • The Battle of Siffin (37 AH/ 657 CE)
  • Withholding the Oath of Allegiance
  • Kufah, the New Capital
  • The March to Syria
  • Negotiations in Muharram
  • War Begins
  • The Night of Clamour
  • The Battle of Nahrawan
  • Aftermath of Nahrawan
  • Martyrdom
  • A Meeting of Conspirators
  • The Physician’s Advice
  • Ali’s Death
  • Mu’awiyah’s Reaction
  • Character & Contributions
  • Distinguishing Characteristics
  • Knowledge
  • A Beautiful Personality
  • Wives and Children
Chapter : 5
  • Succession of the Caliphate
  • Rebellion Against Al-Hasan
  • Prophecy of Peace
  • Al-Hasan’s Return to Madinah
  • Al-Hasan A Brief Biography
  • Death
  • The Rightly-Guided Caliphate:
  • Al-Khalifah Ar-Rashidah

 Other Sources:  

Surah An-Nazi'aat (Chapter 79) from Quran - Arabic English Translation
Surah An-Nisaa (Chapter 4) from Quran - Arabic English Translation