The names of the sons of Ali ibn Abi Talib

The topic concerning the names of three of the children of Ali ibn Abi Talib is a very divisive and controversial one. Sunni muslims use the names as clear proof of the love of Ali towards the first three caliphs, and proof that he was not designated to be the leader after the prophet [saw] , for if he was, why would he name his children after these three?

This article has been produced after thorough research and examines this issue in depth, using objective principles of logic. Rather than attempting to be disingenuous and twisting facts to avoid any obvious truths and clear conclusions, the article hopes to be transparent in its argumentation, putting away polemics and emotions aside, as well as assumptions.

This piece does not deal with the matter of naming in a superficial way. For any seeker of truth, we therefore advise to read the entire work, as each section is important and should be taken in conjunction with every other.

Table of contents


Part one: The number and names of the children of Ali

Part two: The cultural context of the period

Part three: The Ummayads and importance of name

Part Four: Uthman ibn Ali ibn Abi Talib

Part five: Umar ibn Ali ibn Abi Talib

Part six: Muhammed [al-Asghar] ibn Ali ibn Abi Talib – Kunya Abu Bakr

Part seven: Major disagreement between  Ali ibn Abi Talib and the three Caliphs

Part eight: Conclusion