Precedence of Ameerul Momineen – Ali Ibn Abi Talib (a.s.) – in prayers (Salaat) over all Muslims is well-documented. This is clearly established even by the Ahle Tasannun going by the following reports.

  1. Ameerul Momineen (a.s.) declared – I am the servant of Allah and the brother of His Prophet (s.a.w.a.), I am the Foremost Testifier, none shall claim this after me except a liar. I preceded others in prayers by seven years.
  • Sunan of Ibn Maajah trad. 117
  • Kanz al-Ummal trad. 32,939
  • Also Mustadrak ala al-Sahihain v 3 p 111-112
  1. The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) informed – Indeed the angels invoked blessings on me and on Ali for seven years, because over that period there was none praying along with me except Ali (a.s.).
  • Osod al-Ghaabah fi Marifah al-Saḥaabah v 4 p 18
  1. Ameerul Momineen (a.s.) declared to Usman (Ibn Affan) – I am better than you and both of them (first and second claimants). I worshipped Allah before both of them as also after them.
  • Al-Fusool al-Mukhtarah part 88 – Age of Ameerul Momineen (a.s.) at the time of embracing Islam
  1. When a person was abusing Ameerul Momineen (a.s.) Saad Ibn Abi Waqqas, the Prophet’s (s.a.w.a.) companions countered: Isn’t he (Ali a.s.) the first to accept Islam and the foremost in praying Salaat?
  • Mustadrak ala al-Sahihain v 3 p 500

When precedence and superiority of Ameerul Momineen (a.s.) in this matter is so evident, it is surprising to find Muslims take others as their leaders ahead of him (a.s.).