Surely, when Allah selects one of His devotees as a Prophet or the successor of a Prophet, He only so chooses because of their unique qualifications. ” (Allah) said: My Covenant includes not the Zalimeen.” [2:124] No one in the world could be compared with the unique qualifications that God bestowed upon the pure Family of the Prophet. The following are some examples of the precedence of Imam Ali (a.s) over all other companions of the Prophet (P):

  1. Faith:

“Is then he who is a believer like him who is a Fasiq (disbeliever)? Not equal are they.” [32:18]

Imam Ali (a.s) never prostrated before any idol whilst other prominent companions indisputably have been all worshipping idols sometimes in their lives. 

2. Knowledge

“Say: Are those who know equal to those who know not?”[39:9]

Imam Ali (a.s) was the Gate of the City of the Prophetic knowledge.  Other companions would often make mistakes when it came to Islamic rulings, or did not know the meaning of Qur’anic terminology. 

3. Jihad

“Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit.” [4:95]

Indisputably again, Imam Ali (a.s) was the bravest knight of Islam in all the battles. Imam Ali (a.s) was the one “who would sell his life seeking the Pleasure of God” [2:207] by sleeping in the bed of the Prophet (P). During the battle of Ohod, Imam Ali (a.s) was among the very few people who stood fast around the Prophet (P) whilst other prominent companions fled the battlefield. The successful combat of Imam Ali (a.s) against Amr in the battle of Ahzab was equal to the worshipping of mankind and the jinn.