Hadrat Ali Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu in the Qur'an
According to the commentators of the Qur'an al-karim, there are numerous verses in al-Qur'an which have implied references to Hadrat Ali Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu. According to the Shiah commentators there are as many as 300 verses in the al-Qur'an which have an implied reference to Hadrat Ali Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu. However according to the Sunni commentators this number is considerably smaller.
According to the consensus of commentators, some of the verses which refer to Hadrat Ali Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu are as follows:
Verse 33, Sura 33
"Allah's wish is but to remove uncleanness far from you, O Folk of the Household, and cleanse you with a thorough cleansing."Hadrat Ali Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu is obviously included in the expression "Folk of the Household."
Verse 61, Sura 3
"And whoso disputeth with thee concerning him, after the knowledge which hath come unto thee, say (unto him): Come! We will summon our sons and your sons, and our women and your women, and ourselves and yourselves, then we will pray humbly (to our Lord) and (solemnly) invoke the curse of Allah upon those who lie."This verse alludes the deputation of the Christiansof Najran who came to Madina to hold a discussion with the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa 'aalihi wa Sallam about the truth of Islam. In this verse, the reference to "our sons, and our women" includes references to Hadrat Ali, Hadrat Fatima, Hasan and Hussain [Allah be pleased withem all].
Verse 3, Sura 9
"And a proclamation from Allah and His messenger to all men on the day of the Greater Pilgrimage that Allah is free from obligation to the idolaters, and (so is) His messenger. So, if ye repent, it will be better for you; but if ye are averse, then know that ye cannot escape Allah. Give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful doom to those who disbelieve."In pursuance of this verse, the Beloved Prophet commissioned Hadrat Ali Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu to go to the 'Greater Pilgrimage' to announce the verses of the Sura "Immunity" wherein God absolved the Muslims from all obligations under treaties previously concluded with the idolators.
Verse 23, Sura 42
"Say O Muhammad to mankind: 'No reward do I ask of you for this except the love of those near of kin.' "According to Traditions, when the Beloved Messenger of Allah Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa 'aalihi wa Sallam was asked as to who were the relatives alluded to in the verse, the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa 'aalihi wa Sallam said,
"Verily, the reference is to Ali, Fatima, Hasan and Hussain."
Verse 21, Sura 45
"Do those who commit evil deeds suppose that We shall treat them like those who believe and do good deeds - that their lives and their deaths shall be equal.No, bad is their judgment."According to Ibn Abbas, "the doers of good" cited to in this verse, refer to to to Hadrat Ali, Hadrat Hamza and Hadrat Ubaydah b. Harith.
Verse 17, Sura 11
"Is he to be counted equal with those who rely on a clear proof from his Lord and the witness from Him recites it, and before it was the Book of Moses, and example and a mercy? Such believe therein. Whoso disbelieves therein, the Fire is his appointed place. So be not you in doubt concerning it. Lo, it is the truth from your Lord, but most of mankind believe it not."One day, in one of his sermons, Hadrat Ali Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu said that there was hardly a man from among to the Quraysh who had not been referred to in the Noble Qur'an. Hadrat Ali Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu was asked to recite some verse which alluded to him. Thereupon he recited the above verse.
Verse 4, Sura 66
"Now if both of you turn to Allah repentant, it will be better for you as your hearts are already so inclined. But if you backup each other against him, surely Allah is his helper, and Gabriel and the righteous among the believers, and furthermore, all other angels too are his helpers."According to Ibn Abbas, the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa 'aalihi wa Sallam said that the "righteous men" alluded to as "helper" in this verse, refers to Hadrat Ali Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu.
Verse 18, Sura 32
"Is he who is a believer like him who is an evil doer? Verily they are not equal."According to Ibn Abbas, "believer" in this verse refers to Hadrat Ali Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu, and "evil doer" refers to Walid b. Utba.
Verse 54, Sura 25
"And He it is Who created man from water, and has appointed for him kindred by blood, and kindred by marriage, and your Lord is all powerful."According to the Traditions, "kindred by blood and kindred by marriage" refers to Hadrat Ali Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu.
Verse 36, Sura 24
"The lamp of light is lit in houses which Allah has allowed to be exalted so that His name be remembered in them. Therein He is glorified in the mornings and evenings."According to the Traditions, the Beloved Messenger of Allah Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa 'aalihi wa Sallam said that be "houses" referred to in this verse include the house of Hadrat Ali Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu and Hadrat Fatima Radi Allahu ta'ala anha.
Verse 55, Sura 5
"Your friend is only Allah and His Messenger, and the believers who observed prayer and pay the poor rate."According to the Traditions, "the believers" referred to in this verse includes a reference to Hadrat Ali Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu.
Verse 12, Sura 58
"O ye who believe! When you consult the Messenger in private, give alms before your consultation. That is better and purer for you. But when you do not find the wherewithal, Lo! Allah is Forgiving and Merciful."According to the Traditions, when this verse was revealed the Beloved Prophet wanted to fix an amount which every person who consulted the Beloved Prophet should pay. Hadrat Ali Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu contended that since the people were generally poor no amount should be fixed and the option should rest with the person concerned, to pay whatever alms he could.
Verse 181, Sura 7
"And of those We have created, there are people that guide men in the truth, and do justice therewith."According to the Traditions, the reference to "people that guide men with truth" includes a reference to Hadrat Ali Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu.
Verse 57, Sura 43
"And when the son of Mary is cited as an example, lo, the people jeer thereat."According to the Traditions, the Beloved Mesenger of Allah Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam is said to have told Hadrat Ali Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu that one day his example would be like that of Jesus Christ. A section of the people would love him so much that they would willingly die for him, whereas there would also be other people who would fight against him.
Verse 29, Sura 48
"Muhammad is the Apostle off God. And those with Him are firm against the disbelievers, and Merciful amongst themselves. Thus see them bowing down, and prostrating themselves in prayer, seeking grace from Allah and His pleasure. Their mark is upon their faces, being the traces of prostrations. Such is their description in the Torah. And their description in the gospel is like a seed that sends forth its sprout, then makes its strong; it then becomes thick, and stands on its stem, delighting the sowers, and causing the disbelievers to burn with rage at the sight of them. Allah has promised to those of them who believe and do good works, forgiveness and a great We reward."
According to the commentary of Imam Abu Musa, this verse was revealed in favour of Hadrat Ali Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu
Verse 43, Sura 13
"And those who disbelieve say 'you are not a Messenger' say to them, 'sufficient is Allah as the witness between me and you, and so is he who possesses knowledge of the Book."
According to commentators, the phrase "whosoever has the knowledge of the Book" alludes to Hadrat Ali Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu.
Verse 64, Sura 8
"O Prophet! Allah is sufficient for you and for such of the followers as follow you."
According to commentators, the phrase "such of the followers as follow you" alludes to Hadrat Ali Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu.