The Background For Saying 'Ali Karamallahu wajhau'

By Moulana Imraan Vawda
Posted: 19 Ramadan 1423, 24 November 2002

Q.) I had a question about saying "kurramullahu wajhahu" after saying Ali's (ra) name. Have we adopted this distinction from the Shiah. Is it better just to say "radhiallahu anhu." Is there any proof as to why we do this or why do our ulema in Indo-Pak make this distinction? Jazakumullah Khair. [Mohammed Lakhani]

A.) The Khawaarij were a sect that hated and reviled Sayyidna Ali, Radi-Allahu anhu,. Part of their abuse was that they used to say, 'Ali, may Allah blacken his face'. In response to this, the people of the Ahlus sunnah Wal Jamaa adopted the du'a of 'Ali Karramallaahu wajhahu' which means, 'May Allah Ta'ala honour his face'. And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best