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Ali ibn Abi Talib (Arabic: عَلِيُّ بْن أَبِي طَالِب, romanized: ʿAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib; c. 600–661) was the cousin and son-in-law of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, and was the fourth Rashidun caliph who ruled from 656 to 661, as well as the first Shia imam. Born to Abu Talib ibn Abd al-Muttalib and Fatima bint Asad, a young Ali was raised by his elder cousin Muhammad and was among the first to accept his teachings. Ali played a pivotal role in the early years of Islam when Muslims were severely persecuted in Mecca. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ali has received more than 10,206,260 page views. His biography is available in 115 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 111 in 2019). Ali is the 24th most popular religious figure (up from 25th in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Saudi Arabia (down from 3rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Saudi Arabian Religious Figure.

Ali is most famous for his boxing career. He was a three-time heavyweight champion and a two-time light heavyweight champion. He was also an Olympic gold medalist.

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  • 115

    Languages Editions (L)

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Over the past year Ali has had the most page views in the with 2,026,143 views, followed by Arabic (1,353,950), and Persian (648,698). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Bengali (13,106.67%), Persian (2,055.29%), and Banjar (792.15%)


Among religious figures, Ali ranks 24 out of 3,187Before him are Francis of Assisi, Saint George, Andrew the Apostle, Isaac, Elijah, and John Calvin. After him are Samson, Mary Magdalene, Matthew the Apostle, Abu Bakr, Zoroaster, and Saint Stephen.

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Among people born in 601, Ali ranks 1After him are Bāṇabhaṭṭa, Go of Balhae, Qapaghan Qaghan, Julian, Count of Ceuta, Rostam Farrokhzad, Ilterish Qaghan, Æthelred of Mercia, Fructuosus of Braga, Mangsong Mangtsen, Amalberga of Maubeuge, and Cenwalh of Wessex. Among people deceased in 661, Ali ranks 1After him are Hafsa bint Umar, Empress Kōgyoku, Muyeol of Silla, Abd al-Rahman ibn Muljam, Aripert I, and Labīd.

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Among people born in Saudi Arabia, Ali ranks 4 out of 354Before him are Muhammad (570), Umar (585), and Fatimah (604). After him are Uthman (574), Abu Bakr (573), Husayn ibn Ali (626), Khalid ibn al-Walid (592), Aisha (605), Khadija bint Khuwaylid (556), Osama bin Laden (1957), and Salman of Saudi Arabia (1935).


Among religious figures born in Saudi Arabia, Ali ranks 2Before him are Muhammad (570). After him are Abu Bakr (573), Husayn ibn Ali (626), Hasan ibn Ali (624), Bilal ibn Rabah (580), Aminah (557), Malik ibn Anas (711), Abu Talib ibn Abd al-Muttalib (539), Ali ibn Husayn Zayn al-Abidin (659), Abdullah ibn Abd al-Muttalib (548), and Abd al-Muttalib (497).