Daily Archives: November 10, 2017



Ali ibn Abi Talib had a son named Uthman ibn Ali. He was a virtuous son who was a matyr on the day of Ashura in Kerbala at the young age of 21. The question that arises is – why did Ali ibn Abi Talib name his son Uthman ? […]

Uthman ibn Ali ibn Abi Talib


Some might claim that the Shiite perspective on the Ummayads as well as the alleged act of changing names is ‘one big Shiite conspiracy’. However, it is essential to examine the socio political context of the time, particularly pertaining to the importance of names and genealogy.  It is an undisputed […]

The Ummayads and importance of name


Any discussion about the names of individuals has to take into account the wider cultural context of the time period those individuals are named in. In the 21st century, Muslims who revere the first three Caliphs will immediately have them in their minds whenever the names ‘Abu Bakr’, ‘Umar’ and […]

The cultural context of the period



In order to accurately investigate the naming of the children of Ali ibn Abi Talib, it is important to gain a background of the totality of his offspring.  While sources differ on this issue, we will consult the works of Shaykh Al Mufid  -arguably one of the greatest classical scholars […]

The number and the names of the children of Ali ...