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Imam Ali ibn Abi Tablib shrine- Najaf

Imam Ali ibn Abi Tablib shrine- Najaf

In the 40th year of Hijrah, in the hours of the morning of 19th Ramadan, 'Ali was struck with a poisoned sword while offering his prayers in the mosque of Kufah. The Lion of God, the most brave-hearted Muslim that ever lived began his glorious life with devotion to Allah and His Apostle and ended it in the service of Islam.

The Imam Ali Holy Shrine also known as Masjid Ali or the Mosque of Ali, located in Najaf in Iraq, is the third Islamic holiest site according to the Shia branch of Islam. Buried next to Imam Ali within this mosque are the remains of Adam and Noah. The Mausoleum itself of Hazrat Ali is breathtaking. There is one large central dome which stands out of a square-shaped ornate structure at the two sides of which are two minarets. The holy shrine is considered to be one of great masterpieces of Islamic art and heritage. In addition to the materialistic value it includes many of an outstanding artistic value of gold and silver artwork and inlay of multi-coloured enamel.

Countless number of people from all over the world flock to his tomb day after day to pay their respects and to offer salutations and to pray to Allah seeking his intercession. And those who cannot afford to go there personally, are constantly praying to Allah to help them to visit the shrine of their Imam, and when somebody goes on a pilgrimage to Najaf, they request him to offer salutations on their behalf and to pray to God and to seek Imam Ali's intercession.

Written by Aymen Jawad

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