Hawzah News Agency (Qom, Iran) - Imam Ali (as), the First Muslim, an intimate associate of the Holy Prophet (sawa) in his life and the holy Islamic mission, the Immediate Successor to the Holy Prophet (sawa) and the First Holy Immaculate Imam of the Shi’ites in the World, Imam Ali ibn Abu Taleb (as) was born inside the Holy Kaaba in Mecca on Friday, the 13th day of Rajab, 600 A.D.
It is an undisputed fact that Imam Ali (as) was born a Muslim. Imam Ali (as) is the only unique personality in the world who was born in the Holy Kaaba and was martyred in the Kufa Mosque and was buried in the holy city of Najaf-e-Ashraf (Iraq).
Regarding the divine right of Imam Ali (as) the Holy Prophet (sawa) declared:
"Whomsoever I have authority over; Ali (as) has also authority over him, O Allah! Befriend whoever befriends him and be hostile to whosoever is hostile to him".
On this happy and joyous occasion of the birthday anniversary of Imam Ali (as) we extend our felicitations and greetings to the Islamic Ummah.