Ibn Abbas said:
The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) informed Ali b. Abi Talib(a.s): O Ali! You are the owner of my Pool and you are the owner of my flag. You are the one who fulfills my promises. You are the love of my heart. You are the heir of my knowledge and the heir of all of the other prophets.
You are Allah’s trustworthy slave on His earth, you are Allah’s decisive argument
on His creation, you are the pillar of faith, you are the light in darkness, you are
the lighthouse of guidance, and you are the flag that Allah raised for the world.
Those who follow you will survive, and those who do not will perish.
You are the clear path and you are the Sirat al-Mustaqeem (the straight path).
You are the leader of the believers. You are the master of whomsoever I am the
master, and I am the master of all of the believers.
No one loves you except those who were conceived legitimately, and no one hates you but those who were conceived illegitimately.
Every time I went to Me’raaj, Allah told me to convey His Salaam to you and to
tell you that you are the Imam of His friends and the light of those who obey Him.
O Ali! I congratulate you for this honour.110
(The minimum number of times reported ascents (Meraaj) is two and the maximum reported is 120. For more information, refer to Behar aIAnwaar volume 18 pg 306-307 and 387)