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Zaynab bint Ali

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Zaynab bint Ali (Arabic: زَيْنَب بِنْت عَلِيّ, Zaynab bint ʿAlī, c. 626 – 682), was the eldest daughter of Ali, the fourth Rashidun caliph (r. 656–661) and the first Shia Imam, and Fatima, the daughter of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Zaynab is best known for her role in the aftermath of the Battle of Karbala (680), in which her brother Husayn and his family and companions were massacred by the forces of Yazid I (r. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zaynab bint Ali has received more than 1,039,096 page views. Her biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Zaynab bint Ali is the 460th most popular religious figure (up from 537th in 2019), the 54th most popular biography from Saudi Arabia (up from 66th in 2019) and the 21st most popular Saudi Arabian Religious Figure.

Zaynab bint Ali is most famous for being the first wife of Ali ibn Abi Talib, the fourth caliph of Islam.

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Among religious figures, Zaynab bint Ali ranks 460 out of 2,238Before her are Pope Stephen VIII, Pope Constantine, Beatrice Portinari, Pope Hyginus, Margaret Mary Alacoque, and Pope John XIV. After her are Dominic Savio, Charbel Makhlouf, Aloysius Gonzaga, Vincent of Saragossa, Pope Leo VII, and Saint Menas.

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Among people born in 626, Zaynab bint Ali ranks 2Before her is Husayn ibn Ali. After her are Gertrude of Nivelles, Emperor Tenji, Munmu of Silla, Rodoald, Balthild of Chelles, and Eanflæd. Among people deceased in 682, Zaynab bint Ali ranks 1After her are Bojang of Goguryeo and Sun Simiao.

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Among people born in Saudi Arabia, Zaynab bint Ali ranks 54 out of 251Before her are Khalid of Saudi Arabia (1912), Ali al-Ridha (770), Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah (582), Amr ibn Hishām (570), Musa al-Kadhim (745), and Hasan al-Basri (642). After her are Abraha (600), Abbas ibn Ali (647), Umm Salama (602), Musaylimah (600), Ibn Ishaq (704), and Sawda bint Zamʿa (589).


Among religious figures born in Saudi Arabia, Zaynab bint Ali ranks 21Before her are Talhah (595), Muhammad al-Baqir (677), 'Abd al-Rahman ibn 'Awf (580), Abd Allah ibn Abbas (619), Ali al-Ridha (770), and Musa al-Kadhim (745). After her are Abbas ibn Ali (647), Umm Salama (602), Abdullah ibn Umar (610), Ja'far ibn Abi Talib (589), Anas ibn Malik (612), and Sumayyah bint Khabbat (550).