Sayyiduna Abul Hasan Ali, Imam Zain al-’Abideen is the fourth Imam and Shaykh of the Silsila Aaliyah Qaaderiyah Barakatiyah Ridawiyah Nooriyah. He was one of the greatest Aabids of his era. Imam Zuhri Radi ALLAHu Ta’ala Anho says, (In my era) I have not seen any Quraish more excellent than Imam Zain al-’Abideen Radi ALLAHu Ta’ala Anho. Hadrat Ibn Abbas Radi ALLAHu Ta’ala Anho used to look at Imam Zain al-’Abideen Radi ALLAHu Ta’ala Anho and refer to him as the Beloved of the Beloved.
He was born on a Thursday the 5th of Shabaan 38 Hijri in Madinah Munawwarah. [Masaalik as-Saalikeen, Vol. 1, Page 207]
Hadrat Imam Hussain kept most of his children names attached to the name Ali. This was due to his love for his father Sayyiduna Ali Radi ALLAHu Ta’ala Anho. He was thus also named Ali. He was also known as Abu Muhammad, Abul Hassan, Abul Qaasim and Abu Bakr. His titles were Sajjad, Zain al-’Abideen, Sayyidul Abideen, Zakki and etc. Read the rest of this entry »