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July 18, 2009



Alis father was the uncle of Prophet Muhamed. He was Abu Talib, the same man who took care of Muhamed when his dad died. So your post was a bit wrong when it stated that Alis father and Muhamed were brothers.


Thanks for the fast responce and a very interesting blog, here comes a link from brittanica. I think your iraqi helper is a bad shia if he doesnt know these basic things. But i as iraqi and as shia have noticed that many shias who lived under Saddams rule, were living in deep ignorance about their faith. So it is maybe no wonder that he is wrong in this issue:


Now completely orphaned, he was brought up by his grandfather ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib, who also died two years later. He was then placed in the care of Abū Ṭālib, Muhammad’s uncle and the father of ʿAlī, Muhammad’s cousin. Later in life Muhammad would repay this kindness by taking ʿAlī into his household and...

Hope Campbell

How nice to know that there is some sort of normalcy in some parts of Iraq.
I enjoyed the article very much.

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