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Excellence of Ali

There are so many virtues and services of Ali  that it is difficult to mention them all in this short book. 
On many occasions the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu 'alaihi wa Sallam) had prayed for him. 
When he sent Ali to Yemen in Ramadan 10 A.H. he blessed Ali  with the following prayer: "0 Allah put truth on his tongue, and enlighten his heart with the light of guidance.
" Then he himself put turban on his head and gave the black standard.
On one occasion the Holy Prophet said to Ali, "You pertain to me and I pertain to you, " He also said, "When I am patron of anyone, Ali is his patron also.
" Once the Holy Prophet said, "Only a hypocrite does not love Ali and a believer does not hate him."
According to a Hadith transmitted by Imam Ahmad the Holy Prophet said to Ali, "You have a resemblance to Jesus whom the Jews hated so much that they slandered his mother and whom Christians loved so much that they placed him in a position not rightly his.
 Ali afterwards said, "Two  people will perish on my account, one who loves me so excessively that he praises me for what I do not possess, and one who hates me so much that he will be impelled by his hatred to slander me."