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Many Sunni books narrated authentic Hadeeths from the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) that Ali is the deputy and the successor of the Prophet (SAWA) e.g.

1. Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal in Musnad Al-Asharah, Hadeeth 841: The Prophet said: Ali is  my Khaleefa.

2. Musnad Ahmad ibn Hanbal, fadha'il al-Sahaba, Hadeeth number 1016: Ali is my Wasi .

3. Musnad Ahmed ibn Hanbal: It written on the gate of Paradise: LA ILAAHA ILLALLAH, MUHAMMAD RASOOLULLLAH, ALI AKHO RASOOLILLAH.

4. Al-Bukhari in his book Al-Tareekh Al-Kabeer vol. 1, p.375 that the Prophet (SAWA) said on the day of Ghadeer: For whom I am the master, Ali is his master.

5. Al-Albani in his book Takhreej Al-Hadeeth Al-Nabawi , Hadeeth number 94 that the Prophet said: Ali is the master of every of everyone who believes in me as his master.


1. The Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) has ordered us to do so as it clear in the Hadeeth : When you say Laa ELAAHA Illallah, Muhammad Rasoolullah, say : :Ali Ameerul Mo'mineen. (Kitab Al-Ehtijaj, page 158).

2. Hadeeth of the Prophet (SAWA): When I was elevated to the Sky, I saw writing on the Throne العرش : LAA ELAAHA ILLALLAH, MUHAMMAD RASOOLULLAH, AYYADTOHO BI ALI لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله، أيّدتُهُ بِعليّ

This Hadeeth was narrated not only in Shia books but also in many Sunni books e.g. Al-Manaaqib by Ibn Al-Maghazili, page 93, Al-Shaafi by Qadhi E'yaadh 138, Al-Durr Al-Manthour by Al-Soyooti  4:153, Al-Khasaa'is Al-Khubra by Al-Soyooti 1:7.

3. Hadeeth narrated by Abdullah Ibn Mas'ood from the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA): An angle came to me saying : O Muhammad, ask the previous prophets and messengers who were been sent before you; what was their message? I asked him: What was their message? He said: They were been sent on following your message and following Ali Ibn Abi Talib. ( Ma'rifat 'Oloom Al-Hadeeth by the wellknown Sunni imam al-Haakim Al-Nisaburi , p. 96).

4. Hadeeth of the Prophet to Ali: I asked Allah to keep your name with my name whenever I will be mentioned, and He granted me that.( Kanzul Ommal 13:113).

5. After the Prophetic announcement of Al-Ghadeer ( For whom I am the master, Ali is his master), Athaan (Azaan) was declared with Ashhadu Anna Aliyyan Ameerul Mo'mineen)  (Al-Salaafah Fi Tareekh Al-Khilafah by the Egyptian Sunni Alim Al-Maraaghi, page 36 and 38.


Tashahhud is an obligatory part of Salah which must be performed exactly as the Prophet (SAWA) and Ahlul Bayt (AS) taught us to perform according to the authentic Prophetic Hadeeth (Perform Salah as you saw me performing Salah)  (Sallo Kama Ra'aitomooni Osalli)صَلّوا كما رأيتموني أُصَلّي.

Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq (AS) taught his followers all details of Salah including Tashahhud. ( Amaali Al-Shaikh Al-Sadouq , page 498 narrating from Hammaad Bin Easa).

 Tashahhud must have ALLAHUMMA SALLI 'ALA MUHAMMAD WA AALI MUHAMMAD which mentions Imam Ali (AS) and all the Infallible Ahlul Bayt (AS). 

We are not allowed to add on Tashahhud more than what Ahlul Bayt (AS) taught us.

We can mention the name of Imam AALI (AS) in the form of Du'a within our Salah after Tashahhud, like saying : ALLAHUMMA SALLI 'ALA AMEERIL MO'MINEEN. Du'a is always good within our Salah and not only in Qunoot.

By this Du'a, we will be mentioning the holy name of Ameerul Mo'mineen (AS) and not adding on the Tashahhud which was been taught to us by Ahlul Bayt (AS).


Shirk is calling someone God, assigning divinity to someone other than God, or assigning the offices of divinity to someone other than God.

Saying "'Ali is the wali of God" is not shirk, because it is not doing any of the above.

Furthermore, the Qur'an speaks of the "awliya' Allah" (plural of wali) with respect to human beings. Therefore, it is not shirk to say that Imam 'Ali is the wali of Allah, since Allah uses that phrase Himself. Given his high level of spirituality and service to Islam, very few Muslims would disagree with the idea behind saying "'Ali is the wali of Allah," although this phrase has become associated with Shi'ism.

Therefore, the biggest objection that someone could put forward to saying this in the adhan is that it does not belong in the adhan, not that it is shirk or an untrue statement. 

It is not necessary to say "'Ali is the wali of Allah" in the adhan or kalimah. It is optional to say that. Shi'is generally do not consider it part of the adhan or salat. If it is said in the adhan, it is said as an optional thing which is said for blessings, or because it is seen as recommended, not as an actual part of the adhan. This is similar to how one might recite salawat after the Prophet's name during the adhan - it is done as an optional thing and not out of the belief that it is a formal part of the adhan.

For matters of religious law, such as the salat or converting to Islam, it is enough to say "there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet".

However, due to the Shi'i belief in the Imamate, some Shi'is might feel it is a more complete or comprehensive statement of faith to also say "'Ali is the wali of Allah" (because the 3 statements cover monotheism, prophethood, and imamate); one might also say it to indicate a desire to convert specifically to Shi'ism. But it is not necessary.  

Among Shi'is, it has become common to say "'Ali is the wali of Allah" during the adhan. There are some narrations indicating that this was said in the presence of the Prophet, for instance, that on the Day of Ghadir Salman al-Farsi recited it during the adhan, and the Prophet approved of it. 

Similarly, regarding the kalimah, there are narrations in Sunni and Shi'i books connecting endorsement of Imam 'Ali to endorsement of Allah and the Prophet. For instance, it is said that it is written on the Throne of God: "There is no God but Allah, Muhammad is My servant and messenger, and 'Ali was his supporter."

Sadly, today, some Muslims attack each other over very small details of practice. They dislike some things because they are different from the Islam they are familiar with, or because they are symbolic of a different sect. It would be better to move towards a spirit of tolerance and acknolwedge that there are multiple ways in which Islam is lived today. After all, even if two people are reciting the adhan differently, they are still reciting the adhan. There are many people who don't care about God at all. Why not focus on the big things such as discussing the existence and relevance of God, rather than focusing on small details and trying to "prove"  who is right? 

(This is not directed at you personally since I am sure it is a genuine question, and it is a good question to ask and know about, but rather it is an overall comment regarding the situation of the Muslim world today and the types of arguments that are had over how to do wudhu and so forth.)